On Oct. 22, 4-H members, along with family and friends gathered in the Junior Fair Building, for the annual "Spirit Night."
|Champion Livestock Project winners were announced at the 4-H Spirit Night Oct. 22 at the Junior Fair Building. The winners (from left) are listed with the animal species at which they excelled. Susie Foos, beef; Hunter Frobose, sheep; Lauren Strow, rabbit; Logan Browne, goat; Nathan Spencer, poultry; Hannah Frobose, swine; Jonelle Nissen, senior horse; Jonna Nissen, junior horse; and Alexis Miller, dairy. (Photos courtesy Jayne Roth, OSU Extension)
Numerous awards were announced with members recognized for their achievement.
Among the top awards presented were the champion livestock project winners. Each livestock project is set up and tallied a bit differently. Although each department incorporates a judge's interview, skill-a-thon contest score, showmanship and judging or show ring placing component, some departments weight them differently. For example, many departments use the Skill-a-thon score as the "tiebreaker" but in poultry and rabbits it is the showmanship event that is used for this purpose. Whatever scoring system the departments use, it is quite evident that to win this highest honor a livestock exhibitor can win in Wood County, one must be skilled in all areas of the project.
Project winners are listed with grand champion first, followed by the reserve champion:
|Recipients of the 4-H Career Achievement award are April Michaelis (from left) Allen Limes and Ben Wilhelm. The awards were presented Tuesday night at the Junior Fair Building during the annual 4-H Spirit Night.
Beef: Susie Foos, Blue Ribbon Rangers; Morgan Mazey, Livestock Unlimited
Dairy: Alexis Miller, Farmcrafters; Mathew Cline, Farmcrafters
Goat: Logan Browne, Livestock Unlimited; Bryn Parker, Black Swamp Trailblazers
Horse (Senior): Jonelle Nissen, Horses R Us; Brecken Schaller, Wood N Horses
Horse (Junior): Jonna Nissen, Horses R Us; Aria Morgan, Sunset Saddlers
Poultry: Nathan Spencer, Saddles and Surreys; Ben Wilhelm, Leaders of Tomorrow
Rabbit: Lauren Strow, Leaders of Tomorrow; Kaeleb Borner, Livestock Unlimited
Sheep: Hunter Frobose, Livestock Unlimited; Morgan Mazey, Livestock Unlimited
Swine: Hannah Frobose, Livestock Unlimited; Hunter Frobose.
Outstanding Leadership Awards were presented to Olivia Lause, Colorful Clovers 4-H Club; and Raegen Vickers, Gold Medal 4-H Club.
In her introduction, Lause was touted as being "a tremendous leader in her club and on the county level being very involved in the 4-H program for the past 13 years. No one can challenge her commitment to being one of the top youth in the county and region."
Her activities have included being an officer on the Junior Fair Board, a counselor at 4-H Camp and Science Camp, a Leadership Board member, aCarTeens instructor, and on the 4-H Committee.
|Among the winners announced at Tuesday’s 4-H Spirit Night were (from left) Brianna Schumaker, Horse Good Sportsmanship; Olivia Lause, Outstanding Leadership Award; and Lauren Nissen, Ohio Achieve-ment Award (Wood County Horse Winner).
Lause is attending the University of Toledo, majoring in speech language pathology.
"For 10 years (Vickers) has helped shape the Wood County 4-H landscape by her intense determination to lead others in any given situation," read her introduction.
During recent years she has been a 4-H Camp counselor, officer of the Junior Fair Board, CarTeens instructor, and as introduced, "a member who is willing to jump in with both feet and lead any program no matter what the situation might be. Add those experiences along with a tremendous work ethic, sincerity, a person of character and trustworthiness and you have an outstanding leader."
Vickers attends Ohio State University majoring in dentistry.
The Career Achievement Award recipients honored are Ben Wilhelm, Leaders of Tomorrow 4-H Club; Allen "AC" Limes, Simply Stock 4-H Club; and April Michaelis, Tontogany Four Leaf Clovers 4-H Club.
Wilhelm's introduction said "he has given his community and 4-H Club much to be proud of."
This young man is active in the poultry department and is willing to share his knowledge with younger members. This year he topped off his career with a reserve champion meat chicken trophy; was second in Senior Showmanship and the reserve champion poultry project winner. He was the Junior Fair King second runner-up. He is also active on both the Junior Fair Board and is also a dedicated member of the Bowling Green FFA.
His introduction concluded, "Juggling so many tasks takes time and commitment and our recipient could do this with tremendous success."
Limes was acknowledged as "a gifted livestock showman, producer and leader throughout his 10 year 4-H career."
His win this summer in the Showmanship Sweepstakes demonstrated his knowledge with many animals, predominantly beef, sheep and swine.
In addition to livestock he has given leadership to 4-H Camp as a counselor for three years. 4-H officials note, "He was always creating exciting new events and games for kids."
He is attending University of Findlay.
Michaelis is credited with giving her "all" to the 4-H program.
She has spent numerous summers at 4-H Camp as counselor and at 4-H and NW Ohio Conservation Camp. She is also very devoted to the Junior Fair Board elected as their treasurer and as the poultry department superintendent.
Officials credit her with excellent project work, FFA activity and "outstanding academic work."
Highlights of her 4-H career include numerous years of showing turkeys, making quilts for children at the St V's neo-natal unit, participating in a variety of leadership projects and being named to the 4-H Honor Court. She is a freshman at Bowling Green State University and a member of the Falcon Marching Band.
The 4-H Kroger Awards were presented to Cassandra Shaffer of the Champion Drive 4-H Club for clothing; and Vickers for nutrition.
Shaffer has spent numerous hours behind her sewing machine for the past nine years. She has completed 11 clothing projects, placing every year. She also represented Wood County three times at the 4-H Fashion Revue at the Ohio State Fair. this year this seamstress took on the task of completing three clothing projects, and earned first place ribbons with each project. The 2013 graduate of Elmwood High School also took dairy projects which kept her very busy this past summer.
Vickers has been cooking up winning projects since 2004. In her first year, she received a first placeaward. She followed suit year after year by taking numerous nutrition projects. Every year she has had winning county projects and made five trips to the Ohio State Fair representing Wood County 4-H and in 2008 she received an "Outstanding Of The Day" for her Star Spangled Foods Project.
With this honor she becomes the third person since the inception of the award in 1961 to have received the Kroger Award for both nutrition and clothing. She is a 2013 graduate of Perrysburg High School.
4-H Horse Good Sportsmanship Award: Brianna Schumaker, Black Swamp Outlaws.
4-H Horse Advisor's Scholarship: Receiving $500 scholarships given by the Wood County Horse Advisors Committee were Sara Clark, Wood N Horses and Stephanie Low, Black Swamp Outlaws.
Spirit of Leadership Award: Lindsay Davis, Jackson Livestock; Trevor Buehrer, Green Meadows; Trever Vaughn, Soaring Eagles; Logan Browne, Livestock Unlimited; Mark Rochester, Colorful Clovers; Kalyn Swihart, Portage Valley; Eva Scott, Beaver Creek Boosters; Sara Caris, Beaver Creek Boosters; Caroline Battin, Beaver Creek Boosters; Liz Hirzel, Colorful Clovers; Maddi Vaughn, Soaring Eagles; David Krukemyer, Blue Ribbon Rangers; Patrick Shull, Farmcrafters; and Eddie Cantwell, Blue Ribbon Rangers.
Ohio 4-H Achievement Award: Lauren Nissen, Saddles and Surreys 4-H Club.
4-H Ambassador: Wood County has had many outstanding 4-H'ers who have been selected to be an Ohio 4-H Ambassador. This year, two teens have traveled the state sharing their 4-H experiences and has encouraged numerous youth to join 4-H. Those inducted to ranks of ambassador are Keira Miller and Kalyn Swihart.