Plymouth County 4-H’ers, volunteers recognized

Posted March 12, 2018 at 8:58 pm

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Outstanding Junior Award recipients are (Front Row l-r:) Sayler Jauer, Riley Kroll, Greta Tilberg, Callie Kluver, Mackenna Loutsch, Elizabeth Arens, Matthew Loutsch, Michael Loutsch, Kiesen Vandeweide, Jacob Kraft, Preston Benson, Jaycie Vondrak, (Back Row l-r:) Evan Steeg, Desiree Breuer, Olivia Spenner, Molly Hulshof, Ciara Barran, Lauren Kounkel, Ethan Lee, Alyssia Weiland, Ian Hertenstein, Tommy Eliades, Jersey VanVoorst, and Aaron Lee.

The Plymouth County 4-H program officials celebrated the 2016-2017 accomplishments of its members and volunteers at the annual Recognition Program!

4-H’ers, parents, leaders, and volunteers were recognized for their hard work, dedication, and support of 4-H throughout the year.

According to County Program & Youth Coordinator Ann Schoenrock, the awards program represents the conclusion of the 4-H project year and an opportunity to honor those involved in Plymouth County’s 4-H program which is ranked third in the state for enrollment with 447 members to end the 2016-2017 4-H year.

Throughout the year, members work on citizenship, leadership, and communication in specific project areas., she explained. By completing the qualifications, they can then earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold discs to add to their 4-H plaque to commemorate their 4-H accomplishments. Members can also receive an Outstanding Junior, Intermediate, or Senior Awards through nominations made by the club leaders. Senior 4-H’ers must turn in a completed record book to the volunteer Evaluation Committee in order to be considered for the senior-level awards.

Senior 4-H’er Awards

Senior 4-H’ers, who are in grades 10-12, also have the opportunity to be nominated for other special awards. Those include:

• Senior Spirit Award which honors 4-H’ers who have shown exceptional leadership and enthusiasm in 4-H.

Senior Spirit Award winners: Kristen Heimgartner, Kerstin Thoms (Classy Clovers); Ote Albrecht, Eli Ellensohn, James Kellen, Sally Probst, Jack Ruhland (Grant Clever Clovers); Emma Beitelspacher, Daniel Kessenich (Grant Little Giants); Fletcher Farrer (Hungerford TMT’s); Max Lindgren (Kingsley Krowners); Mitchell Bohle, Abbie Kraft (Kingsley Patriots); Isabelle Kessenich, Morgan Schoenrock (Lincoln Toppers); Aubree Nilles, Katie Peters, Melinda Zubrod (Stanton Lucky Clovers)

• Achievement Award which honors those 4-H’ers who have shown outstanding personal growth through participation in a variety of projects and programs. Achievement Award winners: Aubree Nilles, Katie Peters, Melinda Zubrod (Stanton Lucky Clovers);

• Agriculture Award which recognizes members who have shown personal growth through a wide variety of agricultural projects and programs. Agriculture Award winner was Whitney Ten Napel (Grant Little Giants).

• The Ak-Sar-Ben Award is given to one 4-H’er per county who is making significant progress towards maturity through service for the advancement of the 4-H program. Ak-Sar-Ben Award recipient was Megan Puhl (American Achievers).

• The “I Dare You” award recognizes two 4-H members who are juniors in high school. It is awarded to the most “four-square” (head, heart, hands, and health) 4-H’er with character and leadership qualities that encourages and challenges them to lead creative and purposeful lives. I Dare You Award winners: Arlinna Bowen (Grant Clever Clovers), Melinda Zubrod (Stanton Lucky Clovers).

Special Adult Awards

The 4-H & Youth Committee takes nominations for special adult awards. This committee then votes on a recipient for each. This year, adults receiving these special honors included:

• 4-H Leader of the Year – Pat Lehner of the Grant Clever Clovers,

• 4-H Alumni – Dr. Warnock,

• Honorary 4-H Member – Becky Beitelspacher, and

• Partner in 4-H – Julie Ann Madden with the Akron Hometowner.

Leader Awards

Leaders were also honored for their years of service.

• Five-Year Service Silver Clover Pins: Kristin Koerselman (Grant Little Giants), Jill Feuerhelm (4-H & Youth Committee), Kaitlin Oetken (Dog Project).

• Ten-Year Service Gold Clover Pins: Becky Beitelspacher (Grant Little Giants) and Karen Bogenreif (Horse Project).

• Twenty-Year Service Diamond Clover Pin: Denise Anthony (Promotion & Recruitment).

• Twenty-Five Year Service Emerald Clover Pins: Julie Beitelspacher (Record Keeping/Awards Committee), JoAnn Casper (Lincoln Toppers), Jennifer Linton (Horse Project), and Gail Schoenrock (Lincoln Toppers).

• Thirty-five Year Service Sapphire Clover Pins: Linda Beitelspacher (Record Keeping/Awards Committee and 4-H Foundation).

Gene Held Memorial Photography Award

Gene Held was a long time photographer of the Grand Champion exhibits at the Plymouth County Fair. After his passing, his wife, Annette, decided she would like to keep Gene’s love for photography alive by sponsoring a contest for 4-H and FFA members at the Plymouth County Fair.

The main criteria for this award were that the picture had to be of nature taken within five miles of their home. This was the challenge the Held’s gave themselves each year for their Christmas picture. Many photos were submitted at the fair and photography judges choose one picture to receive the award.

Ciara Barron of the Johnson Juniors was the recipient of this cash prize and certificate from the Gene & Annette Held family.

Outstanding Junior Awards

Winners: Evan Steeg (America Bells); Brooklyn Geddes (American Achievers); Ellie Arens, Addisyn Kibby, Ethan Lee, Aaron Lee, Greta Tilberg (Classy Clovers); Zoe Wittkop (Grant Clever Clovers); Sophie Beitelspacher, Molly Hulshof, Callie Kluver (Grant Little Giants); Ian Hertenstein, Lauren Kounkel, Alyssia Weiland (Hungerford TMT); Ciara Barron (Johnson Juniors); Preston Benson (Kingsley Krowners); Brooklyn Beelner, Liam Dunne, Reid Huth, Jacob Kraft, Grace Reimenschnieder, Jaycie Vondrak (Kingsley Patriots); Riley Kroll, Blake Schoenherr (Lincoln Toppers); Keeli Blanche, Thomas Eliades, Sayler Jauer, Sara Skuodas (Lucky Liberty Lopers); Desiree Breuer (Stanton Lucky Clovers); McKenna Loutsch (Union Livewires); and Olivia Spenner (Union Vikings).

Outstanding Intermediate Awards

Winners: Delaney Geddes (American Achievers); Abraham Galvan, Morgan Lee (Classy Clovers); Samuel Bowen, Claudia Probst, Addison Weber (Grant Clever Clovers), Kaden Detloff (Grant Little Giants); Kara Pridie, McKenna Weiland (Hungerford TMT); Isabelle Fegley (Johnson Juniors); Dexter Lindgren (Kingsley Krowners); Ian Kraft, Jaelyn Riemenschneider (Kingsley Patriots); Karoline Kroll, Tessa Treirweiler (Lincoln Toppers); Emma Blanche, Bailiee Jauer, Tate Linton (Lucky Liberty Lopers); Alyssa Kolbeck, Jacob Spencer, Hannah Zubrod (Stanton Lucky Clovers); and Lillian Harpenau, Camden Schroeder (Union Vikings).

Outstanding Senior Awards

Winners: Daniel Kessenich (Grant Little Giants) and Sarah Benton, Claire Zubrod (Stanton Lucky Clovers).

Community Service Award

Clubs were also recognized for their community service efforts throughout the year. The award went to the American Achievers.

County Council Inductees

The new County Council members were inducted into the council during the program. Those include: Miranda Ball (Union Livewires); Anna Beitelspacher, Ashley Beitelspacher, Kaleb Koerselman (Grant Little Giants); Chloe Calhoun, Brayden Utesch (Grant Clever Clovers); Alka Eliades (Lucky Liberty Lopers); Joel Jauer, Caleb Trierweiler (Lincoln Toppers); Emily Kraft, JoLee Sprinkle (Kingsley Patriots).

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Senior Award winners: (Front Row l-r:) Mitchell Bohle, Abbie Kraft, Megan Puhl, Emma Beitelspacher, Morgan Schoenrock, Melinda Zubrod, Kristen Heimgartner, Sarah Benton, Isabelle Kessenich, (Back Row l-r:) Whitney Ten Napel, Keirsten Thoms, Katie Peters, Claire Zubrod, Eli Ellensohn, James Kellen Ote Albrecht, Daniel Kessenich, and Fletcher Farrer.


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Receiving “Partner In 4-H was Julie Ann Madden, Akron Hometowner editor. The award was presented by Plymouth County Coordinator Janelle Johnson.

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