2013 4-H 'Honor Court' announced PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor   
Saturday, 20 July 2013 08:20
Members of the 4H Honor court. (From left) Olivia Lause, Bri Hammond, and Courtney Thomson. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Eight of the brightest and most talented youth in Wood County were named as ambassadors Thursday night as they were selected for the 4-H Honor Court. The elite eight competed in the annual scholarship program.
Receiving $500 scholarships were Brianna "Bri" Hammond, Olivia Lause and Courtney Thomson. Receiving $250 scholarships were Logan Browne, Trevor Buehrer, Lindsay Davis, Liz Hirzel and April Michaelis.
The announcement was made during the "Celebrate 4-H Night" at the Junior Fair Building.
According to Jayne Roth, OSU Extension Educator and adviser for the local 4-H program, the judges could not narrow the field to the top two as originally planned, so the top three were each awarded the higher scholarship.
Beyond the scholarships totaling $2,750 which assist the students, the Honor Court designation is the most prestigious recognition awarded locally to 4-H members.
The entire Honor Court, individually and collectively will act in a 4-H Ambassador role, being asked to speak at functions throughout the year including achievement and recognition programs. They may be invited by local clubs for speaking engagements and support for legislative visits.
As a highlight, they will ride in the Pemberville parade.
This year there were 18 applicants, age 16 or older, who prepared an application which included an essay. They were all interviewed by a panel of judges.
Roth indicated the judges "wished to commend each of the candidates for their quality of interview and depth of their resume."
Roth added, "The application and interview process for this award is more extensive than the requirements for the annual (Junior Fair) King and Queen race."
The honorees:
Hammond is an 11-year member of the Country Guys and Galls and Wood County Top Shots 4-H clubs. The Cygnet resident is a Junior Fair Board youth adviser, a member of the leadership board, a 4-H camp counselor, science camp staff member, CarTeens facilitator and Kids' Tech University coordinator.
She is currently attending Bowling Green State University, majoring in gerontology and eventually occupational therapy with an interest in working with children with disabilities.
Lause is a 13-year member of the Colorful Clovers 4-H Club. The rural Custar resident has been involved in numerous leadership roles including serving as a 4-H camp counselor, a board member of both the Junior Fair and Leadership Boards. She also serves with CarTeens and the 4-H Committee.
She will be a freshman this fall at the University of Toledo, majoring in speech pathology.
Thomson is a 10-year member of the Country Guys and Gals 4-H Club. The rural Bloomdale resident serves as a camp counselor as well as a member of both the Leadership Board and 4-H Committee. She is currently the Junior Fair Board president.
The members of the 4H Honor court. (Front row from left) Lindsay Davis, Liz Hirzel, and Logan Browne. (Back row from Left) Trevor Buehrer and April Michaelis.
She will be a freshman at Ohio State University this fall with an interest in psychology and business.
Browne has been a member of the Livestock Unlimited 4-H Club for seven years. The Bowling Green resident has been active on nearly all boards and committees since his freshman year. He is a camp counselor, both a Junior Fair and Leadership board member and CarTeens instructor. He is also very active on the Livestock Judging Team.
He is a senior at Eastwood High School and active in its FFA chapter.
Buehrer, a Grand Rapids resident, is a 10-year member of the Green Meadows 4-H Club. He has served for three years as a camp counselor for both 4-H Camp and Kids' Outdoor Science Camp. He is also a member of both the Junior Fair and Leadership boards.
The senior at Otsego High School is president of the FFA chapter.
Davis is a 10-year member of the Jackson Livestock Club. The North Baltimore resident is involved as both a 4-H Camp and Kids' Outdoor Science Camp counselor. She is the Junior Fair Board swine superintendent and serves on the Leadership Board.
She is a junior at North Baltimore High School with plans to major in food science and nutrition in college.
Hirzel is a nine-year member of Colorful Clovers 4-H Club. The Pemberville resident serves on the Junior Fair Board and has served two years as a camp counselor for both 4-H Camp and Kids Tech University. She also has served Midnight Madness and with CarTeens.
She is a junior at Eastwood High School.
Michaelis, of Tontogany, is a 13-year member of Tontogany Four Leaf Clovers 4-H Club. Her 4-H activities include being a camp counselor, Junior Fair Board member and a youth representative on the 4-H Committee.
She will be entering Bowling Green State University this fall, where she intends to become very involved with the Falcon Marching Band as part of her college life.

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