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4-H awards presented during local banquet

Kasey Solma (left) and Blaine Doeden were recipients of the "I Dare You" award during Saturday evening's Nobles County 4-H Achievement Banquet. Missing from photo is DJ Lambert. (Julie Buntjer / The Globe)1 / 2
Sara Barber accepted the Nobles County Business Friend of 4-H on behalf of the Veterinary Medical Center, while Sue Rose was honored with the Friend of 4-H. (Julie Buntjer / The Globe)2 / 2

ADRIAN — Nobles County 4-H’ers were honored during the organization’s annual Achievement Banquet Saturday evening in Adrian.

The awards program began with the presentation of the Business Friend of 4-H, given this year to the Veterinary Medical Center. Veterinarian Sara Barber accepted the plaque on behalf of the VMC. Moments later, Barber’s mother, Sue Rose, was presented the Friend of 4-H Award for her volunteerism to the organization over the past three decades.

The top leadership awards presented to 4-H members included Blaine Doeden, recipient of the 4-H Key Award; and Kasey Solma, DJ Lambert and Doeden, recipients of the William H. Danforth “I Dare You” award.

Additional leadership awards presented include:

Outstanding Leadership Interview: Emmett Bickett, Kendrick Bickett, Blaine Doeden, Kyla Fuerstenberg and Kasey Solma.

Outstanding Beginning Youth Leader in Club: Austin Henning, Hannah Henning, Jocelyn Horn, Cassidy Madison and Alysha Wieneke.

Outstanding Youth Leader in Local Club: Chloe Bents, Emmett Bickett, Kendrick Bickett, Blaine Doeden, Kelsey Fuerstenberg, Kyla Fuerstenberg, Kasey Solma and Sarah Spieker.

Green Clover Award: Kelsey Fuerstenberg and Sarah Spieker.

4-H members recognized for completing 10 years of 4-H work included: Emmett Bickett, Christine Frodermann, Devin Frodermann, Kendra Frodermann, Kelsey Fuerstenberg, Khloe Gehl, Nathan Goedtke, Andy Lira, Beau Loosbrock, Blake Madison, Paige Madison and Landon Rogers.

2017 4-H Graduates were presented gifts for their achievements in the program. The honorees included: Christopher Christians, Cody Frodermann, Kyla Fuerstenberg, McKayla Gravenhof, DJ Lambert, Andy Lira, Bailey Onken, Haley Ruesch, Mackenzie Wagner and Mitchell Wagner.

Special awards were presented to the following:

Cloverbud graduates: Mitchell Bullerman, Christopher Kremer, Kaston Clarke, Ava McCoy, Emily Dahlquist, Brayden Meester, Paula Dykstra, Jasmine Noerenberg, Noah Gravenhof, Jacob Sieve, Charlie Hieronimus, Quinn Steve, Presley Junker and Drew Wempen.

Young Achievers: Dylan Schuett, Damon John, Liv VanderKooi, Coyer Robinson, Danika Nordby, Aeryal McInnis, Izaiah Groenewold and Ryan Groenewold.

Huntsinger Memorial Secretary Award: Natalie Demuth, Okabena Bees; and Brooklyn Oddson, Rushmore Central Hustlers.

Treasurer Awards: Kelsey Fuerstenberg; Izaiah Groenewold.

Scrapbook Award: Taylor family, Rushmore Central Hustlers; Horn family, Grand Prairie Rockets; Tammy Solma, Clovers.

Nobles County 4-H Scholarship: Kendrick Bickett, Kyla Fuerstenberg, Anya Hartzler, DJ Lambert.

Andrea Ruesch Scholarship Recipient: Kyla Fuerstenberg.

Project Record recipients

These awards are presented to 4-H members who excelled in the completion of their 4-H records. Records may be completed on each program area in which the member is enrolled.

Clovers: Dylan Schuett: self-determined. Kasey Solma: beef and rabbit

Elk Tip Toppers: Grace Barber: clothes you make and foods. Logan Barber: dog, food preservation, non-garment, poultry, sheep and shop. Emmett Bickett: beef, photography, sheep, shop, vet. science and youth leadership. Karissa Bickett: beef, clothes you make, crafts and fine arts, fashion review, foods, needle arts, non-garment, performing arts, photography, sheep and swine. Kendrick Bickett: beef, swine and youth leadership. Kelsey Fuerstenberg: clothes you buy, crafts and fine arts, dog, exploring animals, foods and youth leadership. Kyla Fuerstenberg: clothes you buy, crafts and fine arts, exploring animals and youth leadership.

Graham Lake Braves: Brittany Lais: exploring animals.

Grand Prairie Rockets: Austin Henning: aerospace, crafts and fine arts, crop sciences, dairy, foods, rabbit, shop, water and wetlands and youth leadership. Hannah Henning: fine arts, dog, flower gardening, foods, goat, non-garment, photography, potato, poultry, rabbit, swine and vet. science. Jacob Henning: aerospace, crafts and fine arts, dairy, rabbit, small grains and legumes, tractor, vet. science and wildlife biology. Jocelyn Horn: child development, citizenship, clothes you buy, clothes you make, computer, crafts and fine arts, exploring animals, food review, foods, global connections, health, needle arts, non-garment, performing arts, photography, robotics and youth leadership. Jonathan Horn: computer, global connections, photography, shop and video. Joshua Horn: computer, consumer education, crafts and fine arts, flower gardening, forest resources, global connections, photography, robotics, shop and video. Cassidy Madison: dairy, poultry and youth leadership. Ella Wempen: crafts and fine arts, educational dog and photography. Alysha Wieneke: crafts and fine arts, non-garment, photography and shop. Grant Wieneke: shop.

Okabena Bees: Chloe Bents: self-determined. Jessica Darling: potato and poultry. Blaine Doeden: dog, health, photography and youth leadership. Claire Hoffman: beef, goat and sheep. Lane Hoffman: sheep and swine. Coyer Robinson: aerospace, dairy, electric, foods and poultry. Sarah Spieker: clothes you buy, crafts and fine arts, demonstration, fashion review, foods and performing arts. Liv VanderKooi: crafts and fine arts, dairy, demonstration, fashion review, flower gardening, food review, global connections, goat, home environment and performing arts. Vince VanderKooi: crop sciences, dairy, goat, shop and vegetable gardening.

Rushmore Central Hustlers: Brookelyn Oddson, crafts and fine arts. Kaylee Taylor, crafts and fine arts.

Cloverbud Record award: Luke Barber, Brodik Clarke, Mara Clarke, Whitney Henning, Tucker Klinkenborg, Liam Gordon, Averyl McInnis, Jasmine Noerenberg, Kolton Robinson, Leah Schuett, Kayla Spies, Nasiah Warfield-Groenewold, Cody Weidert and Addison Wieneke.

Adult leader recognition

Adult leaders recognized for 10 years of adult leadership (the Award of the Gold Clover) were Kim Lambert and Melanie Wagner, while Silver Clover (5 Years of Adult Leadership) honorees included Sara Barber, Monica Horn and Rebecca Stewart

The 2016-2017 adult club leaders were also recognized. Leaders in each club were: Clovers: Megan Prins, Laura Schuett, Teresa Steve, Rebecca Stewart and Tammy Solma. Elk Tip Toppers: Sara Barber. Graham Lake Braves: Doug and Katie Clarke. Grand Prairie Rockets: Sara Henning and Shelley John. Indian Lake Progressives: Dawn Haberman, Devin Fisher and Stacie Hennings. Okabena Bees: Kris Doeden. Rushmore Central Hustlers: Chandra Rowland and Rachel Snyder.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at The Farm Bleat

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