hidden.gif (833 bytes)National Jersey Queen Program

Applications for the 2014 National Jersey Queen Contest, held in conjunction with The All American Jersey Show & Sale, must be received in the AJCA office on or before Wednesday, October 15.

Application Form:  Word document
Contest Scorecard: PDF only

CONTEST RULES

Eligibility

Participants must be no younger than 16 years of age, and not older than 22, as of January 1, 2014. Membership in the American Jersey Cattle Association, junior or lifetime, is required.

 In addition to the above, you must meet one of the following requirements: (1) be the Queen, Princess or member of the state association court for the current year in your state of residence; (2) be a regional Jersey queen for the current year; (4) have been a former state or regional Jersey queen; (4) are currently or have been an alternate in the National Jersey Queen Court; or (5) be an exhibitor in the 2014 All American Junior Jersey Show or Western National Junior Jersey Show. Previous National Jersey Queens are not eligible.

The National Jersey Queen and the alternates are expected to demonstrate current knowledge of the Jersey breed and the American dairy industry. All participants must complete the enclosed application to enter the contest, which must be received in the AJCA office on or before October 15. On this application, you must clearly indicate your involvement in the Jersey breed through your personal activities and participation in state and national organizations (such as the state Jersey association, 4-H, FFA and so forth). If you are involved in more than one breed, you must show clearly that Jerseys are your top priority.

All participants are required to attend and assist with these functions:

  • Orientation Session and Social Hour, Friday, November 7, start time to be determined by participant arrival times stated on application

  • The All American Junior Jersey Show, Saturday, November 8, 8:00 a.m.

  • Junior Banquet, Saturday, November 8, rehearsal at 6:45 p.m.

  • National Jersey Jug Futurity, Sunday, November 9

If selected as National Jersey Queen or as one of the two alternates, you must attend the:

  • National Jersey Jug Futurity, Sunday, November 9

  • All American Jersey Sale (following the Futurity), and

  • The All American Jersey Show, Monday, November 10

The National Jersey Queen is encouraged to attend other events throughout the year, including the AJCA-NAJ Annual Meetings, the Western National, and/or World Dairy Expo. Funding for approved activities is provided by the Charlene Nardone National Jersey Queen Fund.

Attendance at other local or state events throughout the year is optional, and must be coordinated by the Queen in advance with event organizers. However, financial support is not provided by the AJCA.

Contest Procedures

There are four elements in the judging.

  • Application Form (Word document) (15 points). The judges will evaluate your application prior to the interview, including the responses you provide to the questions and the overall appearance of the materials presented.

  • Interview (including personal appearance, 40 points). Each participant will meet with the judging panel for 15 minutes. You must be on time for the interview. There will be no make-up interviews if you miss your scheduled time.

  • General Dairy and Jersey Breed Knowledge Test (15 points). It will include at least one-third Jersey breed questions.

  • Prepared Presentation on Your Chosen Platform (including poise, content and knowledge displayed, 30 points).

    You must prepare and deliver a talk of 1 to 2 minutes (maximum length) on your platform. This is to be pre-recorded for playback on a personal computer (PC).

    A platform is an issue of special interest related to increasing the demand for Jersey cattle that a contestant will advocate during her year of service as National Jersey Queen. Platform topics can vary widely, so you should select a topic about which you are knowledgeable and passionate. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, favorable characteristics of the Jersey, economic advantages of Jerseys in milk production, selling Jersey milk and/or milk products, Jerseys and developing responsibility in young people, etc.

    You will be spending a lot of time with your platform (especially if you win, but even if you don’t). Find out as much as you can about the goals and programs of the American Jersey Cattle Association. Pay attention to current issues affecting milk producers. Choose a platform that can be applied to larger areas than your county or state. Avoid centering a platform around one event (like The All American Jersey Show).

    You must be the only speaker and also appear on camera for at least 50% of the length of the video. You may use photographs, illustrations, video clips and/or PowerPoint slides as desired.

    Required file format is Windows Media (.wmv). Make sure that it plays properly on a Windows-based computer before you bring it to Louisville on a thumb drive or CD.

    Scoring will be based on (1) how well you know your platform topic and how it will increase the demand for Jersey cattle; (2) the information you present in your presentation; (3) organization and persuasiveness of your presentation; and (4) the overall effectiveness of your presentation, including creativity and presentation skills.

Banquet

The conclusion of the National Jersey Queen Contest will be incorporated into the Junior Banquet program. You will sit together for dinner at reserved tables in the front of the banquet hall.

Immediately following dinner, you will be escorted to the stage in order to briefly (no more than 30 seconds) introduce yourself (state your name, where you are from, and tell about your involvement with Jerseys, etc.). The judges may consider this introduction in their deliberations leading to selection of the top five participants. Finalists will return to the stage to answer an impromptu question selected by the judging panel. The judges will then retire to make their decision.

The national Jersey youth awards and scholarships will then be presented, followed by the concluding announcement of the Queen and court. Immediately following the banquet, a reception will be held recognizing all junior winners.

Dress

Evening dress is appropriate during the banquet. Full-length formal dresses are not required and will be neither rewarded nor penalized in the judging.

You will assist with handing out the awards during Saturday’s All American Junior Show. For the Jersey Jug Futurity, you will distribute the programs before the show begins, and distribute and collect entry forms in the Railbird Judging Contest. Members of the Jersey Jug Committee will provide instructions on Sunday morning.

If you have any questions about the contest, contact Dr. Cherie L. Bayer, Director of Development, at 614/322-4456.

Headquarters Hotel

Interviews will be conducted at the AJCA's headquarters hotel for The All American Jersey Shows & Sales, the Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport, adjacent to fairgrounds at Gate 4. Mention the Jersey association (reservation code AJC) when making room reservations: 502/637-2424. Make reservations early.