Recognition and accomplishments of the members and leaders of the Chase County 4-H program once again highlighted this year’s annual 4-H Achievement Night program.
Leaders and 4-H members were presented certificates and awards held on Nov. 9 at the 4-H Exhibit Building 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 and competing in a judging event. They must also exhibit at the county fair in the area of the award.
This year’s recipient of the Outstanding 4-H Project sponsored by 21st Century Equipment, Inc. was Regan Gittlein.
Hayley Vitosh received the Outstanding Foods Award sponsored by Hill’s Family Foods.
Ryelee Christensen was the recipient of the Outstanding Home Environment Award sponsored by the 4-H Council.
This year’s Outstanding Clothing winner was Jessica Hartman. Her trophy was sponsored by Prior’s & Sew Forth.
The Junior Overall FCS Award was awarded to Jessica Hartman and was sponsored by Johnson Publications.
Blair Hartman received the Senior Overall FCS Award which was sponsored by the 4-H Council.
Livestock awards were presented in the three areas which included herdsmanship, round robin and the carcass contest.
The Silver Spurs Club took home the honor for sheep herdsmanship, Dreamchasers received the beef herdsmanship, while the Challengers were awarded the swine herdsmanship honors. These clubs each received a cash incentive along with a certificate of achievement for their efforts.
The 2009 round robin winners who received jackets were as follows:
Junior division—Brady Gittlein—Jacket sponsored by Chad and Marjean Deines and Robert Tigner.
Intermediate division—Blair Hartman—Jacket sponsored by the Tom Dill and Gene and Tracy Heathers families.
Senior division—Chantal Heathers—Jacket sponsored by Wilma Stromberger.
The jackets were embroidered for the winners by “Winning Edge Embroidery,” owned by Doug and Kaye Dean.
Receiving carcass trophies from the county fair this year were:
Lauren Prior, Grand Champion Sheep Carcass; Gerald Ambrosek, Reserve Champion Sheep Carcass; Trace Helser, Grand Champion Swine Carcass; Jared Knobbe, Reserve Champion Swine Carcass; Blair Hartman, Grand Champion Beef Carcass; and Kaycee Bubak, Reserve Champion Beef Carcass.
Trophies were sponsored by 21st Century Equipment, LLC, Veterinary Services, Large’s Cattle Services, Wayne and Chris Krausnick, Rex and Amy Prior, Milner Farms—Bob and Jippi, 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.
The carcass incentive sponsors are Veterinary Services, Jerry Wood and Imperial Beef.
The overall goal of the Nebraska 4-H Club of Excellence is to recognize clubs that have met goals to help 4-H clubs develop enthusiastic young people who boldly take action to demonstrate life skills as capable, caring, confident competent kids of character thus contributing to the improvement of themselves, family, club, community and world.
This year, the Dreamchasers 4-H Club and the Chase County All Stars 4-H Club were recognized as a Nebraska 4-H Club of Excellence. These clubs will receive $50 for reaching this level of excellence.
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.
Youths completing levels of the Diamond Clover Program are:
Level 1—Amethyst—Stevie Baker, Brady Gittlein and Hayley Vitosh.
Level 2—Aquamarine—Dawn Castle and Lauren Prior.
Level 3—Ruby—Mindy Castle, Dustin Holmes, Blair Hartman, Jessica Hartman, Regan Gittlein and Shandra Johnson.
Level 4—Sappphire—Mason Holmes and Spencer Hartman.
This year’s Outstanding 4-H Member was awarded to Schyler Heathers, who has been a member of 4-H for 11 years. He has been involved in shooting sports, market sheep, horse and woodworking over the years. He served as a youth representative for the 4-H council and served as the treasurer and also secretary for the Silver Spurs 4-H Club.
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 Terri Leibbrandt, who began her 4-H years in 1971 enrolling in beef and took many projects throughout her 4-H years. She has served as a leader for the Chase County Clovers and has been the fair superintendent for the home environment area for many years.
Leibbrandt’s continued involvement in 4-H has strengthened the Chase County program and it was with sincere congratulations that the council presented her with this award.
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 Launy and Lorrie Ringleman. Both of these recipients go beyond the call of duty to promote the 4-H program. Both have been active leaders and have served as superintendents for clothing and shooting sports.
Launy has been a key factor in getting the BB gun program off and going strong. His dedication to this program has made it what it is today. Lorrie was there to pitch in and lend a helping hand wherever needed.
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 and was presented to Trace Helser.
Completing their level requirements and receiving horse level certificates were Kadyn Milner, Level I, and Jordyn Doetker and Darin Knobbe , Level II.
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. Leaders who have served for five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service also receive clover pins with their certificates.
Receiving the silver clover pin were the fifth year leaders Tracy Coleman, Tonja Ketter, Steve Knoetzel and Kristine Smith. Gene and Tracy Heathers, Dave Hogsett and Amy Marlatt were presented a gold clover for 10 years of service.
Volunteer leaders and their years of service include:
1st year—Rebecca Koellner, Daniel Kuhlmann, Shannon Kuhlmann, Lori Mendenhall and Jessica Skomp.
2nd year—Mitch Hoskovec, John Schilke and Sherri Schoenholz.
3rd year—Jennifer Harris.
4th year—Kim Bubak, DeAnn Doetker, Heather Francis, Amy Gittlein, Jeremey Gittlein, James Marlatt and Theresa Schilke.
5th year—Tracy Coleman, Tonja Ketter, Steve Knoetzel and Kristine Smith.
6th year—Jippi Milner, Lisa Schilke and Chris Tomky.
7th year—Launy Ringleman.
8th year—Lynn Prosser.
10th year—Gene Heathers, Tracy Heathers, Dave Hogsett and Amy Marlatt.
11th year—Rita Hogsett.
13th year—Becky Spady.
16th year—Sheila Stromberger.
18th year—Arlys Cupp.
23rd year—Susan Spicer.
26th year—Doug Dean.
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:
Cake Decorating—Shandra Johnson.
Child Care—Rose Sullivan.
Consumer Education—Paula Leibbrandt.
Food and Nutrition—Blair Hartman.
4-H Story Winners—Stevie Baker, Rose Sullivan and Schyler Heathers.
Home Environment—Andrea Hogsett.
Public Speaking and Presentations—Elizabeth Tomky.
Shooting Sports—Daniel Hogsett.
Community Pride certificates were given to 4-H Clubs who took the time to give back to their community. These clubs included Silver Spurs, Discoverers, Chase County All Stars, Challengers and Dreamchasers.
Earning day camp scholarships for their first year in 4-H are Stevie Baker, Hunter Bartels, Caid Doetker, Emma Ferguson, Brady Gittlein, Noah Griffin, Jade Harris, Jodi Koellner and Jesse McMillin.
Kimberly Cook, Extension Educator, presented the council members with certificates of appreciation and expressed her sincere thanks for all of their service.
The 2009 Council members were Rob Hartman, Carol Vetter, Theresa Schilke, Tracy Heathers, Lisa Schilke, Sue Knobbe, Jeremey Gittlein, Brian Helser, Tanner Stromberger and Laura Rundback.