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Jack Onofrio Dog Shows Junior Achievement Challenge
August 5th and 6th, 2006

This was the 9th year for the Junior Achievement Challenge, sponsored by Jack Onofrio Dog Shows and the Oklahoma City Kennel Club. There were 65 Juniors from seven states attending.

The Saturday seminars started with an orientation meeting with the Juniors held by Tim James, President, Onofrio Dog Shows.

Mary Dukes, AKC Field Rep. held a seminar with the Junior parents on what is available through the AKC for the Juniors. This was well attended and a lot of questions asked.

We had four rings for the Hands On seminars this year, so the Juniors could be split up into smaller groups for more personalized instructions. These were held by Louise and Jon Rawliegh, Tim James, all of Onofrio Dog Shows, Julie McIlwraith, OKC Kennel Club, and Christina Pawtosky, a graduate student of the JAC.

Georgia Harris, OKC Kennel Club, did a seminar on the Evaluation Sheets the Juniors would be using on critiquing the volunteer adults. This was something new for the Juniors this year. We had four volunteers showing their dogs while the Juniors sat outside the rings critiquing them. We felt this would be educational for the Juniors in as much they would be the Judges.

During lunch, which was donated by Ceasars Pizza, we had our annual stuffed animal raffle for the Juniors which is always fun for the Juniors and the Adults.

Saturday afternoon we held out first day Junior competition. The Judges were Louise Rawliegh and Michael Brantley, a Professional Handler from Lubbock, Tx. The Best Junior Handler, Judged by Michael Brantley, was M’Kayla Stahr, showing a Min. Dachshund. She received a Rosette, a Directors Chair, and a set of Oster Clippers.

We started Sunday with Christina Powlasky, Oster Corp., doing a demonstration on grooming. She also had free products for each Junior donated by Oster.

Mary Dukes, AKC Field Rep., gave a seminar to the Juniors on what AKC has to offer the Junior plus a talk on Juniors.

Then came the Junior Evaluation of the Adults. This was split up into two section. The Juniors then discussed their decisions. The adults were graded on needs help, fair, good, and excellent. Each Junior then had to explain their decisions. They then had to place the adults to a 1,2,3,and 4th placement. The winner was then presented with a Best Old Fogie Handler rosette. This turned out to be a highlight of the weekend for the Juniors.

We also did the four rings of Hands On With the Juniors.

During lunch, donated by the Belle Isle Brewery, we had our last raffle with the Juniors. This one included a wire crate, donated by Showcase Pet Supply, Wichita, Kansas, Oster Clippers, and other very nice items donated.

On Sunday afternoon, we held our 2nd day Junior Competition. It was Judged by Mary Beth Carlson and Jon Rawliegh, of Onofrio Dog Shows. The Best Junior Handler, Judged by Jon Raliegh, was Amelia Gredys showing a Welsh Corgi. She won a rosette, a Directors Chair, and a pair of Oster Clippers.

Thanks to Purina, Oster, and other donations, the Juniors received some very nice prizes and rosettes in the two days of preliminary Junior Competition.

Now was the time for the final Judging to pick the best overall Junior. There were three judges for this competition and it was very competitive as we had some very good Junior Handlers competing all weekend. The three Judges were: Tim James, President, Onofrio Dog Shows, Mary Dukes, AKC Field Rep., and Georgia Harris, Show Secretary and AKC Licensed Judge. The Judging is done on a point system with 5 being the highest points any one Judge could award the Junior.

Third Runner-Up: Kelli Denton, from Kansas, showing a Keeshond, $500.00 Scholarship.

Second Runner-Up: Riley Devos, from Iowa, showing a Cairn, $750.00 Scholarship.

First Runner-Up: Amelia Gredys, from Nebraska, showing a Welsh Corgi, $1000.00 Scholarship.

Top JAC Junior Handler: Kayla Stahr, from Nebraska, showing a Mini Dachshund, $1000.00 scholarship plus trip for two,plus dog, to the AKC/Eukanuba Invitaional Dog Show.

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