The annual Webster County 4-H Leaders Recognition and 4-H Awards Banquet was held Sunday at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn and Suites with more than 300 in attendance. The banquet is sponsored each year by the Webster County 4-H Foundation and the Webster County Extension and Outreach Office.
The County 4-H Council introduced special guests and 4-H supporters. They then introduced the 4-H leaders for the past year who presented awards to members of their respective clubs for Junior, Intermediate and Senior Achievement and Outstanding Club Officers.
Badger Builders: Junior Achievement, Landon McMahon; Intermediate Achievement, Dartangan Dohrn; Senior Achievement, Aubrey Walsh. Officer Awards: Elizabeth McMahon, secretary; Dartangan Dohrn, vice president; Michael Martin, treasurer; Landon McMahon, recreation.
Country Charmers: Intermediate Achievement, Cameron Pliner; Senior Achievement, Rebecca Nellis and Katelyn Pliner. Officer Awards: Rebecca Nellis, president; Cameron Pliner, reporter; Katelyn Pliner, vice president.
C/C Sidekicks: Intermediate Achievement, Adam Ladlie and Skyler Nielsen. Officer Awards: Patrick Carter, vice president; Caryn Dawson, treasurer; Megan Dawson, historian; Skyler Nielsen, photographer; Ethan Recker, reporter.
Dayton Tigers: Junior Achievement, Maggie Anderlik, Ally Anderson, Avery Anderson, Randy Andrews, Jaynie Ferrari, Jordan Johnson, Carson Lambert, Cassidy Lambert, Taegen Long, Kylie Weiland; Intermediate Achievement, Joel Anderson, Nick Eslick, Karrigan Mentzer, Jayden Muench; Senior Achievement, Abby Anderlik, Libby Anderlik, Kierra Eldridge, Daniel Eslick, Trey Kahl-Long. Officer Awards: Alexis Hanson, secretary; Taegen Long, photographer; Karrigan Mentzer, historian; Jayden Muench, photographer; Tracy Oeltjenbruns, reporter.
Douglas Dreamers: Junior Achievement, Morgan Border, Claire Fleming, Cooper Fleming, Anna Lewandowski, Kadyn Lundberg, and Rylie Steinkamp; Intermediate Achievement, Brooklin Border, Luke Lewandowski, Christian Lundberg, Sydnee Waggoner; Senior Achievement, Kelsey Albrecht, Carrie Anderson, Taylor Hintch, Jacob Lewandowski. Officer Awards: Kelsey Albrecht and Maric Salocker, president; Kaylee DeLao and Claire Fleming, historian; Brooklin Border, Morgan Border and Anna Lewandowski, recreation; Jacob Lewandowski, secretary; Justin Vaughan, treasurer.
Elkhorn Eagles: Officer Awards: Anna Heatherington, recreation; Nicholas Montgomery, vice president; Madyson Jaeschke, photographer; Dakota Jaeschke, treasurer.
Elkhorn Earlybirds: Junior Achievement, Kylie Clark, Nathan Rethwisch, Jessica Shirbroun; Senior Achievement, Kaitlyn Clark, Rachel Rethwisch; Officer Awards: Breanna Anderson, president; Jessica Shirbroun, recreation.
Fort Dodge Falcons: Junior Achievement, Kyle Davis and Jessica Jordison; Intermediate Achievement, Cole Davis. Officer Awards: Joley Bird, recreation; Cole Davis, president; Kyle Davis, photographer.
Gowrie Groundbreakers: Junior Achievement, Samantha Alphs, Reagan Black, Ben Carlson, Morgan Farnham, Parker Johnson, Jarrett Loseke, Blake Peterson, Alex Pudenz; Intermediate Achievement, Maddy Christensen, Matthew Ross; Senior Achievement, Josh Carlson. Officer Awards: Samantha Alphs and Ben Carlson, recreation; Josh Carlson, vice president; Kendall Sandgren and Hannah Peterson, historian and photographer; Bailey Walrod, president.
Independent Member: Senior Achievement, Zoe Schneider.
Johnson Jaguars: Junior Achievement, Heather Almond, Jacob Cook, Claire Copper, Rachel Copper, Erin Eldridge, Allyson Jaeschke, Kelsey Nelson, Cara Samuelson, Alexis Stuhrenberg; Intermediate Achievement, Nelson Cook, Kalista Herr, TJ Nelson, Drew Samuelson, Emma Stuhrenberg; Senior Achievement, Mackenzie Nelson, Kelsey West. Officer Award: Leah Sanck, historian; Alexis Stuhrenberg, treasurer; Emma Stuhrenberg, photographer; Cassidy Wolff, secretary; Cory Wolff, vice president.
Nifty Newark: Junior Achievement, Cresten Craven, Tyler Craven, Dallas Hammitt; Senior Achievement, Madison Bodholdt, Derek Hammitt, Mallory Hammitt, Stephanie Martin, Raechel Spangler. Officer Awards: Dallas Hammitt, recreation; Derek Hammitt, vice president; Mallory Hammitt, president; Stephanie Martin, reporter.
Silver Spurs: Junior Achievement, Garrett Barker, Elizabeth Woltman; Intermediate Achievement, Ashlee Grady; Senior Achievement, Kylie Bergren, Libbie Lowry, Jenna Sankey. Officer Awards: Garrett Barker, reporter; Ashlee Grady, vice president; Libbie Lowry, secretary and treasurer; Jenna Sankey, president.
SonRays: Officer Awards: Austin Hermanson, treasurer; Anna Lewandowski, recreation; Jacob Lewandowski, president; Luke Lewandowski, secretary and reporter.
Washington Winners: Junior Achievement, Megan Anderson, Nick Corey, Ryan Fransen, Lauren Harris, Aubrey Holtorf, Carson Holtorf, Christine Housken, Justin Koester, Peyton Powell, Hannah Rees, Daryan Scharf, Dillon Sytsma, Samuel Sytsma; Intermediate Achievement, Evan Anderson, Leah Gibbons, Collin Harris, Leslie Housken, Tommy Lennon, Olivia Mitchell, Ashley Nieland, Daven Rees; Senior Achievement, Madison Anderson, Eric Fransen, Matt Fransen, Josh Gibbons, Nolan Mitchell, Austin Stewart, Devin Summers. Officer Awards: Evan Anderson, Nick Corey, Matt Fransen, Ryan Fransen, Leah Gibbons, Christine Housken, Hannah Rees, and Dillon Sytsma, historian; Samantha Dischler, Josh Gibbons, Collin Harris, Olivia Mitchell, Ashley Nieland and Daven Rees, recreation; Lauren Harris, secretary; Justin Koester, reporter; Tommy Lennon, photographer; Nolan Mitchell, president.
4-H'ers who had completed their first year in 4-H were also recognized during the evening.
4-H award of clover pins and certificates were presented for volunteers serving five, 10, 15 and 20 years as a 4-H volunteer. Five years of service to the 4-H program receive the silver clover pin: Emily Ballard, Youth Committee member; Kevin Barkley, poultry project leader; JoAnn Lennon, Washington Winners club leader; Jeanine Lowry, Silver Spurs club leader and horse project leader; Sharon Mitchell, Washington Winners club leader; Brad Oeltjenbruns, sheep project leader; Mary Salocker food project leader; Charlie Schelle, tech project leader; and Matt Schreiber, Youth Committee member.
Receiving a gold pin for 10 years of service: Deb Allard, Horse Project leader and superintendent; and Deb Shelton, C/C Sidekicks club leader.
Leaders thanked for working with youths are: Jan Albrecht as leader the Douglas Dreamers, Deb Allard as horse project leader and superintendent; Jodie Burke, Tony Martin and Liesl Vaughan as Youth Committee members; Katie Dodson as poultry project leader; and Mary Salocker as foods project leader.
County project awards were presented to the 4-H members by Extension staff members and the County Youth and 4-H Committee members. 4-H'ers had to submit their record-keeping materials in order to be considered for these awards. Citizenship, communication and leadership were considered when selections were made.
Kelsey Albrecht Bread; Madison Bodholdt Food & Nutrition, Long Time Record Keeping; Brooklin Border Citizenship, Communications; Kierra Eldridge Long Time Record Keeping; Derek Hammitt - Long Time Record Keeping; Jacob Lewandowski - Communications; Libbie Lowry - Long Time Record Keeping; Stephanie Martin - Dog; Jayden Muench - Citizenship, Vet Science; Rebecca Nellis - Consumer Management, Bread, Clothing Selection, Fashion Revue; Rachel Rethwisch - Photography, $15 Challenge, Long Time Record Keeping; Matt Ross - Dog, Poultry; Jenna Sankey - Long Time Record Keeping; Aubrey Walsh - Visual Arts, Long Time Record Keeping.
Chicago Award Trip Participants: Derek Hammitt, Stephanie Martin, Rebecca Nellis, Zoe Schneider.
Achievement Awards: Kelsey Albrecht, Stephanie Martin, Rebecca Nellis, Zoe Schneider.
The Outstanding Consumer Sciences Award is given annually to a senior 4-Her and is based on consideration of the entire career of the member, including presentations at meetings, fair exhibits and citizenship activities. The 2012 award was presented to Rebecca Nellis, of Fort Dodge.
An award was given to nine 4-H'ers for their extra work and dedication to the 4-H program. This award, called the 4-H Spirit Award, was given at the Junior level to Megan Anderson, of the Washington Winners, Garrett Barker of the Silver Spurs, Tyler Craven of the Nifty Newark, and Anna Lewandowski of the Douglas Dreamers and SonRays; at the Intermediate level to Dartangan Dorhn of the Badger Builders and Mercedes Loehr of the C/C Sidekicks; Senior Level to Bailey Boyer of the Nifty Newark, Alexis Hanson of the Dayton Tigers, and Libbie Lowry of the Silver Spurs.
College scholarships were presented: The Bill and Pat Coffey Memorial Scholarship was presented to Jenna Sankey. Coffey was the Webster County Extension director at the time of his death in 1993. Other memorial scholarships that were given include: the Sharon Lemkau Memorial Scholarship given to Kelsey Albrecht; a memorial scholarship was given to Rebecca Nellis to recognize Gene and Shirley Anderson, to Kierra Eldridge to recognize MaryAnn Haase, to Breanna Pingel to recognize Irene McLuckie, to Madison Bodholdt to recognize Fred Stanek, to Zoe Schneider to recognize Mabelle Stanek, and to Stephanie Martin to recognize Ken Johnson, and the Des Moines River Valley Tractor and Engine Club Scholarship was given to Derek Hammitt.
The 4-H Alumni Awards were presented to Laurie and Randy Kalahar, of Gowrie, and Barb Peterson, also from Gowrie. Laurie Kalahar was a leader of the Gowrie Groundbreakers 4-H club and is currently a leader with the horse project. Randy Kalahar volunteers with the horse project, serving as project leader and fair superintendent. Peterson is a former horse project leader.
The final event of the evening was installation of two adults as Honorary 4-H members by the County Council. Two special people who were honored for their dedication and support to the Webster County 4-H program were Katie Dodson, of Clare, and Wade Allard, of Gowrie. Dodson has volunteered with the poultry project and was a club leader for the Dayton Tigers. Allard is a volunteer with the horse project and leader of the aerospace project.