4-Her’s Honored for Achievements

Posted on 14 November 2017 by KWBG

BOONE, Iowa—Over one hundred 4-H members and adult volunteers were honored for their achievements at the Boone County 4-H Awards Day held Sunday, November 12th at the Community Building on the Boone County Fairgrounds.  Awards were presented to recognize youth for growth and achievement in project areas, for outstanding overall 4-H participation, and for communication, citizenship and leadership activities.  Members of the Boone County 4-H Youth Committee reviewed record books and award nominations, selected 4-H members to receive awards and conducted the awards presentation.

Four Outstanding Graduate 4-H members were introduced by donors of the awards, Bill Zinnel, representing Boone Bank and Trust Co., Amy Landas, representing US Bank of Boone, and Alyssa Knudsen, representing the Ag Committee of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce.  The six graduated 4-H members honored for their achievements were:  Amanda Brown from Boone, Cassey Davisson from Boxholm, Hannah Sackett from Woodward and Vanessa Scott from Pilot Mound.

Front Row (L toR): Amanda Brown, Cassey Davisson and Vanessa Scott.
Back Row (L to R): Alyssa Knudsen from Boone County Chamber of Commerce, and Bill Zinnel from Boone Bank and Trust Co.
Not Pictured: Hannah Sackett.











Eight Outstanding Freshmen 4-H Members were honored by the family of Arnold and Marie Harris.  Recipients included: Carter Baumgardner, Summer Crocheck, Brennan Lynch from Boone, Ally Baumhover from Woodward, Abby Bryan from Ogden, Jack Grell from Granger, Lily Hammer from Beaver and Viatris Scott from Pilot Mound.

Front Row (L to R): Summer Crocheck, Abby Bryan and Ally Baumhover
Back Row (L to R): Carter Baumgardner, Viatris Scott and Jack Grell.
Not Pictured: Lily Hammer and Brennan Lynch.











The Lions Club of Boone and Boone Rotary Club sponsored eight Outstanding Sixer 4-H members.  They included: Erin Barnes, Hannah Chesnut, Jacie Flockhart from Boone, Celia Cerfogli from Madrid, Eliza Loecke from Ames, Logan Ozmun, Hunter Wisecup and Brady Zalesak from Ogden.

Front Row (L to R): Celia Cerfogli, Erin Barnes, Hannah Chesnut and Brady Zalesak.
Back Row (L to R): Eliza Loecke, Jacie Flockhart and Hunter Wisecup.
Not Pictured: Logan Ozmun.











A scholarship was awarded to Karolyn Peterson of Ogden in memory of Joyce Safly and Julienne Blomgren, former Boone County 4-H alumni, leaders, and dedicated volunteers. Karolyn is currently studying Liberal Arts at Des Moines Area Community College.

Two new scholarships were presented this year in memory of Marshall King.  Marshall King was involved in many different facets of the 4-H program and his contributions made a positive impact on many young people in Boone County.   The Marshall King Memorial Scholarships were presented to Madeleine Bretey who is currently studying Agronomy at Iowa State University and Jessie Soderstrum studying Animal Science at Iowa State University.

Three scholarships were presented to former Boone County 4-H members who are now juniors or seniors in college.  Donors were the Ed and Fran Thompson Memorial, the George Leonard Endowment and Boone County Farm Bureau.  Scholarship recipients and the college they are attending were:  Katherine Christensen who attends Iowa State University to study Event Management and Business Marketing, Michaela Ostendorf who is currently studying Animal Science at Iowa State University and Grant Heineman who attends Iowa State University to study Agricultural Engineering.

Front Row: Michaela Ostendorf, Katherine Christensen and Grant Heineman (Recipients of the 4-H Alumni Scholarship), Karolyn Peterson (recipient of the Joyce Safly & Julienne Blomgren Memorial Scholarship), Madeleine Bretey and Jessie Soderstrum (Recipients of the Marshall King Memorial Scholarship).
Back Row: Bret Pierce and Jeff Westrum (representing Boone County Farm Bureau), Jim Safly (representing the family of Joyce Safly and Julienne Blomgren), Lori Schultz and Nancy Thompson (representing the Marshall King Family).















Six Leader of Tomorrow awards were given in memory of Charles and Coletta Nalean of Ogden to Natalie Bretey, Landra Reece from Boone, Megan Osborn from Ames, Madelyn Ostendorf from Madrid, Ebony Scott and Claire Whalen from Pilot Mound.

Front Row Left to Right: Madelyn Ostendorf, Ebony Scott, Landra Reece and Claire Whalen.
Back Row Left to Right: Megan Osborn and Natalie Bretey










The George Leonard Memorial award honors three 4-H members who have been active club members and role models for younger members.  The 2017 recipients were Cassie Helmers, Wesley Wilmes from Boone and Katie Swanson from Madrid.

Left to Right: Katie Swanson, Cassie Helmers and Wesley Wilmes.









The 4-H Spirit Award recognized nine 4-H members who have made 4-H more fun or educational through their attitude, leadership, and hard work.  Sponsors of the Spirit Awards are Leigh and Julie Foster of Boone.  2017 recipients included junior members: Bella Bryan from Ogden, Josie Mowrer from Madrid and Johnny Sparks from Boone; intermediate members: Jacob Samuelson and Linden Seeger from Ogden, Megan Stern from Boone and senior members: Hailey Derry from Boone, Blake Haub and Karolyn Peterson from Ogden.

Front Row (L to R): Josie Mowrer, Bella Bryan and Megan Stern.
Back Row (L to R): Karolyn Peterson and Blake Haub.
Not Pictured: Johnny Sparks, Jacob Samuelson, Linden Seeger, and Hailey Derry











For the twenty-first year, the Julie and Carrie Ensley Club Citizenship award recognized one 4-H club for outstanding citizenship activities. This year, the Bluff Creek Wranglers 4-H Club was given this award due to their citizenship efforts.  Bluff Creek Wranglers 4-H Club has a strong history of citizenship activities.  One of the club’s citizenship goals this year was to expand their horizons to serve different types of groups and increase their reach.  As a part of Leadership Craze, each member of the club got to lead one citizenship activity in order to gain individual leadership skills.   When leading the citizenship activity, members worked with other members and community partners to organize the activity.  Reading is a very important skill so the club members created a Little Library for the residents in Pilot Mound.  To help low income families in their community, the club held a Back to School Carnival where they were able to hand out new school bags filled with needed school supplies.  This was made possible through a Lowrey Foundation Grant. Club members made fleece blankets for patients undergoing chemo treatment at Unity Point Fort Dodge Hospital; collected clothing for donation to Threads of Hope in Ogden; started a Pollinator Garden at Don Williams Park; raised money through a bake sale to install borders around playground equipment in a park in Pilot Mound; created valentine’s day cards for the residents at Ogden Manor; and much more!!

Front Row (L to R): Viatris Scott, Vanessa Scott, Ebony Scott, Claire Whalen, Cheryl Tevis-Lingren and Bonnie Whalen
Back Row (L to R): Nate Scott, Cade Barnett, Lance Longhorn, Kaleb Scott and Lane Longhorn.











Three bank donors recognized 4-H members who earned the merit and achievement awards for active 4-H participation, growth, and an obvious desire for sharing the 4-H passion with others.  These three banks were Vision Bank, Peoples Trust & Savings Bank, and Security Savings Bank of Boxholm.  Receiving the merit awards were Katie Barnes, Skyler Walters, Rylie Weyhrich, Reilly Hayworth, Casey Wilmes from Boone, Chaz Warson, Spencer Toms from Madrid, and Lauren Hansen from Story City.   Youth receiving the achievement award were Hudson Bretey, Claire Smith, Justin Wilson, Mason Porter, Kenna Redies, Amelia Verkade, Makenzie Weyhrich from Boone, and Alanna Schroeder from Ames.

Front Row (L to R): Katie Barnes, Chaz Warson, Skyler Walters and Reilly Hayworth
Back Row (L to R): Spencer Toms, Lauren Hansen and Casey Wilmes.
Not Pictured: Rylie Weyhrich

Front Row (L to R): Hudson Bretey, Justin Wilson, Claire Smith, and Alanna Schroeder.
Back Row (L to R): Mason Porter, Amelia Verkade, Kenna Redies and Makenzie Weyhrich



The Boone County 4-H Youth Committee sponsors the I CARE awards.   I CARE award recipients show that they love the 4-H program through their efforts behind the scenes and their willingness to help out where ever needed. The recipients of the I CARE Awards were Caraline Hertz, Halle Heyer from Boone and Lane Longhorn from Pilot Mound.

Left to Right: Lane Longhorn, Halle Heyer and Caraline Hertz









Project award discs, nameplates, and plaques were presented to 87 4-H members.  The members may apply for a bronze, silver, or gold disc in up to three projects in which they meet the criteria.  This year a total of 196 project award discs were presented in 42 different project areas.  These awards were made possible by the support of community groups including the Lions Club of Ogden and Madrid, Boone Daybreaker’s Kiwanis, Boone Noon Kiwanis, and Boone County Farm Bureau.

Thirty-nine 4-H members who earned the gold level award in their projects also received a gift related to their project from area businesses and families.  Donors included the Boone County 4-H Youth Committee, Haley Bethards, Melody Bethards, Britton Family, DMACC Fashion Club, Jo Erb Photography, Frames & Things – Deb Weber, Dorlis Good Smith Memorial, Hedlund Family, Heiller Family, Paul Heineman Family, Johansen/Martin Family, Dan & Courtney May, Randy & Joyce Patterson and Jeff & Gail Polich.

Vision Bank recognized four 4-H members who kept accurate records on their Pen of 3 beef projects.  These recipients included: 1st Alex Wilson, 2nd Brylee Bice, 3rd Karli Herrstrom and 4th Brock Crosman.

Left to Right: Brock Crosman, Brylee Bice, Karli Herrstrom and Nick Lentz from Vision Bank (back).
Not Pictured: Alex Wilson










4-H Awards Day activities also included presentation of adult awards and installation of the 2017-2018 Boone County 4-H Council.  For more information on 4-H, contact the Boone County Extension Office at (515) 432-3882.

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