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Wednesday, 23 November 2011 21:58

4-H volunteers and 4-H members were recognized for a year’s worth of accomplishments at the annual 4-H Achievement Program on Nov. 7 at the 4-H Exhibit Hall in Imperial.

Each year Outstanding Exhibit Hall Awards are given to individuals who excel in different project areas. These awards are based on the individual giving a presentation on the county level, competing in a judging event and exhibiting at the county fair in the area of the award.

This year, Hayley Vitosh received the Outstanding Clothing Award sponsored by Prior’s and was also the recipient of the Junior Overall FCS Award sponsored by Johnson Publications.

Livestock awards were presented in three areas which included herdsmanship, round robin and the carcass contest.

The Chase County All Stars won the honors in the sheep and beef herdsmanship while Silver Spurs received the herdsmanship award in the swine division. These clubs each received a cash incentive along with a certificate of achievement for their efforts.

Receiving carcass trophies from the county fair this year were:

Market Lamb—Grand Champion—Lauren Prior; Reserve Champion—Lauren Prior.

Market Hog—Grand Champion—Madison Brown; Reserve Champion—Trace Helser.

Market Beef—Grand Champion—Andrew Schilke; Reserve Champion—Stevie Baker-Johnson.

Trophies were sponsored by 21st Century Equipment, LLC, Veterinary Services, Large’s Cattle Services, Wayne and Chris Krausnick, Rex and Amy Prior, Chrisman Cattle Services, Inc.—Travis and Kelly Chrisman, Maddux Feeds—Mike Maddux and Sabrina Sandoval; Scott and Linda Clements; and Tommy’s Sports Club, LLC. Incentive sponsors were Veterinary Services, Jerry Wood and Imperial Beef.

A big part of 4-H is giving back to the community through community service projects.

This year, 4-H clubs showed their community spirit in many different ways from working at the theatre to helping at the pumpkin patch to highway pick up to serving at the women’s club soup supper and more.

This year, the Silver Spurs 4-H Club, Challengers and the Chase County All Stars 4-H Clubs were recognized for their community services.

The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program is designed to encourage 4-H youths to engage in a variety of projects and activities that will enable members to acquire the life skills necessary to lead successful lives as competent, caring and contributing citizens.

The program’s overall goal is to provide 4-H members a rich and diverse learning experience.

Completing Level 4—Sapphire was Lauren Prior.

This year, the Outstanding 4-H member award was given to two individuals, Chantal Heathers and Jared Knobbe.

Chantal has participated in a wide variety of 4-H projects and gained leadership skills through serving as secretary of her club for four years and helping with the club community service activities such as the Special Horses for Special Kids program. She is also currently serving as a youth representative on the Chase County 4-H Council.

Jared also participated in a variety of 4-H project particularly focusing on the horse project. He has expanded his leadership skills by helping with various events such as the Farm Safety Day, Special Horse for Special Kids, riding lessons for younger members and was club president for four years. He is also a current youth member on the Chase County 4-H Council.

In his record book he states, “The friends I have gained through 4-H I think is the best part of 4-H. I don’t know where I would be without 4-H so I am very glad that I chose to do it and have stuck with it for so many years.”

Each year, the 4-H Council recognizes supporters of the 4-H program by selecting recipients for the Alumni Award and also the Friends of 4-H Award.

This year’s Alumni Award was presented to Sheila Stromberger. She has been involved with 4-H by helping many youths over the years to learn and grow from their 4-H projects. She was the volunteer organizational leader for 16 years for Chase County Clovers.

The Friends of 4-H Award is given annually to a business, group, or individual who has gone that extra mile in supporting the Chase County 4-H program.

This year, the Chase County 4-H Council presented this award to Vet Services. Vet Services always goes above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to supporting the 4-H Program. You will find them at the Market Beef Weigh-in donating their time and vaccinations every year.

They were instrumental in implementing the carcass contest and continue to support the contest with incentives and sponsorship.

They support our families traveling to the State Fair by not charging them fees for their health checks. They are also sponsors for various trophies.

Each year, a Sportsmanship Award is presented to a shooting sports member who exhibits responsibility, displays courtesy for others and demonstrates safety practices in the BB Gun/Air Rifle practices and competitions. This trophy is sponsored by Burton and Vickie Beard in memory of Jim and Jan Trupp. Also, new this year, was the presentation of a gun case donated by the Tomky Family.

These awards were presented to Elizabeth Tomky.

The volunteer leaders were recognized for their most essential role in the 4-H youth program. They were presented certificates of appreciation for their time and dedication.

Volunteer leaders and their years of service include:

1st year—Troy Hoskovec, Amy Prior, Kelly Vitosh.

2nd year—Sarah Hoskovec, Nathan Vitosh.

3rd year—Rebecca Koellner, Lori Mendenhall.

4th year—Mitch Hoskovec, Jessica Skomp.

6th year—Kim Bubak, DeAnn Doetker, Amy Gittlein, Jeremey Gittlein, James Marlatt.

7th year—Tracy Coleman, Tonja Berry, Kristine Smith, Tonya Bush.

8th year—Jippi Milner, Lisa Schilke, Chris Tomky.

12th year—Gene Heathers, Tracy Heathers, Dave Hogsett.

13th year—Rita Hogsett.

15th year—Becky Spady.

20th year—Arlys Cupp.

25th year—Susan Spicer.

Awards of achievement on 4-H record books were presented to the 4-H members for their accomplishments over the years.

They are as follows:

Beef—Ashley Bubak, Logan Mendenhall, Regan Gittlein.

Cake decorating—Macy Coleman.

Child care—Brittanie Benge.

Clothing/textiles—Morayah Cupp, Lauren Prior, Kayla Schilke, Cydney Spady.

Cat—Whitney Hopp.

Consumer education—Cheyanne Kuhlmann.

Dog—Alexis Jensen.

Food and nutrition—Alicia Holmberg, Jesse McMillin.

Home environment—Hayley Vitosh, Dawn Castle, Mindy Castle.

Horse—Caid Doetker, Skye Brandt, Chantal Heathers.

Plant sciences—Mikael Kuhlmann.

Photography—Abbi Vetter.

Public speaking—Hayley Vitosh.

Rabbit—Abbi Vetter.

Rocket—Cheyanne Kuhlmann.

Shooting sports—Megan Baird, Emma Ferguson, Whitney Hopp, Allan Smith.

Sheep—Lauren Prior, Regan Gittlein.

Swine—Brady Gittlein, Caleb Bubak, Allan Smith.

Science and technology—Derek Schilke.

4-H story—Junior—Ashlie Benge; Intermediate—Skye Brandt; Senior—Kaycee Bubak.

In order to advance in the horse project youths have the opportunity to complete horse advancement levels. This year completing Horsemanship Level II was Emma Ferguson.

New Council members were elected for 2012 and the 2011 Council members were presented with certificates of appreciation and thanks for all of their service.

The newly elected 4-H Council members were Brian Helser and Lisa Schilke.

The 2011 Council members were Rob Hartman, Tracy Heathers, Jeremey Gittlein, Lisa Schilke, Kurt Bernhardt, Brian Helser, Sue Knobbe, Lori Mendenhall, Kim Bubak, Chantal Heathers, Alexa Bernhardt, Jared Knobbe, Steven Fish, Michaela Ketter and Perry Vetter.


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