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Banquet Honors 4-H Youth, Leaders On Accomplishments

By Staff | Nov 9, 2010

4-H’ERS & VOLUNTEERS?HONORED - Nearly 200 4-H members, parents, friends and volunteers turned out Sunday night for the annual Palo Alto County 4-H Awards and Recognition banquet at Iowa Lakes Community College. Along with project awards, several special awards were presented to various 4-H members and adult volunteers for the efforts to “make the best better” through 4-H. -- Dan Voigt photo

A crowd of nearly 200 adults and youth gathered Sunday evening to recognize the accomplishments of Palo Alto County 4-H members in the past year, as well as honor their leaders and other volunteers. The annual Palo Alto County 4-H Leaders Appreciation and Awards Banquet, held at Iowa Lakes Community College, featured the presentation of several special awards, along with various project awards to youth and adult volunteers.

Palo Alto County’s 4-H program continued 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 $2.75 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.

To recognize their fundraising efforts, The Fern Valley 4-H’ers, Independence Boosters, Junior Clippers and 4-H Shooting Sports clubs were all presented with certificates of merit for their fundraising support of the Foundation. All told, Iowa 4-H members raised $23,565.77 for the state foundation.

Additionally, the Fern Valley 4’H’ers were recognized for gaining seven new members in the past year.

In the area of Community Service recognition, the Graettinger Pirates 4-H Club received the top Community Service Award for the year, with the Junior Clippers 4-H Club receiving second place honors for their Community Service works in the past year. Special awards were presented to the Highland Cruisers for 93 percent record book completion along with the Graettinger Pirates for 88 percent completion and third place honors went to the Fern Valley 4-H’ers for having 83 percent completion of record books.

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 the2010 Galen Smith Award recipient was Michael Sundall of Ruthven.

The Ak-Sar-Ben Award was presented to Justin Kibbie, while the Danforth “I Dare You” awards were presented to Miranda McGrauth and Dylan Fischer. The R.W. Ashby Award to an outstanding 4-H’er was presented to Josh Kibbie, with the Jeanette Anthe Award for an outstanding 4-H’er being presented to Chelsey rouse.

Communications Awards were presented to the Educational Presentations developed and presented by Laura Moser, Nick Grandstaff, Noah Flaherty, Kourtney Clasing, Kendall Deitering, Lydia Reding, Rachel Ruddy, Emily Bonnstetter and BriAna Campbell.

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 2010 were Nathan Meyer, Neal Norland, Ashley Brown and Katie Grandstaff.

Recipient of the Honorary Membership Award was Ronia Klootwyk of Emmetsburg, in recognition of her many years of service as a leader and volunteer to Palo Alto County 4-H. The 4-H Alumni Awards were presented to Anita Fisher and Angie Strohman for their service to the 4-H program in the county.

Special Leadership recognition awards were presented to Lori Wickman, Deb Kibbie, Don Bruch, Bert Naig and Bob Huberty for five years of club leadership, while Devona Perkins and Joel Thomsen were both honored for 10 years as club leaders of the Junior Clippers and Independence Boosters, respectively.

Superior Award

Recognitions

Superior Project Awards were presented to 4-H’ers for their accomplishments with their projects in the past year. Michael Sundall, along with Justin and Joel Kibbie, were all honored for their beef projects.

Special Award

Recognitions

Several special recognition awards were made in the areas of merit, achievement, leadership, agriculture and citizenship. Merit Awards were presented to Joel Kibbie, Janet Kenyon, Luke Mogler and Katie Grandstaff, while Leadership awards were presented to Justin Kibbie, Josh Kibbie, Michael Sundall and Chelsey Rouse. Achievement awards were presented to Alesha Sikora, Haley Banwart, Jacob Schmitt and Kendra Feldman.

Citizenship awards were presented to Miranda McGrauth, Alesha Sikora, Haley Banwart, Kendra Feldman, Dylan Fishcer and Ashley Brown, while Agriculture awards were presented to Jacob Schmitt and Ashley Brown.

Project Award

Recognitions

Awards were presented to junior 4-H’ers for their projects during the past years. Home Improvement awards were presented to Emma Feldhacker, Rachel Hoffman, Charlie Fehr, Taylor Park, Anna Sorenson, Cassy Olesen, Dexter Knobloch, Jack Banwart, Emily Park, Madison Norris and Brent Wesley, while Rachel Hoffman, Robert Nelson and Brent Wesley received Food and Nutrition awards.

Clothing awards were presented to Breanna Schutz, Autumn Mogler, Kristen Kassel and Megan Brown, while awards for Photography were presented to Kelli Klepper, Taylor Park, Zane Wickman, Alison Merrill, Alex Hoffman Kyle Kassel and Emily Park.

Phoenix Campbell received an award for Science and Technology, while Horticulture awards were presented to Zane Wickman, Noah Fehr and Mason Studer. Noah Flaherty and Dalton Knobloch received Woodworking awards, while Phoenix Campbell received an award in Hobbies and Crafts. Mary Nelson received a Citizenship award and Robert Nelson earned a Computer award. Kyle Kassel was presented with an award for Welding, while Corbin Studer earned an award in Home Grounds Improvement.

Breanna Schutz, Noah Flaherty, Tyler Hoffman, Jillian Joyce and Eric Sundall all received awards for Visual Arts, while Laura Moser received an award for Communications and Jack Banwart received an award in the Self Determined project area.

Dominic Allen and Madison Norris received awards for the Rabbit projects, while Corbin Studer, Charlie Fehr, Anna Sorenson, Dalton Knobloch and Mason Studer all received awards for their Bucket/Bottle calves. Beef awards were presented to Emma Anderson, Mary Nelson and Tyler Hoffman, while Kristen Kassel earned a Swine project award. Jillian Joyce and Emma Anderson received Horse and Pony awards, while Kelli Klepper, Cassy Oleseon and Laura Moser received Dog project awards.

Jenna Chapman and Ryan Kenyon both received Dairy Cattle awards for their projects and Sarah Brown received an award for her Bottle Lamb project.

Intermediate and Senior award winners Kendall Deitering for Child Development, Dylan Moser for Woodworking, Josie Wickman, Chelsea Strohman, Luke Mogler, BriAna Campbell, Alicia Mogler and Rachel Ruddy in Home Improvement and Haley Banwart, Heather Brown and BriAna Campbell in Clothing. In Food and Nutrition, Josie Wickman, Dylan Fischer and Greg Wesley received awards, while in Photography, Caroline Fantz, Jacob Schmitt, Calla Knobloch, Sydney Hersom, Alicia Mogler and Emily Riesenberg all were honored for their projects.

Kendall Deitering, Haley Banwart and Emily Bonnstetter received Communications Awards, while Courtney Mader received a Horticulture award and Emily Bonnstetter received a Crop Production award. Michael Sundall, Calla Knobloch and Brooke Hoffman were presented awards for their welding projects, while Katie Olesen and Rachel Ruddy earned awards for Animal Science. Greg Wesley received a Visual Arts award and BriAna Campbell and Kendall Deitering received Leadership project awards and Rachel Ruddy received an award for her Self Determined project.

Josh Kibbie and Katie Olesen earned Beef Project awards, while Kirk Kenyon and Emily Bonnstetter received Dog project awards. Sydney Hersom earned and award for her Horse and Pony project and Janet Kenyon received a Dairy Cattle award. Poultry awards were presented to Dylan Moser and Greg Wesley and Sheep project awards were presented to Luke Mogler and Ashley Brown to round out the awards presentations.

* Look for more photos from the Awards Banquet on pages 11B and 12B of The Reporter.

Banquet Honors 4-H Youth, Leaders On Accomplishments

By Staff | Nov 9, 2010

4-H’ERS & VOLUNTEERS?HONORED - Nearly 200 4-H members, parents, friends and volunteers turned out Sunday night for the annual Palo Alto County 4-H Awards and Recognition banquet at Iowa Lakes Community College. Along with project awards, several special awards were presented to various 4-H members and adult volunteers for the efforts to “make the best better” through 4-H. -- Dan Voigt photo

A crowd of nearly 200 adults and youth gathered Sunday evening to recognize the accomplishments of Palo Alto County 4-H members in the past year, as well as honor their leaders and other volunteers. The annual Palo Alto County 4-H Leaders Appreciation and Awards Banquet, held at Iowa Lakes Community College, featured the presentation of several special awards, along with various project awards to youth and adult volunteers.

Palo Alto County’s 4-H program continued 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 $2.75 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.

To recognize their fundraising efforts, The Fern Valley 4-H’ers, Independence Boosters, Junior Clippers and 4-H Shooting Sports clubs were all presented with certificates of merit for their fundraising support of the Foundation. All told, Iowa 4-H members raised $23,565.77 for the state foundation.

Additionally, the Fern Valley 4’H’ers were recognized for gaining seven new members in the past year.

In the area of Community Service recognition, the Graettinger Pirates 4-H Club received the top Community Service Award for the year, with the Junior Clippers 4-H Club receiving second place honors for their Community Service works in the past year. Special awards were presented to the Highland Cruisers for 93 percent record book completion along with the Graettinger Pirates for 88 percent completion and third place honors went to the Fern Valley 4-H’ers for having 83 percent completion of record books.

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 the2010 Galen Smith Award recipient was Michael Sundall of Ruthven.

The Ak-Sar-Ben Award was presented to Justin Kibbie, while the Danforth “I Dare You” awards were presented to Miranda McGrauth and Dylan Fischer. The R.W. Ashby Award to an outstanding 4-H’er was presented to Josh Kibbie, with the Jeanette Anthe Award for an outstanding 4-H’er being presented to Chelsey rouse.

Communications Awards were presented to the Educational Presentations developed and presented by Laura Moser, Nick Grandstaff, Noah Flaherty, Kourtney Clasing, Kendall Deitering, Lydia Reding, Rachel Ruddy, Emily Bonnstetter and BriAna Campbell.

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 2010 were Nathan Meyer, Neal Norland, Ashley Brown and Katie Grandstaff.

Recipient of the Honorary Membership Award was Ronia Klootwyk of Emmetsburg, in recognition of her many years of service as a leader and volunteer to Palo Alto County 4-H. The 4-H Alumni Awards were presented to Anita Fisher and Angie Strohman for their service to the 4-H program in the county.

Special Leadership recognition awards were presented to Lori Wickman, Deb Kibbie, Don Bruch, Bert Naig and Bob Huberty for five years of club leadership, while Devona Perkins and Joel Thomsen were both honored for 10 years as club leaders of the Junior Clippers and Independence Boosters, respectively.

Superior Award

Recognitions

Superior Project Awards were presented to 4-H’ers for their accomplishments with their projects in the past year. Michael Sundall, along with Justin and Joel Kibbie, were all honored for their beef projects.

Special Award

Recognitions

Several special recognition awards were made in the areas of merit, achievement, leadership, agriculture and citizenship. Merit Awards were presented to Joel Kibbie, Janet Kenyon, Luke Mogler and Katie Grandstaff, while Leadership awards were presented to Justin Kibbie, Josh Kibbie, Michael Sundall and Chelsey Rouse. Achievement awards were presented to Alesha Sikora, Haley Banwart, Jacob Schmitt and Kendra Feldman.

Citizenship awards were presented to Miranda McGrauth, Alesha Sikora, Haley Banwart, Kendra Feldman, Dylan Fishcer and Ashley Brown, while Agriculture awards were presented to Jacob Schmitt and Ashley Brown.

Project Award

Recognitions

Awards were presented to junior 4-H’ers for their projects during the past years. Home Improvement awards were presented to Emma Feldhacker, Rachel Hoffman, Charlie Fehr, Taylor Park, Anna Sorenson, Cassy Olesen, Dexter Knobloch, Jack Banwart, Emily Park, Madison Norris and Brent Wesley, while Rachel Hoffman, Robert Nelson and Brent Wesley received Food and Nutrition awards.

Clothing awards were presented to Breanna Schutz, Autumn Mogler, Kristen Kassel and Megan Brown, while awards for Photography were presented to Kelli Klepper, Taylor Park, Zane Wickman, Alison Merrill, Alex Hoffman Kyle Kassel and Emily Park.

Phoenix Campbell received an award for Science and Technology, while Horticulture awards were presented to Zane Wickman, Noah Fehr and Mason Studer. Noah Flaherty and Dalton Knobloch received Woodworking awards, while Phoenix Campbell received an award in Hobbies and Crafts. Mary Nelson received a Citizenship award and Robert Nelson earned a Computer award. Kyle Kassel was presented with an award for Welding, while Corbin Studer earned an award in Home Grounds Improvement.

Breanna Schutz, Noah Flaherty, Tyler Hoffman, Jillian Joyce and Eric Sundall all received awards for Visual Arts, while Laura Moser received an award for Communications and Jack Banwart received an award in the Self Determined project area.

Dominic Allen and Madison Norris received awards for the Rabbit projects, while Corbin Studer, Charlie Fehr, Anna Sorenson, Dalton Knobloch and Mason Studer all received awards for their Bucket/Bottle calves. Beef awards were presented to Emma Anderson, Mary Nelson and Tyler Hoffman, while Kristen Kassel earned a Swine project award. Jillian Joyce and Emma Anderson received Horse and Pony awards, while Kelli Klepper, Cassy Oleseon and Laura Moser received Dog project awards.

Jenna Chapman and Ryan Kenyon both received Dairy Cattle awards for their projects and Sarah Brown received an award for her Bottle Lamb project.

Intermediate and Senior award winners Kendall Deitering for Child Development, Dylan Moser for Woodworking, Josie Wickman, Chelsea Strohman, Luke Mogler, BriAna Campbell, Alicia Mogler and Rachel Ruddy in Home Improvement and Haley Banwart, Heather Brown and BriAna Campbell in Clothing. In Food and Nutrition, Josie Wickman, Dylan Fischer and Greg Wesley received awards, while in Photography, Caroline Fantz, Jacob Schmitt, Calla Knobloch, Sydney Hersom, Alicia Mogler and Emily Riesenberg all were honored for their projects.

Kendall Deitering, Haley Banwart and Emily Bonnstetter received Communications Awards, while Courtney Mader received a Horticulture award and Emily Bonnstetter received a Crop Production award. Michael Sundall, Calla Knobloch and Brooke Hoffman were presented awards for their welding projects, while Katie Olesen and Rachel Ruddy earned awards for Animal Science. Greg Wesley received a Visual Arts award and BriAna Campbell and Kendall Deitering received Leadership project awards and Rachel Ruddy received an award for her Self Determined project.

Josh Kibbie and Katie Olesen earned Beef Project awards, while Kirk Kenyon and Emily Bonnstetter received Dog project awards. Sydney Hersom earned and award for her Horse and Pony project and Janet Kenyon received a Dairy Cattle award. Poultry awards were presented to Dylan Moser and Greg Wesley and Sheep project awards were presented to Luke Mogler and Ashley Brown to round out the awards presentations.

* Look for more photos from the Awards Banquet on pages 11B and 12B of The Reporter.

Banquet Honors 4-H Youth, Leaders On Accomplishments

By Staff | Nov 9, 2010

4-H’ERS & VOLUNTEERS?HONORED - Nearly 200 4-H members, parents, friends and volunteers turned out Sunday night for the annual Palo Alto County 4-H Awards and Recognition banquet at Iowa Lakes Community College. Along with project awards, several special awards were presented to various 4-H members and adult volunteers for the efforts to “make the best better” through 4-H. -- Dan Voigt photo

A crowd of nearly 200 adults and youth gathered Sunday evening to recognize the accomplishments of Palo Alto County 4-H members in the past year, as well as honor their leaders and other volunteers. The annual Palo Alto County 4-H Leaders Appreciation and Awards Banquet, held at Iowa Lakes Community College, featured the presentation of several special awards, along with various project awards to youth and adult volunteers.

Palo Alto County’s 4-H program continued 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 $2.75 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.

To recognize their fundraising efforts, The Fern Valley 4-H’ers, Independence Boosters, Junior Clippers and 4-H Shooting Sports clubs were all presented with certificates of merit for their fundraising support of the Foundation. All told, Iowa 4-H members raised $23,565.77 for the state foundation.

Additionally, the Fern Valley 4’H’ers were recognized for gaining seven new members in the past year.

In the area of Community Service recognition, the Graettinger Pirates 4-H Club received the top Community Service Award for the year, with the Junior Clippers 4-H Club receiving second place honors for their Community Service works in the past year. Special awards were presented to the Highland Cruisers for 93 percent record book completion along with the Graettinger Pirates for 88 percent completion and third place honors went to the Fern Valley 4-H’ers for having 83 percent completion of record books.

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 the2010 Galen Smith Award recipient was Michael Sundall of Ruthven.

The Ak-Sar-Ben Award was presented to Justin Kibbie, while the Danforth “I Dare You” awards were presented to Miranda McGrauth and Dylan Fischer. The R.W. Ashby Award to an outstanding 4-H’er was presented to Josh Kibbie, with the Jeanette Anthe Award for an outstanding 4-H’er being presented to Chelsey rouse.

Communications Awards were presented to the Educational Presentations developed and presented by Laura Moser, Nick Grandstaff, Noah Flaherty, Kourtney Clasing, Kendall Deitering, Lydia Reding, Rachel Ruddy, Emily Bonnstetter and BriAna Campbell.

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 2010 were Nathan Meyer, Neal Norland, Ashley Brown and Katie Grandstaff.

Recipient of the Honorary Membership Award was Ronia Klootwyk of Emmetsburg, in recognition of her many years of service as a leader and volunteer to Palo Alto County 4-H. The 4-H Alumni Awards were presented to Anita Fisher and Angie Strohman for their service to the 4-H program in the county.

Special Leadership recognition awards were presented to Lori Wickman, Deb Kibbie, Don Bruch, Bert Naig and Bob Huberty for five years of club leadership, while Devona Perkins and Joel Thomsen were both honored for 10 years as club leaders of the Junior Clippers and Independence Boosters, respectively.

Superior Award

Recognitions

Superior Project Awards were presented to 4-H’ers for their accomplishments with their projects in the past year. Michael Sundall, along with Justin and Joel Kibbie, were all honored for their beef projects.

Special Award

Recognitions

Several special recognition awards were made in the areas of merit, achievement, leadership, agriculture and citizenship. Merit Awards were presented to Joel Kibbie, Janet Kenyon, Luke Mogler and Katie Grandstaff, while Leadership awards were presented to Justin Kibbie, Josh Kibbie, Michael Sundall and Chelsey Rouse. Achievement awards were presented to Alesha Sikora, Haley Banwart, Jacob Schmitt and Kendra Feldman.

Citizenship awards were presented to Miranda McGrauth, Alesha Sikora, Haley Banwart, Kendra Feldman, Dylan Fishcer and Ashley Brown, while Agriculture awards were presented to Jacob Schmitt and Ashley Brown.

Project Award

Recognitions

Awards were presented to junior 4-H’ers for their projects during the past years. Home Improvement awards were presented to Emma Feldhacker, Rachel Hoffman, Charlie Fehr, Taylor Park, Anna Sorenson, Cassy Olesen, Dexter Knobloch, Jack Banwart, Emily Park, Madison Norris and Brent Wesley, while Rachel Hoffman, Robert Nelson and Brent Wesley received Food and Nutrition awards.

Clothing awards were presented to Breanna Schutz, Autumn Mogler, Kristen Kassel and Megan Brown, while awards for Photography were presented to Kelli Klepper, Taylor Park, Zane Wickman, Alison Merrill, Alex Hoffman Kyle Kassel and Emily Park.

Phoenix Campbell received an award for Science and Technology, while Horticulture awards were presented to Zane Wickman, Noah Fehr and Mason Studer. Noah Flaherty and Dalton Knobloch received Woodworking awards, while Phoenix Campbell received an award in Hobbies and Crafts. Mary Nelson received a Citizenship award and Robert Nelson earned a Computer award. Kyle Kassel was presented with an award for Welding, while Corbin Studer earned an award in Home Grounds Improvement.

Breanna Schutz, Noah Flaherty, Tyler Hoffman, Jillian Joyce and Eric Sundall all received awards for Visual Arts, while Laura Moser received an award for Communications and Jack Banwart received an award in the Self Determined project area.

Dominic Allen and Madison Norris received awards for the Rabbit projects, while Corbin Studer, Charlie Fehr, Anna Sorenson, Dalton Knobloch and Mason Studer all received awards for their Bucket/Bottle calves. Beef awards were presented to Emma Anderson, Mary Nelson and Tyler Hoffman, while Kristen Kassel earned a Swine project award. Jillian Joyce and Emma Anderson received Horse and Pony awards, while Kelli Klepper, Cassy Oleseon and Laura Moser received Dog project awards.

Jenna Chapman and Ryan Kenyon both received Dairy Cattle awards for their projects and Sarah Brown received an award for her Bottle Lamb project.

Intermediate and Senior award winners Kendall Deitering for Child Development, Dylan Moser for Woodworking, Josie Wickman, Chelsea Strohman, Luke Mogler, BriAna Campbell, Alicia Mogler and Rachel Ruddy in Home Improvement and Haley Banwart, Heather Brown and BriAna Campbell in Clothing. In Food and Nutrition, Josie Wickman, Dylan Fischer and Greg Wesley received awards, while in Photography, Caroline Fantz, Jacob Schmitt, Calla Knobloch, Sydney Hersom, Alicia Mogler and Emily Riesenberg all were honored for their projects.

Kendall Deitering, Haley Banwart and Emily Bonnstetter received Communications Awards, while Courtney Mader received a Horticulture award and Emily Bonnstetter received a Crop Production award. Michael Sundall, Calla Knobloch and Brooke Hoffman were presented awards for their welding projects, while Katie Olesen and Rachel Ruddy earned awards for Animal Science. Greg Wesley received a Visual Arts award and BriAna Campbell and Kendall Deitering received Leadership project awards and Rachel Ruddy received an award for her Self Determined project.

Josh Kibbie and Katie Olesen earned Beef Project awards, while Kirk Kenyon and Emily Bonnstetter received Dog project awards. Sydney Hersom earned and award for her Horse and Pony project and Janet Kenyon received a Dairy Cattle award. Poultry awards were presented to Dylan Moser and Greg Wesley and Sheep project awards were presented to Luke Mogler and Ashley Brown to round out the awards presentations.

* Look for more photos from the Awards Banquet on pages 11B and 12B of The Reporter.

Banquet Honors 4-H Youth, Leaders On Accomplishments

By Staff | Nov 9, 2010

4-H’ERS & VOLUNTEERS?HONORED - Nearly 200 4-H members, parents, friends and volunteers turned out Sunday night for the annual Palo Alto County 4-H Awards and Recognition banquet at Iowa Lakes Community College. Along with project awards, several special awards were presented to various 4-H members and adult volunteers for the efforts to “make the best better” through 4-H. -- Dan Voigt photo

A crowd of nearly 200 adults and youth gathered Sunday evening to recognize the accomplishments of Palo Alto County 4-H members in the past year, as well as honor their leaders and other volunteers. The annual Palo Alto County 4-H Leaders Appreciation and Awards Banquet, held at Iowa Lakes Community College, featured the presentation of several special awards, along with various project awards to youth and adult volunteers.

Palo Alto County’s 4-H program continued 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 $2.75 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.

To recognize their fundraising efforts, The Fern Valley 4-H’ers, Independence Boosters, Junior Clippers and 4-H Shooting Sports clubs were all presented with certificates of merit for their fundraising support of the Foundation. All told, Iowa 4-H members raised $23,565.77 for the state foundation.

Additionally, the Fern Valley 4’H’ers were recognized for gaining seven new members in the past year.

In the area of Community Service recognition, the Graettinger Pirates 4-H Club received the top Community Service Award for the year, with the Junior Clippers 4-H Club receiving second place honors for their Community Service works in the past year. Special awards were presented to the Highland Cruisers for 93 percent record book completion along with the Graettinger Pirates for 88 percent completion and third place honors went to the Fern Valley 4-H’ers for having 83 percent completion of record books.

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 the2010 Galen Smith Award recipient was Michael Sundall of Ruthven.

The Ak-Sar-Ben Award was presented to Justin Kibbie, while the Danforth “I Dare You” awards were presented to Miranda McGrauth and Dylan Fischer. The R.W. Ashby Award to an outstanding 4-H’er was presented to Josh Kibbie, with the Jeanette Anthe Award for an outstanding 4-H’er being presented to Chelsey rouse.

Communications Awards were presented to the Educational Presentations developed and presented by Laura Moser, Nick Grandstaff, Noah Flaherty, Kourtney Clasing, Kendall Deitering, Lydia Reding, Rachel Ruddy, Emily Bonnstetter and BriAna Campbell.

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 2010 were Nathan Meyer, Neal Norland, Ashley Brown and Katie Grandstaff.

Recipient of the Honorary Membership Award was Ronia Klootwyk of Emmetsburg, in recognition of her many years of service as a leader and volunteer to Palo Alto County 4-H. The 4-H Alumni Awards were presented to Anita Fisher and Angie Strohman for their service to the 4-H program in the county.

Special Leadership recognition awards were presented to Lori Wickman, Deb Kibbie, Don Bruch, Bert Naig and Bob Huberty for five years of club leadership, while Devona Perkins and Joel Thomsen were both honored for 10 years as club leaders of the Junior Clippers and Independence Boosters, respectively.

Superior Award

Recognitions

Superior Project Awards were presented to 4-H’ers for their accomplishments with their projects in the past year. Michael Sundall, along with Justin and Joel Kibbie, were all honored for their beef projects.

Special Award

Recognitions

Several special recognition awards were made in the areas of merit, achievement, leadership, agriculture and citizenship. Merit Awards were presented to Joel Kibbie, Janet Kenyon, Luke Mogler and Katie Grandstaff, while Leadership awards were presented to Justin Kibbie, Josh Kibbie, Michael Sundall and Chelsey Rouse. Achievement awards were presented to Alesha Sikora, Haley Banwart, Jacob Schmitt and Kendra Feldman.

Citizenship awards were presented to Miranda McGrauth, Alesha Sikora, Haley Banwart, Kendra Feldman, Dylan Fishcer and Ashley Brown, while Agriculture awards were presented to Jacob Schmitt and Ashley Brown.

Project Award

Recognitions

Awards were presented to junior 4-H’ers for their projects during the past years. Home Improvement awards were presented to Emma Feldhacker, Rachel Hoffman, Charlie Fehr, Taylor Park, Anna Sorenson, Cassy Olesen, Dexter Knobloch, Jack Banwart, Emily Park, Madison Norris and Brent Wesley, while Rachel Hoffman, Robert Nelson and Brent Wesley received Food and Nutrition awards.

Clothing awards were presented to Breanna Schutz, Autumn Mogler, Kristen Kassel and Megan Brown, while awards for Photography were presented to Kelli Klepper, Taylor Park, Zane Wickman, Alison Merrill, Alex Hoffman Kyle Kassel and Emily Park.

Phoenix Campbell received an award for Science and Technology, while Horticulture awards were presented to Zane Wickman, Noah Fehr and Mason Studer. Noah Flaherty and Dalton Knobloch received Woodworking awards, while Phoenix Campbell received an award in Hobbies and Crafts. Mary Nelson received a Citizenship award and Robert Nelson earned a Computer award. Kyle Kassel was presented with an award for Welding, while Corbin Studer earned an award in Home Grounds Improvement.

Breanna Schutz, Noah Flaherty, Tyler Hoffman, Jillian Joyce and Eric Sundall all received awards for Visual Arts, while Laura Moser received an award for Communications and Jack Banwart received an award in the Self Determined project area.

Dominic Allen and Madison Norris received awards for the Rabbit projects, while Corbin Studer, Charlie Fehr, Anna Sorenson, Dalton Knobloch and Mason Studer all received awards for their Bucket/Bottle calves. Beef awards were presented to Emma Anderson, Mary Nelson and Tyler Hoffman, while Kristen Kassel earned a Swine project award. Jillian Joyce and Emma Anderson received Horse and Pony awards, while Kelli Klepper, Cassy Oleseon and Laura Moser received Dog project awards.

Jenna Chapman and Ryan Kenyon both received Dairy Cattle awards for their projects and Sarah Brown received an award for her Bottle Lamb project.

Intermediate and Senior award winners Kendall Deitering for Child Development, Dylan Moser for Woodworking, Josie Wickman, Chelsea Strohman, Luke Mogler, BriAna Campbell, Alicia Mogler and Rachel Ruddy in Home Improvement and Haley Banwart, Heather Brown and BriAna Campbell in Clothing. In Food and Nutrition, Josie Wickman, Dylan Fischer and Greg Wesley received awards, while in Photography, Caroline Fantz, Jacob Schmitt, Calla Knobloch, Sydney Hersom, Alicia Mogler and Emily Riesenberg all were honored for their projects.

Kendall Deitering, Haley Banwart and Emily Bonnstetter received Communications Awards, while Courtney Mader received a Horticulture award and Emily Bonnstetter received a Crop Production award. Michael Sundall, Calla Knobloch and Brooke Hoffman were presented awards for their welding projects, while Katie Olesen and Rachel Ruddy earned awards for Animal Science. Greg Wesley received a Visual Arts award and BriAna Campbell and Kendall Deitering received Leadership project awards and Rachel Ruddy received an award for her Self Determined project.

Josh Kibbie and Katie Olesen earned Beef Project awards, while Kirk Kenyon and Emily Bonnstetter received Dog project awards. Sydney Hersom earned and award for her Horse and Pony project and Janet Kenyon received a Dairy Cattle award. Poultry awards were presented to Dylan Moser and Greg Wesley and Sheep project awards were presented to Luke Mogler and Ashley Brown to round out the awards presentations.

* Look for more photos from the Awards Banquet on pages 11B and 12B of The Reporter.