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Nobles County 4-H presents awards, recognizes volunteers

WORTHINGTON -- "Wacky Professor" Jerry Wenzel had kids and adults laughing and learning as he demonstrated science concepts during the Nobles County 4-H Celebration Saturday in Worthington. The celebration, in place of the traditional 4-H achieve...

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Nobles County 4-H Program Coordinator Katie Klosterbuer (center) joins Scott Nordby (left) of Compeer Financial, which was presented the Business Friend of 4-H, and Kim Lambert, who was honored with the Friend of 4-H award Saturday during the Nobles County 4-H Celebration. (Submitted photo)
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WORTHINGTON - “Wacky Professor” Jerry Wenzel had kids and adults laughing and learning as he demonstrated science concepts during the Nobles County 4-H Celebration Saturday in Worthington. The celebration, in place of the traditional 4-H achievement banquet, included member recognition for excellence in leadership and recordkeeping, and adult volunteerism in the organization.

Among the highest awards of achievement presented were the “I Dare You” award, which is presented to youth leaders who are nearing the end of their 4-H career. This award is meant to challenge and encourage youths in their future leadership endeavors. Recipients included Kalvin Ross, Clovers 4-H Club; Kelsey Fuerstenberg, Elk Tip Toppers; Kendra Frodermann and Paige Madison, Grand Prairie Rockets; and Delayne Kuhl, Okabena Bees.

The 4-H Key Award is also presented to youth leaders who are nearing the end of their 4-H career. This year’s honorees included Emmett Bickett and Kelsey Fuerstenberg, both of the Elk Tip Toppers.

Community recognition awards include the presentation of the Friend of 4-H, which was awarded to Kim Lambert. The Business Friend of 4-H award was presented to Compeer Financial.

Special youth leadership and scholarship awards included:

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Nobles County 4-H Scholarship: Blaine Doeden, Okabena Bees.

Andrea Ruesch Scholarship: Kendrick Bickett, Elk Tip Toppers.

Outstanding Leadership Interview: Emmett Bickett, Kendrick Bickett and Kelsey Fuerstenberg, Elk Tip Toppers; Blaine Doeden, Okabena Bees.

Green Clover Award: Austin Henning and Jocelyn Horn, both of the Grand Prairie Rockets. Outstanding Beginning Youth Leaders in Club: Logan Barber and Karissa Bickett, both of the Elk Tip Toppers; and Jacob Henning, Cassidy Madison and Alysha Wieneke, all of the Grand Prairie Rockets.

Outstanding Youth Leaders in Local Club: Emmett Bickett, Kendrick Bickett and Kelsey Fuerstenberg of the Elk Tip Toppers; and Austin Henning, Hannah Henning, Jocelyn Horn and Joshua Horn of the Grand Prairie Rockets.

Young Achiever: Drew Wempen, Grand Prairie Rockets.

 

Nobles County youths who have completed 10 years of 4-H were also recognized Saturday. The 4-H’ers included: Madison Cummings, Clovers; Camryn Baumhoefner, Massen Kunerth, Nolan Onken of the Graham Lake Braves; Cheyenna John, Brody Loosbrock and Marshall Wagner of the Grand Prairie Rockets; and Chad Buntjer, Jessica Darling and Natalie Demuth of the Okabena Bees.
Graduating from the 4-H program are: Kasey Solma, Clovers; Logan Rogers, Elk Tip Toppers; Camryn Baumhoefner, Leighton Gehl, Anya Hartzler, Kaylee Lehrke and Matthias Kutherth, Graham Lake Braves; Cole Weidert, Grand Prairie Rockets; Jessica Darling and Natalie Demuth, Okabena Bees.

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County record Awards of Excellence are presented those members who completed their 4-H project records and achieved exemplary reviews. Honorees are listed by club and the project areas in which they excelled.

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

Clovers: Bethany Dykstra: rabbit and shop records. Ciara Handy: rabbit records. Jasmine Noerenberg: beef records.
Elk Tip Toppers: Grace Barber: dog and foods records. Logan Barber: dog, forest resources, poultry, sheep and youth leadership records. Emmett Bickett: beef, photography, swine and youth leadership records. Karissa Bickett: beef, foods, non-garment, performing arts, photography, sheep, swine and youth leadership records. Kendrick Bickett: beef, swine and youth leadership records. Kelsey Fuerstenberg: clothes you buy, craft, dog, exploring animals, foods, photography and youth leadership records; Club Treasurer recognition. Kyla Fuerstenberg: clothes you buy, craft, exploring animals, photography and youth
leadership records.
Graham Lake Braves: Baumhoefner family: Scrapbook award. Molly Clarke: non-garment and swine records. Goedtke family: Scrapbook award.
Grand Prairie Rockets: Austin Henning: aerospace, crop sciences, dairy, fishing sports and shop records. Hannah Henning: beef, dog, goat, poultry, rabbit and swine records. Jacob Henning: fine arts, crop science, foods, non-garment, rabbit, shooting sports, tractor, veterinary science and youth leadership records. Jocelyn Horn: child development, citizenship, clothes you buy, clothes you make, computer, consumer education, craft, fine arts, exploring animals, fashion review, flower gardening, food review, foods, forest resources, global connections, needle arts, performing arts, photography, robotics, video and youth leadership records; Club Treasurer recognition. Jonathan Horn: computer, fine arts, non-garment, photography and video records. Joshua Horn: computer, consumer education, craft, flower gardening, forest resources, health, photography, robotics, self-determined, video and youth leadership records. Horn family: Scrapbook award. Cassidy Madison: dairy, dog and poultry records. Drew Wempen: photography, shop and wildlife biology records. Ella Wempen: craft, forest resources and photography records. Alysha Wieneke: dairy, fine arts, flower gardening, photography and youth leadership records. Grant Wieneke: dairy, fishing sports and flower gardening records.

Indian Lake Progressives: Brooklyn Fisher: Child and family development records. Skylar Fisher: Child and family development records; Club Secretary recognition. Taylor Fisher: foods and photography records. Daryan Ossefoort: exploring animals and photography records. Theodore Ossefoort: fine arts and shop records. Dylan Schuett: exploring animals, fine arts, sheep and swine records.
Okabena Bees: Lauryn Ahlers: craft, flower gardening and photography records. Blaine Doeden: dog, photography and youth leadership records. Claire Hoffman: exploring animals, fine arts, goat, sheep and swine records. Lane Hoffman: fine arts, sheep and swine records. DeLayne Kuhl: Club Secretary recognition. Danika Nordby: clothes you buy, crafts, dairy, flower gardening and home environment records. Taylor Ponto: beef and fine arts records. Coyer Robinson: crafts, dairy, electric, foods and poultry records. Eli Robinson: dairy and self determined records. Liv Vander Kooi: child and family development, clothes you buy, clothes you make, craft, fine arts, dairy, demonstration, entomology, flower gardening, foods, goat, home environment, performing arts, photography and poultry records. Vince VanderKooi: crop sciences, dairy, engineering design, exploring the environment, goat, poultry and shop records.
Rushmore Central Hustlers: Scrapbook Award. Izaiah Groenewold: beef and craft records. Ryan Groenewold: beef and craft records. Brookelyn Oddson: foods records. Oddson Family: Club Scrapbook. Kaylee Taylor: crafts and fine arts records. Taylor Family: Club Scrapbook.

Adult leadership awards were presented to screen volunteers who have completed milestones in service to the Nobles County 4-H program. The award of the Sapphire Clover (35 years of Adult Leadership) was presented to Kathy Solt; the Pearl Clover (15 years) was presented to Tyler Bullerman; the Gold Clover (10 years) was presented to Tim Bickett; and the Silver Clover (5 years) was presented to Alissa Sauer, Daniel Horn, Heidi Ruesch, Lance Rogers, Mark Ruesch and  Sara Henning.
Federation officers for 2018-2019 are Blaine Doeden, president; Hannah Henning, vice-president; Emmett Bickett, treasurer; DeLayne Kuhl, secretary, and Riley Widboom, leader-at-large. The Advisory Board includes Carrie Henning, advisor to the president; Kris Doeden, advisor to the treasurer, and Dawn Haberman, Stacy Bickett and Kathy Solt as adult leaders at large.

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Wacky Professor Jerry Wenzel (right) and 4-H'er Brookelyn Oddson entertain the audience during the Nobles County 4-H Celebration Saturday in Worthington. (Submitted photo)

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