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4-H Members, Leaders Honored At Annual Banquet

November 7, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

Palo Alto County youth, their families and volunteers gathered Sunday evening, Nov. 5 in Emmetsburg to honor the accomplishments of 4-H members in the past year, as well as thank their leaders and other volunteers. The 2017 Palo Alto County 4-H Leaders Appreciation and Awards Banquet, held at the VFW in Emmetsburg, honored 4-H'ers with special awards, along with various project awards to youth and adult volunteers.

Palo Alto County's 4-H program continue to work closely with the Iowa 4-H Foundation during the past year, as four Palo Alto County 4-H clubs raised the state target goal of $3.00 per member to support the pledge campaign of the state 4-H Foundation. Through the pledges, the Iowa 4-H Foundation is able to maintain funding for Capital Improvements to 4-H facilities, as well as helping with scholarship funding for 4-H'ers attending the National 4-H Convention every year, various state-level 4-H projects, financial aid for 4-H camp attendees and 4-H program grants.

This year, the Fern Valley 4-Hers, Highland Cruisers, Graettinger Pirates, 4-H Shooting Sports and the County Youth Council, received certificates of merit for their fundraising support of the Foundation.

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4-H?MEMBER, LEADERS?BANQUET - The annual celebration of 4-H accomplishments in Palo Alto County took place Sunday night. The annual 4-H Member/Leaders Banquet was held at the VFW?Post Home in Emmetsburg with a large crowd in attendance. Project awards were presented to Palo Alto County 4-H’ers for their projects during the past year. Several special awards and recognitions were also presented to outstanding 4-H members as well as leaders and volunteers

In the area of Community Service recognition, the Fern Valley 4-H'ers Club received the top Community Service Award for the year. Special awards were presented to the Fern Valley 4-H'ers for 88 percent record book completion while the 4-H Shooting Sports Club was honored for 68 percent completion and the Highland Cruisers Club was recognized for 56 percent completion of record books.

The Junior Clippers club was honored for most growth of membership during the year.

In the awards portion of the program, several special awards were presented along with various project awards. The Galen Smith Memorial Award, created in 2008 to perpetuate the memory of the late Galen Smith of Curlew, honors a 4-H'er who has best exhibited the qualities of leadership and service in the traditions of 4-H. Named as the 2017 Galen Smith Award recipient was Mary Nelson. The Ak-Sar-Ben Award was presented to Mason Studer while the Danforth "I Dare You" awards were presented to Emma Anderson and Dexter Knobloch. The R.W. Ashby Award to an outstanding 4-H'er was presented to Sarah Brown, with the Jeanette Anthe Award for an outstanding 4-H'er being presented to Kristin Kassel. A new award, the Noah Flaherty Memorial Award, was presented to Anna Sorenson.

In the continuation of an award that was started in 2003, eight scholarships were awarded to Palo Alto County 4-H'ers in memory of Margaret Pratt, a former Palo Alto County Home Economist. Following her death, the family of Margaret Pratt established a trust fund to provide scholarships for 4-H Youths to attend State Leadership events. The recipients of the Margaret Pratt Scholarships for 2017 were Aliza Woodford, Donald Strohman, Lauren Kenyon, Ryan Kenyon, Betty Strohman, Alexis Louwagie, Abigail Hoffman and Eric Sundall.

Communications Awards were presented to Ben Hurley for his Educational Presentation, while John Hurley and Ben Hurley received the Working Exhibit Award.

Recipient of the Honorary Membership Award was Woodford Equipment, Eric and Mary Woodford of Emmetsburg, in recognition of their many years of service to Palo Alto County 4-H programs. A second Honorary 4-H award was presented Terri Sundall of Ruthven

Special Leadership recognition awards were presented to Terri Sundall, Andrew Loomis, Anthony Smith and Audrey Zaugg for five years of service as club leaders; David Loomis for 10 years of club leadership and Ronia Klootwyk for 15 years of club leadership.

Superior Award


Superior Project Awards were presented to 4-H'ers for their accomplishments with their projects in the past year. Earning a Superior award for a Dog project was Lauren Kenyon, while Mackenzie Berkland was honored for Record Keeping. Kyle Licht was honored for his Meat Goat, while Mary Nelson was honored for her Market Beef project. Dexter Knobloch was honored for his Swine project and Thomas Woodford was honored for his Horticulture project. Abigail Hoffman received Superior project awards for her Horse and Pony project and her Food and Nutrition project.

Special Award


Several special recognition awards were made in the areas of merit, achievement, leadership, agriculture and citizenship. Merit Awards were presented to Lauren Kenyon, Betty Sue Stohman, Kyle Light, Thomas Woodford, Lucas Hoffman, Abigail Hoffman, Rebecca Licht, Ian Montag, Kadin Norris, Morgan Schmidt and Kinsey Kogel.

Citizenship awards were presented to Sarah Brown, Madison Norris, Mason Studer and Mackenzie Berkland. Achievement awards were presented Madison Norris and Betty Sue Strohman.

Agriculture awards were presented Corbin Studer, Mary Nelson, Lauren Kenyon, Tomas Woodford, Abigail Hoffman and Kyle Licht.

Leadership awards were presented to Emma Anderson, Anna Sorenson, Kristen Kassel, Dexter Knobloch, Thomas Woodford and Abigail Hoffman.


Awards were presented to junior 4-H'ers for their projects during the past years. Home Improvement awards were presented to Olivia Sorenson, Paula Licht and Claire Gerber. Visual Arts awards were presented to Grace Gellerman and Emmy Schneider. Photography awards were presented to Ben Hurley, Olivia Lace, Grace Gellerman, Rylie Frerk and Rachel Chapman. Mitch Stevens received a Woodworking award, while Josi Reiman received a Market Beef award and Jadyn Joyce received a Meat Goat award.

Science, Engineering and Technology awards were presented to Katie Nelson, Olivia Lace, Claire Kassel and Alexis Welter, while Breeding Beef awards were presented to Olivia Sorenson, Jaxon Zaugg and Claire Gerber.

Ben Saxton and Abigail Schmidt earned Record Keeping awards, while Ben Hurley received a Communications Award. Claire Kassel received a Horticulture award and Kourtney Kogel received a Clothing Selection award. Sewing and Needle Arts awards were earned by Josi Reiman, Paula Licht, Rylie Frerk and Rachel Chapman, while Luke Hoffman and Emmy Schneider earned Food and Nutrition awards. Kourtney Kogel received the $150 Clothing Challenge award and Katie Nelson earned the Self Determined award. Jaxon Zaugg received the Personal Development award and Rabbit awards were presented to Alexis Welter and Luke Hoffman.

Awards were also presented to Intermediate and Senior 4-H members for accomplishments in their various projects in the past year.

Home Improvement project awards were presented to Madison Norris, Aliza Woodford and Cassidy Welter, while Citizenship awards were presented to Logan Studer and Lexi Brown.

Woodworking project awards were presented to Kadin Norris and Mackenzie Hoffman while Horticulture awards were presented to Lex Kassel and Lexi Brown. Visual Arts awards were presented to Morgan Schmidt, Kirsten Kassel, Kinsey Kogel and Rachel Miner, while Cassidy Welter received a Dog award. Kadin Norris received a Rabbit award, while Aliza Woodford received the Food and Nutrition award.

Sewing and Needle Arts awards were presented to Kinsey Kogel, Grace Olesen, Maggie Nelson, Mackenzie Hoffman, Rachel Miner and Joe Chapman, while Ian Montag received a Child Development award. Cassidy Welter received a Photography award, while Maggie Nelson and Lex Kassel received Record Keeping awards. Kate Sorenson and Mackenzie Hoffman earned Market Beef awards, while Rebecca Licht and Lexi Brown received Meat Goat awards. Clothing and Fashion awards were earned by Maggie Nelson and Kayla Welter, while Abigail Hoffman earned an Animal Science award. Lex Kassel received the Science, Engineering and Technology award, while Landon Haack received a Mechanics award. Kayla Welter was presented with the Consumer Management award. Kinsey Kogel received a Bucket-Bottle Calf award and John Hurley received the Communications award.



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