The Crawford Community Center was packed full Oct.15, as the Dawes County 4-H Program “Saluted the Good Life” at their annual achievement celebration. Current members, leaders, volunteers, and supporters were honored during the afternoon program as everyone joined together to share food and fellowship.

An election was held to fill five adult positions on the Executive Council and two youth positions. Clint Phillips, Jera Boeselager, and Jodi Sellman were re-elected for a second term with new members Marisa Betson and Crystal Vander May joining as first term members. Madison Cogdill and Katie Lewin were elected to fill the open youth positions.

One of the afternoon’s highlights was honoring the Senior Royalty made up of outgoing seniors and crowning a 4-H King and Queen. This year’s royal court included Wyatt Davidson, Pamela Fisher, Kylee Garrett, Cody Madsen, Renee Redfern, William Tidyman, Clayton Vahrenkamp, Morgan Staudenmaier, Beau Jersild, and Drew Jersild. Kylee Garrett was crowned queen and Cody Madsen the king. Karsen Stokely and John Fisher served as crown bearers.

Nomination awards honoring individuals or businesses that made a significant impact, impression, or contribution throughout the year were awarded to the following:

Suzanne Davidson, Key Leader Award, BJ Dunn, Helping Hand Award, Dan Rhembrandt and Bill Riggs, 4-H Appreciation Award; Jake Tollman, Outstanding 4-H Alumni: Del Hussey, Heart of 4-H Award; Abby Dyer, Youth Leadership Award; Jake Lemmon, Outstanding 4-H Member of the Year; Jake Sellman, Outstanding Jr. Leader of the Year; Happy Hustlers, Outstanding 4-H Club of the Year. The Executive Council also surprised Nebraska Extension Assistant, Terri Lemmon, with a plaque for Extraordinary Service to the 4-H Program.

Membership pins were also awarded to the following:

Clover Kid Membership: Anna Anderson, Kael Bennett, Amelia Betson, Caseton Brunsch, Kole Carnahan, Sara Carrick, Phoebe Center, Sadie Chesley, Sage Dyer, Kadence Fisher, Treye Gibbons, Nina Henson, Dalila Hinrichs, Vaughn Hinrichs, Jayce Hoffman, Brody Huffman, Samuel Kahl, Kody Keim, Joe Lambert, Taylen Lambert, Brennden Means, Elizabeth Montgomery, Oliver Montgomery, Ryder Nixon, Mikayla Obando, Graycen O’Donnell, Gage Palser, Emily Pyle, Eliza Rockhill, Piper Scherbarth, Trinity Scherbarth, Roudy Schommer, Kendall Sellman, Miranda Smith, Tripton Stec, Karsen Stokely, Oakley Terrell, Brody Turman, Anabelle Vander May, Meri Werner, Kinleigh Yada.

First Year Membership: Aiden Adonis, Ryan Adonis, Ty Anders, Miranda Betson, Derek Bissonette, Kelton Burback, Sofia Center, Hallie Chipperfield, Jennifer Chipperfield, Bode Cornish, Michael Cornish, Brylee Huffman, David Johnson, Hannah Johnson, Timothy Johnson, Aksel Lans, Aaron LeBere, Kourtney LeBere, Sarah LeBere, Matthew Lien, Corbin Loutzenhiser, Roman Luevano, Amelia Meier, Maxwell Meier, Thaine Monroe, Tatianna Obando, Allison Owens, Hunter Owens, Treyvan Pieper, Jennalee Pinnt, Marlee Pinnt, Alexandra Rasmussen, Amberlynn Regier, Annabelle Regier, Benjamin Regier, Joshua Regier, Nathan Regier, Tyler Skaggs, Garett Tollman, Aaliyah Van Valkenburg, Josey Werner, Jacob Winckler.

Ten Year Plus Membership: Abby Dyer, Beau Jersild, Drew Jersild, Cody Madsen, Cindy Mansfield, Chance Snook, Clayton Vahrenkamp.

4-H Leaders and Volunteers were also recognized for their years of service. This included the following:

Two Year Leaders/Volunteers: Buffy Allred and Colby Riesen

Five Year Leaders/Volunteers: Dusti and Kelly Walker

Twenty Year Leaders/Volunteers: Bob Lewin and Tammy Wellnitz

Thirty-Five Year Leaders/Volunteers: Roger Eaton

 Nebraska 4-H honors clubs who help develop enthusiastic young people, boldly taking action to demonstrate life skills as capable, caring, confident, competent kids of character. To achieve the “Club of Excellence” standard, clubs must meet a certain set of criteria and document how they achieved the results. This year, three clubs in Dawes County were honored with this award. They were Corn Valley 4-H Club, led by Jake and Tami Tollman; Happy Hustlers, led by Suzanne Davidson; and Dawes County Jr. Leaders, led by Jodi Sellman and Robert Vahrenkamp.

The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program encourages 4-H youth to engage in a variety of projects and activities that will enable members to acquire the life skills necessary to lead successful lives as competent, caring, and contributing citizens. The program consists of six levels that require a 4-H member to plan and report a broad range of age appropriate accomplishments. Six Dawes County 4-H members received recognition in the Diamond Clover program including: Level 1 Amethyst, Miranda Betson, Alexa Tollman, Garett Tollman and Josey Werner; Level 3 Ruby, Alex Fisher and Morgan Schommer. Awards were purchased from generous donations to the Dawes County 4-H Council.

The livestock and horse judging awards were presented by volunteer coach, Roy Lambert. Winners included:

Livestock Judging – Jr. Division, Jack Phillips and Int. Division, Kaylie Phillips.

Horse Judging – Jr. Division, Dalton Norman and Int. Division, Kaylie Phillips.

Herdsmanship awards were presented to individual youth or clubs who showed excellence during the Dawes County Fair through keeping their livestock pen areas clean and animals well cared for. Those receiving recognition included: Beef, Kourtney LeBere; Goat, Aksel Lans; Sheep, Jaycee Lambert; and Swine, Grace and Ava Pyle.

Roger Eaton, Dawes County 4-H Shooting Sports Leader, presented awards in both archery and shooting for youth who had participated in the program. Those receiving recognition were:

Archery: Alex Fisher, Jada Pieper, Jorja Pieper, Treyvan Pieper, Renee Redfern, Amerlynn Regier, Annabelle Regier, Benjamin Regier, Joshua Regier, Nathan Regier, Sara Rose Smith, Chance Snook, Emmalynn Thiry, and Isabelle Thiry. Shooting: Alex Fisher, Caden Galbraith, Kayley Galbraith, Ethan Johns, Samantha Johns, Corbin Loutzenhiser, Jada Pieper, Jorja Pieper, Treyvan Pieper, Chance Snook and Hannah Walker.

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Each year the Chadron Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee chooses one photo from the 4-H exhibits at the Dawes County Fair to be used as the program cover of the annual Ag Banquet. This year’s award went to Brylee Allred.

Achievement Award winners, selected through an application process and completing of the 4-H Career Portfolio and project record books included the following:

Animal Science: Beef, Layne Davidson, Jasmine Dyer, and Jake Sellman; Cat, Brylee Allred and Chance Snook; Dog, Brylee Allred and Chance Snook; Goat, Regan Anderson; Horse, Brylee Allred; Poultry, Brylee Allred and Cole Madsen; Rabbit, Alexa Tollman and Brylee Allred; Swine, Regan Anderson and Cody Madsen.

Communications & Expressive Arts: Communications, Brylee Allred; Photography, Alexa Tollman, Brylee Allred and Chance Snook.

Consumer & Family Sciences: Clothing & Textiles, Alexa Tollman; Heritage, Brylee Allred and Chance Snook; Home Environment, Josey Werner, Brylee Allred and Jake Sellman.

Environmental Education & Earth Science: Range, Garett Tollman; Shooting Sports, Alex Fisher and Chance Snook; Wildlife, Carson Gibbons and Kylee Garrett.

Healthy Lifestyles: Food & Nutrition, Morgan Schommer and Jacey Garrett.

Plant Science: Horticulture, Layne Davidson, Dylan Davidson and Cole Madsen.

Science Engineering & Technology: Aerospace, Alex Fisher; Welding, Alex Fisher; Woodworking, Alex Fisher.

Overall Achievement Awards: Achievement, Alex Fisher, Jasmine Dyer, and Jake Sellman; Citizenship, Morgan Schommer, Dylan Davidson and Cody Madsen; Leadership, Alexa Tollman, Brylee Allred and Chance Snook.

Clover Kids who completed a record book each received a certificate and Career Portfolio cover or tabs. They were Amelia Betson, Sara Carrick, Sage Dyer, Kadence Fisher, Treye Gibbons, Roudy Schommer, Tripton Stec, and Meri Werner.

Dawes County 4-H also recognized members who have gone outside our county borders to attend state and national events. They include: Benjamin, Joshua and Nathan Regier, all medalists at State Archery; Ethan Johns, State Individual Medalists in Shooting Sports; Brylee Allred and JT Obando, Special Recognition at Nebraska State Fair; Chance Snook, National 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador and Contestant; Jake Sellman, Nebraska Delegates to National 4-H Congress.

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