$500 cash prize
This award recognizes New England Junior Holstein Exhibitors for their efforts and interest in all aspects of the Holstein industry. Recipients of this award have a high level of participation in junior programs, excel in herdsmanship, are knowledgeable of their cattle, have demonstrated leadership qualities, and have a sustained commitment to the industry.
Lee Salonen has been a member of the New England States Holstein Association for over 50 years. He has rendered tireless service on the board for 33 years in nearly every leadership position including President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Finance Chair and Finance Chair for the 2005 National Holstein Convention hosted by the New England States Holstein Association. Lee is also a recipient of the New England Association’s prestigious Distinguished Service award. Providing opportunities for youth to grow within the industry has been the cornerstone of Lee’s leadership philosophy, a philosophy that continues even today.