Recognition

Weld County 4-H Leaders

Each year the Weld County 4-H Foundation recognizes leaders that have given so much of their time to the youth.  Below are the leaders that were recognized at the 2016  Weld County 4-H Foundation Annual Banquet.

15 Year Leader

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Lynn Walter

Lynn has served as both a resource and project leader for 15 years, primarily for shooting sports and market goats. It was her children’s involvement in 4-H that got Lynn started as a volunteer. Her motivation to continue as a leader stems from watching kids learn and succeed. She says that it is especially fulfilling when you can sense that the kids feel their success. Aside from 4-H, Lynn enjoys participating in other archery programs, and is a member of the Poudre River Volunteers. Her hobbies include horses, travel, and spending time with grandkids.

15 Year Leader

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Tara Dreiling

A friend of Tara’s started a club and asked her help and, as they say, the rest is history! She started as a project leader, but quickly became the club’s organizational leader – and has been at it for 15 years. Tara appreciates watching families in 4-H develop close bonds, and seeing kids develop self-esteem. While most of her volunteer hours go towards her work with the Wagoneers 4-H club, she also gives time to her church, working with the homeless, and the Weld Food Bank. Her passion is people, and she loves creating new friendships and maintaining old ones. For 20 years, Tara has owned and operated a consignment shop in Keenesburg.

15 Year Leader

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Darin Naibauer

Darin was himself a member of 4-H, and once his kids became involved he volunteered as a leader. He has served as a leader for the shooting sports project with Box Elder Ag for 15 years. Darin gets satisfaction watching 4-H kids learn and master new things. Along with his wife, Kathy, he worked as part of the committee that founded the Weld County Goat Extravaganza. In his free time, Darin enjoys riding horses, rodeos, and team roping. He lives near Kersey and has been the operations manager for Central Weld County Water District for 16 years.

15 Year Leaders

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Clint and Casey Sidwell

Becoming a 4-H leader was a natural progression for Clint since his parents were both leaders. Together with his wife, Casey Sidwell, they are both 15-year leaders with Countryside Ag 4-H. Clint has served as a project leader for beef, and helped coach 4-H softball. Casey is a project leader for sheep and beef, and currently is the co-organizational leader for the club. Both have also spent many years helping to coach the Weld 4-H Livestock Judging program. Casey considers her involvement in 4-H, particularly livestock judging, to be the most significant activity she participated in as a kid, and she is glad to be able to share her knowledge with others. Clint notes that 4-H provided him with so many opportunities that it’s hard not to give back to the organization. Both enjoy attending livestock shows with their sons. Outside of 4-H, Clint serves on the Weld County Junior Livestock Sale Committee and is a past member of the Platte Valley FFA Advisory Board. Casey is a regional director for the Continental Dorset Club, and a member of the Platte Valley School District Accountability Committee and FFA Ag Advisory Committee. Clint and Casey live near Gill where they farm and ranch, and are seed stock growers.

15 Year Leader

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Jason Simpson

Jason remembers how others helped him during his 4-H career, so he became a volunteer in order to give back to others. He has been a project leader with the Wyatt Ag 4-H club for beef, sheep, and swine, and also helped coach 4-H basketball. His enjoyment for the past 15 years has been watching the new, novice 4-H member with little knowledge or skill progress to be competitive and skilled in their abilities. Outside of 4-H Jason is a member of the National Swine Registry and a board member of the National Hampshire Sheep Association. When he’s not attending livestock shows, he enjoys golfing and following sports. Jason and his family farm near Ault, and raise and sell breeding stock including club pigs and lambs.

25 Year Leader

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Larry Rodenburg

Larry is the Organizational leader for the Crow Creek 4-H Club. He remembers starting out 25 years ago as a project leader for woodworking, electricity, entomology, and coaching sports. He has also enjoyed being a chaperone on multiple Citizenship Washington Focus trips. He notes that as soon as one bunch of kid’s age out of the program, you are already involved with a new bunch and the fun starts all over again. He enjoys woodworking and building scale model trains and wishes he had more time for fishing. He is a firefighter and EMT for the Briggsdale Fire Department, and active on various school and church boards. Currently, he drives bus and is the food service director for the Briggsdale School district.

25 Year Leader

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Regan Romero

Regan got his start as a 4-H volunteer when he and Father Peter at St. Peter’s Catholic Church started a community 4-H garden club called The City Slickers. He has since been a resource leader for the Bicycle project and has completed 25 years as a volunteer. Regan promotes 4-H by reaching out to all people and letting them know that 4-H is not just about Ag projects. He helped deliver 4-H Tech Wizards at the Rodarte Center, and provides a lot of behind-the-scenes work for the Food Booth at County Fair. Outside of 4-H, Regan is a representative for Union Local 1 at JBS. He enjoys working on old cars and putting tons of lights on his 1948 Ford fire truck for local Christmas parades

25 Year Leader

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Phil Rouse

Phil’s 25-year 4-H leader career began when then 4-H Agent, Mark Cronquist, asked if Phil would be interested in leading the Model Rocketry Program when the previous leader retired. He states that as we help 4-H members develop skills, planning and organizing their time is critical to their growth and development. It is especially satisfying, Phil says, to watch the kids finish their 10 years in 4-H. In 2014 Phil was the recipient of the Colorado 4-H Raleigh Brooks Outstanding Leader Award. He is involved with a number of community groups including Eaton Lions Club, American Legion, VFW, Coast Guard Auxiliary, and 9-Health Fair. Phil and his wife Pat live in Eaton. He is currently retired after having spent 30 years in education mostly working in vocational and technical education.

30 Year Leader

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Teresa Johnson

Teresa began volunteering as a leader when the Hoofbeats 4-H Club contacted her about helping with the Horse project as a riding instructor. Her 30 years as a leader has been focused on those involved in the Horse project, and has included coaching the Horse Bowl team, serving on the 4-H Horse Advisory Council, and being Superintendent of the Horse show at the Weld County Fair. She believes that 4-H volunteers make a difference in the lives of members, not through wins, but through the lessons learned in pursuing their goals. Outside of 4-H, Teresa loves to read, travel, and show horses. She is a member of the Platte Valley FFA Foundation, and the Mountain Plains and National Appaloosa Horse clubs. She has worked as a custom seamstress, a bus driver for Platte Valley Schools, and currently is the 4-H Events Coordinator with Weld County Extension. She and her husband, Wayne, live in Greeley.

 

30 Year Leader

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Lenny Simpson

Lenny was looking for a way to stay involved in 4-H after his stint as a 4-H member. So, he became a leader with the Wyatt Ag club as a coach and a livestock project leader and has been at it for 30 years. Lenny believes that the competition 4-H offers in livestock mirrors real life and teaches youth responsibility and a work ethic that they will need later on in life. He served on the Athletic Committee for six years and was swine superintendent at the County Fair for 15 years. He has enjoyed watching the different generations of kids and their families become involved and grow up through 4-H. He is on the board of the West Greeley Conservation District, and a member of the Eaton Country Club. He enjoys golfing, target shooting, and following sports. He lives northeast of Ault where he farms and raises show lambs and pigs.

40 Year Leader

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Judy Stevens

Judy Stevens has been a leader for 40 years. Her motivation comes from helping good kids stay good, and tipping the scale on the positive side for those that may be on the borderline; plus the fantastic friendships she has made over the years. She got her start when two other leaders wanted to step down from their roles in the LaSalle 4-H Club. She was organization leader for that club for 18 years. Currently she is a resource leader, helping with gardening, cake decorating, and clothing projects, the Leader’s Food Booth at County Fair, and Junior Leadership Greeley. Judy has served on the Leaders Council, Weld County Fair Board, and Weld County’s 150th anniversary committee. Judy was a cake decorator at Safeway for 10-1/2 years, attended Aims Community College to be an auto mechanic, and spent time babysitting grandkids. She and Regan live on the outskirts of Greeley where she enjoys spending time with her kids and grandkids, working with her animals, painting and reading

 

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Each year the Weld County 4-H Foundation has 14 college scholarships available to Weld County 4-H members.  Below are the recipients of the 2016 Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarships.

 

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Cody LeBlanc

Paul and Jean Hoshiko Family Scholarship

 

Cody is the son of Mary Ellen LeBlanc of Fort Lupton. He plans to study Political Science in college at either the University of Northern Colorado or University of Denver, following graduation from Fort Lupton High School.

He is a 9-year member of the Tailtwisters 4-H club. His 4-H projects included restoration, gardening, leadership, market and breeding rabbits and consumer savvy. In high school, he participated in student government, League of United Latin American Citizens, Knowledge Bowl, National Honor Society, Thespians, and FBLA.

Cody participated in both the National 4-H Congress and Citizenship Washington Focus.

He’s been a member of the Weld 4-H Youth Executive Council since he was 12, and this year he is one of four members selected for the inaugural class of the Weld Agricultural Leadership and Ambassador Program.

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Molly Cooksey

Paul and Jean Hoshiko Family Scholarship

 

Molly is the daughter of Jeff and Amy Cooksey of Roggen.

She is a 12-year member of the Magic Spurs 4-H club, taking breeding & market beef, market swine, home environment, food & nutrition, and decorate your duds.

Molly has shown cattle on the local, state, and national levels. Her 4-H activities include Fashion Revue, Self-Development Night, and Citizenship Washington Focus.

She is presently a senior at Weld Central High School where she is involved in FFA, National Honor Society, and volleyball.

Molly says that she has been blessed to learn lifelong lessons in her projects and to have been surrounded by very supportive people who helped her succeed.

 

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Allison Schell

Josh Jarman Scholarship

 

Allison is the daughter of Danette Schell of Firestone.

She is in her 10th year of 4-H as a member of Calico ‘n Jeans 4-H club having participated in cooking, horse, and photography projects.

Following graduation from Mead High School, Allison would like to attend Northeastern Junior College to study nursing.

Her experience in 4-H helped her form new friendships while developing confidence and public speaking skills..

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Ashley Terrell

Weld County Leader’s Council Scholarship

Ashley is a senior at Platte Valley High School and a 9-year member of the Horse Whisperers 4-H club. Her parents are Scott and Sherry Terrell of LaSalle.

Her 4-H projects included horse and Market Swine. Being a member of the Horse Bowl team was a big part of Ashley’s 4-H experience. Ashley and fellow team members undertook various community service projects including packing over 500 emergency food boxes at the Weld Food Bank, and delivering Christmas presents to an orphanage in Kentucky.

After graduation she plans to attend South Plains College in Texas to study Ag business.

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Emily Harper

Weld County Leader’s Council Scholarship

 

Emily is the daughter of Mike and Mary Ann Harper of Eaton. She will graduate from Eaton High School where she played tennis and was active in the National Honor Society.

Home Environment and Market Sheep were her projects while a member of the Country Boots & Skirts 4-H club for the past 10 years. Her club’s community service projects helped her learn the importance of giving back to the community and helping others.

Emily is planning on attending Colorado State University and study to become an Early Childhood Educator and teacher.

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Caitlyn Ochsner

Gene Inloes Memorial Livestock Judging Scholarship

 

Caitlyn is 10-year member of the High Plains Ag 4-H Club who will graduate from Platte Valley High School with plans to attend Belmont University in Tennessee in pursuit of a career as a Country/Christian Music recording artist.

In school, she is an Honor Roll student and is active in FFA and choir.

Her 4-H project work included both market and breeding beef. Caitlyn realizes that it’s not the trophies and buckles that have shaped her character and strengthened her work ethic; it’s the projects she’s worked on. She participated in 4-H Livestock Judging and currently has her own herd of 14 cows.

Caitlyn is the daughter of Kevin and Julie Ochsner of Kersey.

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Sarah Cooksey

Norgren Family 4-H Scholarship

 

The daughter of Jeff and Amy Cooksey, Sarah was raised on a farm in Roggen.

She is a 14-year member of the Magic Spurs 4-H club, taking market & breeding beef, artistic clothing, and foods & nutrition projects, and also participated in the Citizenship Washington Focus program.

Sarah is a Junior at Colorado State University studying to be an Ag educator. She says if she could light a fire in even just a few students, she would consider myself successful.”

Her long term goal is to get her Master’s Degree in Agricultural Extension Education so that she can be an Extension Agent in one of the counties in Colorado.

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Taylor Dorsey

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

 

Taylor is the daughter of Dustin and Kim Dorsey of Eaton.

She is a 9-year member of Country Boots and Skirts 4-H Club. Her projects included Breeding and Market beef and Market Swine. One of her project highlights was winning the Supreme Breeding Heifer at the Weld County Fair in 2015 with a Cattle for Kids heifer.

Taylor is a graduate of Eaton High School and is presently attending Oklahoma State University majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Ag Business.

She credits 4-H with helping her to develop record-keeping, communication, and citizenship skills.

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Topanga McBride

Martin Produce Company
Scholarship

 

Topanga is a sophomore at Kansas State University studying Agricultural Communications and Animal Science.

She is the daughter of Scott and Shani McBride of Severance.

She was an 11-year member of Severance 4-H Club, taking dairy cattle, market swine, vet science, baking, and decorate your duds projects. Topanga has held various leadership positions in 4-H and college organizations, and is a past participant in Citizenship Washington Focus.

She was the inspiration and planning committee member for the new Weld Agricultural Leadership and Ambassador Program that began this year.

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Hannah Bott

Weld County 4-H Foundation Family & Consumer Science Scholarship

 

Hannah is a 10-year member of Wyatt Ag 4-H club.

She plans on attending Montana State University to study in the field of medicine following her graduation from Eaton High School.

Her parents are Shawn and Kristi Bott of Eaton. While in 4-H,

Hannah took cake decorating, breeding poultry, archery, quilting, clothing construction, and participated in Citizenship Washington Focus.

Her school activities included both marching and concert band, student council, knowledge bowl, and FFA.

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Brooke Hinojosa

Weld County 4-H Foundation Agriculture Scholarship

 

Brooke is the daughter of Bryan and Linda Sidwell of Carr.

She is a senior at Highland High School where she is involved in FFA, Honor Roll, National Honor Society, and FBLA.

During her 10-year 4-H career with Wyatt Ag 4-H club, Brooke was active in market and breeding beef, baking, decorate your duds, and Citizenship Washington Focus.

She is especially passionate about the beef industry, specifically Hereford cattle.

After attaining an animal science degree, Brooke would like to one day work for the American Hereford Association.

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Jake Marvin

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

 

Jake is a senior at Weld Central High School, and the son of Dave and Claudia Marvin of Fort Lupton.

He is a 9-year member of Keene 4-H Boosters where he took breeding and market beef, market goat, dairy cattle, shooting sports, and woodworking projects.

FFA, Science Club, and Student Council are among his High School activities.

Jake says that 4-H taught him the determination required to be successful!

He plans to attend the University of Colorado and major in Aerospace Engineering.

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Lilly Kochevar

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Lilly is a 9-year member of the Drylanders 4-H club.

Her parents are Edward and Sherri Kochevar of Ault.

Lilly will graduate from Highland High School with plans to attend a college in Kansas or Iowa to study agricultural law.

She believes that western traditions need to stay around and wants to help protect the rights of farmers and ranchers.

Lilly had horse, market & breeding sheep, and cake decorating projects while in 4-H.

Her high school interests include volleyball, basketball, track, student council, and FFA.

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Morgan Patton

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Morgan is from Briggsdale, and is the daughter of James and Dawn Patton.

She is a 10-year member of the Crow Creek 4-H club, taking a wide variety of projects including scrapbooking, clothing construction, model rocketry, shooting sports, and cake decorating. She has participated in Citizenship Washington Focus and was a Premier Exhibitor winner at the 2015 Weld County Fair.

She will graduate from Briggsdale High School having been a member of Student Council, National Honor Society, Drama Club, and FFA.

She plans to attend the University of Northern Colorado and major in Communications, with a minor in Business.

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Sydney Baumgartner

Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship

Sydney is an 11-year 4-H member of the Magic Spurs 4-H club who will graduate from Weld Central High School.

Her parents are Curtis and Leslie Baumgartner of Keenesburg.

During her 4-H career, Sydney participated in Citizenship Washington Focus and had market goat, market swine, Dog, and Decorate your Duds projects.

Among her school activities are sports, FFA, National Honor Society, and Link Crew.

She hopes to attend Colorado Mesa University and study to become an Athletic Trainer.