by Hope Holland
Four young Maryland women were in the race for Maryland’s Holstein Dairy Princess in 2017. On July 12 the winner was announced. Sydnie Grossnickle of Frederick County was the winner and the runner up is Jordyn Griffen of Carroll County. All of the contestants had excellent qualifications for the position which included a history of activity in the dairy industry, 4-H and FFA as well as having strong ties with their local communities. All four of the contestants were well-suited to the position of Maryland Holstein Dairy Queen and the race was tight.
Sydnie Grossnickle has her own herd of Nubian Goats, is owner of registered Holstein and Jersey dairy herds and works for Bowman and Sons North Glade Store as a garden center salesperson and cashier.
She has held the offices president, vice president and treasurer of her Johnsville 4-H Club and has been on the Maryland FFA Milk Quality and Products Team.
Sydnie has also exhibited dairy cattle, hogs and dairy goats on local, regional and state levels between the years 2010-2017.
Jordyn R. Griffen is hoping to get accepted to Virginia Tech and obtain a degree in dairy science in order to secure a job working in dairy genetics while managing her own dairy farm.
Her job duties center around the dairy industry including milking cows and feeding and caring for calves and heifers. She also works at Lehigh View Farm Produce with the customers at their Farmers Market.
She has attended the National Holstein Convention as a Junior Contestant from 2010-2016 and has also shown cattle at Harrisburg, PA (2010-2016) at the Premier National Junior Show, winning top honors at national level shows with her Holstein Cattle. Jordyn has been active in the Maryland Junior Holstein Activities and in 4-H. She is a member of FFA and was on the dairy judging team in 2016.
Amanda Stefan attends school at Delaware Valley University this year but in the very recent past she was a member of Harford Stockyard’s 4-H Club, FFA — North Harford, Delaware Valley University Dairy Society and FFA — Delaware Valley University as well as being current president of the Harford County Dairy Club.
Her list of Dairy Promotion activities is equally impressive featuring FFA Dairy Handling CDE, FFA Food for America, exhibiting dairy cattle at regional fairs and educating second graders about dairy cows with the help of Gracie, North Harford’s Holstein.
Amanda placed ninth in the state for FFA Dairy Handling in 2015, third and second for Dairy Showmanship in 2016 and was graduated from North Harford High School with completion of the Animal Science Magnet Program in 2016.
Her future goals are to attend graduate school for veterinary medicine of large animals with an eye to beginning her own large animal veterinary practice and owning and managing a sustainable dairy herd of 200 head of cattle.
Brooke LeAnn Knauss has been a member of Anne Arundel Dairy Leasing Club for the past six years and has participated in various shows and fairs with her 4-H projects.
She has participated and volunteered for the Maryland Dairy Bowl Competition (2008-2012, 2015-present) and held the offices of both vice president and president for her 4-H club.
Her future goals include attendance at an agricultural college so she can major in animal sciences and minor in agribusiness. She intends to continue her education to the master’s degree level and then interact with the community to teach them the value of the dairy industry in their own lives.