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Banquet Honors 4-H’ers, Leaders, Volunteers

By Staff | Nov 4, 2008

GALEN SMITH MEMORIAL AWARD - Sheri Kenyon was named as the recipient of the first-ever Galen Smith Memorial Award at the 2008 Palo Alto County 4-H Awards Banquet held Sunday night in Emmetsburg. -- Dan Voigt photo

Palo Alto County 4-H members, leaders and volunteers were recognized and honored for their achievements during the past project year Sunday evening at the annual 4-H Leaders Appreciation and Awards Banquet. Several special awards, along with various project awards were presented at the annual event, held at Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg. The annual event recognizes the youth who participate in 4-H, as well as their leaders, parents, families and volunteers for all their support of 4-H and youth programs in Palo Alto County. Palo Alto County’s 4-H program was honored with a special award of recognition from the Iowa 4-H Foundation. During the past year, Palo Alto County 4-H’ers raised $3.62 per 4-H member to support the pledge campaign of the state 4-H Foundation, the fifth highest average contribution in the state. Palo Alto County 4-H was also recognized for being one of 28 counties in the state that had 4-H membership growth of three percent or more in the past year. 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. To recognize their fundraising efforts, The Fern Valley 4-H, Graettinger Pirates, Highland Cruisers, Independence Boosters, Junior Clippers, Palo Alto Rockets and 4-H Shooting Sports clubs were all presented with certificates of merit as each of the clubs donated over $2.50 per member to the 4-H Foundation campaign in the past year. All told, Iowa 4-H members raised $32,283 for the state foundation, and Palo Alto County youth did their part in meeting the theme of the drive, “4-H, Ignite the Flame.” In the area of Community Service recognition, the Graettinger Pirates 4-H Club was named the Community Service winner for the year, with the Fern Valley 4-H’ers receiving Honorable Mention honors for Community Service in the past year. Special awards were presented to the Palo Alto Rockets 4-H Club for having the best completion of record books. Second place was awarded to the Highland Cruisers and third place recognition for record book completion went to the Fern Valley 4-H’ers. In the awards portion of the program, several special awards were presented along with various project awards. A new award was presented this year for the first time in Palo Alto County. The Galen Smith Memorial Award was created to perpetuate the memory of the late Galen Smith of Curlew, who lost his life earlier this year. The award was created to honor a 4-H’er who most exhibited the qualities of leadership and service in the traditions of 4-H. The first recipient of the Galen Smith Award was Sheri Kenyon. The Ak-Sar-Ben Award was presented to Shawn Molitor, while the Danforth “I Dare You” award was presented to Kristin Wirtz. The R.W. Ashby Award to an outstanding 4-H’er was presented to Laura Smith, with the Jeanette Anthe Award for an outstanding 4-H’er being presented to Bridget Rouse. Communications Awards were presented to Taylor Reimer for her Working Presentation and to Shelby Gappa, Caroline Fantz and Madison Reimer for their Educational Presentations. The 4-H Alumni Award was presented to Julie Naig of Cylinder for her years of service as a 4-H member, and for her service as the county’s 4-H program director. The Honorary Membership Award was presented to Rose Smith of Curlew for her service as a leader and volunteer working with 4-H clubs and the Cloverkids Program. Special Leadership recognition awards were presented to Angie Strohman of Mallard and Clyde Johnson of West for five years of service as 4-H club leaders. In the continuation of an award that was started in 2003, four 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 2008 were Scott Smith, Damon Berkland, Bridget Rouse and Kristin Wirtz. Superior Award Recognitions Several Superior Project Awards were presented to 4-H’ers for their accomplishments with their projects in the past year. Kristin Wirtz was recognized for both her photography and Home Improvement projects and Neal Norland was honored for his Personal Development project. Several special recognition awards were made in the areas of merit, achievement, leadership, agriculture and citizenship. Merit Awards were presented to Shyanne Zaragosa, Meghan Berkland, Joel Reding, Josh Kibbie, Michael Sundall, Alysia Moser, Chelsey Rouse, Caitlin Wise and Shelby Gappa. Citizenship awards were presented to Shelby Gappa, Nathan Meyer, Ryan Sikora and Neal Norland, while Achievement Awards were presented to Shawn Molitor, Nathan Meyer and Caitlin Wise. Leadership Awards were presented to Sheri Kenyon, Kristin Wirtz, Bridget Rouse, Laura Smith and Logan Fischer. Special awards in Agriculture were presented to Shelby Gappa and Justin Kibbie. Project Award Recognitions Awards were presented to junior 4-H’ers for their projects during the past year. In Home Improvement, Emily Bonnstetter, Trevor Fehr, Calla Knobloch and Kylie Hoch were honored, while in Food and Nutrition, Alicia Mogler, Chelsea Strohman, Jack Fehr, Morgan McGrauth, Mason McGrauth, Kyle Kassel and Sophia Moran were all recognized for their projects. Laura Moser and Kylie Hoch were honored for their Clothing Projects this past year, while Emily Riesenberg, Chelsea Strohman, Courtney Mader, Jared Sikora, Taylor Reimer, Josie Wickman and Caroline Fantz were all recognized for their Photography projects. For Woodworking projects, Greg Wesley, Robert Nelson and Dylan Moser were recognized for their projects. In the Ag and Natural Resources Project area, Rachel Ruddy and Joe Lowman were recognized, with Rachel Ruddy also earning honors for her Poultry project. In Visual Arts, Kaitlyn Fogarty, Katie Olson and Madison Reimer were honored and in the Child Development project area, Kendall Deitering and Alana Rehm received honors. Kirk Kenyon and Cassy Olesen were recognized for their Bucket-Bottle Calf projects and Ethan Thompson was honored for his Horse Project. In Animal Science, Kelli Klepper received honors for her project, while Lauren Rehm and Morgan McGrauth were honored for their Horticulture projects. Robert Nelson received honors for his Beef project, while Josie Wickman earned recognition for her Rabbit Project. Taylor Reimer and Madison Reimer both earned honors for their Communications projects. Kyle Kassel was recognized for his Swine project and Mason McGrauth earned honors for his Science, Mechanics and Engineering project. Intermediate and Senior award winners included Heather Fehr for her Home Improvement project and Cody Hoch for his Woodworking project. Emma Fehr earned recognition for her Clothing project and Caitlin Wise was recognized for her Child Development project. Shelby Gappa was honored for her 4-H Historical -Family Heritage project, while Shawn Molitor earned honors for his Photography project. Alesha Sikora and Janet Kenyon were recognized for their Visual Art projects and Horse Project honors were awarded to Ryan Sikora and Meghan Berkland.


In Visual Arts, Kaitlyn Fogarty, Katie Olson and Madison Reimer were honored and in the Child Development project area, Kendall Deitering and Alana Rehm received honors. Kirk Kenyon and Cassy Olesen were recognized for their Bucket-Bottle Calf projects and Ethan Thompson was honored for his Horse Project. In Animal Science, Kelli Klepper received honors for her project, while Lauren Rehm and Morgan McGrauth were honored for their Horticulture projects. Robert Nelson received honors for his Beef project, while Josie Wickman earned recognition for her Rabbit Project. Taylor Reimer and Madison Reimer both earned honors for their Communications projects. Kyle Kassel was recognized for his Swine project and Mason McGrauth earned honors for his Science, Mechanics and Engineering project. Intermediate and Senior award winners included Heather Fehr for her Home Improvement project and Cody Hoch for his Woodworking project. Emma Fehr earned recognition for her Clothing project and Caitlin Wise was recognized for her Child Development project. Shelby Gappa was honored for her 4-H Historical -Family Heritage project, while Shawn Molitor earned honors for his Photography project. Alesha Sikora and Janet Kenyon were recognized for their Visual Art projects and Horse Project honors were awarded to Ryan Sikora and Meghan Berkland.