Past Scholarship Winners

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2020-2029 Scholarship Winners

2023 Scholarship Winners

Paul & Jean Hoshiko Scholarship

Paige Pointer Photo Paige Pointer is the daughter of Susan and Jay Pointer of LaSalle, CO.  Page is a senior at Platte Valley High School and is looking to attend the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK to major in Biology as she would like to become a Pediatric Anesthesiologist.  Her career goals include getting accepted into Medical School after her undergraduate and continuing her career as an anesthesiologist to help children in a rural setting. She would also like to continue riding and show reined Cowhorse at the world show level.  Paige is a 7-year member of the High Plains Ag 4-H Club, and, through her experiences, learned the importance of working on a team and having patience, and open mind whenever faced with a challenge.  Paige is the recipient of the Paul and Jean Hoshiko Memorial Scholarship.

Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial Scholarship

Samantha Markwardt Photo Samantha Markwardt is the daughter of Wendy and Justin Markwardt of Greeley, CO.  Samantha is a senior at Northern Colorado Christian Academy and is looking to attend Aims Community College in Greeley.  She is considering a career in education, marine biology, or psychology. Samantha is interested in education as she enjoys teaching and helping others by giving them the necessary skills to succeed in life.  Samantha is a 11-year member of the Small-Town Critters 4-H club.   Through her 4-H experience, she is now more confident when it comes to new things and also learned to work with animals. She is the person she is today due to her time in 4-H and the impact it had on her life.  Samantha is the recipient of the Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Simon Raff Photo Simon Raff is the son of Cheryl and Andrew Raff of Nunn, CO.  Simon is a senior at Highland High School and is looking to attend Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, WY.  He is looking to get an Agriculture Business Degree and Animal Science as he’s always had a passion for livestock that has grown throughout the years from showing goats and building his own herd.  Simon’s goal is to manage his own herd of show goats that have great genetics, structural correctness, and yield.  He is an 8-year member of the Small-Town Critters 4-H Club.  Simon is most proud to say that his goats are his partners. He has learned how to train each year’s crop and keep them healthy.  He learned hide and hair management to help them look their best in the ring.  All those things combined will serve him well in live as he knows the work it takes to maintain a herd that was bought with hard work.  Simon is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Keoni Aricayos Photo Keoni Aricayos is the son of Krista and Isaia Aricayos of Greeley, CO.  Keoni is a Senior at Frontier Academy and is looking to attend Aims Community College in Greeley where he is planning to work on becoming a Commercial Airline Pilot. He developed a passion for aviation and hopes to continue throughout his life. He has already finished many requirements such as flying an airplane solo and accumulating more than 60 flight hours. In the future he will use his occupation as a pilot to help better his community whether it’s the service of flying or teaching other how to fly airplanes of their own.  Keoni is an 8-year member of the Blazing Clovers 4-H Club. His success in 4-H has allowed him to gain knowledge that he can now teach his younger siblings and other young 4-H members.  The impact it’s had on his life is just beginning.  Keoni is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Tanner Rupple Photo Tanner Rupple is the son of Lisa and Corey Rupple of Wiggins, CO.  He is a senior at Weld Central High School and is planning to attend Morgan Community College in Ft. Morgan, CO.  Tanner is planning to obtain an associate degree in agricultural business. Along with the degree, he will be taking classes to obtain his part 107 license which will allow him to spray herbicides and pesticides on crops via drone applications.  Tanner is an 11-year member of the Prospectors 4-H Club.   It has taught him valuable lessons about leadership as well as how to communicate and collaborate with other members not only from his club but others across the county and state.  Tanner is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H foundation Scholarship.

Weld Count 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Peyton Witzel Photo Peyton Witzel is the daughter of Carianne and Ryan Witzel of Strasburg, CO.  She is a senior at Weld Central High School and is planning to attend Peru State College in Peru, NE.  Peyton is planning to study Kinesiology to be a strength and Conditioning Coach as she wants to pursue a career in strength and conditioning, and help all athletes become successful.  Peyton is a 9-year member of the Prospectors 4-H Club.  She won the Grand Champion Carcass Contes at the Elbert County Fair which was the single biggest indicator of the quality job she was doing.  She appreciates what the organization stands for and the opportunities it provides for young people to basically learn how to start a business.  Peyton is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Paige Strickland Photo Paige Strickland is the daughter of Corina and Michael Strickland of Milliken, CO.  She is a senior at Roosevelt High School and is planning to attend the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley to become a Speed Language Pathologist. She did a research project and branched out looking at speech language pathology, during the research she figured out that this is what she wanted to do and by the end of the project she knew that she had found her future career.  Page is a 10-year member of the Calico-n-Jeans 4-H Club. Overall, 4-H helped her gain the leadership and citizen skills that she needs for her future, which will not only benefit her but also the people around her.  Paige is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County Fair 100th Celebration Scholarship

Adelynne Schaffner. Photo Adelynne Schaffner is the daughter is the daughter of Leanne and Darrin Schaffner of Greeley.  She is a senior and is homeschooled.  She is planning to attend Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, WY. She chose that school as it was a nice, clean school with a positive feel to it and has an impressive horse facility.  She plans to major in both Animal Science and Agribusiness, although equine and beef cattle are her main interests.  Adelynne is a 10-year member of the New Horizons 4-H Club and will always be grateful for all that she gained by being a part of the Weld County 4-H Club.  She is confident that she will continue to use the knowledge gained from 4-H throughout her career.  Adelynne is the recipient of the Weld County Fair 100th Celebration Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Leader's Council High School Scholarship

Otis Kindvall Photo Otis Kindvall is the son of Sarah and Thomas Kindvall of Firestone, CO.  He is a senior at Frederick High School and is looking to attend UNC, Aims or UCC.  His goal is to get a bachelor’s in psychology and education, and then work on his masters in School Psychology to work in the school system. Having ADHD, he would like to be the one in the schools’ helping others, giving support, and helping them to be successful no matter who they are, their beliefs and the support that is there since they all matter.  Otis is an 11-year member of the Tailtwisters 4-H Club. In his 4-H Presidential speech he stated that he wanted to become the President his last year of 4-H because he felt that the club should be a club that grows by including all, does more for the community and encourages others to be themselves as that is what Otis experienced by his leaders and fellow members, and he wants everyone to feel that way in 4-H.  Otis is the recipient of the Weld County High School 4-H Leaders Council Scholarship.

Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship

Devin Nerone Photo Devin Nerone is the son of Christa and Michael Nerone of Eaton, CO.  He is senior at Eaton High School and is planning to attend Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, WY.  He has chosen to pursue a degree in equine management with a lot of agriculture business classes to round out his learning as he would like to learn other points of view and the newer management methods to be able to help and, one day, take over his mom’s business.  Devin is a 9-member of the Country Boots and Skirts 4-H Club.  He believes that 4-H brought him plenty of opportunities to hone his patience, time management and record keeping skills. He is now able to work with all sorts of individuals and get along with most everyone, which hopefully will carry over into a successful career.   Devin is the recipient of the Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship.

Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship

Hannah Culp Photo Hannah Culp is the daughter of Sarah Linville of Hudson, CO.  She is a senior at Weld Central High School and is planning to attend the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY.  Her goal is to major in agricultural communications so that she can advocate for agriculture.  Hannah would like to go in as an Ag marketer and teach people who are less educated on agriculture and about what it is.  Hannah is a five-year member of the Magic Spurs 4-H Club.  All of her 4-H experiences created and helped her earn new skills and learn how to help others.  She wants youth to understand the importance of leadership skills and how doing projects will help in the future. The moments Hannah had in 4-H taught her many things and how she can help in the future.  Hannah is the recipient of the Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship.

Helmut & Bob Brunner Memorial Scholarship

Ella Niccoli Photo Ella Niccoli is the daughter of Charity and Ty Niccoli of Greeley.  She is a Freshman at Colorado State University and is planning to continue her education so that she is able to work with animals and become a veterinarian at her own clinic as well as continue working and raising cattle at her 4th generation cattle ranch.  Ella was in 4-H for about 13 years with the New Horizons 4-H Club and through those years she was able to start and build growth on many projects and hold multiple offices.  She was able to become a District 2 rep for the 4-H members of Weld County. Having the ability to become president in her club helped her really become involved in the countywide and statewide activities.  Ella is the recipient of the Helmut and Bob Brunner Benson Memorial Scholarship.

Gene Inloes Memorial Livestock Judging Scholarship

Cole Halley Photo Cole Halley is the sone of Gail and Alan Halley of Kersey, CO.  He is a senior at Platte Valley High School and is planning to attend Northeastern Jr. College in Sterling. His plan is to attend for a couple of years studying in the engineering program as well as take classes in the precision Ag program.  After that he is planning to transfer to South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD to study and obtain a degree in agriculture and bio-resource engineering with an emphasis in precision agriculture.  Cole is a 12-year member of High Plains Ag 4-H Club and played a large part in his character development. Throughout his time in 4-H he competed in numerous projects at the county, state, and national levels.  Cole is the recipient of the Gene Inloes Memorial Livestock Judging Scholarship.

Beef Excellence Committee Award

Makennah Tucker Photo Makennah Tucker is the daughter of Wendy and Jonathon Tucker of Briggsdale, CO.  She is a freshman at the Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK and is planning to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in both Ag Education and Animal Science.  She plans to become an ag teacher and FFA Advisor.  She hopes to coach her students to complete in and win many FFA competitions at the local, state, and National levels as well as win chapter awards.  Makennah was in 4-H for about 11 years with the Crow Creek 4-H Club. Being in 4-H help shape her into a better leader and citizen and she learned to be helpful to the younger youth, respectful to each other, hardworking and willing to share knowledge with anyone who needs it.  Her greatest accomplishment through 4-h was to be able to start her own show cattle which helped her learn responsibility, management, record keeping and many other thins to prepare her for her future.  Makennah is the recipient of the Beef Excellence Committee Award.

Quintus Fuller (Bud) Memorial Scholarship

Makynna Hollis Photo Makynna Hollis is the daughter of Cathy Hollis of Kersey, CO and Steve Hollis of Cheyenne, WY.   She is a senior at Platte Valley High School and is planning to attend the University of Wyoming, in Laramie, WY.  She is planning to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and would like to become a neonatal intensive care unit nurse.  Makynna is a 9-year member of the High Plains Ag 4-H Club. She grew a lot, thanks to her involvement in 4-H.  All her projects benefitted her networking, professionalism, and interview abilities.  Talking to judges in a showmanship class or interviewing with another project judge teaches you how to talk to others in a professional manner.  These skills helped Makynna to work through challenges, situations, or conflicts that she may encounter in the future and 4-H has aided her in growing and developing her skills.  Makynna is the recipient of the Quintus Fuller (Bud) Memorial Scholarship.

Dorothy Martin Zabka Memorial Scholarship

Jenna Batka Photo Jenna Batka is the daughter of Kristi and John Batka of Ault.  She is a senior at Highland High School and is planning to attend the South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD and is going to study to be an agriculture education teacher knowing that what she is doing will be making someone else’s day just a little better.  She is ready to pursue a career in Ag education as she will get to do her favorite things, advocate about agriculture, interact with students and staff members, be a leader, and create a relationship with the community.  Jenna is a 10-year member of the Wyatt 4-H Club.  4-H has been a major part of her life for many years. Without 4-H she wouldn’t have been shown the importance of a strong work ethic, time, and finance management and, above all, communication and leadership skills that are essential to succeed in life.  She knows that she is better prepared for her future from learning valuable and lifelong skills that have helped shape her into the person she is today.  Jenna is the recipient of the Dorothy Martin Zabka Memorial Scholarship.

Norgren Family Memorial Scholarship

Amanda Terrell Photo Amanda is the daughter of Sherry and Dustin Terrell of LaSalle.  She is a Junior at the Texas Tech University and is planning to obtain her Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Communications.  From there, she would like to pursue a master’s degree following graduation.  Amanda was a 12-year member in the Horse Whisperers Club and cannot believe how much she has grown in and out of the arena since she first started 4-H.  She cherishes the wonderful opportunities, experiences, and memories the organization has given her over the past years and the positive impact it made on her life. It not only gave her a great foundation to start on but grew with her over the years.  Amanda is the recipient of the Norgren Family Memorial Scholarship.

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Emily Rumsey Photo Emily Rumsey is the daughter of Tara and Justin Rumsey of Greeley.  She is a Junior at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY and is studying Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management with a double minor in Soil Sciences and, Restoration and Reclamation to be able to preserve the rangelands and watersheds for years to come. She is hoping to work for a local conservation district to assist ranchers in preserving their private rangelands to be able to support herds both wild and domesticated.  Emily was a 14-year of the Blazing Clovers 4-H Club and is now a volunteer.  Participating in 4-H shaped her into the person she is today and heavily influenced her career path.  She learned to be hard working, to have great communication skills, responsibility, time management skills and to be community oriented, and know the importance of helping others.  4-H is an organization that she can see herself being a part of for the rest of her life.  Emily is the recipient of the Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Leader's Council College Scholarship

Collin Ochsner Photo Collin Ochsner is the son of Julie and Kevin Ochsner of Kersey.  He is a Freshman of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX and is studying Animal Science-Business with a minor in Natural Resource Management and be a member of the Ranch Horse Team. Attending this university has enabled him to start earning his degree while also learning more about riding and training reined cow horses.  He hopes to secure a job working for a large cow/calf, stocker or feedyard operation.  Collin was a 11-year member of the High Plains Ag 4-H Club. Through his involvement with the 4-H, he participated in a variety of community service projects. They included everything from volunteering at the Weld County Food Bank and participating in the canned food drive to working at the Community Outreach Center and purchasing toys for Toy for Tots.  These many experiences taught him the importance of serving those in the community that need a “hand up” in life.  Collin is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Leaders Council (College) Scholarship.

2022 Scholarship Winners

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship and Judy Stevens Memorial Scholarship

Aaron Ehrlich Photo Aaron Ehrlich is the son of Larry and Michelle Ehrlich of Greeley, CO.  He is a 10-year member of High Plains Ag 4-H Club and is involved in shooting sports, air pistol and archery. He has also done gardening and dogs. Aaron is a Senior at Frontier Charter Academy and, is in track and field. He was also on the speech and debate team and the Academic Decathlon.  Aaron plans to attend Cedarville University in Ohio and would like to get his undergraduate molecular biology degree and then go to medical school to study neurology, eventual to become a neurosurgeon.  Aaron has wanted to go into the medical field for most of his life. When he was in middle school, he really liked when they did dissections in science class and has been very interested in the way that the body functions ever since. He didn’t know what type of medicine he wanted to study until 8th grade when we were able to dissect a sheep's brain. This is what solidified his interest in the medical field and his wanting to study neurology. In the summer between his freshman and sophomore years, Aaron was selected to attend a medical camp with NYLF (National Youth Leadership Forum); he chose to attend camp in Chapel Hill, South Carolina. It was at this 10-day camp where they learned about various medical professions, basic first aid & CPR, how to do a medical examination (using a high-tech dummy), and basic suturing and intubating skills. They also visited a few colleges and heard from several medical experts. At one of the colleges, they dissected a cow heart (which he thought was very cool). This experience intrigued Aaron and made him think about possibly wanting to pursue a career as a cardiac surgeon. The best part of the entire camp was when they were able to watch a surgery that was live streamed from a different state.  This was the thing that got me interested in the surgery part of the medical field and not just the study of a specific field. Since then, he has been focused on excelling academically to prepare for the rigors of college; working part-time to earn money for college; and staying involved in my church youth group, 4-H activities, and school track team. Aaron has also looked into shadowing a surgeon (who is a family friend) and hopes to gain more medical exposure before he graduates and heads out to attend Cedarville University this Fall to study molecular biology in their pre-med program.  Aaron has been in 4-H for eleven years, and through most of it, he participated in shooting sports, as well as one year in the dog project (training our golden retriever), and two years of gardening. He’s done archery every year and air pistol sporadically throughout. For the first two years of my 4H career, he did a poster board for his gardening project and very basic poster boards for my shooting sports project.  The poster board for his gardening project in his second year received a grand champion at both the Weld County Fair and State Fair. As he continued with shooting sports, he graduated to making smaller woodworking projects that would help me in shooting, such as a pellet board to keep track of which targets, he had shot or a block-rest to set my pistol on when shooting bench position. In his fourth year of 4-H, he added the dog project, and since then, he’s only participated in shooting sports projects. After learning some basic woodworking skills from his father and from Industrial Arts Club at school, Aaron was able to enlarge his 4-H project. In 2020, he was commissioned by Tim Seltzer to make 5 bow rests for the Galeton and Ft. Lupton ranges.  One thing that Aaron has learned over the years is that it doesn’t take that much time to help others a lot. For example, helping at the food bank for a few hours affected many different families. He also saw this in the community service that he did outside of 4H, including the hurricane flood relief that he did with my youth group, the home building project he was able to do in Texas on a church mission trip, a yearly church charburger fundraiser that raised money to buy rice for people in India, and helping process shoe boxes yearly (at the Samaritan's Purse warehouse in Denver) that would be sent to children all over the world.  One of Aaron’s biggest accomplishments in 4-H was qualifying for the national shooting sports competition two years in a row for air pistol. In order to qualify for the national competition, you have to place in the top four at the state competition and can only go one time for each discipline. The first year that I qualified, the national competition was canceled due to the pandemic, and he had to qualify again the next year in order to make it again.  He was able to qualify for the National Shooting Sports Competition in 2020 with three of his Weld County teammates and was able to go to Nebraska in 2021 and represent Colorado for air pistol. Our team placed in the top five each day of competition and got third place for the overall competition. He has been close to making it to Nationals for archery, with tenth place being his highest placing at the Colorado State competition.  Aaron is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship and the Judy Stevens Memorial Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation and 4-H Leader's Council High School Scholarship

Abby Fetzer Photo Abby Fetzer is the daughter of Matt and Amy Fetzer of Ault, CO.  She is a 9-year member of the Galeton 4-H Club and is currently involved in market/breeding goats, clothing construction, buymanship and shooting sports.  She also participated in decorate your duds.  Abby is a Senior at Eaton High School and is in FCCLA (Family, Community and Career Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Eaton High School Football Manager, and the National Training Center Shooting Club.  She is planning to attend the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and studying to become a certified prosthetist and orthotist.  When looking into her future, she has always known that she wanted to be a part of the medical field. She wants to work with people to teach them more about their bodies and how to take care of them. Abby decided that she wanted to be a Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist after she went on a job shadow with Jason Bradshaw. Jason owns his own clinic where he works as a CPO and designs and produces custom wheelchairs. When she was on the job shadow, it opened her eyes to a whole new world that she immediately fell in love with. Hearing the patient’s stories and the way that Jason helped them quickly became something that she knew she wanted to do. Becoming a Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist would allow her to partner her want to make a positive impact in people’s lives with her eagerness to learn each and every day.  After becoming a Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist, Abby would like to cater her abilities toward veterans and Paralympic athletes. Veterans have made the ultimate sacrifice and have laid their life on the line for citizens such as herself. She has a keenness to serve them and allow them to have a better quality of life. Paralympic athletes defeat all odds when they overcome their disabilities to become some of the best athletes in the world. She is equipped to help them achieve their goals.  She plans to first earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Sciences and then continue her education to earn a master’s degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics. Abby plans on earning her bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will allow her to continue her shooting career. At the end of 2019, she became heavily involved in shooting sports and still is today. She has competed at the Junior Olympics, the Winter Air Gun National Championships, and many other national competitions. Abby is currently a member of the National Training Center Shooting Club located in Colorado Springs. There, she plans to continue training for the Olympics while attending UCCS.  Once becoming a CPO, she will work towards opening her own clinic to serve my community. Once this is completed, Abby will pursue her next goal: offer my services to countries that do not have access to health care. She has gone on two different mission trips with her youth group, and there she experienced the impact of helping others firsthand. She would like to expand this service further into different parts of the world. Through this experience, she will also be able to expand her knowledge of the world and become exposed to the different cultures within these communities.  Abby is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship and the Weld County 4-H Leader’s Council (High School) Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Emily Hogsett Photo Emily Hogsett is the daughter of Bryan and Amy Hogsett of Eaton, CO.  She is an 11-year member of Galeton 4-H and is involved in cake decorating and artistic clothing buymanship.  She has also participated in breeding beef, scrapbooking, sport fishing, visual arts and home design and décor.  Emily is a Senior at Eaton High School and is involved in FCCLA (Family Community and Career Leaders of America), National Honor Society, Eaton Football Varsity/Jr. Team Manager, Eaton Wrestling Varsity/Jr. Team Manager and Eaton Red Ink Newspaper Writer.  She is planning to attend CSU in Ft Collins and study to become a Family and Consumer Science Educator to make a difference in students’ lives.  Her passion for service and leadership began when she joined 4-H at eight years old. As she grew older, she realized how important both are to her as she hopes to teach FCS at a rural high school.  Her time in 4-H has helped her grow into an outgoing person who has strengths in public speaking, leadership, service, and a hard work ethic. Through 4-H, she was able to branch out and start serving her community at a young age. With her club, Galeton 4-H, Emily helped with Galeton Harvest Dinner, Galeton Elementary School Carnival, and at the Weld County Food Bank. She then even took on leadership roles at a young age by helping at the 4-H showcase with Cake Decorating and Sport Fishing and with the Weld County Cake Decorating Workshops teaching unit 1.  Her freshman year she joined FCCLA. she was the only freshman that stayed involved the whole year. As she continued through high school, FCCLA became a huge part of her life. FCCLA continued Emily’s push to serve, lead, and make a difference in her community.  Emily wants to continue to help people and make a difference in the world.  Emily’s strong activity in leadership and service has helped her to decide to continue to serve her community and lead the future of America through teaching. This love started when she joined 4-H and grew in it. 4-H helped give her the confidence to go out and join other activities and involve others while doing so.  She joined FCCLA because she wanted to learn more about many of the FCS projects, she enjoyed in 4-H.  People ask me why she wanted to be a teacher all the time.  It is no secret that teachers don’t make a lot of money, so why be one?  It all comes down to impact. 4-H and FCCLA has made such a huge impact on her life and given her the opportunity to do the same for others. Emily always wants the opportunity to make an impact in people’s lives, and she can’t think of a better way for her to do so than by teaching FCS.  Emily is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Samantha Campbell Photo Samantha Campbell is the daughter of Jason and Kristy Campbell of Eaton, CO and is a 11-year member of Crow Creek 4-H and is involved in Market/Breeding beef.  She also participated in showing horses.  She is a Senior at Briggsdale Undivided High School and is in volleyball, basketball, FFA and FCCLA (Family Community and Career Leaders of America).  She is planning to attend Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS studying to get her degree in Animal Science so she can become a veterinarian.  Her whole life she has always had a compassion for making sure other and animals are taken well cared for. In the industry that she wants to go into she will be working with people who are either upset or mad because their animal is sick or injured. The animal will be have to be put first as well as their emotions. When treating an animal, you want to find the cause of why the sick/injured are injured and fix it as fast as possible to prevent them from getting worse. Her main treatments are livestock, therapy, and chiropractic.  Since it is her last year in high school, Samantha has been looking into colleges that fit her the best and for the career she wants to go into. At the beginning of her senior year, she investigated three colleges: Wyoming State University, West Texas A&M, and Kansas State University. Looking into all three of them there was one that caught her eye. She visited it once and fell in love with it when she went there for a visit. The college that she chose was Kansas State University. Kansas State has an amazing ag program, and the people were very polite there when she went. Since she was so interested in Kansas, Samantha put in an application to see if she could get excepted in. The night of her senior homecoming she got mail from Kansas.  She opened it up to find that she had been accepted.  In conclusion, Samantha is ready to take her next step into an adventure to see where it leads her to. To finish her high school and 4-H career with a heart full of gratitude. She couldn't be prouder of how far she has come as a person with her studies and livestock. She has had so much help and patience from others when she was in a bad mood or had a bad show day. To the people who have given their knowledge that they have accompanied over the years in their field of work, thank you everyone who has helped her become the person I am today.  Overall, Samantha is so grateful for all the people that have been helping her very step of the way, without them she would not have learned what she knows without them. To the next step of her life, she is excited to see what she will do to keep on learning new things all the time.  Samantha is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Jessica Bond Photo Jessica Bond is the daughter of Don and Lynn Bond of Kersey, CO.  She is 9-year member of the Box Elder Ag 4-H Club and is involved in market/breeding swine.  She is a Senior at Platte Valley High School and is involved in National Honor Society, Student Council, FFA and Class Vice-President She is planning to attend Laramie County Community College studying to be an embryo transplant vet.  Her plans for her future college education are to go to a junior college for the first two years and earn an undergraduate degree in pre-vet science. She then plans on transferring to a four-year college; hopefully CSU or MSU. There Jessie plans on studying biology/anatomy.  After she gets her bachelor’s degree she would then go to veterinary school. However, if veterinary school doesn’t work out, she has a backup plan with her biology degree to pursue a career as an agricultural biologist.  Either after or during school she plans on job shadowing and interning at different veterinary offices to gain on the job experience and learn how a clinic is ran. Her parents run a hog operation raising natural Berkshire pork. As long as she can remember she has been outside working and helping out wherever was needed.  When Jessie was younger, she helped with little tasks such as running gates and cleaning pens but now she enjoys administering vaccines and aiding sows in the farrowing prosses. She has had experience with doctoring animals just on our farm her whole life but never in a veterinary, so shadowing would be extremely beneficial towards her professional career.  Jessie plans to put her education, communication skills, and problem-solving skills towards becoming an embryo transplant veterinarian. She has known she wanted to be a veterinarian since she was a six-year-old. Farrowing has been her favorite part about on living on a farm because she gets to help bring new lives into this world and it is such a fascinating process. Experiences like these helped her realize that the reproduction field is what would like to further study. Jessie would ideally like to specialize in large animals but is open to dogs and cats as well. Eventually she would like to have her own business and be able to travel to different dairies, large productions farms, and racehorse facilities.  Overall, she would like to find a more efficient and safe way to better the agriculture field.  4-H has allowed Jessie to meet and make new connections with a lot of amazing people. The value of community service is another thing that she learned thought her time in 4-H. She learned that the service that she did for 4-H projects directly had a positive effect on others’ lives and that she is making a difference. 4-H has taught her many things that are hard to find anywhere else that she will carry with her in her future education and career throughout her life.  Jessie is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County Fair 100th Celebration Scholarship

Jordan Sidwell Photo Jordan Sidwell is the son of Tyrel and Kaycee Sidwell of Eaton, CO.  He is a 9-year member of Country Boots and Skirts 4-H Club and is involved in Market/Breeding beef. He also participated in market/breeding goats and rocketry.  He is a Senior at Eaton High School and is in basketball and football.  He is also the basketball team captain.  Jordan is planning to attend Kansas State University or CSU.  His career goals are a work in process.  His ultimate goal would be to run his own business and assist others by managing entrepreneurship endeavors.  Right now, he’s thinking of majoring in Business Administration to direct him down that path, but also minor in Agricultural Business and a specialty in sports management.  He would like to incorporate business, agriculture and sports/athletics in his future career or careers.  Growing up on a farm that was deeply grounded in the Ag industry, he watched his family run a diversified business every day.  Ag is not always a reliable or easy way to make a living, but it’s a rewarding way of life.  By watching his family cultivate a business gave him a passion to have his own and manage others entrepreneurship endeavors.  He was admitted into both colleges and is currently trying to decide which one to attend.  Jordan’s 4-H career was born from a project he was anxious about beginning in his first year.  He came from a long line of generations of showing in the cattle industry.  He grew up on stories of his great-grandfather riding on boxcars with his cattle to how them in stock yards like the Denver National Stock Show.  He wanted to continue the legacy and was excited to show cattle, but it also scared him.  He learned to care for his animals on a daily basis, teaching them to lead and to trust him.  Over the years, having his livestock projects has taught him life lessons of hard work, consistency and staying the course even on hard days.  Every project he has taken in 4-H has made an impact on his life. He gained courage from taking the beef project, patience with his got projects and to explore, and expand his knowledge while doing rocketry.  Over the years Jordan enjoyed being a part of a 4-H club, which he’s been a Vice-President and Reporter.  He liked interacting and mentoring the younger kids. He feels as an older 4-Her that is part of what makes 4H great is being able to give back to help younger generations learn. 4-H helped him get involved in his community in helping families in need and honoring the military with Wreaths across America.  Jordan is the recipient of the Weld County Fair 100th Celebration Scholarship.

Kenneth & Clarice Benson and Helmut & Bob Brunner Memorial Scholarships

Carson Zacharias Photo Carson Zacharias is the son of Josh and Shaya Zacharias of Gill, CO.  He is a 10-year member Wyatt 4-H Club and in involved in horse judging.  He also participated in market goats, lambs and chickens, archery, woodworking, and dogs.  He is a Senior at Eaton High School and is in FFA, horse judging and student ambassador Link Leader.  He is planning to attend CSU in Ft Collins studying to be a large animal vet and specialize in equine surgery, specifically in the sports medicine field. Carson doesn’t remember the first time he said he wanted to be a vet, but assumed it was because he wanted to be like his dad, and although he did idolize his dad because he was a good person, that wasn’t the real reason.  He wanted to be a vet because he developed a passion for it and felt it was his calling.  In middle school, he was able to sit in on quite a few surgeries, watch a few mares give birth, and be around horses even more than before. Carson’s family was able to move to an acreage outside of Eaton, Colorado.  Carson started 4-H after some encouragement from a family friend. He helped me get started in 4-H in showing goats, chickens, dogs, and his dad helped him do archery and woodworking. When he started, he didn’t know a lot about showing livestock, and learned a ton about desirable features in animals. After the first few years of doing 4-H, he decided to stop showing dogs and competing in archery, mainly to make time to start showing horses.  Carson started showing horses on a gelding named Chip, which ended up being onery and they sold him. He came back the next year riding a horse named Colonel, who he showed in western and ranch horse divisions. His freshman year, he bought a reining mare named Spyder, who he rode in western division, and continued to ride Colonel in the ranch division.  After Colonel started showing lameness, he showed Spyder in the ranch division. He also showed his dad’s broodmare in the green horse division and worked on training her.  By the time Carson got into high school, he was eligible to run for an officer position in his club. His first year he was president of my 4-H club, he ran meetings and helped organize fundraisers.  His second year he was vice-president, took notes on the meetings, and helped assist the president in their duties. His junior year he was president once again and ran meetings and helped organize the Mardi Gras booth, and their food drive. This year he decided to not to run for an officer position because he would not be attending meetings in the fall and that would leave his club short an officer.  Through his time being an officer, Carson learned how to mediate arguments, run a meeting, and develop his public speaking skills.  Also, during his 4-H career, he was a part of horse judging and horse bowl. His horse bowl team was very successful in their competitions, taking reserve at state. Carson’s horse judging team is doing well, this year is his second year doing it, and is excited to get started.  His club held a canned food drive every year and also volunteered at the Weld County Food Bank.   These activities brought him to understand the importance of serving his community and displaying good values of citizenship.  4-H has been a foundational piece to his development as a person and has been part of my inspiration to go on to college. Carson has learned to be a good citizen, a good leader, and a good person from 4-H, while also learning some life skills in the process.  Carson is the recipient of the Kenneth and Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship and the Helmut and Bob Bruner Memorial Scholarship.

Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship

Jamie Bond Photo Jamie Bond is the daughter of Don and Lynn Bond of Kersey, CO.  She is a 9-year member of Box Elder Ag 4-H Club and is involved in market swine, turkeys, and chickens.  She is a Senior at Platte Valley High School and is in Student Council, National Honor Society, Senior Class Officer, FFA, softball and, track and field. She was also Senior Class Treasurer.  Jamie is planning to attend South Dakota School of Mines and Technology studying to be a chemical engineer, hoping to make a more sustainable way of drilling for oil and gas.  She plans to enter chemical engineering because she wants to make a less invasive and more environmentally friendly method of fracking oil and gas.  The oil and gas industry employs roughly 30,00 people and if that industry gets shut down, they all lose their jobs.  She hopes she can make a way for those people to retain their positions and possibly open up some new opportunities.  The oil and gas industry has dropped 40% in the last year and will only continue to do so if a more sustainable way of fracking is not found.  Jamie has grown up surrounded by the oil and gas industry as many of her classmates have family working in that field and it would be disastrous if they lost work. She simply wants to make the world a better place to live in and make it easier to find work.  Jamie was born on a pig farm and grew up around agriculture. She joined 4-H when she was 8 and has shown pigs ever since. 3 years into my 4-H career she began showing turkeys at the county fair and 3 years ago began showing turkeys and chickens at the state fair. She won Grand Champion Market Turkey at the 2019 county fair and won Grand Champion Market pen of Chickens and Reserve Champion Market Turkey at the 2021 Colorado State Fair. Jamie was the Box Elder 4-H club treasurer for 4 years and learned how to balance a checkbook and keep records of finance. Her 4-H club runs a food booth at the Colorado Farm Show, and it has helped many of the members gain leadership skills and learn how to talk to new people. She learned throughout her 4-H career how to effectively communicate with others and public speaking skills.  Jamie is the recipient of the Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship.

Gene Inloes Memorial Livestock Judging Scholarship

Wyatt Wiedeman Photo Wyatt Wiedeman is the son of Nate and Becky Wiedeman of Eaton, CO.  He is an 8-year member of Country Boots and Skirts 4-H Club and is involved in market lambs.  He is a Senior at Eaton High School and is in FFA, 400 Points Club, District Rep for Creed Speaking competition and Academics Honors.  He is planning to attend Northeastern Jr. College, Oklahoma State University and his goal is to learn, grow and develop in the ag industry to further the technological advances that have been made in the last several decades, as well as to assist in the sustainability for future generations. He plans to do this while learning and working in the production ad industries of crop management and cattle production.  Wyatt has been fortunate to learn from some of the best farmers and ranchers in the western United States.  Seeing their passing for agriculture and life in general has help him to make the decision for his future to also be based in ag. He has been a long-standing active member of 4-h holding Treasurer and vice-president positions within the club.  He learned a level of responsibility that will assist him in all aspects of his life.  He is grateful for the mentors that helped shape and guide him, reinforcing his career path decision to stay in agriculture.  He hopes to make a lasting impact on society through hard work, determination, and perseverance, demonstrating all the positives that the ag industry brings to our world.  He will be a lifelong advocate for agriculture.  Nine years ago, Wyatt embarked in his first 4-H project of two market lambs. He was grateful to have family who had also learned from and grew up in the 4-H world.  The first year was so exciting because of the newness of his project and the friends he got to meet. He was shocked by the magnitude of the competition in their county. The 4-H club had great leaders and older members who were patient and kind who helped Wyatt complete his project. Seeing the competition in the county and having a desire to be my best he sought out information from various industry leaders on what is needed to compete at the highest level. With this knowledge, he made investments in equipment as well as built pens and various items that every year he changed or tweaked in hopes of Improving the final outcome. With his final years of 4-H looming, he’s hoping that his best years are to come. After getting his feet wet that first year, Wyatt realized he wanted to be more active in his club. However, due to the by-laws, officers must be in middle school to hold an office. He was informed of an opportunity to apply to be a youth ambassador for the Weld County Junior Livestock Sale. he was accepted into the program and learned the definition of "dog-tired" that night of the sale. Nonetheless, he had fun and got the opportunities to assist with the production of a such major part of the Weld County Fair, as well as meet some new people. Wyatt was so grateful that he was selected that first year as he has been a member of the youth ambassador team for the last eight years. Spending this much time in that program has given him many leadership opportunities to help guide the younger members and to get them excited and motivated, which in turn makes the sale better for everyone. Along with the youth ambassadors, Wyatt engaged in Livestock Judging. Through livestock judging, he learned new and helpful ways to communicate and organize his thoughts which has in turn lessened his fear of public speaking. He believes these opportunities have provided him the confidence to seek out and be elected to several officer positions not only in 4-H, but in FFA as well. 4-H has opened up his world to various community service projects. Operation Shoebox and Wreathes Across America are two that have immensely changed my life. Wyatt learned compassion and empathy and to honor the service and sacrifices of so many on his behalf. His 4-H career has been a path of doorways, after going through one doorway, there is always something new ahead of him in a new open door.  Community service projects like Wreathes Across America and Operation Shoebox have developed a passion in him to assist others and to shine the light in our world where it is needed most.  Wyatt is grateful for these opportunities and looks forward to furthering his passion around these types of events in his community and world.  Wyatt is the recipient of the Gene Inloes Memorial Livestock Judging Scholarship.

Beef Excellence Committee Award

Collin Ochsner Photo Collin Ochsner is the son of Kevin and Julie Ochsner of Kersey, CO.  He is a 10-year member of High Plains Ag 4-H Club and is involved in market/breeding beef and horse. He has also participated in shooting sports. He is a Senior at Platte Valley High School and is in FFA, National Honor Society, Student Council, FBLA, and Beef Show and Sheep Show Manager.  He is planning to attend Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX and his goal is to earn a bachelor’s degree in animal science with a minor in agribusiness and be on a National Champion Collegiate Ranch Horse Team.  Another goal is to learn more about riding and training reined cow horses.  After graduation, he hopes to get a job working for a progressive cow/calf operation, feed yard or stocker operation.  He believes the experience of getting away from home and learning how people raise livestock and crops in another part of the country will prove beneficial to him as he pursues his ultimate goal of owning and operating a commercial cow/calf and stocker/backgrounding operations. He hopes to one day serve as a board member of organizations that serve both the cattle industry and his community.  Growing up on a farm and ranch, Collin learned the value of hard work, personal responsibility, accountability, and continual learning.  Growing up on the family operation not only fueled his passion for ag, but his involvement in 4-H inspired his love for leadership community service and mad a huge difference in his personal growth. It enabled him to discover additional passions and develop new skills by introducing him to projects he never would have considered when he first joined 4-H.  It provides great opportunities to develop communications and leadership skills through demonstrations, club activities and office positions.  From his early years in 4-H livestock judging to annual demonstrations, he developed his speaking and communication skills, he also had the opportunity to serve as president for three years and treasurer for one year in his club.  4-H also reinforced the importance of community involvement and community service.  Ove the past ten years, he participated in a variety of community service projects.  4-H helped Collin confirm his passion for the cattle business and taught him some valuable business lessons.  Because his family runs a registered cow/calf operation, it was only natural for him to show breeding beef and market calves in 4-H. He learned how to select and purchase high quality animals from our operation and gained a lot of appreciation for the hard work it takes to feed, break, wash, fit and show cattle.  He also learned business skills and the importance of making wise investments.  While Collin won a variety of awards showing cattle, he’s most proud of winning the Mitch Bowman Sportsmanship Award at the Weld County Fair. Over his ten years in 4-H, he’s been on both ends of incredibly competitive cattle classes and has tried to discipline himself to be a humble winner and a gracious loser. This award meant a lot to Collin as it’s more reflective of his character than the attributes of his show animals and was voted on by his fellow exhibitors.  Another benefit of his 4-H experience was that it also helped him discover new passions and interests. When he was fourteen, a friend encouraged him to take the horse project and participate in the Weld County 4-H Ranch Horse Show. The first year he borrowed his dad’s ranch gelding and fell in love with the ranch horse events. The following year Collin used some of the money he saved selling 4-H calves in the junior livestock auction to purchase a five-year-old mare from the CSU Legends of Ranching Sale. His early 4-H horse experience shaped his future in a significant way as he plans to compete as a member of the ranch horse team at Texas Tech University.  Collin is the recipient of the Beef Excellence Committee Scholarship.

Dorothy Martin Zabka Memorial Scholarship

Rachael White Photo Rachael White is the daughter of Josh and Dianna White of Keenesburg, CO.  She is a 9-year member of Prospectors 4-H Club and is involved in Market Swine. She is a Senior at Wiggins High School and participated in CCGS volleyball, LPAA all conference 1st team and 2021 Fall season state semi-finalists.  She is planning to attend Western Texas College in Snyder, TX studying to obtain a degree in Ag Business and Communications. She would also like to be in the marketing industry as it officers a variety of career fields that she could be interested in.  Rachel is also attending Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas, in the Fall on a volleyball scholarship. She’s played sports her whole life and been heavily involved in agriculture as well. Ever since she was a little girl, she has been taught what it means to have true hard work and dedication. She has carried these traits with her along the way as she has grown into a young woman.  The decision she made in a career path is to study Agricultural Business Communications, and Marketing. Rachael chose this path because she’s very involved in Agriculture and is good with people. Her dream job is to help ranchers, farmers, and other Ag influences to promote their business and stand out from other brands and companies. She wants to be a marketing coordinator that will make a difference on the Ag Industry.  The memories and more importantly the lessons Rachael has learned in 4-H will benefit her in the future.  She learned what hard work truly means and how to be dedicated to her goals. The work you choose to put into something will affect how the results turn out. You will only be satisfied with how performed or how you did based on how much work you are willing to give in to your project. Over the years she has learned how to properly take care of, feed, and show market swine. She also learned people skills by being able to talk with adults and consult about livestock. Rachel has obtained skills that include, dedication, determination, grit, hard work, confidence, etc. These will be skills that she carries on into her future career paths and life. Some accomplishments that she has are winning 8 belt buckles for Reserve Grand Champion and Grand Champion Showman over the course of 8 years showing at Weld County Fair as well as SEWC Fair and Rodeo. She also won Grand Champion Market Swine in 2018 at my hometown fair. She won Reserve Grand Champion Market Swine this past year in 2021 at her hometown fair as well. These awards that she received only taught her that hard work truly does pay off and she will forever be thankful for the opportunities that she has been given through the 4-H world.  Rachael is the recipient of the Dorothy Martin Zabka Memorial Scholarship.

Norgren Family Scholarship

Ashlyn Ochsner Photo Ashlyn Ochsner is the daughter of Kevin and Julie Ochsner of Kersey, CO.  She is an 11-year member of High Plains Ag 4-H Club and was involved in market/breeding beef and dogs.  She is a Sophomore at the Texas Tech University continuing to pursue her degree in Animal Science with a minor in agribusiness.  During her first three semesters at Texas Tech, she worked for Raider Red Meats, the retail store in the meat science department. Despite growing up in the beef industry, she quickly realized she had a lot to learn about this side of the business. The more time she spent in the meat lab and store, the more she realized how much she enjoyed learning all the different cuts, gaining a broader understanding of consumer preferences and how much fun it is to work in sales and marketing.  In addition to classes and campus activities, Ashlyn has also worked 20 hours per week during her time at TTU in the meat science department as a student assistant. Her first three semesters, she worked at Raider Red Meats in sales and marketing. She was responsible for a variety of jobs such as taking customer orders, organizing shipping orders, delivering wholesale products to restaurants in Lubbock and creating wholesale invoices. She also helped take custom cutting instructions for the custom processing team and loaded out those orders from the cooler. This opportunity gave Ashlyn real work experience in an industry that she is very passionate about. This semester she wanted to expand her work experience and knowledge, so she’s currently working for world renown meat scientist and professor, Dr. Dale Werner. With this position, she supports his graduate students and learns about their research projects. She also helped plan industry conferences where new research is shared. They are currently making plans for the Beef on Dairy Symposium that Dr. Woerner is hosting in May for beef industry leaders.  All her college experiences so far have confirmed that She’s in the right place, learning from the right people and in a field of study that matches her passions and interests. Ashlyn’s goal after college is still to pursue a career in sales and marketing with a national branded beef company. Her longer-term dream is to one day return to Weld County to manage the family’s registered cow/calf operation and local branded beef business. Through 4-H, she learned to set big goals and when you are "swinging for the bleachers," there are times when you fall short of your goal.  Following a difficult setback, her junior year in high school, her dad shared this quote with her called, The Man in the Arena. "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." President Theodore Roosevelt had enough insight to share this inspiring and timeless message with the "doers" in life. Four years later it is still an anthem for how she wants to live her life. She believes that her 4-H experience also taught her to be "the man in the arena" by teaching her the value of failure and persistence.  Ashlyn is the recipient of the Norgren Family Memorial Scholarship.

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Amanda Terrell Photo Amanda Terrell is the daughter of Dirt and Sherry Terrell of LaSalle. She is a Sophomore at Northeastern Jr. College, and her current career goal is to obtain her degree in Agricultural Communications from Northeastern Junior College and Texas Tech University. From there, she wants to stay tied into the agricultural industry, primarily through rodeo. Her dream is to be able to work for the Cowboy Channel and cover all things rodeo. Amanda would also love to design the interiors of living quarters trailers. Her dream someday is to be a part of Bloomer Trailers with her own interior design line. She ultimately would like to give back and impact future generations through her career and personal endeavors.  Amanda is pursuing a degree in Agriculture Communications as well as competing on the rodeo team. From there, she will transfer to Texas Tech University to continue her academic and rodeo career.  Back in 2020, she had an amazing internship opportunity working for the Team Roping Journal and the Breakaway Roping Journal magazines. Although Amanda had plenty of experience in the rodeo industry, she was quite inexperienced when it came to the media and news coverage side of things. Through this internship, she was able to get hands on experience in that field. Her boss, Chelsea, helped her tremendously and really showed her what the industry was all about. she truly enjoyed her time there, and it gave her a better sense of what she would like to do for the rest of her life.  Ultimately, that is what pushed her to pursue an Agriculture Communications major. She has thoroughly enjoyed her time at NJC learning about all things agriculture and growing as a student, competitor, and person. Amanda intends to keep learning and growing for the rest of her life.  As said earlier, she would love to work for The Cowboy Channel or Bloomer Trailers, staying connected to the agriculture industry. Eventually, she would also like to open up her own non-profit, an equine therapy facility for children with special needs.  She also wants to bring awareness to rural mental health and suicide prevention. Those are both very close to her heart and dreams she would eventually like to make a reality.  Amanda’s future goals include, make the College National Finals Rodeo, buy my WPRA permit, win Rookie of the Year, go on to make the NFR in the breakaway roping, and most importantly, make a difference.  Amanda can see her education and career being a new door opening for her and cannot wait to pursue it and begin this next chapter in Texas.   Today, Amanda has several state championships, awards, honors, and wins under her belt from rodeo. She contributes her success to the knowledge, horsemanship, and foundation she’s obtained over the years from 4-H. This organization has not only given her a great foundation to start on, but it has grown with her over the years.  Amanda cannot believe how much she has grown in and out of the arena since starting 4-H. She will forever cherish the wonderful opportunities, experiences, and memories the organization has given her over the past twelve years, and the positive impact it has had on her life.  Amanda is the recipient of the Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship.

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Weld County 4-H Leader's Council College Scholarship

Wyatt Patton Photo Wyatt Patton is the son of Troy and Dawn Patton of Briggsdale, CO.  He is 12-year member of Crow Creek 4-H Club and was involved in shooting sports and CWF. He is currently a Sophomore at Oklahoma Wesleyan University and is working toward his bachelor’s degree in marketing.  During the last semester Wyatt was given the opportunity to be an intern at Dallas Motor Speedway under their sales department. The internship has the possibility of leading to a full-time job, which he has a very strong interest in. He would also like to own and operate his own real estate business where he buys and rents out properties such as houses and apartments.  During the summer of 2021, he knew that he would have to work very hard to try and raise funds for the upcoming school year. Wyatt decided to take on a task that at the time seemed impossible but ended up working very well; he worked three different jobs throughout the summer, which helped to fund his second year at Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU).  He was able to work at a local country club on the grounds crew, as a shop helper at an HVAC company, and worked for a local rancher on the weekends. While it was stressful and took up a lot of time, he knew that it would pay off in the long run.  Although COVID was a slight issue for the students at OKWU, for the most part they were able to attend in-person classes and activities, so as Wyatt continued his education in Oklahoma, he was able to be very involved, not only in school but also within the community. He is on the OKWU men’s basketball team, therefore much of his time is spent in the gym or the weight room for required practices and workouts. He also participates in multiple campus activities which include game nights, intramural sports, and many others. For the fall semester Wyatt was named to the dean’s list, and he has continued to be a part of the top 20% in the business school which places him in a special group called Pareto group. The group is for students that have excelled in the business school. There are many benefits to being in Pareto group which include first chances at internships and jobs, chances to speak with esteemed businessmen and women, and free tuition toward grad school classes in the future, among many others.  During the fall semester Wyatt was given the opportunity to do an internship with the Nascar organization at Dallas Motor Speedway over fall break. The internship gave him great insight into the world of business and just how much work goes on behind the scenes for such a large sporting event such as the Nascar races that were happening that weekend. He says that getting the chance to do that internship gave him knowledge and experiences that he will carry with him for the rest of his life. He has recently been offered the opportunity to begin taking grad school classes, and start toward the journey of receiving his MBA, the second part of this spring semester while still taking classes in his undergrad program and working toward his bachelor’s degree in marketing and is planning to pursue the opportunity.  Wyatt is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Leader’s Council (College) Scholarship.

2021 Scholarship Winners

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Amanda Terrell Photo Amanda Terrell is the daughter of Dustin and Sherry Terrell of LaSalle.  She is a Freshman at Northeastern Jr. College pursuing a degree in Agriculture Communications and competing on the rodeo team.  Amanda is a member of the Northeastern Jr College Rodeo Team, National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, NJC President’s Honor Roll, Colorado State High School Rodeo Association, Colorado Rodeo Team, NECO Rodeo Team, FFA, FBLA and the National Honor Society. She has held office as FFA Sentinel, FFA Secretary and NECO Rodeo Club President.  This past Summer, she had an internship opportunity where she was able to work for the Team Roping Journal and the Breakaway Roping Journal Magazines.   She was able to listen in on interviews, sort photos, go to the clinics and by the end even able to conduct interviews, and write her own articles.  Amanda hopes to pursue a career in the western/rodeo/agricultural industry. She would love to continue working with media, just under a different medium.  Growing up, Amanda was an extremely shy person. She followed in her sister’s footsteps and joined 4-H at the age of 8. 4-H instilled many life skills and a confidence in her that she will use for the rest of her life.  When she began her journey, she started out in the horse project.  She grew up around agriculture and rodeo, so she was a little out of her element when she tried to show horses the first year.  She has always been thankful for all the many people that helped her along her journey and very thankful that now she can give back to others and be a role model, and mentor other kids. 4-H has not only given Amanda a great foundation to start on, but it has grown with her over the years. She will forever cherish the wonderful opportunities, experiences, and memories the organization has given her over the past 11 years and the positive impact it’s had on her life.  Amanda is the recipient of the Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship.

Harriet Leafgren Memorial Scholarship

Amelia Hatch Photo Amelia Hatch is the daughter of Brianna and Elijah Hatch of Kersey.  She is a 13-year member of Platte River Ag 4-H and is involved in the horse project.  She is a Senior at Platte Valley High School and is involved in the volleyball club, and currently plays middle blocker for X-Treme.  She is also involved in softball, FFA, NHS and the American Quarter Horse Association. She has held offices such as FFA Chapter Secretary, District 17 FFA President, Platte River 4-H Vice-President and NHS Treasurer.  Amelia is planning to attend Laramie County Community College studying neonatal nursing. She realized her interest in the medical field when she went to a meat quality assurance night and played with the vaccination station. After some research, she realized she wanted to become a nurse.  Not just any nurse, but a neonatal nurse. It meant that she would help doctors treat newborn babies that were born or developed health issues. Once graduating from LCCC, Amelia will continue her education at Regis University or online program where she will specialize in neonatal nursing.  Amelia’s journey in 4-H began with Cloverbuds. She participated in a shadowbox project encasing her success as a peewee rodeo champion.  That was when the desire to proceed in the organization began.  Over the years, she dabbled in other projects such as cake decorating, model rocketry and market swine. Recently she found that she wanted to focus her energy on her horse project and gave it her all.  Through her expansion of her project, she also involved herself in many 4-H sanctioned activities and opportunities. 4-H is so much more than a project club. It teaches members the importance of having good citizenship, the true meaning of being a leader, and how to grow and expand as an individual.  Amelia is the recipient of the Harriet Leafgren Memorial Scholarship.

Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship

Carter Strain Photo Carter Strain is the son of Danielle Thomas of Johnstown. He was a 7-year member of Calico ‘n Jeans 4-H Club and was involved in market cattle.  He is a college freshman at Laramie County Community College and is studying Ag Science and EMS certification.  His goal is to obtain a degree in Agriculture Business to achieve a position in farm/ranch management and eventually own and run his own full-scale operation. In addition to Ag business, Carter is planning on taking his EMS certification this summer to open the door for employment opportunities within the fire department or EMS service while he continues to pursue his agricultural degree.  Carter has never enjoyed reading or writing, his heart is in working with his hands and the land.  He chose a two-year program to help reduce expenses, especially since farmers and ranchers are not top salary earners and are in agriculture because they love it, not to become rich. Carter joined 4-H when he was 12. He joined because he wanted to try something new and make new friends. Throughout his 4-H years, he has had the opportunity to make new and lasting friendships as well as try a variety of new things. To Carter, leadership means being a leader while setting a good example.  It means leading alongside others not being a ruler.  Citizenship means getting out in his community and doing things to help others. It doesn’t really matter if it is big or small, but even holding a door for someone or lending a helping hand can make a big difference.  4-H has helped him become a better leader and citizen through experience, watching others’ examples and group projects. 4-H has made Carter a more confident individual. It has made him feel like he can set out and accomplish thing he never thought he would have been able to before.  It has also provided him with an opportunity to find his calling in a field that he is passionate about.  Being a 4-H member is something he is very proud of.  There has always been a positive and supportive response from the community about 4-H members.  4-H has provided Carter with countless learning experiences and taught him many great lessons that he will be able to look back on and use for the rest of his life.  Carter is the recipient of the Kenneth and Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Leader's Council High School Scholarship

Christopher Cinocco Photo Christopher Cinocco is the son of Theresa and Dean Cinocco of Firestone.  He is a 7-year member of Tailtwisters 4-H club and is involved in shooting sports doing archery.  He is a Senior a Frederick High School and is involved in the student advisory council, a member of the student activity leadership training and Twin peaks youth flag football assistant coach. Tanner is planning to attend either CSU or CU to get a degree in Mechanical (Aerospace Engineering) and would like to have a career as a Military Officer Pilot.  Six years ago, he set his goal in life and that was to commission as an officer in a branch of the US military and serve his country as a pilot. He is thankful for and respect the freedoms that he has lived under for his entire life. He feels serving is an essential part of his civic duty.  He developed a passion for aviation and all things regarding aircraft and air travel. Aerospace engineering combines both his passion for the design of aircraft and the knowledge to fly them.  Studying aerospace engineering is tied very closely to mechanical engineering and Tanner sees and opportunity to get a wide variety of knowledge that can be used to better his role as an officer and possibly open other career opportunities.  Tanner began 4-H in the 6th grade walking into the meeting feeling shy, awkward, and nervous as the new kid and not overly excited to be there.  The kindness and inclusion have been among the best gifts of belonging to the 4-H community.  Over the next 7 years, Archery became his primary focus a he learned and developed a passion for it. It has also led him into leadership roles that have challenged him and helped him grow as a leader, and team member.  Tanner’s 4-H journey has been a positive part of his life.  The people he has met and that have helped him are special, and he is very thankful for their influence.  The community of 4-H is different in that it provides a place for young people to explore interests while also learning to organize projects and grow into leaders and responsible community members.  Sometimes the lessons learned are not so apparent at the time, but the results are realized later in unexpected ways.  Christopher is the recipient of the 4-H Leader’s Council Scholarship (high school).

Beef Excellence Committee Award

Charles Graybill Photo Charles Graybill is the son of Kelly and Gerald Graybill of Keenesburg.  He is a 10-year member of Prospectors 4-H Club and is involved in Market Beef.  He is a Senior at Weld Central High School and is involved in FFA, NHS, track football and link crew. He has held office such as FFA President, Vice-President, and historian. He was Vice President in 4-H and secretary. He was the track team and football captain.  Charles is planning to attend Fort Hays State University in Kansas and his goal is to be a farmer/rancher. His aspiration for the future is to continue to build the family farm and ranch. His intention is to grow the cattle herd as well as increase the amount of farmland in production. One way he is working to accomplish that is by having his own personal cattle herd which he uses to breed cows to produce good marketable calves that he then sells at the sale barn.  He also has his own sweet corn business.  He raises 5 acres of corn that he plants, waters, weeds, and harvests all by himself.  He’s had the pleasure of having his sweet corn sold in the local grocery store and two local restaurants.  When Charles began 4-H at the age of 8, he was just a little kid enjoying his goats with no clue of what he was doing, but he did know that from his first time walking his goat into the show ring, he absolutely fell in love with 4-H and showing.  As his time progressed with 4-H, he learned many skills including dedication, organization, respect, time management, financial management, public speaking, and leadership skills.  Overall, in Charles time in 4-H has been amazing.  Over his 10 years within the organization, he’s made many new friends and learned many new skills, and lessons that will take him far in life. Agriculture is a strong passion in his life and 4-H has cultivated and strengthened that passion.  Charles is the recipient of the Beef Excellence Award.

Harriet Leafgren Memorial Scholarship

Hailey Reeves Photo Hailey Reeves is the daughter of Nicole and Ty Reeves of Ft. Collins.  She is a 10-year member of Severance 4-H and is involved in market goats.  She is a Senior at the Resurrection Christian High School and is involved in Student Council, Volleyball and NHS. She has also held offices as a Freshman and Sophomore Class Representative and volunteering at food banks.  Hailey is planning to attend Grand Canyon University studying to be a nurse. When she was 13, she had the opportunity to witness the birth of her twin brother and sister and that was when her life changed, and the passion started to grow. The experience sparked a light within her to become a labor and delivery nurse and she especially has interest in using her nursing degree to assist rural, underserved, and poverty-stricken areas of the state, nation, and world in the future.  She experienced the power of having the best medical care available and believe that everyone should have access to the same, regardless of their circumstances.  Hailey is grateful for her 4-H career. Of course, the last year of it has been not but normal due to COVID, but her 4-H training and life skills have given her the skills and background needed to be successful.  Listening to others is key. Understanding another persons’ perspective, even when you don’t agree can help you grow as a person and a leader. Public speaking is important.  Being able to articulate thoughts and persuasively explain beliefs supported by facts without fear. Valuing hard work is core to the American dream. She learned to be a servant leader which is someone to look up to and want to be inspired. She also learned to have compassion for herself and others through 4-H.  Hailey is proud and prepared to be reaching her dreams for college. She has not doubt that 4-H helped prepare her for this next step as an adult.  She will treasure and carry the lessons learned with her. Head, heart, hands, health – 4-H forever.  Hailey is the recipient of the Harriet Leafgren Memorial Scholarship.

Dorothy Martin Zabka Memorial Scholarship

Braden Baumgartner Photo Braden Baumgartner is the son of Leslie and Curtis Baumgartner of Keenesburg.  He is a 13-year member of Prospectors 4-H club and is involved in market swine. He also did Cloverbuds and market goats.  He is a Senior at Weld Central High School and is involved in football, wrestling, FFA and NHS.  He was also the team captain in wrestling.  Braden is planning to attend Colorado Mesa University working toward his Agricultural Degree. He has been lucky to have been raised the way he was. His dad owns and operates the family farm that they have had for over 100 years and his mom is a teacher at the local high school The farm life has given him the opportunity to sweat hard but also enjoy the beauty of each day He loves to work with his dad and brother on the farm.  It didn’t matter what they were doing, whether it be laying gated pipe or pushing silage in the silage pile.  The hard work that they put in was so rewarding and healthy for the soul.  That is why he is going to attend Colorado Mesa University and get his degree. It will allow him to learn more current information with the ag industry that he can bring back to positively influence the work on the family farm.  He started 4-H as a Cloverbud.  As he grew older, his responsibilities changed, and he began to help his dad out with the farming more.  As a regular 4-H member Braden raised and showed market goats and swine. Looking back, it taught the kids determination to get the job done and flexibility in helping each other out. They also learned what it took to raise happy, healthy meat animals.  Although Braden didn’t hold many offices within his clubs, he would like to think that he had become a role model for the younger members. Things learned through 4-H were respecting elders, time management, accepting guidance and showing compassion toward others.  4-H has given Braden a well-rounded experience that he will be forever grateful for.  Braden is the recipient of the Dorothy Martin Zabka Memorial Scholarship.

Gene Inloes Memorial Livestock Judging Scholarship

Dominic Gittlein Photo Dominic Gittlein is the son of Jolene and Tim Gittlein of Ft. Lupton.  He is a 10-year member of Tailtwisters 4-H and is involved in market and breeding beef and field crops. He is a Senior at Frederick High School, is academically lettered and involved in CU Gold Program, NHS, and CSU Biomedical Program.  Dominic is planning to attend Kansas State University studying to be a Ruminant Nutritionist.  Growing up on a family farm in Weld County has allowed him to experience many different aspects of agriculture.  His family raises crops and livestock and is involved very closely daily with those enterprises.  He is wanting to learn about helping to prevent and treat cattle diseases through nutrition which may help to promote consuming beef rather than consumers having a fear of beef because of antibiotics and hormones.  Dominic started his 4-H journey with a bucket calf project.  He participated for 3 years in bucket calves and progressed to a market beef and breeding project his first year as a 4-H member.  He began on a small scale with a couple steers that his parents bought from local breeders. He was also thankful that he received a purebred breeding heifer to show.  During his showing time, he became interested in livestock judging.  He joined the team when he was 9.  Being a successful judging team member has allowed him to lead younger team members to become better 4-H members.  Dominic is the recipient of the Gene Inloes Memorial Livestock Judging Memorial Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Elizabeth Spayd Photo Elizabeth Spayd is the daughter of Kimberly Spayd of Hudson.  She is a 12-year member of Waggoneers 4-H Club and is involved in scrapbooking. Some of the other projects she did were market swine, artistic clothing, cake decorating and sportfishing.  She is a Senior at Weld Central High School and is involved in FFA, student council, volleyball, NHS, and the Link Crew.  She held offices as the FFA chapter executive committee, sentinel, vice-president, district secretary and executive vice-president. For Student Council, she was sophomore vice president, junior president, and executive vice-president.  She is planning to attend Aims Community College to pursue a career as a specialized oncologist. Since 7th grade, she has been interested in the medical field bouncing around decisions on what to pursue, but now her heart is oncology. The reason for this was due to her father battling cancer. Unfortunately, he lost the battle and that is when she decided that was the field she wanted to go into. It would give her the opportunity to help people that are stuck in a bad situation.  One personal goal of hers is to earn her Associates of Applied Science in nursing with a focus on biology and receive licensing to become a registered nurse by the end of the 2023 school year.  Elizabeth has taken concurrent enrollment classes while in high school that has helped her finish a few of her general education credits and work towards her goal.  Elizabeth’s cousin convinced her to come to a 4-H meeting as a Cloverbud.  She would have never imagined that it would be a program that left such a lasting impact on her life.  In the 12 years that she spent in 4-H, she has gained countless leadership skills, learned new citizenship skills and has experienced a large amount of personal growth along with those, 4-H has allowed her to make an impact on both members around her and the surrounding community. She was a shy little girl who only talked to people she knew. The 4-H program transformed her.  The 4-H program has had a large impact on Elizabeth’s life over the past 12 years. Given the chance to go back in time, she would have wanted to join the program much sooner.  She has experienced expanded leadership skills, stronger citizenship, and large amounts of personal growth due to 4-H.  Elizabeth is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial Scholarship

Jenna White Photo Elizabeth is the daughter of Kimberly Spayd of Hudson.  She is a 12-year member of Waggoneers 4-H Club and is involved in scrapbooking. Some of the other projects she did were market swine, artistic clothing, cake decorating and sportfishing.  She is a Senior at Weld Central High School and is involved in FFA, student council, volleyball, NHS, and the Link Crew.  She held offices as the FFA chapter executive committee, sentinel, vice-president, district secretary and executive vice-president. For Student Council, she was sophomore vice president, junior president, and executive vice-president.  She is planning to attend Aims Community College to pursue a career as a specialized oncologist. Since 7th grade, she has been interested in the medical field bouncing around decisions on what to pursue, but now her heart is oncology. The reason for this was due to her father battling cancer. Unfortunately, he lost the battle and that is when she decided that was the field she wanted to go into. It would give her the opportunity to help people that are stuck in a bad situation.  One personal goal of hers is to earn her Associates of Applied Science in nursing with a focus on biology and receive licensing to become a registered nurse by the end of the 2023 school year.  Elizabeth has taken concurrent enrollment classes while in high school that has helped her finish a few of her general education credits and work towards her goal.  Elizabeth’s cousin convinced her to come to a 4-H meeting as a Cloverbud.  She would have never imagined that it would be a program that left such a lasting impact on her life.  In the 12 years that she spent in 4-H, she has gained countless leadership skills, learned new citizenship skills and has experienced a large amount of personal growth along with those, 4-H has allowed her to make an impact on both members around her and the surrounding community. She was a shy little girl who only talked to people she knew. The 4-H program transformed her.  The 4-H program has had a large impact on Elizabeth’s life over the past 12 years. Given the chance to go back in time, she would have wanted to join the program much sooner.  She has experienced expanded leadership skills, stronger citizenship, and large amounts of personal growth due to 4-H.  Elizabeth is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Leader's Council College Scholarship

Erin Ellis Photo Erin Ellis is the daughter of Tina and Duane Ellis of Cheyenne, WY.  She was a 14-year member of Grover Guys and Gals 4-H and was involved in Cloverbuds, Food and Nutrition, Ceramics and Cake Decorating.  She is a Freshman at Colorado State University studying to be a pediatric oncologist. When she was younger, she wanted to be an elementary teacher like her mother, then the dream changed in Jr. high. Many people asked her if she could make it as a doctor instead, so she did some research. She came to the firm conclusion that it was the route that she wanted to take. She loved problem solving and found the human body fascinating, two components of a doctor. For the next year, she researched the different types of doctors.  She loves children so though she wanted to be a pediatrician.  Early in her jr. year, she had a family member go through cancer and that is when Erin decided she wanted to fight cancer and the best way to do that was to become and oncologist.  She is more interested in the pediatric side of it as she wants to be able to comfort and be there for them any way she can.  Erin began 4-H in Kindergarten while participating in Cloverbuds.  She became an officer at a young age and continued being an officer during her remaining years. Each office position taught her something different about leadership. The first was reporter which taught her what leadership means. Erin learned leaders lead by example and not by bossing others around. As treasurer, she learned finances are important and how a club can use it to benefit others. As secretary, she learned it’s important to keep accurate notes so that any disputes can be settled easily.  She learned to be a more well-rounded leader as the result of holding several offices and through a variety of experiences.  Erin learned the importance of a good day’s work and, how to smile and treat others with kindness no matter what the situation is.  4-H has been a big part of Erin’s life and has taught her many skills that she can use throughout her life.  Erin is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Leaders Council Scholarship (College).

Weld County Fair 100th Celebration

Jordan Tomlinson Photo Jordan Tomlinson is the daughter of Sarah and Dustin Tomlinson of Eaton.  She is a 9-year member of Wyatt 4-H Club and is involved in photography.  She is a Senior at Eaton High School and is involved in FFA and FCCLA.  She is planning to attend Laramie County Community College in Wyoming and her career goal is Sonography.  From a young age Jordan knew that she wanted to be in the medical field.  Her interest in ultrasound didn’t really spark until she received one herself. After an extensive amount of research as well as some shadowing, she decided that it was what she want to spend the rest of her life doing. After more research and shadowing, she wants to specialize in OB seeking her Associates in Sonography. Once she graduates and begins working, she would like to pursue her bachelor’s degree in hopes of being able to work her way up in her field.  Jordan began 4-H at the age of 8. Her first project was a steer named Elliott. She showed cattle for a year before expanding her horizons. The 4-H program has changed her life for the better.  It has given her experiences and memories that she wouldn’t trade.  It has taught her how to be a leader inside and outside of the ring, especially as she has grown older. The younger kids that are just starting out need to have a good example of how they should treat their animals and how they should act-winning or losing. She has learned how to become a good example for them through 4-H and especially through her participation in the Youth Ambassador Program. 4-H has pushed her to her limits, but it has also made her feeling like she is deserving of more that she led herself to believe.  This is the last year in 4-H for Jordan and she will cherish the countless memories it has given her. The amazing experience will always hold a special place in her heart.  Jordan is the recipient of the Weld County Fair 100th Celebration Scholarship.

Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial 4-H Scholarship

Kaitlyn Ng Photo Kaitlyn Ng is the daughter of Kristine and Justin Reifschneider of Windsor. She is an 8-year member of the Severance 4-H Club and is involved Shooting Sports. She was also involved in baking 101, rabbit, scrapbooking, baking 301 and photography.  She is a Senior at Windsor High School and is a member of the Key Club and Knowledge Bowl.  Kaitlyn plans to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her career goal is to be in chemical engineering to have a challenging and thriving future. Her passions involve math and science, and they are her strongest subjects in school.  Kaitlyn’s college choice offers her many research and interning opportunities that she intends to take full advantage of.  Kaitlyn began 4-H in 2012 in Douglas County where she lived until 2014.  Shooting sports has been the most influential project in her 4-H career. In 2018 she applied to be a Colorado State 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador and received a position on the team.  That group has helped her come out of her shell helping her to become more outspoken and braver. She owes it to them for helping her become more involved and confident in her leadership and public speaking skills.  Another aspect was her knowledge of the 4-H program and citizenship skills. She also owes that knowledge of skills to her involvement in the CWF program. She unfortunately was not able to attend the trip due to the pandemic which cancelled the trip.  As a Colorado state 4-H shooting sports ambassador, she helped lead events and workshops at LDC.  As her club president for two years, she assisted her fellow 4-H’ers in their public speaking and general people skills. She was also the secretary for the Weld County Shooting Sports last year.  4-H has helped Kaitlyn become a better person, teaching her what it means “to make the best better.”  Kaitlyn is the recipient of the Paul and Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial 4-H Scholarship.

Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship

Shelby Tveten Photo Shelby Tveten is the daughter of Linda and Owen Tveten of Johnstown. She was a 10-year member of Calico ’n Jeans 4-H Club and was involved in beekeeping, leathercraft, visual arts, clothing construction and heritage arts.  She is a college freshman studying to be a neurosurgeon or ranch manager.  The medical field and agriculture fuel her passion. Both have always been prominent within her life throughout her activities.  Her interest in agriculture has ignited the desire to restore the family cattle business with her father.  In addition, she is pursuing a career in medicine in the neurosciences as a surgeon.  She has always loved learning about the human body, how it works and the advancements in technology are better able to help people.  Shelby intends to double major in both Ag business and neuroscience at CSU.  Ag has always been a major part of her life especially as a little girl.  Shelby has been involved with the Calico ‘n Jeans club for 10 years. Throughout this time, she has participated in a wide variety of projects, held many offices and have taken advantage of the many opportunities this organization holds. 4-H has become more than just an extracurricular activity; It is a lifestyle which made her into the person she is today.  On many occasions, she was asked to describe 4-H. Each time she does she states that is the backbone of her existence. The program has given her opportunities to learn valuable lifelong skills as well as gaining another family. 4-H is not just an agricultural organization, it teaches member how to lead and manage time, organize not only thought but plans, how to find something one is passionate about, as well as teaching qualities needed to efficiently care for an animal, then how to deal with the loss once the animals are sold to the market, and come back for more the next year.  It is inevitable to learn communication skills, how to work with others, perform public speaking and become confident in ones' self.  Shelby has loved every minute of her career in 4-H and truly believes that this is one of the most beneficial programs anyone could ever become involved in.  Shelby is the recipient of the Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Kyle Horn Photo Kyle Horn is the son of Cynthia and Darren Horn of Kersey.  He is a 10-year member of Boxelder Ag Club and is involved in filmmaking.  He also participated in market swine, market goats, wildlife, outdoor adventure and sportfishing.  He is a Senior at Platte Valley High School and is involved in basketball, student council, FBLA, track and was in the National Honor Society and Cross Country for 2 years.  He has held offices as Class President, Student Council President, National Honor Society Co-President and student council treasurer.  Kyle is planning to attend the University of Wyoming and his goal is to get a bachelor’s degree in computer science as he is intrigued by new technology and gadgets. He owns his own 3-D printer where he designs and sells useful parts that can be made in record time.  He has worked in the computer related field by working the past two summers at his high school and for the IT department.  He reimages, cleans, and reassigns new computers to staff and students around the district.  His career goal is to become a software developer.  Kyle started 4-H at the age of 9 when he showed market goats and swine. Showing them taught him to manage his time with school and how to take care of animals. In 2013 he lost his home and show equipment in the flood.  During 4-H he fulfilled many leadership roles including assistant secretary, secretary, and Vice-President for his 4-H club.  He was also selected to be a youth Ambassador for the Weld County Jr. Livestock Sale. In doing that he learned how to talk to adults and promote the sale, how to be involved with the sale process and help him with communication skills.   Kyle received Grand Champion Overall for his sportfishing project.  He created his own custom fishing pole holder for his kayak. He did it using computer software and printed it on a 3-D printer. It took about 8 weeks to design the holder, making exact specs for it. Through many trials and errors, it taught him to be patient and thoughtful of every factor that plays a role in creating his own ideas. That accomplishment meant more to him than just receiving Grand Champion because it taught him to identify a need and develop his own solution using the skills, he learned in 4-H.  Kyle is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Olivia Thorn Photo Olivia Thorn is the daughter of Bridget and Donald Thorn of Gill. She is a 10-year member of High Plains Ag 4-H and is involved in Market Swine.  Other projects she did were market goats, decorate your duds, specialty foods and gardening.  Olivia is a Senior at Platte Valley High School and is active in FFA, NHS, FBLA, and the Colorado Jr. Swine Association.  Olivia is planning to attend CSU to become a Defense Attorney. Seeing a variety of social injustice issues that have occurred has opened her eyes and allowed her to understand how many people are misrepresented, rural and urban, and need a voice.  Olivia grew up watching her brother raise and show market goats at the County Fair, so when she was 8 years old, she began 4-H and that sparked her passion for agriculture.  Pigs were the largest and most competitive species shown in the county, so she jumped in with both feet.  She joined CJSA and attended jackpot shows every weekend through the summer.  Showing pigs became her sport which created many leadership skills and lifelong opportunities.  Beside showing livestock, Olivia found an interest in specialty baking and decorate your duds.  She had a community member that mentored her and helped her to be successful while baking.  This past summer Olivia hosted urban families at her house. She invited them into her barn and demonstrated how to connect with her pigs.  They discussed why she showed pigs and why their humane treatment is of upmost importance.  She also showed them the different farm crops nearby, not forcing appreciation, but providing an opportunity to be fascinated. The kids who attended fell in love with her pigs and spent time petting, walking, and washing them.  Through 4-H, Olivia was given many opportunities to meet new people, expand her love for agriculture and develop new interests.  4-H is much more than just livestock and county fairs, it is an organization that has allowed Olivia to break out of her shell and learn many new qualities about herself. It became a safe place for her to share her interests with many peers who share similar fascinations.  Olivia is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Family & Consumer Science Scholarship

Rachel Dumm Photo Rachel is the daughter of Martie and Richard Dumm of Greeley.  She is a 7-year member of Severance 4-H Club and is involved in Passport to Foreign Cookery.  Among other projects were beef breeding, heritage arts, photography foods and nutrition and horse.  She is a Senior at Windsor Charter Academy and is involved in NHS, cross country, basketball, soccer, and tutoring. She was chairman of Public Relations Committee, Chairman of Civics Committee, Secretary of Finance Committee and Captain of WCA High School Girls’ Cross Country, and Basketball.  Rachel is planning to attend the University of Wyoming studying for a career as a nurse.  She is planning to pursue a career in nursing by obtaining Her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Wyoming. Ever since she was in elementary school, she has wanted to pursue a career in a medical field.  After graduation she would utilize her education in the workplace by applying skills that she learned to different scenarios in the hospital. Over time her education would continue to have an impact on her professional life depending on which levels of degrees she obtains.  Nurses are responsible for not only administering medications, but also for helping families and people cope with illness and death. Nurses are essential efficient healthcare and Rachel would feel honored to have a career that allows her to work closely with other medical professionals.  She also believes that nursing would allow her to build on skills that she has already developed throughout high school.  Rachel’s 4-H career began in 2014 when she joined the Severance 4-H Club.  Over time she grew very close to the other members of the club and, it became more and more easy for her to talk to people and to stand up in front of the entire club.  She eventually decided to start running for leadership positions and in 2018 was elected by her club to serve as Vice-President.  That required her to learn parliamentary procedure and to be more involved in the club and club activities.  She is currently serving as secretary which means that she is responsible for taking notes throughout the meetings and sending emails to the president and club leaders. The leadership positions Rachel held have all helped her grow as a 4-H member and leader in her community.  Rachel will be forever grateful for the lessons and opportunities that 4-H has provided her with.  Rachel is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Family Consumer and Science Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship

Tanner Baumgartner Photo Tanner Baumgartner is the son of Leslie and Curtis Baumgartner of Keenesburg.  He is a 13-year member of Prospectors 4-H Club and is involved in Market Swine.  He has also done Cloverbud and market goats.  He is a Senior at Weld Central High School and is in NHS, football, FFA and wrestling.  Tanner is planning to attend Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction and study Agriculture. Living on the family farm in Weld County has allowed him privileges and hardships that many young people don’t get these days.  It has given him the freedom to become his own person by working hard and problem solving through scenarios and has also given him some of the hardships that farming brings. Tanner is wanting to continue his education by studying something that he can bring back positively for the farm.  He is torn between welding and agriculture and thankfully the university he’s chosen offers both programs. He likes working with his hands and the challenges that farm life provides.  Tanner started 4-H as a Cloverbud.  When he was 5, he loved the chance to go to the meeting like his big sisters and it was fun to meet a couple of his good friends there with his brother.  As he got older, he enjoyed all of what it took to make his animals behave well and have good meat quality.  Tanner enjoyed the early morning and late evening walks to exercise his pigs.  He learned that you don’t have to have official offices in the 4-H club to make an impact on the club and its members.  His schedule didn’t allow for him to be in an officer role but was able to contribute not only to the club activities, but also by being a role model for the younger club members. There is great merit to being positive, knowledgeable of what is going on and having the purpose to help others.  The best things that Tanner won are the things that he has learned.  The things like being sure that people can count on you, consistent work is the best work and looking out for others are all big rewards that can’t be taken away. It is his responsibility to take these things that he learned and pay them forward by doing the same thing for others.  Tanner is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship.

Norgren Family Scholarship

Taylor Hays Photo Tayler Hays is the daughter of Michelle and Michael Hays of Eaton.  She was a 12-year member of Wyatt 4-H and was involved in market lamb, breeding sheep, cake decorating, food and nutrition, pre-vet science and a few others.  She is a college Senior at Oklahoma State University, currently studying Food Science with a focus in meat science.  She will be graduating with her bachelor’s degree in May of this year.  She will then attend graduate school at Texas Tech University studying meat science with an interest in food safety. Tayler chose this path to study after taking food and fiber in high school as her ag credit her senior year.  She learned about the importance of our food industry and the basics of food science.  She chose to focus on meat science because she had always grown up in animal agriculture and did meat judging in high school and enjoyed it.  Taylor was the reporter for her FFA chapter her senior year of high school and was also a team captain of track and a team leader her 2nd year in jr. college for the cross-country team and the track team.  Tayler started 4-H as a Cloverbud when she was 7 and because she was a year younger in 4-H, she was a member until she turned 19.  4-H pushed her to become a leader through club involvement and through her projects.  She held various offices in her club over the years that pushed her to be a leader that the younger kids looked up to. She always enjoyed helping the other kids out when she got the chance. Because of 4-H and the leadership Tayler learned there, she was also able to be an officer in other activities she was involved in.  She felt that giving back to the community that you live in is very important.  Looking back on her 4-H career, it has been nothing but amazing.  Tayler was happy that she has been able to keep involvement in 4-H with volunteering and helping the younger as well as being a member of Collegiate 4-H.  Tayler is the recipient of the Norgren Family Memorial Scholarship.

Helmut & Bob Brunner Memorial Scholarship

Aubrey Luckeroth Photo Aubrey Luckeroth is the daughter of Dayna and Adam Luckeroth of Windsor. She is a 7-year member of the Horse Whisperers 4-H and is involved in the dog project and horse project.  She is a Senior at Windsor High School and is on the swim team and was academically lettered in 2019/2020.  She has also qualified for the Honor Society. Aubrey is planning to attend CSU and study to become a large animal veterinarian.  The biggest influence for her future field as a large animal vet is her vet Dr. Wendy Gaddis. She has known her since she was little girl and grew up watching her work on her dad’s horses.  As she grew older, she realized that it was the field she wanted to go into. This past Summer Aubrey was able to receive the opportunity to be a non-paid intern at Block and Bridle Veterinary services where she watched over the Doctor and how she ran the clinic.  Aubrey joined 4-H when she was 11 in the dog project with her dog.  Being in the dog and horse projects she developed responsibility for taking care of her animals and being on time to activities planned within the project. She was the vice-president of her club and with that responsibility, you oversee helping the president of the club and being a role model. She has applied these leadership skills to her own life as well. In her projects over the years, Aubrey has learned that being respectful to her peers she is showing against, win or lose, is very important. Through these experiences, she is grateful to be involved in an extraordinary organization and take all the skill she learned through 4-H and apply them to the present day.  Aubrey is the recipient of the Helmut & Bob Brunner Memorial Scholarship.

2020 Scholarship Winners

Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial Scholarship

Caitlyn Walker Photo Caitlyn Walker is the daughter of Kim Walker of Eaton.  She is a 7-year member of Country Boots and Skirts 4-H Club, currently taking scrapbooking.  She also completed cake decorating, photography and CWF.  Caitlyn is a Senior at Eaton High School and is in FFA.  She has also volunteered in numerous community activities such as the Weld County Food Bank, Operation Christmas Child, 9 Health Fair and Relay for Life among others.  She feels that being a 4-H member has helped her with various life skills.  4-H helped give her confidence to run for the different offices and she is now able to address a room full of people and conduct a meeting with confidence.  Caitlyn is planning to attend Aims Community College in the Aims 2 UNC program, studying law enforcement, to earn an associate degree in criminal justice.  She will then transfer to UNC to complete her bachelor’s degree majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Sociology.  When she graduates, she is planning to enroll in the Police Academy.  Caitlyn is the recipient of the Paul and Jean Hoshiko Family Scholarship.

Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial and Weld County Shooting Sports Scholarships

Wyatt Patton Photo Wyatt Patton is the son of Troy and Dawn Patton of Briggsdale. Hi is a 13-year member of Crow Creek 4-H Club. He is currently participating in Shooting Sports and was in the CWF program.  He is a Senior at Briggsdale Undivided High School and is in FFA, Student Council and concurrent enrollment college classes.  He is currently serving as President of FFA and was Treasurer for 2 years.  He participated in several activities including Triple Threat Youth Group at the Baptist Church and the Fall Basketball League.  Throughout his time in 4-H, he felt fortunate to have been involved in many activities and events.  Things wouldn’t be the same without the program.  Wyatt plans to attend the University of Northern Colorado to study physical therapy.  He is going to pursue a Bachelor of Science in sports and exercise science that will allow him to become a Physical Therapist Assistant. After that, he will continue and get a master’s in physical therapy.  Wyatt is the recipient of the Paul and Jean Hoshiko Memorial Family Scholarship and Shooting Sports Scholarship.

Beef Excellence Committee Award

Bailey Erickson Photo Bailey Erickson is the daughter is the daughter of Brad and Michelle Erickson of Galeton.  She is a 12-year member of Crow Creek 4-H Club and is currently in market steer and market heifer. Previous projects included were Child Development, breeding beef, breeding rabbits, shooting sports, and decorate your duds.  She is a Senior at Briggsdale Undivided High School and is in the Junior National Limousine Association, FFA, Drama Club, Varsity Volleyball and National Honor Society. She also held office such as FFA Secretary and Sentinel and the Student Council Executive Committee.  4-H taught Bailey the values of hard work, selflessness, reliability and tolerance.  Those qualities gave her the desire to never be mediocre, an aspiration to take pride in her work and a wish to be the best she can be.  Bailey will be attending Kansas State University studying to become an elementary education teacher.  She is the recipient of the Beef Excellence Committee Award.

Weld County 4-H Foundation and Weld County Shooting Sports Scholarships

David Sponaugle Photo David Sponaugle is the son of Rick and Teresa Sponaugle of Greeley.  He is a 12-year member of Boxelder Ag 4-H Club and is currently in Archery. Other projects completed Cloverbuds, foods and nutrition, model rocketry, dog project and shooting sports, to name a few.  David is a Senior at the Colorado Heritage School System where he was placed on the President’s list at Aims Community College for completing more than 12 credit hours with a 4.0 GPA. Twice a month he helps deliver Weld County Food Bank boxes to Seniors.  4-H has taught David valuable leadership skills he would not have learned elsewhere.  He’s held 3 different offices in his local club: Sargent of Arms, Treasurer and President.  Through 4-H he’s learned integrity, responsibility, compassion and to take every opportunity to help those in need.  It has helped him to learn and grow to become a person who is trustworthy, responsible, will be there for others and comfortable in a leadership role.  David will be attending the University of Wyoming studying to be a Mechanical Engineer, which is a natural fit for his Interests and background.  David is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship and the Shooting Sports Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation & Weld County Horse Council Scholarships

Amanda Terrell Photo Amanda Terrell is the daughter of Dustin and Sherry Terrell of LaSalle.  She is an 11-year member of Horse Whisperers 4-H Club and is currently in the horse project.  She has also completed cake decorating photography and market swine.  Amanda is a Senior at Platte Valley High School and is a member of the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association, Colorado Rodeo Team, NECO Rodeo Team, FFA, FBLA and the National Honor Society. She has held office as FFA Sentinel, FFA Secretary and NECO Rodeo Club President.  Amanda was a very shy person and decided to follow in her sister’s footsteps and join 4-H.  She has come a long way since that time, including her social skills. F4-H instilled many life skills and confidence that she will use the rest of her life.  She is planning to attend Northeastern Junior College in Sterling to get a degree in Ag Communication and Interior.  She would like to be a part of a trailer company running the marketing/communications as well as design the interiors of living quarter trailers.  Amanda is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship and the Horse Council Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Aliana Endreson Photo Alaina Endreson is the daughter of Jennifer Endreson of Briggsdale. She is a 13-year member of Crow Creek 4-H Club and is participating in Shooting Sports. She also finished Cloverbuds, foods and nutrition, scrapbooking, gardening and the Fair Royalty.  Alaina is a Senior at Briggsdale High School and is in the FFA, Student Council and National Honor Society.  She held office as FFA reporter, Vice-President and Student Council Secretary.  Many organizations provide children and young adults with all the tools to go out and change the world.  4-H not only does this, but Alaina was also taught how to go out and use these skills, not just through learning and observation, but through real hands-on work and experience.  4-H has taught her the joys of labor and believing in herself.  Alaina will be attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to study animal science with a focus on veterinary science and medicine.  Alaina is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County Fair 100th Anniversary Scholarship

Awna Hirsch Photo Awna Hirsch is the daughter of Jake and Rebecca Hirsch of Eaton. She is a 13-year member of Severance 4-H Club and is currently working on numerous projects which includes dairy cattle, vet science, crops, etc.  Past projects included Cloverbuds, scrapbooking, swine, clothing construction to name a few.  Awna is a Senior at Windsor High School and is in FFA, National Honor Society and softball.  She has held offices such as Windsor FFA Parliamentarian, secretary and vice-president.  She was also a member of the Weld County Dairy Advisory Council and Adopt-a-Farmer program.  4-H has helped her learn that one of the best things in life is the ability to give back to others.  Over the years Awna has learned so much and had many amazing experiences.  She is very thankful to have had the opportunity to be a part of 4-H.  Awna will be attending the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities studying for a career working with dairy cattle genetics.  She is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Family and Consumer Sciences Scholarship and the Alvie Rothe 4-H Dairy Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Agriculture & Weld County Horse Council Scholarships

Lauren Weaber Photo Lauren Weaber is the daughter of David and Natalie Weaber of Eaton.  She is a 9-year member of the Horse Whisperers 4-H Club. She is currently working on the Horse project.  Previous projects completed include shotgun, passport to foreign cooking, quick breads and food preservation.  She is a Senior at Eaton High School and is in the National Honor Society, FFA public speaking, veterinary science team and horse judging to name a few. She has also held several offices such as NHS President, Vet Science Team Captain and EECO Chair of Recycling Committee.  Lauren believes that the Weld County 4-H program made a large impact on her leadership skills and made her a better citizen of her community.  She has been given a multitude of opportunities through 4-H that enabled her to improve her own life and the lives of those around her.  She will be attending Colorado State University and will be studying to become a Rural General Doctor.  Lauren is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship and the Horse Council Scholarship.

Dorothy Martin Zabka Memorial Scholarship

Shelby Tveten Photo Shelby Tveten is the daughter of Owen and Linda Tveten of Johnstown. She is a 9-year member of Calico ‘N Jeans 4-H club and is involved in visual arts-drawing, heritage arts-crochet and restoration. She also completed decorate your duds, market swine, leathercraft and CWF to name a few. Shelby is a Senior at Roosevelt High School and is in the National Honor Society, track and field, FFA and FFA Horse Judging.  She held office as NHS Vice-President and FFA Treasurer. She was also the 2020 Weld County Fair Queen and 2019 Weld County Fair Attendant.  She is also the assistant minister at her church.  Shelby describes 4-H as the backbone of her existence.  It has shaped her into what she is today and has given her opportunities to learn valuable lifelong skills as well as gaining another family.  She will be attending Colorado State University to study to become a farm/ranch manager and surgeon.  Shelby is the recipient of the Dorothy Martin Zabka Memorial Scholarship.

Norgren Family Memorial & Weld County 4-H Dairy Scholarships

Brianna McBride Photo Brianna McBride is the daughter of Scott and Shani McBride of Severance.  She was a 13-year member of the Severance 4-H Club.  She completed dairy cattle, scrapbooking, vet science, dog, and CWF projects during her time in 4-H.  She is a sophomore at Iowa State University studying food science and dairy science with a career goal of dairy farmer/dairy product development.  Looking back at her 13 years of 4-H, Brianna would not trade a single moment for the world.  The 4-H organization taught her to step outside of the boundaries, work extremely hard, serve others and most of all have fun.  The lifelong friends, extraordinary experiences and lessons learned are all a part of who she is.  Thanks to 4-H, Brianna feels confident in her own skin wherever she goes and is always ready to take on the world. Brianna is the recipient of Norgren Family Memorial Scholarship and the Weld County 4-H Dairy Scholarship.

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Megan Podtburg Photo Megan Podtburg is the daughter of Ken and Eli Podtburg of Greeley.  She was an 11-year member of Blazing Clovers 4-H Club.  She was involved in such projects as baking, cake decorating, sewing, horseless horse, gardening and shooting sports, to name a few.  Megan is a Junior at West Texas A&M University studying to be an animal nutritionist and is a member of the Block and Bridle Club.  She volunteered with Zach’s Legacy and is currently in the enrollment process of becoming a WT Darlin’ which is a community service organization.  The years in 4-H were hard and intimidating but she is proud of she brought to the plate.  Learning from her mistakes pushed her to be the best.  Megan looks back at the 11 years in 4-H an knows it was the best journey of her life so far.  She is the recipient of the Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship.

Dorothy Pfleiderer Memorial Scholarship

Alexandra Mellor Photo Alexandra Mellor is the daughter of James and Andrea Mellor of Eaton.  She is an 11-year member of Galeton 4-H and is working on the breeding beef project.  Her past projects were breeding poultry and dogs.  She is a Senior at Eaton High School and is in FFA, and the Eaton Reds Newspaper.  She is also proficient in crewing for hot air balloon pilots.  She competed in barrel racing for 5 years.  Through 4-H she had the opportunity to demonstrate leadership by setting an example through hard work and perseverance in her own projects and activities.  She participated in many community service activities and developed citizenship skills.  She feels fortunate to have had so many opportunities through 4-H and FFA to develop a sense of community and service.  Alexandra will be attending Colorado State University and will be studying to become a financial advisor.  She is the recipient of the Dorothy Pfleiderer Memorial Scholarship.

Gene Inloes Memorial Livestock Judging, Helmut Brunner Memorial & Aurora Dairy Scholarships

Lauren Frink Photo Lauren Frink is the daughter of Michael and Amy Frink of Eaton.  She is a 10-year member of Wyatt 4-H Club and is currently doing market lambs, market swine and breeding sheep.  She also completed heritage arts and market goats.  Lauren is a freshman at Colorado State University and is pursuing her passion for Animal Science with a goal to become a strong advocate for agriculture.  4-H teaches you more than just what you learn through your project. She also learned how to be humble as a winner in competitive 4-H events. She also learned the importance of leadership to unify a group of people toward a common goal.  Lauren learned respect for those who accomplish more and less than here and how to respect them for their efforts.  It has taught her how to serve those around her, leadership skills, teamwork, humility and has helped develop her into the person she is today.  Lauren is the recipient of the Gene Inloes Memorial Livestock Scholarship, the Helmet Brunner Memorial Scholarship and the Aurora Dairy College Scholarship.

Kenneth & Clarice Benson and Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarships

Mackenzie Barrett Photo Mackenzie Barrett is the daughter of Glenn ad Michelle Barrett of Johnstown.  She is a 7-year member of Calico ‘N Jeans 4-H Club and is involved in cake decorating and home décor.  She also participated in photography, horseless horse and visual arts projects.  She is a Senior at Roosevelt High School and is a football manager and is also in gymnastics and cheerleading.  Mackenzie began 4-H in Grand Junction and now Johnstown.  Through 4-H she has done over 100 hours of community service, and it has shown her that it’s fun and caring to give back to the community.  4-H has made her a better person.  Mackenzie is planning to attend Aims Community College to study Criminal Justice.  Being from a military family, she wants to service her country by going either into detective work or forensic psychology.  She is the recipient of the Kenneth and Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship and Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Leader's Council High School Scholarship

Myles Carson Photo Myles Carson is the son of Matthew and Keri Carson of Milliken.  He is a 5-year member of Calico ‘N Jeans 4-H Club and is in Shooting Sports.  He also completed market swine and poultry.  He is a Senior at Roosevelt High School and is in FFA and held office on the Executive Committee.  He is also attending Aims Community college and taking Automotive Service Technology classes and is working as a farm hand for Croissant farms where he is gaining valuable knowledge of the inner workings of a farm/feedlot.  4-H has been a major part of his life and he learned a lot from it.  The biggest thing that he learned was that hard work pays off.  He may have not placed high in all projects but has done the best he can and has learned, and improved year after year.  Myles is planning to attend the University of Ohio and study to obtain a dual associate degree in Diesel Technology and Agricultural Equipment Technology.  Myles is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Leaders Council High School Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Leader's Council College and Aurora Dairy Scholarships

Courtney Patton Photo Courtney Patton is the daughter of Troy and Dawn Patton of Briggsdale.  She was a 14-year member of Crow Creek 4-H Club and was involved in such projects as Cloverbuds, decorate your duds, scrapbooking, shooting sports and CWF.  She is currently an adult leader for the same club as she was in.  Courtney is a Junior at the University of Northern Colorado studying to be a Special Education Teacher with a K-12th grade emphasis.  Through 4-H Courtney was given the opportunities to hold various leadership positions.  Some of the life and leadership skills she has obtained through her involvements, officer positions and leadership positions include leadership, accountability, respect, responsibility, patience, teamwork, determination, time management, organizational skills and many others.  These skills will be an important part of her success throughout her life.  Courtney is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Leaders Council College Scholarship and the Aurora Dairy College Scholarship.

2010-2019 Scholarship Winners

2019 Scholarship Winners

Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship

Madeline Pringle Photo Madeline is the daughter of Philip and Becky Pringle of Greeley.  She is a 5-year member of High Plains Ag 4-H Club and is currently taking shooting sports. She is a Senior at Platte Valley High School and is participating in Knowledge Bowl, Student Council, National Honor Society, High School concert, jazz and marching band. She was also section leader in band and served as co-president in the National Honor Society.  Madeline is planning to attend the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO studying to become a large animal veterinarian. It’s been something she has always dreamed of doing and helping animals. She wants to be able to educate people to better help their own animals. She is going to complete her undergraduate degree in education through Army ROTC and be a veterinarian in the United States Army, taking care of base pets and service animals of all kinds.  Madeline entered 4-H in 2014 and going on her fifth year. The project that she focuses on through 4-H is shooting sports. She chose to participate in only one project because she is very involved in other activities in and out of school and she wanted to be able to give her all in the project.  She has competed in shotgun shooting sports all five years and loves it.  She competed as a junior her first year and the competition was intense. There were a lot of great shooters on the Weld County team and she chose to compete in trap and skeet her first year.  After a couple she realized that she really enjoyed the sense of competition.  Madeline shot well at the county shoot and headed to state.  She ended up shooting sporting clays also as an alternate and shot it for the first time at state.  Her first project for the year was a display board about how to pattern your shotgun and how to pick the best shot size/choke for each shotgun discipline.  During the next 3 years she pushed herself to get better through focus and perseverance and her passion lies with skeet.  Madeline is the recipient of the Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship.

Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship

Lindsey Leafgren Photo Lindsey is the daughter of Denise and Brad Leafgren of Eaton.  She is a 13-year member of Country Boots & Skirts 4-H Club participating in a variety of projects and activities including shooting sports, horseless horse, gardening, vegetable crops and Citizenship Washington Focus.  She is a Freshman at the University of Wyoming studying elementary education. She is involved in many activities which include National Honor Society, Key Club, Patriot League Choir, Solo and ensemble participant, Troubadours Choir, Bella Vocè Choir, Varsity Tennis, Regional Tennis Champion, among others.  Lindsey began college with a different career path in mind than she has now.  She started with the intent to get a business degree. However, after taking a variety of business classes, she concluded that it wasn’t the right path for her. She always had a calling to help other people in life and felt as if a business degree was not something that would help her reach her goal. She wanted to study something she knew would make a positive impact in the lives of others, so she is now pursuing a degree in elementary education.  Once she completes her undergraduate degree, Lindsey would like to teach for a few years then pursue a master’s degree to continue her education so that she can better serve her students.  Her 4-H journey began as a Cloverbud, then became 4-H in 2009.  During her first year she completed projects in horseless horse and gardening.  Horseless horse allowed her to learn about caring for horses and different breeds in depth, inspiring her to begin riding lessons shortly after the completion of the project. Gardening was also a great entry project for her as both sides of family basted generation of AG experience. The work commitment that crops demanded also developed discipline within me; between watering them twice a day, pulling weeds and finding creative ways to keep pests from ruining the harvest, she spent countless hours focused on her little patch of land.  4-H citizenship is the knowledge, skills, attitudes and motivation that give youth the capacity to move beyond ones’ individual self-interest and to be committed to the well-being of some larger group.  This perfectly describes what Lindsey has gained from her years in 4-H.  She has been blessed to be a part of the amazing organization and will continue to be a leader in this organization for many years to come.  Lindsey is the recipient of the Kenneth and Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Leader's Council Scholarship

Faith Fetzer Photo Faith is the daughter of Bill and Jennifer Fetzer of Kersey.  She is a 10-year member of the High Plains AG 4-H Club and is taking Market goat and market swine.  She has also done clothing construction, shooting sports, market sheep and scrapbooking.  She is a senior at Platte Valley High School and is in FFA, National Honor Society, volleyball, basketball and the fellowship of Christian athletes. She was the volleyball and basketball captain, 4-H treasurer and secretary.  Faith is planning to attend Brookhaven College in Texas studying to become a radiologist technician.  She is choosing this field because she will see something new every day and will be able to help those who are hurt.  She would love to be able to help people every day and loves being helpful and feeling needed.  She is also very good at calming people down in time of distress so when someone comes in to get an x-ray, she would be able to keep them calm.  After her general degree, she would like to specialize in mammography.  Her long-term goal is to work in a research hospital so that she would be able to help conduct research to further help people.  Faith started out as a Cloverbud and when she was old enough to begin 4-H she started with market goat, market swine, market lamb, clothing construction and scrapbooking. Each year after that she continued with different projects, but her favorites were goats and swine.  Not only did she learn that to have success, you must work hard, but she has learned countless lesson because of 4-H.  One of the most important things she was taught was that “family is everything”.  The money spent on projects, the wins, the late nights spent working with projects would mean nothing unless it is spent with family. 4-H is one way that her family bonds, because of it, they spend more time together and she will cherish the memories that have been made as a family.  Another 4-H lesson is patience. Faith has enjoyed helping the younger youth learn about their projects and it has shown her how important patience is.  4-H has done so much for her and she is thankful for all the lessons that were taught.  Faith Fetzer is the recipient of the 4-H Leader’s Council Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Leader's Council Scholarship

Courtney Patton Photo Courtney is the daughter of Troy and Dawn Patton of Briggsdale.  She is a 14-year member of the Crow Creek 4-H Club and recently became an adult leader for 4-H as she aged out of the youth program. She was involved in Cloverbuds, decorate your Duds, Scrapbooking, Shooting Sports and CWF.  She is a Sophomore at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley studying to become a K-12 Special Education Teacher.  Becoming a Special Education teacher is her big dream now and it takes a lot to become one.  Teachers are in constant demand and a college degree is needed to become one.  UNC is known for their teaching program, so it made sense for her to check into attending their university.  Her future is going to be teaching students with special needs and along with that comes so many different little rewards.  She will be helping children to grow, learn, understand and become who they want to be.  Her 4-H career began 15 years ago as a Cloverbud.  Over the years she took interest in various 4-H projects.  Not only did her disciplines change throughout the next several years, but her projects expanded to become something greater each year.  Although she learned a lot about the different techniques and skills needed to do a project, she knew that there was another project out there that would bring out her passion.  She found that when she got involved in the Shooting Sports project. Since that time, she loved everything about the project.  She branched out through different disciplines and expanded on her fair projects each year.  During the nine years Courtney participated in the shooting sports project, she competed in .22 rifle, air rifle, compound archery, air pistol and .22 pistol.  She also accomplished various fair projects that required different skill levels.  Being a part of Weld County 4-H has allowed Courtney to be very involved in many activities and events throughout the county.  Through all of these she has grown to be the person she is today and has established special relationships and made great connections.  Upon aging out of the youth program this last year, Courtney has become an adult leader as she wants to give back the exemplary program that gave so much to her. Courtney Patton is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Leaders Council Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Family & Consumer Science Scholarship

Mattea Klein Photo Mattea is the daughter of Ron and Michelle Klein of Johnstown.  She was a 6-year member of Calico ‘n Jeans 4-H Club and participated in Market/breeding rabbits, horseless horse, veterinary science among other projects.  She is currently a freshman at Adams State University in Alamosa, CO studying plant and soil sciences which will provide her with an outlet to exercise her passion while also helping other producers prosper in their farming endeavors.  She participates in Adams State Agribusiness Club/Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapter, Adams State SACNAS Club, and the San Luis Valley CSU Research Center Intern.  Mattea joined 4-H in 2012 after she saw the rabbits at the Weld County Fair.  She has always had a passion for rabbits and had 3 at home, but she never thought she could show them.  Over the next few years, she continued to add additional projects to her roster. She eventually participated in seven different project areas. She had her final season at the 2018 fair, her last chance to prove herself and what she had learned through 4-H. She was called to the stage 4 times at the awards ceremony and was very humbled. That was the final culmination of what she had learned through the program, and it made her into what she is today – 4-H. Today, Mattea still thinks about her 4-H memories and how precious they were. All the experiences she had through 4-H has led her to where she is today.  Mattea is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Family Consumer and Science Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship

Shanon Kos Photo Shannon is the daughter of Kyle and Sarah Kos of Ft. Lupton.  She is a 12-year member of the Hudson Shamrocks 4-H Club and she is currently involved in Market/Breeding Goats.  She has also done market beef, rabbits, market lamb and restoration. She is a Senior at Weld Central and Aims Community College. Shannon is involved in the Student Council, National Honor Society, FFA, National Society of High School Scholars and
4-H.  Shannon will be attending West Texas A and M in Canyon, Texas with a career goal of Hostage negotiator and profiler.  In recent years she had concluded that her career interest was in profiling and hostage negotiator. To further her knowledge in this career she studied with the FBI in a camp that requires an application process where few people are admitted in.  She has also taken her studies to Washing D.C. where she spent a week with the envision program for law.  Shannon has also introduced her skills and abilities to the public and has taken place in multiple clubs, organizations and volunteering.  Each experience broadened her love for criminal justice and for her community and has taught her that hard work leads to success.  After attending college at West Texas, A and M, she will be shipped to Quantico for boot camp for the FBI or CIA depending on her preference.  4-H first became a part of Shannon’s development in 2009 at the age of 8. 4-H led her in the direction of leadership confidence and independence.  It has allowed her to excel in many aspects, such as speaking, finance, budgeting, taking on different responsibilities and public representation. Those are the skill that she will carry with her through the rest of her life.  Throughout the years of being a part of the 4-H organization Shannon learned public view on livestock as well as different perspectives of judging and critiquing different projects.  It is because of this organization that she has learned such vital skills that have and will help her further her abilities.  Shannon Kos is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship.

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Ashley Terrell Photo Ashley is the daughter of Dustin and Sherry Terrell of LaSalle.  She was an 11-year member of the Horse Whisperers 4-H Club and was involved in the horse project and market swine.  She is a Junior at West Texas A and M University in Texas studying Agriculture Business and Economics. She is involved in FFA, Colorado State High School Rodeo Association, Junior Rodeo Association, Colorado Calf Roper’s Association and many others.  She chose to study Ag Business and Economics because she would like to work in pharmaceutical sales someday.  Since the business is largely composed of sales, leadership roles and economics, she felt that the major would enhance her abilities.  The Weld County 4-H program helped Ashley get started with her passion for horses.  She not only learned a great deal about riding but also a vast knowledge from the Horse Bowl Team.  One of her 4-H leaders invited her over a few times a week during the summer and taught her the basics of showing horses.  She was fortunate to start out with a very versatile horse to compete in English, Western, Ranch and Speed event divisions and she also competed on him at Rodeos.  Being involved in 4-H was a great way to learn skills that are valuable in various areas.  The experiences she gained as the Horse Whisperers 4-H Club President taught her leadership as well as parliamentary procedure and experience talking in front of an audience.  It taught her the importance in building relationships with others as well as respect and the ability to adapt.   4-H is such a great promoter of community service and Ashley is thankful to be involved in something that makes such an impact in both the community and her life.  Ashley Terrell is the recipient of the Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship.

Dorothy Martin Zabka Memorial Scholarship

Brianna McBride Photo Brianna is the daughter of Scott and Shani McBride of Severance.  She was a 13-year member of the Severance 4-H Club and was involved in dairy cattle, scrapbooking, vet science, dog project and CWF. She was also the Weld County Agricultural Leadership Ambassador.  She is a Junior at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa studying food science and dairy science.  To combine her two interests, she chose a university with a superior food science department and excellent dairy science program.  Surrounded by production agriculture and yet a very diverse student population allows her to gain an insight into both the consumer food world and the dairy producer viewpoint.  Her final goal is to own and build her own dairy complete with an on-site creamery, storefront and restaurant for all to enjoy.  This not only fulfills her love for dairy cattle and working outside but provides a direct market and a necessary farm-to-table experience.  She takes a trip down 4-H memory lane quite often.  She looks back at her previous record books and scrolls through pictures of when she was 4-H.  Those pictures and record books remind her of the new struggles of each year as well as the unforgettable times of happiness. So, to capture her last year in Colorado 4-H and other organizations, she began the scrapbooking project. Her year of “lasts” was one she looks back on and remembers the good, the bad, the ups and the downs. Brianna was inexperienced in scrapbooking, but it was fun to document her entire year and look back on it as the years go on.  Brianna owes all those experiences and opportunities to her family and 4-H.  Without them she wouldn’t have spent days in the barn practicing with each heifer or know how to speak professionally in front of a crowd.  Looking back on her 13 years in 4-H Brianna wouldn’t trade a single moment for the world. The organization taught her to step outside of the boundaries, work hard, serve others and, most of all, have fun. Thanks to 4-H she feels confident in her own skin wherever she goes and is always ready to take on the world.  Brianna is the recipient of the Dorothy Martin Zabka Memorial Scholarship.

Norgren Family and Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarships

Molly Cooksey Photo Molly is the daughter of Jeff and Amy Cooksey of Roggen.  She was a 14-year member of the Magic Spurs 4-H Club. She was involved in market/breeding beef, home environment, decorate your duds, foods and nutrition among others.  She is a Junior at Colorado State University studying Animal Science.  Her career goal is to be a beef promoter or Junior Breed Activities Director. She has decided to add a Food Science/Safety Interdisciplinary minor and a Meat Science Certificate.  Her long-term goals after graduation are to continue to grow and develop her own and her family’s cow herd, and to promote physical and mental wellness through exercise and balanced nutrition which includes promoting beef as a healthy protein source and to educate others on the health benefits of meat.  Molly was privileged and excited this last Summer to get to help and be a ring steward at the showmanship, market and breeding beef show at the Weld County Fair.  Watching and helping the youth show took her back how 4-H helped her grow and develop into who and how she is today.  She is better because of her involvement helped her to learn the importance of hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and enjoying what you are doing because of how you learned to do it.  From that, she looked ahead to taking those things and applying them to whatever she chooses to do in college and beyond.  Molly on local and county levels for 11 years, showed at Colorado State Fair for 11 years and was a Junior Livestock Sale qualifier for 8 years.  She has been blessed with many honors and accomplishments but the one that she treasured the most was being presented the Mitch Bowman Award for cattle showing sportsmanship which she humbly accepted as a reflection of her approach to what she did showing cattle and how she related to her fellow 4-H members and friends.  Reflecting on her 4-H career, Molly had been so blessed to have gotten to learn lifelong lessons in her projects, been surrounded by very supportive people who unselfishly gave to see her succeed and most importantly, she had developed relationships locally, county and statewide and even nationally that let her to so many opportunities in 4-H for which she is thankful.  Molly Cooksey is the recipient of the Norgren Family Memorial Scholarship and the Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Camy Seelhoff Photo Camy is the daughter of Fred and Kelly Seelhoff of Greeley.  She is a12-year member of the Wranglers 4-H Club and is involved in Visual Arts, Shooting Sports, Model Rocketry and Restoration.  She has also done cake decorating, scrapbooking, pocket pets, self-determined and baking.  She is a Senior at Valley High School and belongs in FFA, National Honor Society, band, jazz band and swimming.  She was her FFA chapter’s floriculture team captain, co-section leader in band.   She is the band’s drum major, the bands student council representative and was color guard captain last year.  She is also the co-captain of her swim team.  Camy is planning to attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins studying Human Development and Family studies for which she plans on getting her bachelor’s degree in. She also plans on filling the majority of her electives with AG classes to supplement her ability to help members in the AG related projects of 4-H.  She then plans to continue her education and earn her Masters’ Degree in Extension.  Megan started as a Cloverbud in 4-H having no idea what 4-H had in store for her.  She just knew that she really liked making fun crafts and projects and meeting other youth. As time went by and she went on to 4-H she noticed shifts in her abilities.  She started feeling more at ease in front of crowds, made friends easily with new people and developing a good work ethic.  The years, 4-H has taught Camy many lifelong skills and the one that sticks out the most was interviews.  Her first time at fair was as a Cloverbud and was so scared having to talk to a stranger about what she made. She learned that it’s so important to act yourself in an interview and the skills helped her with her interview for her job and for fair royalty.  4-H taught Camy great public speaking skills and the ability to stand in front of a crowd comfortably.  She was the 2018 Weld County Fairy Attendant and is now the 2019 Weld County Fair Queen.  These experiences will benefit her for the rest of her life.  Camy Seelhoff is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Jaren Albrighton Photo Jaren is the son of Troy and Roxanne Albrighton of Gill.  He is a 10-year member of Box Elder Ag 4-H Club and is currently participating in Market Swine.  He has also done Outdoor Adventure, Model Rocketry and Robotics.  He is a Senior at Platte Valley High School and is in the Future Business Leader of America-State qualifier and placer. He is also in the National Honor Society and is graduating in the top 15% of his class with a 4.11 GPA.  Jaren plans to attend the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO to study Business Administration.  He feels that it is a degree that best fits his personality and willingness to learn the ins and outs of businesses.  Growing up, he always had a sense of supervising, but also more than that, he is inspired to help his peers In a way that can benefit everyone.  Jaren first joined 4-H in 2009.  The first year he competed in market swine since that was what his older brother had done, and it inspired him to try it as well.    In 2013 he signed up for outdoor adventure and loved it because it was a project that he could go hiking to complete the project. Throughout his time in 4-H, he has grown immensely from doing one project and barely knowing what he was doing, to being able to expand and do multiple projects. Jaren has gained many new personal traits that have helped him grow and succeed as a person.  He learned the right way to be a leader, which is not controlling people, but being a leader who is involved with what is going on and encourages others to follow and do the right thing.   He has gained amazing personal qualities that has allowed him to give back to his community and inspire others which is a great feeling.  Jaren is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Megan Miller Photo Megan is the daughter of Alex and Jane Miller of Brighton.  She is 10-year member of the Tailtwisters 4-H Club and is involved in Market/Breeding Beef, Market/Breeding Goat, Market/Breeding Sheep, shooting sports, ceramics and leadership.  She has also done cake decorating, dog, horse, photography and many others.  She is a Senior at a private school and finished all her credit requirements a year early. She wanted to graduate in 2019 to have the opportunity for a scholarship and maintained 4.0 GPA the last four years of school.  Megan plans to attend the Colorado State University, Texas Tech in Colorado, Texas, studying Agriculture Business Management/Political Policy.  She has chosen to stay in the AG field of study going into college.  She would like to get on a livestock and/or meat judging team. She found out that in the last two years how much she enjoys livestock judging. Megan sees herself in the next few years being involved in the local and state government as an advocate for Agriculture studying to get her Masters in AG Business Management/Political policy while being a part of a great judging team.  Megan did not realize that when she started her 4-H career that she would be here today regretting the end to her 4-H time. She knows that she will continue to be involved with the 4-H program as a leader for the rest of her life.  She has held local club offices of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Parliamentarian.  She also held several offices on the Youth Exec Council. Before she ends her 4-H career, her dream would be to have an office on the State level.  Megan’s leadership skills have grown throughout the hears and she has improved her public speaking, learned what teamwork is and what it truly takes to be a good teammate.  She has had a lot of accomplishment through her 4-H years with 2 buckles and ribbons beyond an amount she could count.  Her best accomplishments though were the great people that she met along the way and the knowledge that she learned from the people she met through the years. She looks forward to the new chapter in her life and thanks everyone for the opportunities and education that she was given from the 4-H program and the people that cared enough to volunteer their time.  Megan Miller is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial Scholarship

Clay Kinnison Photo Clay is the son of Jay and Andrea Kinnison of Grover.  He is a 9-year member of the Grover Guys & Gals 4-H Club and is involved in the Horse Project and was in the Weld County Horse Bowl.  He is a Senior at the Pawnee High School and is a member of the Wyoming High School Rodeo Association, National Honor Society and the Future Business Leaders of America.  He has also been the Reined Cowhorse Director of WHSRA, FBLA Vice President, Student Council President and past Grover Guys & Gals Vice President.  Clay plans to attend Tarleton State University in Texas and his career goal is to be a horse trainer and Ranch operator/owner.  He believes that a college education would provide him with knowledge that would increase his chances of achieving his goals. After researching several agriculture programs and degrees, he believes that studying Animal Science will increase his knowledge about cattle and horses so that he can better his skills to properly to take care of the herd and prepare him to enter the business world.  Clay joined 4-H in 2010 and had no intention of showing at the State Fair in Ranch Horse as he didn’t like it. He had only wanted to do team rope and speed events. His parents had encouraged him to join 4-H to improve his horsemanship skills through the opportunities Weld County 4-H offered in teaching riders about horses. Within a couple of years of showing horses at the county fair, he became addicted to showing in the Ranch Horse classes, because one of the classes involved roping and working cattle. He had a nice mare to show in
4-H, but he was not a good rider. Over time, Clay’s skills grew as a rider and he was able to conquer his goal of winning at the Weld County Fair.  Throughout his life 4-H has given him a chance to pursue his passion, improve his skills and make lifelong friends with other 4-H youth.  Clay Kinnison is the recipient of the Paul and Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial 4-H Scholarship.

Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family & Gene Inloes Livestock Judging Memorial Scholarships

Ashlyn Ochsner Photo Ashlyn is the daughter of Ken and Julie Ochsner of Kersey.  She is a 10-year member of the High Plains Ag 4-H Club and participated in breeding and market beef. She also participated in Beginning Foods and the Dog project.  She is a Senior at Platte Valley High School and is the district 17 FFA President. She was also the FFA Vice President and chapter reporter. She is also the Student Council Secretary among many other leadership roles.  Ashlyn is planning to attend Texas Tech University to study Agricultural Policy / Ag Lobbyist.  While there she plans to get involved with their congressional internship program and work in Washington, D.C.  Ashlyn has witnessed first-hand how much capital, risk, hard work and perseverance it takes to manage a profitable farming and ranching business.  Her aspirations are to receive a bachelor’s degree in animal science with a business emphasis. She would like to work as a legislative assistant for a congressman or senator and secure a position with an ag organization or business on their government affairs/lobby team.  Ashlyn’s 4-H experience began showing her home raised heifer.  She was so excited to begin showing cattle and by the end of the year at the Colorado State Fair, she had big goals for her cattle showing future. In the Fall of 2010, she saved enough money selling 4-H market steers at the Weld County Fair to buy her own show heifer.  She ended up choosing a heifer by the name of EF Xclusive which would later become the foundation female for her herd.  Through 4-H she has developed leadership and communication skills, critical thinking and decision-making skills.  She is also knowledgeable about registered cow/calf operations and the beef industry.   By being a 4 Weld County 4-H member for 10 years, she learned to be a fierce competitor but also a good communicator and excellent leader.  Ashlyn has a desire to achieve and excel in all aspects of her life.  Ashlyn Ochsner is the recipient of the Paul and Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial 4-H Scholarship and the Gene Inloes Livestock Judging Memorial Scholarship.

2018 Scholarship Winners

Helmut Brunner and Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarships

Mikayla Erickson Photo Mikayla is the daughter of Michele and Brad Erickson of Galeton.  She was a 13-year member of Crow Creek 4-H Club where she participated in ceramics, market goats, market lambs, breeding beef, market beef and shooting sports.  She was also a participant in the Citizenship Washington Focus program. Mikayla is a sophomore at Colorado State University studying Agriculture Education with an emphasis on media & design.  She plans to use her education to become a supporter and advocate for agriculture with special attention to the production of food, and the cattle industry. 4-H has taught Mikayla the values of hard work, selflessness, reliability and tolerance.  Whether it was numerous hours in the barn or giving back to the community through volunteer work, those qualities gave her the desire to never be mediocre and an aspiration to take pride in her work and to be the best that she can be.  Mikayla is the recipient of the Helmut Brunner and Josh Jarman memorial scholarships.

Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship

Jaynee Halverson Photo Jaynee is the daughter of Vicki and Matt Halverson of La Salle.  She was a 10-year member of Valley Ag 4-H Club and participated in Horse and Dairy projects.  4-H gave her a huge heart for community service and helping others.  Although all the experiences she gained in 4-H hold value and meaning, she credits the horse project, horse bowl and horse judging for helping her develop into the person she is today.  Jaynee is a Senior at Colorado State University studying to be a high school Ag education teacher.  Her passions are for agriculture and working with children. She believes that becoming an Ag Education Instructor and FFA Advisor will give her the perfect opportunity to pursue both passions. Jaynee is the recipient of the Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Leader's Council Scholarship

Destinie Ries Photo Destinie Ries is the daughter of Beverly Sigmon of Kersey and is a 7-year member of Centennial Clovers 4-H Club taking cake decorating, scrapbooking and gardening.  She has also participated in swine, visual arts and outdoor adventures.  Destinie will graduate from Platte Valley High School where she is involved in cheer and track.  She is planning to attend the University of Colorado in Denver to study nursing.  Destinie credits 4-H with helping her to develop leadership skills.  She has held the offices of president, vice president and secretary and now, being an older member, she helps lead the younger members through their projects. Destinie is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Leader’s Council 4-H Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Leader's Council College Scholarship

Molly Adams Photo Molly is the daughter of Tim and Judy Adams of Ault.  She attends Northeastern Junior College and is currently studying animal science and working on an associate degree in Ag Business.  She then plans to attend West Texas A & M University to continue her studies. Her goal is to be a nutrition consultant for livestock producers. Molly recalls her first year in 4-H when she attempted cake decorating.  She had lots of creative ideas but usually ate more of the frosting than what made it onto the cake.  In later years she also participated in scrapbooking, goats, and pigs.  The pig project, she says, taught her patience, responsibility, how to handle stress, how to work under pressure, and anything else a person could possibly learn from a pig. Molly says her experience in
4-H taught her many valuable lessons and she cherishes the time she had in the program.  She misses being a part of 4-H and the wonderful people she met along the way. Molly is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Leaders Council College Scholarship.

Gene Inloes Memorial Livestock Judging Scholarship

Abby Sears Photo Abby is the daughter of Diane and Alan Sears of Eaton.  She is an 8-year member of the Country Boots & Skirts 4-H Club and has taken scrapbooking, cake decorating, and photography projects.  She is a Senior at Eaton High School where she takes part in tennis, FCCLA, Student Council, and FBLA. She is planning to attend West Texas A&M University studying Animal Science and Agribusiness. Abby notes that while she was in New York during her 4-H CWF trip she was struck by the fact that not everyone knew what 4-H was.  It was then that she began to realize she wanted to become an advocate for agriculture. Her goal is to become a marketing agent and work with local landowners in marketing their ranches and livestock. Abby notes that her participation in 4-H livestock judging helped her gain knowledge about animal sciences and improve her public speaking skills.  Abby is the recipient of the Gene Inloes Memorial Livestock Judging Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Family & Consumer Science Scholarship

Molly Cooksey Photo Molly was a 14-year member of the Magic Spurs 4-H club involved with breeding & market beef, market swine, home environment, food & nutrition, and decorate your duds.  Other 4-H activities included Fashion Revue, Self-Development Night, and Citizenship Washington Focus. She feels blessed with the life skills and lessons she learned while in 4-H, and by the opportunity to have been surrounded by very supportive people who helped her succeed.   Molly is a graduate of Weld Central High School, where she was active in FFA and the National Honor Society. Currently she is a sophomore at Colorado State University majoring in Animal Sciences and minoring in food science & safety. Molly is from Roggen and her parents are Jeff and Amy Cooksey. She is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Family & Consumer Science Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Agriculture Scholarship

Mary Carlson Photo Mary is the daughter of Jodi and Ken Carlson of Keenesburg.  A 13-year member of Magic Spurs 4-H Club, Mary has been active in Market Sheep, Washington Focus, market swine, cake decorating, heritage arts, and scrapbooking.  She is a Senior at Weld Central High School and is involved in FFA, National Honor Society and Dance Team. Mary plans to attend Western State Colorado University and study to be an event planner. According to Mary, 4-H has been the most impactful program in her life. It has provided her with the opportunity to grow her knowledge and skills in many different projects that she completed throughout her 4-H career.  With the help of 4-H she has been able to expand her leadership qualities and grow personal relationships. Mary is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Agriculture Scholarship.

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Ashley Terrell Photo Ashley is currently a sophomore at South Plains College in Texas. She graduated from Platte Valley High School in Kersey and was an 11-year member of the Horse Whisperers 4-H Club. Horse and Market Swine were her projects while in 4-H.  Ashley comes from multiple generations of farmers and ranchers, so agriculture has always been of interest to her. She is majoring in Ag Business with a goal of advancing her knowledge in the horse industry and working with performance horses. The 4-H horse program helped her get started with her passion of horses. It also taught her the importance of building relationships, respecting others, and the ability to adapt.  4-H is a great promoter of community service and she is thankful to have been involved in something that makes such an impact. Ashley is the daughter of Dustin and Sherry Terrell of LaSalle. She is the recipient of the Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship.

Dorothy Martin Zabka Memorial Scholarship

Ian Lovell Photo Ian is the son of Amy and John Lovell of Ault.  He is a 10-year member of Wyatt 4-H Club and participated in beef, poultry, goats, and horse projects.  He is a Senior at Colorado Early College in Fort Collins and is planning to attend the University of Wyoming to pursue his passion for animals and medicine by studying to be a large animal vet. Through his 4-H years, Ian learned that hard work pays off and that even though he might not the best at everything, he would still do it if he enjoyed it. 4-H has given him the opportunity to become a leader and develop his leadership skills. He was president of his club and completed the Weld Agriculture Leadership Ambassador program. Ian is the recipient of the Dorothy Martin Zabka Memorial Scholarship.

Norgren Family Scholarship

Kelli Carlson Photo Kelli is the daughter of Ken and Jodi Carlson of Keenesburg. She was a 14-year member of Magic Spurs 4-H and had market sheep and swine, cake decorating, and home environment as some of her projects. She is a sophomore at Northeastern Junior College studying Ag Business and is active in Phi Theta Kappa. In her third year in 4-H, she bought three ewes from a local breeder. After the summer show season, she was left with two ewes of breeding quality which became the foundation stock of her, and her family’s, breeding flock from which they raised their own show lambs. Kelli held multiple officer positions in her club, including President. She says that she learned many important lessons through her 4-H experiences including responsibility and organization. Kelli is the recipient of the Norgren Family Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Lindsey Leafgren Photo Lindsey is the daughter of Denise and Brad Leafgren of Eaton.  She is a 12-year member of Country Boots & Skirts 4-H Club participating in a variety of projects and activities including shooting sports, horseless horse, gardening, vegetable crops and Citizenship Washington Focus.  She is a Senior at Eaton High School and is in the National Honor Society, Patriot League Honor Choir, and a member of the varsity Tennis team. She plans to attend the University of Wyoming to obtain a dual major in natural resource management and environmental and natural resources.  After receiving her undergraduate degree, she wants to continue her education by going to Law School.  Lindsey recently completed her term as the 2017 Weld County Fair Queen. She says that 4-H has provided her with incredible opportunities that no other organization could have offered. It allowed her to make lasting relationships with leaders and members alike. Lindsey is the recipient of a Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship. 

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Cambrilynn Butterworth Photo Cambrilynn is the daughter of Michelle and Scott Butterworth of Greeley.  She is a 14-year member of Crow Creek 4-H Club and is involved in Shooting Sports, Scrapbooking, Foods & Nutrition and more. She is a Senior at University High School where she was on the yearbook staff and was the Freshman Class Secretary.  She is planning to attend the University of Northern Colorado to pursue a medical degree with hopes of one day being an OBGYN.  As a sophomore in high school, she completed her Certified Nursing Assistant certification.  Cambrilynn has held several offices in 4-H including secretary, vice president, president; and she is also a member of the Weld County Shooting Sports council. Cambrilynn enjoys leadership roles but has also learned when to step back and let others lead.  She hopes to one day give back and become a volunteer leader in 4-H. Cambrilynn is the recipient of the Weld County
4-H Foundation Scholarship. 

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Dustin Horn Photo Dustin is a Senior at Platte Valley High School with plans to attend the University of Wyoming and study Electrical Engineering after his graduation. He is the son of Cynthia and Darren Horn of Kersey and is an 11-year member of the Box Elder Ag 4-H Club. Sport Fishing, Market Swine, and Market Goats were some of his projects. He participated in basketball, football, and track at Platte Valley, and belongs to the Student Council, National Honor Society, FFA, Student Government and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Dustin has achieved several goals and won many awards that have led to significant outcomes for him and his family. Ultimately, he says, 4-H has been a blessing because it taught him responsibility, leadership skills, and how to give back to the community. Dustin is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Paul & Jean Hoshiko Memorial Scholarship

Taya Baumgartner Photo Taya is the daughter of Leslie and Curtis Baumgartner of Keenesburg. She is a 12-year member of Magic Spurs 4-H Club, with Scrapbooking, Dogs, and Market Goats as projects.  She is a Senior at Weld Central High School where she participated in numerous activities including basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, and National Honor Society. She is planning to attend Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction studying physical & recreational therapy. Taya remembers the excitement of graduating from being a Cloverbud to a “regular” 4-H member. One of her first projects was working with her dog who was, of course, stubborn and liked to do things her own way. But that experience taught her patience and perseverance, and to hang in there and enjoy life. Taya says that all the projects she participated in taught her lessons, contributed to her character, and are embedded in the person she is today. Taya is the recipient of the Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial 4-H Scholarship.

Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial Scholarship

Courtney Patton Photo Courtney is the daughter of Dawn and Troy Patton of Briggsdale. She is a 13-year member of the Crow Creek 4-H Club, taking part in Shooting Sports, Decorate Your Duds, Scrapbooking, and Citizen Washington Focus.  Courtney is a Senior at Briggsdale High School where she is involved in Student Council, National Honor Society, Drama, Choir, volleyball, basketball, and track. She is planning to attend the University of Northern Colorado studying special education, a career-path that was inspired by a teacher who commended her on her work with a special needs student in her class. Courtney is currently the President of her 4-H club, a certified rifle junior leader & instructor, and was accepted as a Colorado State 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador. She states that
4-H allowed her to be involved in many activities and events, to grow as a person, and to develop many special relationships. Courtney is the recipient of the Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial 4-H Scholarship.

2017 Scholarship Winners

Josh Jarman and Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarships

Bryce Schnug Photo Bryce Schnug is the son of Jaime and Troy Schnug of Grover and is a senior at Pawnee High School. He is a 9-year member of the Grover Guys & Gals 4-H club, taking woodworking, market goats, and shooting sports projects.  In school, Bryce played football, basketball, and track and served as captain of the football and basketball teams. Further, he participated in FBLA, Knowledge Bowl and Student Council. Upon graduation, he plans to attend Northeastern Junior College in Sterling pursuing a degree in diesel technology. From there he would like to obtain a heavy equipment operating certificate.  Bryce enjoyed the community service projects he did in 4-H.  Every year they’ve planted flowers around town for everyone to enjoy and also made Easter baskets for the senior citizens. 4-H has helped him become a better leader as it showed him how hard work has its rewards. It also gave him the confidence to be able to speak to adults and learn how to meet new people.  Bryce is the recipient of both the Josh Jarman memorial and the Kenneth & Clarice Benson memorial scholarships.

Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship

Amber Thormodsgard Photo Amber is the daughter of Neil and Karen Thormodsgard of Briggsdale.  She was an 11-year member of Crow Creek 4-H Club where she was involved with Market/Breeding beef, market sheep, market goats, market swine, and Citizenship Washington Focus. She is currently a sophomore at CSU working on a bachelor’s degree in animal science.   While in 4-H, Amber participated on the livestock judging team where she made numerous lifelong friends and expanded her knowledge about the industry. She values the relationships that 4-H has allowed her to create and develop over the years, as well as the citizenship and leadership skills that she gained.  Amber says that some of her 4-H experiences taught her to not be afraid to step out of the box and try something new.  Amber is the recipient of the Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship.

John Pfleiderer Memorial Scholarship

Kendawl Gartrell Photo Kendawl is the daughter of Kenny and Dawn Gartrell of Eaton.  She is a 9-year member of the Westward 4-H Club and showed Dairy cattle.  Kendawl also took part in the 4-H dairy cattle judging program, and earned a spot on the team that competed in the youth judging contest at the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania last year.   She is a senior at Eaton High School where she participated in Basketball, FFA and the Agriculture Club.  When she graduates, Kendawl plans to attend Northeastern Junior College, and later the University of Wisconsin, to study Dairy Science.  4-H has had a large impact on her life. It taught her how to be confident in everything she does.  She has learned how to run a meeting, gained organization and leadership skills, and developed her public speaking abilities.   Kendawl will receive one of the John Pfleiderer Memorial Scholarships.

John Pfleiderer Memorial Scholarship

Ashley Petersen Photo Ashley is from Windsor and is the daughter of Thomas and Christine Petersen. She is a sophomore at Northeastern Junior College studying agriculture. She knows that the agriculture industry and the ranching world is where she wants to spend the rest of her life.  In High School she was involved in FFA, and she is currently an active member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and a member of Phi Theta Kappa.  Ashley was a 12-year member of the Severance 4-H Club and was involved in clothing construction, decorate your duds, breeding beef and horse projects.  She notes that her project work helped her learn more about responsibility and determination, and about winning and losing.  Ashley credits her family upbringing and exceptional coaching from other adults for helping her become a better citizen. Her 4-H and other life experiences have helped build her confidence and given her opportunities to help others.  Ashley has been awarded a John Pfleiderer Memorial Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Leader's Council 4-H Scholarship

Morgan Patton Photo Morgan Patton is the daughter of Troy and Dawn Patton of Briggsdale. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Northern Colorado majoring in Communications, with minors in Media Studies and Journalism. Her goal is to become the first member of her immediate family to graduate from college.  Morgan began her 4-H journey when her parents enrolled her as a Cloverbud. She went on to become an 11-year member of the Crow Creek 4-H Club taking a variety of projects including:  Clothing Construction, Scrapbooking, Model Rocketry, Shooting Sports, and Citizenship Washington Focus to name a few. Through the various projects she took and the officer positions she held, Morgan has developed and incredible toolbox of leadership skills.  Though no longer a member, Morgan is committed to “making the best better” by serving as a 4-H volunteer leader. She became a certified Junior Rifle Leader/Instructor and looks forward to working with the youth involved in the Shooting Sports project.   Morgan is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Leader’s Council 4-H Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Leader's Council Scholarship

Tayler Hays Photo Tayler is the daughter of Michael and Michelle Hays of Eaton.  She is a10-year member of Wyatt 4-H taking many projects including Breeding/Market Sheep, Cake Decorating, Baking, and Photography. She is a senior at Eaton High School and does cross country, track and FFA.   Tayler was her 4-H club’s Secretary and Treasurer; and this year she is the Reporter for her FFA chapter.  These leadership positions has given her the opportunity to connect with younger members and encourage their involvement.  She believes a good leader is not always the one taking charge but may be one who encourages others to take charge.  Tayler credits her 4-H project work, particularly the sheep project, with teaching her many important life skills.  She knows the fundamentals of managing a breeding program and has learned the importance of managing money and keeping her own financial records.    After high school Tayler plans to attend Dodge City Community College and study food science.  She is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Leaders Council Scholarship.

Gene Inloes Memorial Livestock Judging Scholarship

Jenna Frink Photo Jenna is the daughter of Mike and Amy Frink of Eaton and was an 11-year member of Wyatt 4-H Club focusing on Market and Breeding Sheep projects. She is currently a sophomore at CSU studying for a career in food animal nutrition or meat processing.  She has a strong passion for production agriculture and her long-term career goal is to have a beneficial impact on the agriculture industry.  In 4-H Jenna gained countless leadership and citizenship skills, as well as an understanding about the importance of giving back to her community. Over the years she was her club’s President, Vice President, and Treasurer. She was a member of the state champion 4-H Livestock Judging Contest last year and participated in the National contest in Louisville.  4-H has been an instrumental part in preparing Jenna for her future, leaving her forever grateful.  Jenna is the recipient of the Gene Inloes Memorial Livestock Judging Scholarship.

Weld County Family & Consumer Science Scholarship

Molly Cooksey Photo Molly is a 13-year member of the Magic Spurs 4-H club, taking breeding & market beef, market swine, home environment, food & nutrition, and decorate your duds.  Other 4-H activities included Fashion Revue, Self-Development Night, and Citizenship Washington Focus. A graduate of Weld Central High School, Molly was active in FFA and the National Honor Society. Currently she is a freshman at Northeastern Junior College pursuing a career as an embryo transfer technician, with plans to continue her education at Colorado State University.  She 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. Molly has shown cattle on the local, state, and national levels.  She was very humbled and thrilled when she won the Mitch Bowman award at the Weld County Fair which is an award voted on by 4-H peers given in memory of Mitch, a 4-H member who lost his life too soon.   Molly is from Roggen and her parents are Jeff and Amy Cooksey.   She is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Family & Consumer Science Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Agriculture Scholarship

Caitlyn Ochsner Photo Caitlyn was an 11-year member of the High Plains Ag 4-H Club. She graduated from Platte Valley High School where she was an Honor student and was active in FFA and choir. She is now a freshman at Belmont University in Tennessee pursuing a career as a Country & Gospel recording artist.   She grew up on her family’s registered Limousine cow/calf operation and couldn’t wait for the day that she would be able to show her very first calf. She fondly remembers singing for the first time in front of an audience at the Weld County Fair’s Youth Idol Contest, and her experiences in the 4-H livestock judging program.  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.  Caitlyn is the daughter of Kevin and Julie Ochsner of Kersey.   She is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Agriculture Scholarship.

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Kelli Carlson Photo Kelli is the daughter of Ken and Jodi Carlson from Keenesburg. She was a 13-year member of Magic Spurs 4-H taking market swine, market sheep, cake decorating, and home environment projects. She is now a freshman as Northeastern Junior College studying agriculture and business in the hopes of one day owning a feedlot of her own.  She is currently active in the NJC Aggies club and Farm Bureau.  Since the first year in her market projects Kelli learned an enormous amount about the proper care and exercise that livestock need. She showed lambs every year but was always interested in learning about the different species of show animals.  She was also fortunate to meet many lifelong friends through activities such as Citizenship Washington Focus, the Youth Hard Rock booth at the Weld County Fair, and her club’s monthly meetings.    According to Kelli, her 4-H journey was unforgettable, and she is incredibly fortunate to have been a part of such a wonderful organization.   She is the recipient of the Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship.

Dorothy Martin Zabka Memorial Scholarship

Molly Adams Photo Molly is the daughter of Tim and Judy Adams from Ault.  She is a sophomore at Northeastern Junior College where she is studying animal science and working on an associate degree in Ag Business.  She then plans to attend West Texas A & M University to pursue her bachelor’s degree. Her goal after graduation is to be a nutrition consultant for livestock producers.  Molly was a 10-year member of the Galeton 4-H Club. Her projects included Cake Decorating; Scrapbooking; Market Goats; and Market Swine.  She remarks that her experiences learning to care for, and show her pigs taught her to be patient and keep a positive attitude, attributes that help her get through just about any situation.  Molly is the recipient of the Dorothy Martin Zabka Memorial Scholarship.

Norgren Family Scholarship

Ashley Terrell Photo Ashley is a freshman at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, where she is studying Ag business with hopes to one day be involved in the breeding and performance horse industry. She is the daughter of Dustin and Sherry Terrell from LaSalle.  Ashley was a 10-year member of the Horse Whisperers 4-H Club, taking Horse and Market Swine projects.   Being involved in 4-H helped Ashley learn skills that she has been able to use in various areas. Her experience as her club’s President taught her leadership, how to correctly run business meetings, respect and problem solving, and the importance of building relationships with others.  4-H has also been a great promoter of community service and Ashley has been thankful to have been involved in the variety of service projects that made a difference.  Ashley is the recipient of the Norgren Family Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Bo Naibauer Photo Bo is the son of Mike and Kelli Naibauer of Eaton.  He is a 10-year member of Country Boots and Skirts 4-H Club where he did Market Swine and Market Beef projects.  He is a senior at Eaton High School where he is active in FFA. After graduation, Bo plans to attend Redlands Community College in Oklahoma to study animal science and agricultural business with plans to pursue a career in the livestock industry, either trading commodities, buying cattle for a major packer or working for a pharmaceutical company.  Along with showing livestock through 4-H, Bo was also a member of the Weld County 4-H Livestock Judging Team. Through this experience he was able to expand his knowledge of the livestock industry and what characteristics are essential to creating a “good one”.  He hopes to use his judging knowledge and experience to earn a spot on the livestock judging team at Redlands Community College.  Bo is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarships. 

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Kayleigh Hamilton Photo Kayleigh is the daughter of Scott and Elizabeth Hamilton from Eaton.  She is a 5-year member with the Blazing
Clovers 4-H Club and was involved in Shooting Sports, Leathercraft, Breeding & Market Rabbits, and Poultry to name a few.  Kayleigh is a home-school graduate planning to attend Northeastern Junior College to study Agricultural Education with hopes of one day becoming a teacher or an Extension Agent. She credits leaders, other adults, and her fellow 4-Hers for always being helpful when she didn’t understand the way things worked. Their generosity, along with the responsibility and leadership skills she learned in 4-H, is what gives her the passion to pursue a career where she can one day encourage and help other kids who need something like 4-H.  Kayleigh is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship. 

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Taryn Santeramo Photo Taryn is the daughter of Scott and Brechen Santeramo of Johnstown.  She is an 11-year member of Calico ‘n Jeans 4-H club and was involved in numerous projects such as Cloverbuds, Market Sheep, Artistic Clothing, and Cake Decorating.  She is currently a senior at Roosevelt High School participating in band, color guard, dance club, dance team, and the National Honor Society.  She plans to attend Colorado State University to major in Health and Exercise Science with a long-term goal to work in the medical field as a physical therapist.  Taryn’s 4-H experience has allowed her to reinforce her leadership skills by being an officer in her club.  She learned to apply those leadership skills while serving as Co-captain on her dance team and color guard and being the captain in band.  Taryn has worked in the leader’s food booth and served as a 4-H clerk at County Fair every year since the 6th grade.  She is excited about the Citizenship Washington Focus trip she will take this summer.  Taryn is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial 4-H Scholarship

Brianna McBride Photo Brianna is the daughter of Scott and Shani McBride of Severance, CO.  She is a 13-year member of Severance 4-H club involved in Dairy Cattle, Scrapbooking, Vet Science, and Dog projects. In 2015, Brianna was one of four 4-H members chosen to be in the inaugural class of the Weld Agricultural Leadership and Ambassador Program.   She is a senior at Windsor High School where she was involved in numerous activities such as FFA, Biology Club, Track and Field, National Honor Society, and FBLA. She has held numerous offices in 4-H and FFA. After graduation, she plans to attend Iowa State University to study Food Science which will allow her to stay connected to the agriculture industry.  Brianna was part of the 4-H Dairy Judging program where she participated in national contests in Louisville, Kentucky; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and last year at Madison, Wisconsin.  At Madison, Brianna was the national winner in the Holstein division. Brianna observes that every 4-H event is now labeled as “my last” and stimulates periods of reflection on all that this organization has provided to her.  As she looks at the pictures in her old record books, she is reminded of the new struggles of each year as well as the unforgettable times of happiness.  4-H taught her to step outside of the boundaries, work extremely hard, serve others and…most of all, have fun.  Brianna is the recipient of the Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial 4-H Scholarship.

Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial 4-H Scholarship

Kolby Moore Photo Kolby is a senior at Platte Valley High School in Kersey where she is involved in student council, national honor society, knowledge bowl, FBLA, band, student government, volleyball and track. She is the daughter of David and Kirby Moore of Gill, and is a 9-year member of the New Horizons 4-H Club. Some of her projects included baking, clothing construction and horse. She has also served as an assistant coach for the Weld County 4-H Horse Judging program. During her project work, Kolby said she learned through her mistakes and that she could either quit or continue…and she chose to continue.   The most important part of 4-H to Kolby is the service she has been involved in throughout her community.  Her club would spend time on community service projects trying to make the lives of those around easier and happier. One example was sending boxes to the troops overseas, receiving thank you notes and photos in return.   Once she graduates, she plans to attend Colorado State University majoring in biomedical sciences.  She hopes to make connections with people in this field and procure internships and shadowing positions down the road with hopes of one day becoming a surgeon.   Kolby is the recipient of the Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial 4-H Scholarship.

2016 Scholarship Winners

Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship

Allison Schell Photo 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.  One of her goals is to one day become a 4-H leader. Allison is the recipient of the Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship.

Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship

Sydney Baumgartner Photo 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. Sydney is the recipient of the Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Leader's Council Scholarship

Ashley Terrell Photo 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. Ashley is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Leader’s Council 4-H Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Leader's Council Scholarship

Emily Harper Photo 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. Emily is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Leader’s Council 4-H Scholarship

Gene Inloes Memorial Livestock Judging Scholarship

Caitlyn Ochsner Photo 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.  She is the recipient of the Gene Inloes Memorial Livestock Judging Scholarship.

Dorothy Zabka Memorial Scholarship

Kayla Frink Photo Kayla is the daughter of Mike and Amy Frink of Eaton.  She graduated from Eaton High School and is currently a freshman at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling with plans to attend CSU to pursue a degree in Animal Science.  She is a 10-year member of Wyatt Ag 4-H club, where she participated in market & breeding sheep, cake decorating, knitting, and livestock judging. Softball was a favorite activity of Kayla’s during her high school career.  She is currently a member of the NJC livestock judging team. Kayla is the recipient of the Dorothy Martin Zabka Memorial Scholarship.

Norgren Family Scholarship

Sarah Cooksey Photo 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. Sarah is the recipient of the Norgren Family Scholarship.

Ben Wilson 4-H Scholarship

Taylor Dorsey Photo 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. Taylor is the recipient of the Ben Wilson 4-H Scholarship.

Martin Produce Scholarship

Topanga McBride Photo 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. Topanga is the recipient of the Martin Produce Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Family & Consumer Science Scholarship

Hannah Bott Photo 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.  Hannah is the recipient of Weld County 4-H Family & Consumer Science Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship

Brooke Hinojosa Photo 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.  Brooke is the recipient of a Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Jake Marvin Photo 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. Jake is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Lilly Kochevar Photo 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. Lilly is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship. 

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Morgan Patton Photo 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.  Morgan is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial 4-H Scholarship

Cody LeBlanc Photo 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.  Cody is the recipient of the Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial
4-H Scholarship.

Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial 4-H Scholarship

Molly Cooksey Photo 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. Molly is the recipient of the Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial 4-H Scholarship.

2015 Scholarship Winners

Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship

Lydia Bradley Photo Lydia is the daughter of Kenny Bradley of Ault.  She is a six-year member of High Plains Ag 4-H Club. Her projects included dogs, poultry and horses.  She is currently President of her 4-H Club. She says that being president has taught her various leadership skills that she can apply to her school life.  Lydia is a senior at Eaton High School and is the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper.  She also enjoys doing community service activities. Once she graduates Lydia plans to attend Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.  Lydia Bradley is the recipient of the Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship.

Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship

Abigail Nelson Photo Abigail is the daughter of Brian and Julie Nelson of Eaton.  She is a seven-year member of Hearts and Hands 4-H Cub. Her projects include foods and nutrition, and macramé.  4-H has taught her that if you work hard for something you will most likely be rewarded, and in the end, working hard is always worth it.  Abigail is a senior at Eaton High School.  Some of her activities include Key Club, Mutual Ministry Committee, and Children and Youth Board.  When Abigail graduates, she plans to attend Aims Community College with a career goal of Early Childhood Education.  Becoming a Preschool Teacher, she says, is a way she can help in shaping minds of young people.    Abigail is the recipient of the Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship

Weld County Leaders' Council Scholarship

Elizabeth Pfannebecker Photo Elizabeth is the daughter of Jarod and Suzanne Pfannebecker of LaSalle.  She is a three-year member of High Plains Ag 4-H Club. Her projects included Market and Breeding Beef.  Elizabeth is a senior at Platte Valley High School and participates in Softball, Basketball, Track, FFA and FCCLA.  She has is the class reporter, captain of the softball team, and serves on the prom committee. She is planning to attend Northeastern Junior College in Sterling pursuing a degree in Animal Science and Agricultural Business.  Elizabeth enjoys being involved in charity work and feels that her go-getter attitude has helped her through struggles and given her accomplishments in her life. She has learned many good qualities through 4-H and school activities that she believes will help her to be successful as an adult.  Elizabeth Pfannebecker is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Leader’s Council 4-H Scholarship.

Gene Inloes Memorial Livestock Judging Scholarship

Jaylinn Lohr Photo Jaylinn is the daughter of Mike and Nancy Lohr of Gill.  She was a10-year member of Countryside Ag 4-H Club. Her projects included clothing, Market Beef, sheep, goats, and hogs.  She also participated on the 4-H Livestock Judging Team. Of all the things she learned in 4-H she found leadership and citizenship to be very important, meaning that you take control of your own success and pass that knowledge on to other members.  Jaylinn is a sophomore at Northeastern Junior College working on a career goal in Elementary and Special Education. Growing up she wanted to be the person responsible for helping to grow, nurture and teach others the skills needed to reach their dreams. She wanted to be a teacher. Once she completes her first two years of college at Northeastern, she plans to further her education either at Chadron State College or Black Hills University to complete her degree in Elementary and Special education.  Jaylinn Lohr is the recipient of the Gene Inloes Memorial Livestock Judging Scholarship.

Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship

Morgan Cobb Photo Morgan is the daughter of Steve and Mickie Cobb of Eaton, both of whom sparked her interest in Agriculture and Dairy.  The initial spark was started by her mother who inspired Morgan’s love for horses. Her father’s dream of owning a dairy sparked her interest in the dairy industry she has able to build up her own herd, exhibiting many of them at local, state, and national shows.  Morgan is a 10-year member of the Wyatt 4-H Club and her projects Included horse, sewing, dog, Market goat and dairy cattle.  Being in 4-H has helped build many skills such as leadership, speaking, decision making and friendly competition. She is currently attending Colorado State University with a career goal of becoming a veterinarian.  In high school she was involved in FFA, volleyball, track and field, and student council.  Morgan is the recipient of the Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship.

Norgren Family Scholarship

Sarah Cooksey Photo The daughter of Jeff and Amy Cooksey, Sarah was raised on a farm in Roggen where saw the value and importance of agriculture at a young age.  She was undecided in her career path until her former Ag instructor showed her the many possibilities in Agriculture. As her excitement grew, she imagined herself teaching agriculture in the classroom. Sarah is currently a sophomore at Colorado State University, pursuing a career as a Vocational Agriculture Teacher. She says, “If I can light a fire in even just a few students, I 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.  She was a 14-year member of Magic Spurs 4-H Club.  Her projects included Market and Breeding beef, artistic clothing, and foods and nutrition.  Sarah Cooksey is the recipient of the Norgren Family Scholarship.

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Zach Marvin Photo Zach Marvin is the son of Robert and Claudia Marvin and grew up on a small farm southeast of Ft Lupton. As a 12-year member of the Keene 4-H Boosters Club, he participated in many projects including shooting sports, woodworking, market and breeding goats, dairy cattle and restoration.  Zach is currently a freshman at the University of Wyoming working on a mechanical engineer degree.  As a student at the university, he continues to participate in shooting activities, going hunting with friends and participating in turkey shoots and trap shooting.  Zach Marvin is the recipient of the Ben Wilson 4-H Scholarship.

Martin Produce Scholarship

Taylor Dorsey Photo Taylor is the daughter of Dustin and Kim Dorsey of Eaton, where she was raised around cattle all her life. She is a senior at Eaton High School where she is a member of the National Honor Society, FFA, Swim Team and Prom Committee. She is an 8-year member of Country Boots and Skirts 4-H Club.  Her projects included Breeding and Market beef and Market Swine. She has also participated in many community service projects.  After graduation, Taylor will be attending CSU pursuing a major in Animal Science and a minor in Agricultural Business.  She feels that with the knowledge she gains from her studies she could accomplish anything she sets her mind to and hopes one day to have her own business. She has an early start with her line of handcrafted jewelry called “Taylor Maru Designs.”  Taylor Dorsey is the recipient of the Martin Produce Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Family & Consumer Science Scholarship

Erin Zimbelman Photo Erin is the daughter of Leroy and Jill Zimbelman of Keenesburg.  Erin is a senior at Weld Central High School and taking college courses at Morgan Community College.  She will be receiving her associate degree before getting her high school diploma.  She is planning to get her master’s degree in child therapy, as she loves working with kids.  Erin is a 12-year member of Magic Spurs 4-H Club. Her projects included Decorate your Duds and Home Environment.  She also participated in the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus program. Erin is on the Weld Central Dance Team, a member of the Honor Society, Drama Club, Knowledge Bowl and Student Council.  She appreciates little details that other people often overlook and knows better than to sweat the small stuff.   Erin Zimbelman is the recipient of Weld County 4-H Family & Consumer Science Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship

Jenna Frink Photo Jenna is the daughter of Mike and Amy Frink of Eaton and a nine-year member of the Wyatt 4-H Club.  Her projects include Market and Breeding Sheep and knitting.  Jenna is a senior at Highland High School where she is a member of National Honor Society and FFA.  She has also competed in high school softball, basketball and track and field. When she graduates, Jenna is planning to attend Colorado State University and work on a major in Animal Science and Agricultural Business. Through her livestock showing and judging activities in 4-H and FFA, she has developed a passion for production agriculture.  She is uncertain about the precise niche that will allow her to be the most effective contributor to the future success in the field of agriculture but feels CSU will be the ideal environment to explore different aspects of the industry.  As a result of her 4-H involvement, Jenna has gained many leadership and citizenship skills and learned the importance of giving back to your community.   Jenna is the recipient of a Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Keisha Patterson Photo Keisha is the daughter of Tom and Renae Patterson of Fort Lupton.  She is a nine-year member of Tailtwisters 4-H Club. Her projects included Restoration, Market poultry, Market goat, Market beef and photography.  Keisha held several officer positions in her club, including President and Vice President.  Keisha notes that her club has been very active in community service clubs.  Two special projects completed last year included Warm Hearts Warm Babies, where they make blankets for children and families in the hospital; and Fantasy Flight where they partnered with United Airlines where sick children are brought to the airport for an encounter with Santa Claus.  Keisha is a freshman at Metropolitan State University of Denver.  Her goal is to graduate in 2018, majoring in Hospitality with a focus on Hotel Management.   Keisha is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Jaydee Johnston Photo Jaydee is the son of Donald and Rita Johnston of Grover.  He is a senior at Pawnee High School and is involved in FFA, National Honor Society, Student Council, Football, basketball, track and field, choir and band.  He is a 12-year member of Grover Guys and Gals 4-H Club. His many diverse projects included Breeding and Market goats, Leathercraft, pocket pets, Market swine, and Weeds, to name a few. He has volunteered at the “Operation Christmas Child” packing center in Denver and for 2 years spoke or sang at the Memorial Day Services at the Briggsdale Cemetery.  Jaydee is looking forward to the next step in his life and the opportunities that lay ahead.  Having the opportunity to   grow up in the 4-H program, Jaydee is confident he has chosen a good path. Upon graduation, Jaydee will be attending the University of Wyoming.  Even though undecided in the area of his career goal, he has a goal of getting a degree in an agricultural related field.  Jaydee is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship. 

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

John Sponaugle Photo John is the son of Rick and Teresa Sponaugle of Greeley.  He is a senior in the Colorado Heritage Education School System. His many activities include NRA Youth Education Summit, Heritage Chorale, and Platte Valley High School Varsity Athletics.  He is a 10-year member of the Box Elder Ag 4-H Club.  His projects included Shooting Sports, Dog, Leadership, Market Goats, and foods and nutrition. John is a member of the AWANA Clubs International, attended the Rocky Mountain Honors Camp and was a Greeley History Museum volunteer. He received the “Dedicated Jr. Volunteer Award” logging more than 200 hours of volunteer time, which included working on museum exhibits and archives, and as a demonstrator of History Fest and Baby Animal Days.  John is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial Scholarship

Phillip Kelly Photo Phillip is the son of David and Sharon Kelly of Johnstown.  He is a senior at Roosevelt High School where he participates in Theatre, Knowledge Bowl, Science Club and Drama Club.  After Graduation, Phillip will be attending either the University of Wyoming or the University of Denver to pursue a career goal in Chemistry. He says, “It is one of the oldest branches of science, with a star-studded lineage.  The opportunities for learning are endless as are the career opportunities.  Phillip is an 11-year member of Calico ‘n Jeans 4-H Club.  His projects included Shooting Sports, Wildlife, model rocketry, cake decorating, woodworking, and Photography to name a few. He is very active in the United Methodist Church as a member of the Youth Group, a VBS Volunteer and is the Power Point Operator during the Worship Service.  He is also a member of the National Honor Society and actively participates in Community Service projects.  Phillip is the recipient of the Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial 4-H Scholarship.

Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial Scholarship

Susanne Sutton Photo Susanne is the daughter of Douglas and Lauri Sutton of Pierce.  Being involved in 4-H and FFA has shown Susanne the great importance of the agricultural industry in our country. She is a senior at Briggsdale High School and is involved in FFA, FCCA, National Honor Society, Student Council, Drama, Basketball, track and field, and Choir.  When Susanne graduates, she will be attending Northwest College in Powell, WY to pursue a career goal in Agricultural Business-banking.  Once she finishes her associate degree, she would like to pursue and Agricultural Economics degree to continue broadening her understanding of the different factors that affect agricultural enterprises.  She is a 13-year member of the Crow Creek 4-H Club. Among the many diverse projects, she’s taken have been: Visual Arts and Entrepreneurship, Gardening, home environment, weeds, poultry, rocketry, and dog.  She was also a participant in the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus program. She loves to sing blue grass songs at senior activities and nursing homes and is a part of a church community serving as a leader in the Youth Group.  Susanne is the recipient of the Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Memorial 4-H Scholarship.

2014 Scholarship Winners

Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Scholarship

Brett Arnusch Photo Brett is the son of Marc and Jill Arnusch of Keenesburg and is the 4th generation to work on the family farm.  He has enjoyed all 12 years of his 4-H experience and has grown as an individual in many different ways.  Brett states: “4-H has not only taught me leadership and citizenship, but has given me a new perspective on life”.  One thing that Brett plans to do is learn more about commodity marketing and how these tools can be used to best limit risk within agriculture.  He would like to bring back and help apply what he learns to the family farm.   Brett plans on attending the Northeastern Junior College in Sterling and major in Agricultural Business and Marketing.  Brett is the recipient of the Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family 4-H Scholarship.

Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family Scholarship

Topanga McBride Photo Topanga grew up on a dairy farm and has been active in agriculture her whole life.  She is the daughter of Scott and Shani McBride from Severance.  Topanga realizes that in today’s society, people don’t understand the vital role of farming and ranching but that they do want to know where their food comes from.  She’ll take her passion for agriculture and writing and pursue an Agriculture Communications degree at Kansas State University, which she can use to help her to educate the urban communities about agriculture.  As a 10-year member of the Severance 4-H Club, Topanga has taken Vet Science, Dairy Cattle, Market Swine, and Foods and Nutrition projects.  She enjoyed her experiences in Citizenship Washington Focus and leadership in her club. Topanga is the recipient of the Paul & Jean Hoshiko Family 4-H Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Christopher Bandy Photo After considering several different career options, Christopher decided that Construction Management would be the best fit for him.  This field combines several of Christopher’s interests which include engineering, interacting with people and money management.  Christopher plans to attend Colorado State University to pursue a degree in Construction Management.  He is the son of Richard and Kariann Bandy from Johnstown and is a 10-year member of Calico ‘N Jeans 4-H Club.  His 4-H projects include Foods and Nutrition, Cake Decorating, Model Rocketry, Woodworking, Leathercraft, Financial Champions and Small Engines.  Christopher states: “My future success, at college and beyond, will be in part because of my 4-H experiences and lessons learned through my years involved in 4-H”.  Christopher is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship. 

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Morgan Krause Photo Morgan has always wanted to become a doctor.  Her dream is to help people and someday to become a Heart Surgeon.  Morgan will begin her journey by becoming a nurse and then go on to medical school to become a Cardiologist.   She is a 7-year member of High Plains Ag 4-H Club and says that 4-H helped shape her into the person she is today.  Some of her favorite activities with 4-H are community service projects, leadership opportunities and being a role model for the younger members of her club.  Her projects include Leadership, Breeding and Market Beef.  With skills she learned in 4-H, Morgan has served five years as a Greeley Youth Commissioner.  She is the daughter of Christopher Krause and Kelly Bernhardt from Greeley.  Morgan will be attending the University of Northern Colorado.  Morgan is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Ben Trupp Photo Ben is the son of Kerry and Debbie Trupp from Roggen.  He is interested in the field of Crop and Soil Sciences with its rapidly growing technology and research.  He plans on learning everything he can and come back to the family farm to implement and share his knowledge.  As a 12-year member of Magic Spurs 4-H, Ben has been involved in Market Beef, Swine, Sheep, and Goats, Woodworking, Foods and Nutrition, and Dog projects.  The projects Ben chose to take have taught him a lot about money management and responsibility.  Further, Ben states that 4-H has “taught me leadership, responsibility, sportsmanship, patience, courage and how to have fun”.  Ben plans to attend Northeastern Junior College in Sterling and major in Crop and Soil Science.  Ben Trupp is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship. 

Weld County Family & Consumer Science Scholarship

Tyler Santeramo Photo Tyler is the son of Scott and Brechen Santeramo from Johnstown and is a 12-year member of the Calico ‘N Jeans 4-H club.  Tyler says that through 4-H he has gained confidence, become a better speaker and strengthened his leadership skills.  In his club he has held the offices of Secretary, Vice President and President and has served on the Weld County 4-H CWF Steering Committee.  Tyler states: “One lesson I learned about citizenship is contributing to my community, giving back by giving my time”.   His projects included Market Lambs and Swine, Entomology, Photography, Electricity, and Foods and Nutrition.  Tyler will be attending Colorado State University.  He is undecided in what to major in; however, he has many different interests that he is exploring such as Music Composition, Journalism, or Sports and Exercise Science.  Tyler is the recipient of Weld County 4-H Family & Consumer Science Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship

Morgan Cobb Photo Morgan’s interest in agriculture stems from her mom and dad.  Her mother sparked her interest in horses and her father inspired “a burning passion for agriculture” though her dairy project.  Through her animal projects and working with Dr. Tim Thompson, Morgan realized her passion for animals and decided that a career in Veterinary Medicine was for her.  She plans to attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado to pursue that interest. Morgan is the daughter of Steve and Mickie Cobb of Eaton and is a 10-year member of Wyatt Ag 4-H Club.  Through 4-H, Morgan has grown by building several skills such as leadership, speaking, decision making, and friendly competition” Morgan plans on staying involved in 4-H and help others with an interest in Dairy.  Morgan is the recipient of a Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship.

Martin Produce Scholarship

Makenzie Hatch Photo McKenzie is the daughter of KC and Tammy Hatch from Kersey.  As an 11-year member of the Box Elder Ag 4-H Club, McKenzie was involved in Woodworking, Clothing, Market Lambs, Breeding and Market Goats, and Market Beef projects.  4-H helped her gain many life skills while learning the importance of community service.  She enjoyed participating in the 4-H Meats Judging program and has a true passion for the meat industry.  McKenzie is a sophomore at the University of Wyoming majoring in Meat Science and is currently working at the on-campus meats lab.  Someday, she says, she would like to be able to create something unique for the meat industry.  McKenzie is the recipient of the Martin Produce Company Scholarship.

Norgren Family Scholarship

Kristin Schmidt Photo Kristin is the daughter of Marty & Cathi Schmidt from Greeley.  She recognizes that 4-H has many opportunities for everyone and has grown by the development of her projects, acquisition of leadership skills and participation in citizenship projects. As an 11-year member of Galeton 4-H, Kristen has been involved in a variety of projects including:  Cake Decorating, Decorate Your Duds, Veterinary Science, Horses, and Foods & Nutrition.  She was also a member of the Weld County Horse Bowl, Hippology and Horse Judging Teams.  Kristen is a sophomore at Colorado State University where she is pursuing a career in Agricultural Marketing and Public Relations.  Kristin says that by becoming an effective agriculture communicator she will be able to invest her time, treasurers, and talents in relationships and programs that will bridge the gap between producers and consumers.  Kristen is the recipient of the Norgren Family 4-H Scholarship.

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Marissa Bartmann Photo Marissa is the daughter of Milt & Coleen Bartmann and grew up on the family farm near Windsor.  An active 11-year member of the Horse Whisperer’s 4-H Club, Marissa participated in Horse Judging and Hippology and the Market & Breeding Goats, Vet Science, Market Sheep, Horse and Dairy Cattle projects.  Currently, Marissa is a junior at New Mexico State University, where she is double majoring in Agricultural Business and Economics, and is a varsity member of the Women’s Equitation Team.   Her 4-H career taught her many lessons including how to make choices, weigh decisions carefully, responsibility and a strong work ethic.   She hopes to be able to promote the importance of agriculture and believes continuing her education in this field will be the best way to do so.  Marissa is the recipient of the Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship.

Weld County Leaders' Council Scholarship

Kiesha Patterson Photo When Keisha joined 4-H she was really shy.  Throughout her nine years in 4-H, she has definitely come out of her shell.  Keisha realizes that an officer needs leadership in order to run meetings, organize events and to coordinate the members in the different tasks for events.  She has held the offices of Historian, Reporter and Vice President and has learned that “officers are the go-to people for the kids and the adults for any questions, concerns or advice”.  As a member of Tailtwisters 4-H Keisha has been involved in many projects including: Poultry, Market Goats, Market Beef and Restoration.  Keisha is the daughter of Thomas and Renae Patterson from Fort Lupton.  Keisha will be attending Metropolitan State University pursuing a degree in Athletic Training.  She looks forward to a career as an Athletic Trainer and helping others.  Keisha Patterson is the recipient of the Weld County Leaders Council 4-H Scholarship.

Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship

Jaynee Halverson Photo Jaynee is the daughter of Matt and Vicki Halverson from LaSalle.  Jaynee will be attending Colorado State University pursuing a degree as a Large Animal Veterinarian.  She looks forward to a career as a veterinarian and opening her own practice within five years after receiving her doctorate. 4-H has taught Jaynee that determination and hard work pays off.  She is always in search of a great community service project and enjoys giving back to the community.  As an 8-year member of Valley Ag and Horse Whisperers 4-H Clubs, Jaynee has worked hard to achieve her dreams.  Through different experiences, she understands the importance of dedication and cooperation.  Jaynee’s projects included Horse and Dairy.  Jaynee is the recipient of the Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship

Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship

Bryson Whistance Photo Bryson is the son of Mike and Rhonda Whistance from Hudson.  An active 10-year member of Magic Spurs 4-H Club, Bryson’s diverse projects included Dogs, Market Lambs, Market Swine, Market Goats and Woodworking.  “4-H was one of the clubs that was important in guiding and equipping me with skills to become an independent, self-motivated, hard-working adult.” Bryson has a strong background in agriculture, science and math.  He wants to use his skills by pursuing a degree in engineering with a minor in geology at Cornell College in Iowa.  Bryson would like to work in the petroleum industry after graduation.  Bryson is the recipient of the Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship and the Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship.

2013 Scholarship Winners

Kenneth & Clarice Memorial Scholarship

Brandon Lind Photo As a 12-year member of the Horse Whisperers 4-H Club, Brandon began as a cloverbud and has taken Horse and Shooting Sports. When his horse, Missy, became injured and unable to show, Brandon stepped up to help at the horse show.  Because of this experience he has grown exponentially in leadership and citizenship. With hard work, perseverance, and help from others, Missy has made a full recovery. Brandon is the son of Dave and Tammie Lind of Eaton, Colorado. He has a passion for math and science Brandon wants to pursue a mathematical career; the question is what career? As a junior in high school, he took an AP Chemistry class, which challenged and intrigued him. Because of the challenging chemistry class, Brandon has decided to study Chemical Engineering. He plans to attend South Dakotas School of Mines in the fall. Brandon Lind is the recipient of the Kenneth & Clarice Memorial Scholarship.

Weld County Leaders' Council Scholarship

Cassidy Rupple Photo 4-H has taught Cassidy that each of us is responsible for giving back to their community, an important aspect of being a good citizen.  As a 10 year member of Magic Spurs 4-H Club Cassidy has worked hard to achieve her dreams.  She has learned how to lead others and work as a team on different projects.  Through different experiences, she understands the importance of dedication and cooperation.  Cassidy’s diverse projects included things such as Breeding & Market Beef, Decorate Your Duds, Cake Decorating, Clothing, Foods and Nutrition, Scrapbooking and Market Swine.  The daughter of Corey and Lisa Rupple of Wiggins, Colorado; Cassidy will be attending Morgan Community College pursuing a degree in Nursing. She looks forward to a career in the medical field and looks forward to helping others.  Cassidy Rupple is the recipient of the Weld County Leaders Council 4-H Scholarship.

Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship

Heath Long Photo Heath Long grew up in a strong agricultural community and has a passion for agriculture.  When he started his 10-year membership with Box Elder Ag, he did not want to take the same project, beef, as his older brother.  So, Heath chose to show pygmy and market goats.  A few years later, he added beef as a project which his parents and brother helped him with the cattle.  Market and Breeding Beef is Heath’s only projects.  When he was 15, Heath wanted to show cattle year-round.  Since then, his passion for agriculture has grown.  Heath is the son of Steve and Tami Long of Kersey, Colorado.  He also wants to follow in his family footsteps of engineering.  With a passion for agriculture and the family history of engineers, Heath has discovered a way to combine these two passions by becoming an Agricultural Engineer.  Heath is determined “to be able to create something that will help better the worlds technology, production, or maintenance” in agriculture.  Heath Long is the recipient of the Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Family & Consumer Science Scholarship

Kaitlyn Bandy Photo Kaitlyn plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at the University of Northern Colorado. After working in this field, she would like to continue her education to earn a master's degree in special education.  Kaitlyn’s dream is to become a first-grade teacher.  As a special education teacher, “I believe I have the patience and passion for working with these students”.  A nine-year member of the Calico ‘N Jeans 4-H club, Kaitlyn is the daughter of Richard and Kariann Bandy of Johnstown, Colorado.   Kaitlyn says that through 4-H she has developed new talents, gained confidence, become a better speaker and leader and most importantly learned that she can make a positive difference in the world around her. Her projects included Cake Decorating, Scrapbooking, Woodworking, Photography, Foods & Nutrition, and Home Environment. Kaitlyn Bandy is the recipient of Weld County 4-H Family & Consumer Science Scholarship.

Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship

Kira Shupe Photo Kira is the daughter of Randolph and Cindi Shupe of Greeley, Colorado.  An active 10-year member of New Horizons 4-H Club, Kira’s diverse projects included Clothing, Dogs, Rabbits, Photography, Cake Decorating and Shooting Sports.  Once Kira graduated from high school in 2012, she spent a summer working as a volunteer at Orphanage Emmanuel in  Guaimaca Honduras and is planning on returning this summer.   Because of her experience at Orphanage Emmanuel, Kira has decided to major in Spanish with a minor in music.  Kira is currently attending Front Range Community College but will transfer to the University of Northern Colorado to complete her studies.  She hopes to obtain a full-time position at Orphanage Emmanuel or a position in Greeley as a bilingual employee.  Kira keeps busy taking photos through her business, Kira Ellen Photography, and teaching piano lessons.  Kira Shupe is the recipient of the Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship.

Martin Produce Scholarship

Kyndal Reitzenstein Photo Kyndal is the daughter of Mark & Kaye Reitzenstein and grew up on her family’s ranch near Kersey, Colorado.  One of Kyndal’s favorite quotes is “hard work always pays off”.  She realizes that “to achieve any dream, hard work must be utilized”.  An active member of High Plains Ag 4-H; friendships, leadership & responsibility are only a few of the things that she gained through her years of membership.  Kyndal participated in many 4-H activities including the current National Champion Livestock Judging Team.  Her varied projects included Market & Breeding Beef, Horse, Market Swine, Cake Decorating and Foods & Nutrition.  Kyndal is attending Redlands Community College in El Reno, Oklahoma where she plans to pursue her dream of becoming a large animal veterinarian.  Kyndal Reitzenstein is the recipient of the Martin Produce Scholarship.

Paul Hoshiko Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Lyndee Johnston Photo Lyndee is the daughter of Donald & Rita Johnston of Grover, Colorado.  She has always liked math and art.  Lyndee is constantly doodling something on a piece of paper.  At first, she thought about a career in architect.  Then, she visited the University of Wyoming and visited the Architectural Engineering department.  Lyndee states this degree “really felt like the right fit for me, combining my interests in architecture and math”.  Lyndee plans on attending the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming.  As a 12-year member of Grover Guys and Gals Club, Sarah has been involved in many diverse projects including:  Cloverbuds, Clothing, Decorate Your Duds, Leathercraft, Scrapbooking, Cake Decorating, Market and Breeding Goats, Breeding Rabbits, and Visual Arts.  She enjoys doing community service and helping the younger 4-H members grow.  Lyndee Johnston is the recipient of the Paul Hoshiko, Jr. Memorial 4-H Scholarship.

Norgren Family Scholarship

Marissa Bartmann Photo Marissa, the daughter of Milt & Coleen Bartmann, grew up on the family farm in Windsor, Colorado.  An active 11-year member of Horse Whisperer’s 4-H Club, Marissa participated in many 4-H programs and projects including Horse Judging and Hippology as well as projects in Horse, Market & Breeding Goats, Vet Science, Market Sheep and Dairy Cattle.  Currently, Marissa is a junior at New Mexico State University, where she is double majoring in Agricultural Business and Agricultural Communications and is a varsity member of the Women’s Equitation Team.  Her 4-H career has taught her many lessons including how to make choices, and weigh decisions carefully, as well as developing self-reliance, responsibility and a strong work ethic.  She hopes to be able to promote the importance of agriculture and believes continuing her education in this field will be the best way to do so.  Marissa Bartmann is the recipient of the Norgren Family 4-H Scholarship.

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Megan Seltzer Photo Since Megan was a little girl, she has had the desire to become a teacher.  She would line up her stuffed animals or the dogs and teach to them.  The first year Megan took agricultural education class, she knew that she wanted to become an Agricultural Education Instructor.  Show season is Megan’s favorite time of year, not only because she is passionate about showing livestock, but because she enjoys helping her fellow showmen and 4-H members improve their own skills.  Megan is the daughter of Tim & Jennifer Seltzer of Briggsdale; she is attending Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, CO and majoring in Agriculture Education. She is the recipient of the Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Patty Esch Photo Patty “believes in following her dreams without fear and without regret”.  She dreams big and would someday like to be an astronaut.  Patty had the opportunity to take an engineering class in high school and really enjoyed the class.  Because of this class, Patty wants to become a Biomedical Engineer.  She can help people by developing projects that will “help people all over the world live fuller, healthier lives”.  Patty is a 10-year member of Valley Ag 4-H Club, she says that 4-H has been a huge part of her life, and helped to shape her into the person she is today.  Some of her favorite activities with 4-H are community service projects and being a role model for the younger members of her club.  Her projects in Photography, Scrapbooking, Cake Decorating, Foods & Nutrition, Decorate Your Duds, Market Sheep, Consumer Savvy, Global Citizenship and Outdoor Adventure have taught her many lessons including responsibility, leadership, and public speaking.  The daughter of Raymond and Melinda Esch of Platteville, Colorado, she is undecided where she will peruse her biomedical engineering degree.  Patricia Esch is the recipient of the           Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship

Sara Cooksey Photo Sarah remembers her first day of kindergarten.  She had her outfit picked out, her backpack ready and was nervous.  Her kindergartner teacher was the one welcoming face to put her at ease.  Sarah is excited to become an elementary teacher to “help the children learn and excel with the basic skills that they will need for the rest of their lives”.  She plans to attend the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado.  Sarah is the daughter of Jeff and Amy Cooksey of Roggen, Colorado and a 12-year member of Magic Spurs 4-H Club.  Through her 4-H membership, Sarah has had a chance to make a difference in her community through numerous service projects.  Her 4-H projects have included Cloverbuds, Market and Breeding Beef, Decorate Your Duds, and Foods & Nutrition.  Sarah says, “having accountabilities with the projects taken through 4-H matures members so they can be prepared for life”.  Sarah Cooksey is the recipient of a Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Sarah Marvin Photo Sarah is the daughter of Robert & Claudia Marvin of Fort Lupton, Colorado.  She states: “Agriculture has provided for this world and my Country for hundreds of years”.  This deep passion for Agriculture has led Sarah to pursue a career in Agriculture Communications and eventually complete a law degree.  She wants to pursue a job in Washington D.C.  She plans to attend Casper College in Casper, Wyoming.  As a 10-year member of Keene 4-H Boosters Club, Sarah has been involved in many diverse projects including:  Child Development, Decorate Your Duds, Market Swine, Breeding and Market Beef, Market Goats and Shooting Sports.  She enjoys doing community service and helping other 4-H members.  Sarah believes by participating in community service “has started a chain reaction of good deeds that only make this Nation better”.  Sarah Marvin is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Wilson Ogg Photo Wilson has always enjoyed math and science.  He has found a way to use his math and science skills to become a Mechanical/Hydraulic Engineer.  Wilson states he “enjoys the problem-solving aspect of the engineering field that continues to make life easier for consumers and producers alike”.  Wilson’s 4-H career began by helping his older siblings with their livestock projects.  So, when he was old enough to join, he showed a lamb and a bottle calf.  Since then, his flock and herd have grown.  Wilson is a 10-year member of Box Elder Ag 4-H Club.  His projects include Market and Breeding Sheep, Market and Breeding Beef, and Market Hogs.  The son of Bill and Patty Ogg of Ault, Colorado, Wilson wants to attend a Junior College first and then transfer to Colorado State University or Oklahoma State University to finish his degree in engineering.  Wilson Ogg is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

2012 Scholarship Winners

Weld County 4-H Foundation and Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarships

Adele Cass Photo After pondering the age-old question, “What do I want to be when I grow up?” Adele Cass came to the conclusion that what matters most to her in life is family, which is why she chose to pursue a career in nursing, specializing in obstetrics & gynecology, because the life of a child is the greatest gift.  She plans to attend Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota.  Currently a student at Pawnee High School, Adele is the daughter of Jim & Karen Cass of Hereford Colorado and an 11-year member of Grover Guys and Gals.  Through her 4-H membership, Adele has had a chance to make a difference in her community through numerous service projects.  Her 4-H projects have included Swine, Dairy, Sheep, Woodworking, Decorate Your Duds and Scrapbooking.  Adele says that through 4-H she has become a better, stronger, more capable young woman that is ready to continue making a difference in the world around her.  Adele Cass is the recipient of a Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship and the Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Amy Carlson Photo Amy Carlson plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree at the University of Northern Colorado; after working in this field, she would like to continue her education to become a surgical nurse or a physicians’ assistant.  Her ideal future would be to live in a rural community and provide medical services, while enjoying a life based in agriculture.  A 9-year member of the Magic Spurs 4-H club Amy is the daughter of Ken & Jodi Carlson, Amy grew up in a “4-H Family” in Roggen, Colorado.  4-H has been a big influence in her life, making her a stronger, more capable person with better leadership skills.  Her projects included Market Beef, Market Sheep, and Cake Decorating.   Amy Carlson is the recipient of a Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Ben Wilson Memorial 4-H Scholarship

Deeona Johnston Photo 4-H has taught Deeona that each of us is responsible for giving back to their community, an important aspect of being a good citizen.  As a 10-year member of Grover Guys and Gals 4-H club Deeona learned many lessons and is grateful for all of the leaders, volunteers and extensions agents who influenced her along the way.  Her diverse projects included things such as Breeding & Market goats, Breeding Rabbits, Photography and Pocket Pets.  The daughter of Donald & Rita Johnston of Grover, Colorado; Deeona is currently a freshman at University of Nebraska pursuing a degree in Agri-Business. She hopes to become a Chiropractor, as well as complete a training program to become a chiropractor for animals.  Deeona Johnston is the recipient of the Ben Wilson Memorial 4-H Scholarship

Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship

Jaci Corliss Photo Inspired by her grandmother, Jaci Corliss has decided to pursue a degree in Nursing, with her dream to someday work in an emergency room or trauma center, as well as to work with the Red Cross in a third world country.  Jaci is a 10-year member of Centennial Clovers 4-H, she says that 4-H has been a huge part of her life, and helped to shape her into the person she is today.  Some of her favorite activities with 4-H are community service projects, teaching her how important it is to help out the less fortunate.  Her projects in Gardening, Crops, Vet Science, Scrapbooking and Market Swine have taught her many lessons including responsibility, leadership, and public speaking.  Jaci says that being responsible is key to any farm girl’s life.  The daughter of Doug & Jodi Corliss of Kersey Colorado, she plans to attend Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas.  Jaci Corliss is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship.

Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship

Jenna Pralle Photo Jenna attends Weld Central High School, she is the daughter of Craig & Sondra Pralle of Hudson, Colorado.  Jenna has shown Market Lambs & Hogs for a number of years; she believes that her membership in the Magic Spurs 4-H Club has taught her many lessons, including financial responsibilities and care and management basics.  Jenna’s most memorable 4-H experience was Citizenship Washington Focus.  She would like to continue to be involved in 4-H by volunteering and through leadership in her home, community, country and world.  Having grown up in rural community Jenna believes that agriculture is a strong part of her past and would like to keep it in her future.  She plans to attend Colorado State University, studying to be a Petroleum and Chemical Engineer.   Jenna Pralle is the recipient of the Kenneth and Clarice Benson Memorial   Scholarship.

Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship

Jessica Vilella Photo As a 9-year member of the Hudson Shamrocks 4-H Club, Jessica has had many opportunities to develop her passion for animals, these experiences have led her to enroll at Colorado State University to begin her pursuit of a degree in Veterinarian Medicine in the fall of 2012.   The daughter of Gerry & Sherri Haffner, Jessica lives in Hudson, Colorado.  Her 4-H projects have included Market Lambs & Goats, Breeding Goats, Market Beef, Scrapbooking & Cake Decorating. During her years in 4-H Jessica has learned many things, but the most important is that hard work pays off in the end.  She also believes that if you are not a leader, you are a follower; the accomplishment that she is most proud of is helping youth to gain knowledge.    Jessica Villela is the recipient of the Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship.

Paul Hoshiko Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Kristin Schmidt Photo Kristin is the daughter of Marty & Cathi Schmidt of Greeley, Colorado.  She states: “As a 4-H member, my successes cannot be measured by the number of plaques, ribbons or trophies I have won, but rather how I have grown as an individual through my involvement with 4-H.  As a 9-year member of Galeton 4-H Kristen has been involved in many diverse projects including:  Cake Decorating, Decorate Your Duds, Veterinary Science, Horses, Foods & Nutrition and Agriculture Mechanics.  She has also been a member of the Weld County Horse Bowl, Hippology and Horse Judging Teams.  Kristen plans to attend West Texas A&M University where she will pursue a career in Agriculture Communications and hopes to eventually complete doctorate work that will allow her to teach at the University level.  Kristen Schmidt is the recipient of the Paul Hoshiko, Jr. Memorial 4-H Scholarship. 

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Kyndal Reitzenstein Photo Kyndal is the daughter of Mark & Kaye Reitzenstein and grew up on her family’s ranch near Kersey, Colorado.  The most important lesson that Kyndal has learned through her 4-H years is that “it doesn’t matter how many shows you’ve won, or how much you sold a calf for, but rather who you’ve met and what you’ve learned along the way”.  An active member of High Plains Ag 4-H; friendships, leadership & responsibility are only a few of the things that she gained through her years of membership.  Kyndal participated in many 4-H activities including the current National Champion Livestock Judging Team.  Her varied projects included Market & Breeding Beef, Horse, Market Swine, Cake Decorating and Baking.  Kyndal plans to attend Redlands Community College in El Reno, Oklahoma where she plans to pursue her dream of becoming a large animal veterinarian.  Kyndal Reitzenstein is the recipient of a Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Norgren Family Scholarship

Marissa Bartmann Photo Marissa Bartmann, the daughter of Milt & Coleen Bartmann, grew up on the family farm in Windsor, Colorado.  An active 11 year member of Horse Whisperer’s 4-H Club, Marissa participated in many 4-H programs and projects including Horse Judging and Hippology as well as projects in Horse, Market & Breeding Goats, Vet Science, Market Sheep and Dairy Cattle.  Currently, Marissa is a freshman at New Mexico State University, where she is majoring in Agricultural Business and is a varsity member of the Women’s Equitation Team.  Her 4-H career has taught her many lessons including how to make choices, and weigh decisions carefully, as well as developing self reliance, responsibility and a strong work ethic.   She hopes to be able to promote the importance of agriculture and believes continuing her education in this field will be the best way to do so.  Marissa Bartmann is the recipient of the Norgren Family 4-H Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Family & Consumer Science Scholarship

Megan Seltzer Photo Show season is Megan’s favorite time of year, not only because she is passionate about showing livestock, but because she enjoys helping her fellow showmen and 4-H members improve their own skills.  Megan is the daughter of Tim & Jennifer Seltzer of Briggsdale, she plans to attend Tarelton State University in Stephenville, Texas majoring in Agriculture Education & Communications.  As a 13-year member of Crow Creek 4-H Club, Megan has had many successful projects including Market & Breeding Goats, Horse, Home Environment, Scrapbooking, Vet Science, and Decorate Your Duds.  Megan’s favorite 4-H activities outside of her projects include speech contests and her participation on the Weld County Horse Judging, Hippology and Horse Bowl Teams.  4-H has taught Megan to be the best that she can be in everything that she does.  Megan Seltzer is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Family Consumer and Science Scholarship.

Martin Produce Scholarship

Taylor Hett Photo “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game”.  This quote gives you an idea of the person that Taylor is a determined young woman who doesn’t need things to be “easy”; just possible.  Her dreams include attending Colorado State University majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Special Needs Communications.  Hoping that these goals will help her to establish a unique livestock-based program that will allow the dreams of special needs children to become reality.  Her 10 years as a member of the Hudson Shamrocks has allowed her to develop many attributes including responsibility, community service, public speaking & leadership, while giving her an opportunity to make friends across the country.  Her projects include Market Swine & Breeding & Market Beef.  Taylor is the daughter of Jim Hett of Roggen Colorado & Karen Hett of Wiggins Colorado and is the recipient of the Martin Produce Company Scholarship.

2011 Scholarship Winners

Norgren Family Scholarship

Aaron Helus Photo Aaron graduated in 2007 from Platte Valley High School and is currently attending the University of Wyoming for Agriculture Education.  His parents are Ron and Karen Helus of Kersey.  In 4-H, Aaron was a 10 year Box Elder Ag 4-H member.  He participated in various projects including, market lambs, breeding sheep, market goats, breeding goats, and dairy goats.  He won Reserve Champion Market Goat at the National Western Stock Show in 2000.  4-H taught Aaron leadership skills, how to make a difference in his community, and good organization.  For two years Aaron has been a project leader and Citizenship Washington Focus Chaperone.  Aaron is the recipient of the Norgren Family 4-H Scholarship.

Youth Executive Council Scholarship

Ashley Karns Photo Ashley’s parents are Mark and Caren Karns of La Salle.  Her 4-H career started with the desire to reach out to her community.  Within her club, she served as Vice-president for two years and is currently the president.  These positions have allowed her to interact with the other members of her club and improve her leadership skills.  Ashley has participated in shooting sports and in the Youth Executive Council.  Ashley attends Valley High School where she participates in the marching band, FFA, knowledge bowl, NHS, and Parliamentary Procedure.  She plans to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma to study nursing.  Ashley is the recipient of Youth Executive Council Leadership Award.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Brandon Fritz Photo Brandon is the son of Steven and Julianne Fritz of Greeley.  He attends Eaton High School where he will graduate from in May.  He is a member of the Eaton FFA Chapter, FBLA, National Honor Society, and has participated in football, basketball, track, and cross country.  Brandon served as vice president of his 4-H club, Country Boots and Skirts, from 2006 to 2009.  In 4-H, he also showed cattle and was involved with 4-H livestock judging.  Brandon plans to obtain a degree from the University of Wyoming in pre-pharmacy and then apply for pharmacy school.  He is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Brittany Ledall Photo Brittany’s primary 4-H project was showing pigs which she has done for 10 years.  Through her 4-H club, Brittany has also gained great leadership experience.  She has been the Country Boots and Skirts 4-H Club president for the past 2 years.  Brittany attends Eaton High School where she has been a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, and Student Council.  Through her high school biology classes, she became increasingly fascinated with human anatomy and physiology and has decided to pursue a degree in either biology or human physiology while achieving pre-medicine requirements.  She hopes to eventually achieve her Ph.D. in medicine.  She has volunteered at Northern Colorado Medical Center and was a founding member of Teen Health Alliance of Today.  Her parents are Gordon and Lindee Ledall of Greeley.  Brittany is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Executive Council Scholarship.   

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Clay Carlson Photo Clay is from Stoneham, Colorado and attends Prairie Junior/Senior High School where he is active in FFA, Student Council, NHS, and sports.  His parents are Stephanie and Glen Carlson.  His future plans include attending Northeastern Junior College and will then transfer to Colorado State University where he will double major in Animal Science and Agriculture Business.  Upon graduation he plans to enter Veterinary School at CSU and hopes to return to his community and start his own vet practice.  He has grown up showing cattle, swine, and horses, and has competed in livestock judging through 4-H.  He hopes to continue his involvement in his community and help guide the younger generations toward the opportunities that he has experienced through 4-H.  Clay is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County Executive Council Scholarship

Daniel Sponaugle Photo Daniel’s family has been involved with 4-H for generations.  His 4-H membership began in 2000 with the Box Elder Ag 4-H Club.  His projects have ranged from market goats to leather craft.  Within his club, Daniel has served as 4-H club president and treasurer.  As a result of his experience, he has learned how to become a leader in his community and how to serve others.  In addition to 4-H, Daniel participated in basketball, football, track and field, and choir at Colorado Heritage Education School System.  He is interested in pursuing a career in history or a ministerial field.  Daniel is the son of Rick and Teresa Sponaugle of Greeley and is the recipient of the Weld County Executive Council Scholarship. 

Weld County Agriculture Scholarship

Deeona Johnston Photo Deeona is the daughter of Donald and Rita Johnston of Grover.  After graduating from Pawnee High School, she plans to attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney majoring in Agribusiness while completing required coursework for chiropractic college.  Deeona grew up on her family’s ranch near Grover and has been involved with various 4-H projects such as photography, market goats, and global citizenship.  Over the years, Deeona has held such positions as President, Vice-President, and Secretary within her club.  She also served as the 2010 Weld County Fair Queen.  Throughout high school, she was active in FFA, basketball, and volleyball.  Deeona believes that 4-H is about learning new skills, and as you grow, sharing those skills to help others in her club and community.  She is the recipient of the Weld County Agriculture Scholarship.

Martin Produce Scholarship

Dorothy McClung Photo Dorothy’s 4-H story began at age seven when her first horse, Suzie, was purchased.  Dorothy soon began showing her horses and won showmanship numerous times; reserve and grand champion high point at the Weld County Fair, and level 3 High Point English at the Colorado State Fair.  She has also participated in Appaloosa Breed Shows and shows chickens.  One highlight of her 4-H experience was receiving the award for outstanding 4-H member of the year.  Dorothy is intrigued with horse physiology and anatomy and has decided to be a veterinarian.  She plans to attend Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas after graduating from Platte Valley High School.  Dorothy is the daughter of William and Tamela McClung of La Salle and is the recipient of the Martin Produce Company Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Family & Consumer Science Scholarship

Hannah Schoenherr Photo Hannah has shown 15 different projects at the Weld County Fair since she joined at age seven.  A few of these projects include Decorate your Duds, Bicycle Adventures, and Forestry.  Two of her projects earned her Grand Champion and Reserve Champion at the Colorado State Fair.  Hannah attends Weld Central Senior High School near Keenesburg where she has been a member of drama club, band, and choir.  She plans to attend the University of Northern Colorado to study Elementary Education with an emphasis in either Music Performance or Theatre Education.  Her parents are Fred and Tina Schoenherr of Hudson.  Hannah is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Family and Consumer Science Scholarship.

Kenneth & Clarice Benson Scholarship

Jayce Tappy Photo Jayce attends Merino High School and is the son of Marla Tappy of Stoneham.  Jayce began his 4-H career showing market hogs.  He soon began to participate in other projects such as the Junior Round Robin at the Northeast Weld County Fair and Catch-it Programs.  Through his 4-H club, Jayce became very active in community service projects.  He credits his involvement in 4-H for helping him develop a good work ethic and persistent drive to succeed.  His future goals include obtaining a degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurial Events and Sports Management from Johnson and Wales University in Denver.  He will also be a member of the University’s Men’s Volleyball team.  Jayce is the recipient of the Kenneth and Clarice Benson   Memorial Scholarship.

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Jessica Johnson Photo Jessica is the daughter of Wayne and Teresa Johnson of Greeley.  As a result of growing up in a ranching family, Jessica’s passion for agriculture developed at an early age.  As the world population continues to grow, Jessica sees this as an exciting time to be engaged in the agricultural industry.  Her plans are to continue her graduate career by attending Kansas State University for Agricultural Economics.  During her 4-H years she participated in a variety of projects including horses, market lambs, swine, and other projects.  She competed in 4-H horse judging and was a member of the 2005 National Champion 4-H Horse Judging Team. Jessica is the recipient of the Ben Wilson Memorial 4-H Scholarship.

Paul Hoshiko Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Marissa Bartmann Photo Marissa began her 4-H career as a cloverbud.  She is a member of the Horse Whisperers 4-H club and has been involved with a variety of livestock projects including dairy cattle, market sheep, market and breeding goats, and horses.  Marissa is the first in our county to achieve the highest rating, Level IV Advanced Horse Master, in English, Western, and Ranch Horse disciplines in the Colorado 4-H Horse Advancement Levels program.  She was recognized by her coaches as the inspirational and motivational leader of the State champion 4-H Horse Bowl, Horse Hippology, and Horse Judging teams.  The Horse Judging team was named National Champion at the 2011 Western 4-H Roundup Horse Judging Contest at the National Western Stock Show.  Marissa has held various 4-H leadership positions including Vice-President of the Weld County 4-H Horse Advisory Committee.  After graduating from Windsor High School, she plans to pursue a major in Agricultural Business with a minor in Equine Science at New Mexico State University where she has been offered a position on the Women’s Western Equestrian Team.  Her parents are Milton and Coleen Bartmann of Greeley.  Marissa is the recipient of the Paul Hoshiko, Jr. Memorial 4-H Scholarship. 

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Nora Sponaugle Photo Nora grew up watching her older brother and sister compete in various 4-H projects and has since been a member of 4-H for 10 years.  Her projects throughout the years include Baking, Clothing Construction, and Dog Obedience.  Nora has held various officer positions in the Box Elder 4-H club including president and vice president.  She has worked as a lifeguard, swim lesson instructor, and swim coach with Hillside Pool the past two summers.  As 4-H and other activities have taught her to make goals and shoot for excellence, Nora has made a goal to learn how to help others in the field of nursing.  Nora will graduate from the Colorado Heritage Education School System this spring.  She is the daughter of Rick and Teresa Sponaugle of Greeley.  Nora is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Shooting Sports Scholarship

Ross Sagehorn Photo Ross has been a member of 4-H for seven years which has given him numerous opportunities to build his own character and learn how to work well with others.  Ross participated in shooting sports and helped with their annual Safety Day.  Within his 4-H club, Ross has taken part in community service projects in addition to serving as club treasurer.  His fascination with the inner workings and nuances of internal combustion engines has led him to the decision to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines after graduating from Eagle Ridge Academy.  He hopes to someday have a career dealing with performance cars/engines.  Ross is the son of Ray and Ursula Sagehorn of Ft. Lupton and is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H
Shooting Sports Scholarship.

Mary C. Barnett Memorial Scholarship

Sara Tappy Photo Sara Tappy is the daughter of Vermeda Gerkin of Greeley and attends University High School where she is active in volleyball and tennis.  Sara started in 4-H as a Cloverbud and has since completed a variety of different projects and become a leader in her club.  She is currently the president of the Westward 4-H club.  Through project development, she has gained both leadership and citizenship skills.  Her projects in 4-H include rabbits, goats, and steers.  Sara plans to attend Regis University for neonatal nursing so she can help others and work with newborns.  Sara is the recipient of the Mary C. Barnett Memorial Scholarship.      

Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship

Steven Weingandt Photo Steven is the son of Steve and Sheryl Weigandt of Platteville, Colorado and is currently attending Valley High School.  Steven’s 10-year membership in 4-H has taught him the skills of project development and expansion, leadership, and citizenship.  His major involvement in 4-H was showing market beef and he also began building up a herd of beef cows.  He was treasurer in his club and has held multiple committee chair positions.  From a young age, Steven’s favorite subject has been math and has also developed a love for agriculture.  He plans to pursue a degree in finance from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas and eventually become a financial advisor in a rural area in Kansas, Colorado, or Nebraska.  Steven is the recipient of the Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship.

2010 Scholarship Winners

Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship

Jonathan Miller Photo Jonathan Miller is the son of Arnold and Kim Miller from Hudson.  He will graduate from Weld Central High School next month with plans to attend Lincoln College of Technology in Denver to pursue a career as a diesel mechanic.  Jonathan was President and Vice President of his 4-H club and on the executive committee in FFA.  He took a wide variety of projects in 4-H, with Woodworking, Shooting Sports, and Poultry his main project areas.  Jonathan is the recipient of the Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship.

Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship

Dallan Whistance Photo Dallan Whistance plans to pursue a degree in mass communications at either Western State College or CSU – Pueblo after graduating from Weld Central High School.  In 4-H, Dallan participated in Shooting Sports and Market Sheep, Goat, and Swine projects and has exhibited his animals at county, state, and national competitions.   He played varsity sports at Weld Central, including football, wrestling, and track.  He has been on two mission trips with his church and has a particular interest in the Special Olympics.   His parents are Michael and Rhonda Whistance from Hudson.  Dallan was awarded the Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship.

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Aaron Helus Photo Aaron Helus is a junior at the University of Wyoming in Laramie where he is studying to be a High School Ag Teacher.  He graduated from Platte Valley High School in 2007 and attended Northeastern Junior College prior to transferring to Wyoming.  Aaron was a 10-year 4-H member with breeding and market sheep and goats as his primary projects.  He exhibited many champion animals, including the Reserve Champion Market Goat at the National Western Stock Show in 2000.  He participated in the 2005 Weld County 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus program, and in 2008 received the American FFA Degree.   Aaron is the son of Ron and Karen Helus from Kersey.  He is the recipient of the Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship.

Norgren Family Scholarship

Katie Samples Photo Katie Samples took cake decorating, child development, junior leadership, and scrap booking during her seven years in 4-H.  She is a sophomore at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, with career plans of being an agricultural business lawyer.  Katie held numerous officer positions during her seven years as a member of the Severance 4-H Club.  She was an active member of the Weld County 4-H Youth Executive Council, was the youth representative on Fair Board, and in 2006 represented Weld County Fair as the Fair Queen.  At Kansas State, Katie serves as an Ambassador for the College of Agriculture and is a member of the Ag Economics/Ag Business club and the Agriculture Student Council.  Her parents are Doug & Pat Samples from Windsor.  Katie is the recipient of the Norgren Family 4-H Scholarship.

Martin Produce Scholarship

Jessica Johnson Photo Jessica Johnson is a senior at Colorado State University studying Ag Business.  After graduation she will attend Kansas State University to pursue a Masters in International Agricultural Economics.  Jessica participated in the 2008 International Agriculture Leadership Program where she got a glimpse into the life of people in Morocco and Egypt, countries that are dependent on U.S. grain imports.  That led to an internship with the U.S. Grain Council in Washington D.C. in 2009.  Currently, Jessica is in Bangkok, Thailand, serving as an International Agricultural Intern with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.  Jessica is the daughter of Wayne and Teresa Johnson of Greeley, and is a former 10-year 4-H member with the Hoofbeats 4-H Club.  She was a member of the 2005 National Champion 4-H Horse Judging Team.  Jessica was awarded the Martin Produce Company 4-H Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Family & Consumer Science Scholarship

Lacie Lowe Photo Laci Lowe from New Raymer was named the winner of the Weld County 4-H Family & Consumer Science Scholarship.  She is a senior at Prairie High School and will study for a degree in Business Management & Accounting with Stevens-Henager College in St. George, Utah through their on-line study program.  Laci has held several officer positions with her 4-H club, and traveled to Washington, D.C. in 2008 as part of the Weld County Citizenship Washington Focus program.  Her main 4-H projects were Home Environment, Breads/Baking, Ceramics, and Shooting Sports.  In 2008, Laci was named the 2008 Weld County Fair Queen and had fun representing the Fair and 4-H at a variety of events that year.  Her parents are James and Janet Lowe from New Raymer.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Zach Asche Photo Zach Asche is the son of Lonnie and Susan Asche from Eaton.  After graduation from Eaton High School, he plans to attend either Colorado State University or the University of Nebraska and study to become a physician’s assistant.  He is a 10-year 4-H member, participating in Model Rocketry and Shooting Sports projects.  He has served in a variety of leadership activities in his community but says his position as President of the Country Boots & Skirts 4-H club means the most to him and makes the greatest impact on others.  Zach played both football and track at Eaton and was voted captain of the football team as a senior this year.  His community activities include work with The Community Foundation which helps fund youth programs in Weld County and The Relay for Life.  Zach was awarded a Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Elisabeth Larson Photo Elisabeth Larson will pursue her career goal as a Secondary Education teacher, with an emphasis on Ag or Consumer & Family Science, at Colorado State University following graduation from Platte Valley High School. She is an 11-year 4-H member having grand champion projects in Clothing Construction and at Fashion Revue.  She also exhibited market swine, beef, and sheep.  Elisabeth was an All-State softball player in 2009 at Platte Valley, and also participated in basketball, FFA and FBLA.  She was a 2008 participant in the Weld County 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus trip and is currently president of both her 4-H and FBLA clubs.  Elisabeth is the daughter of Lelyn and Jacqueline Larson from Gill.  She is the recipient of a Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Kali Wolaver Photo Kali Wolaver is a senior at Weld Central High School and will attend the University of Wyoming to study Anthropology and Pre-school Education.  She is a 13-year 4-H member where market swine and photography were her main projects.  Kali is involved in many school activities, including track, softball, Student Council, and the National Honor Society.  She was captain of her softball and track teams and has held office positions in 4-H, Student Council, the American Legion Junior Auxiliary and National Honor Society.   Kali says she has ‘learned a ton” through 4-H and was happy to participate in many club and county activities including the 2008 Citizenship Washington Focus trip.  Kali is the daughter of Warren Wolaver from Lochbuie and Gloria Carpenter from Roggen.  She was selected to receive a Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship

Jocelyn Helus Photo Jocelyn Helus is a freshman at Mesa State College with plans to transfer to the University of Northern Colorado this Fall and pursue a career as a High School Mathematics teacher.  She is the daughter of Ron and Karen Helus from Kersey and is completing her 12th year of 4-H as a member of the Box Elder Ag 4-H Club.  She has taken Clothing, Breeding and Market Sheep and Breeding and Market Goat projects.  Jocelyn credits both the 4-H and FFA programs for equipping her with the skills needed to prepare her for the future.   In addition to her project work, participation in judging events, and the 2008 Citizenship Washington Focus program, Jocelyn also was involved in many 4-H community service projects including Jenny’s Hope and Operation Christmas Child.  Jocelyn was awarded the Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship.

Paul Hoshiko Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Brooke Wells Photo Brooke Wells has her sights set on becoming an Educator and also doing missionary work.  She will pursue a teaching degree in secondary science education at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota, following graduation from Roosevelt High School.  She is an 11-year member of the Calico-N-Jeans 4-H club completing projects ranging from baking, entomology, heritage arts, quilting, and vet science.  She says the foundation for her passion for science was developed during her seven years in the entomology project.  In school, Brooke has competed in Track and Cross Country earning All-Conference, All State, and Academic All-State honors.  She is involved in many school activities including National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Her community service work includes cards and prayer bracelets to soldiers and to victims of the Windsor tornado and helping the homeless and families in need in her area.  Brooke is the daughter of Brian and Robin Wells from Johnstown.  She is the recipient of the Paul Hoshiko Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

2000-2009 Scholarship Winners

2009 Scholarship Winners

Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship

Rashae Kanode Photo Rashae Kanode is the daughter of Scott and Tammy Kanode from Ault.  She will graduate from Highland High School and plans to attend Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, Wyoming, and major in Ag Communications.  Rashae is an 11-year 4-H member with the Drylanders 4-H club, taking market beef, market goats, horse, and photography projects.  She served as President of her 4-H club for six years and is currently President of the Highland FFA chapter.  In high school, Rashae participated in volleyball, student council, cheerleading, and High School Rodeo.  She is the recipient of the Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship.

Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship

Austin Reinick Photo Austin Reinick is the son of Rod and Tammy Reinick from Kersey.  Upon graduation from Platte Valley High School, he plans to attend Northeastern Junior College in Sterling with a career goal of becoming an Ag Education Teacher.  Austin is a 10-year 4-H member, taking market and breeding swine and sheep, and woodworking.  Together with his sister, they had the Grand and Reserve Grand Champion hogs at the 2008 Weld County Fair.  Austin served as Vice President of the Box Elder Ag 4-H Club and enjoys helping younger members with their projects.  He currently is Vice President of the Platte Valley FFA Chapter, and annually helps organize the Kersey community Easter Egg Hunt.   Austin was awarded the Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship.

Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship

Julie Meining Photo Julie Meining is a member of the Valley Ag 4-H club and is in her 10th year of 4-H. She is a senior at Valley High School and plans to attend either Northeastern Junior College or Colorado State University after graduation.  In school, she is involved in FFA, National Honor Society, FBLA, softball, soccer and track.  She helped coach 3rd & 4th grade volleyball and is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association.  During her 4-H career, Julie attended Leadership Development Conference and had numerous champions with her horse project at both the Weld County Fair and Colorado State Fair.  Julie is the daughter of James and Lori Meining from Platteville.   She was awarded the Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship.

Marjorie A Rosin Memorial Scholarship

Tracy Goettch Photo Tracy Goettsch would like to be an Elementary School Teacher.  She plans to attend Regis University in Denver to pursue that goal following graduation from Highland High School.  She is the daughter of Larry and Marcia Goettsch of Pierce and is an 8-year 4-H member with the Drylanders 4-H Club.  While in 4-H, Tracy took Pocket Pets, Horse, Vet Science, and Pie Baking projects; and participated in the 2008 Citizenship Washington Focus program.  Tracy was Junior Class President and President of Student Council for two years in high school.  Among her many school activities, she participated in volleyball, basketball, track, National Honor Society and Knowledge Bowl.  Tracy is the recipient of the Marjorie A. Rosin Memorial Scholarship.

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Katie Samples Photo

Katie Samples took cake decorating, child development, junior leadership, and scrap booking during her seven years in 4-H.  She is a freshman at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, with career plans of being an agriculture attorney.  Katie held numerous officer positions during her seven years as a member of the Severance 4-H Club.  She was an active member of the Weld County 4-H Youth Executive Council and was the youth representative on Fair Board.  At K-State, Katie serves as an Ambassador for the College of Agriculture and is a member of the Ag Economics/Ag Business club.  She was semi-finalist at the National FFA Extemporaneous Public Speaking contest.  She is a member of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program where she spends one hour each week doing activities with her little sister.  Her parents are Doug & Pat Samples from Windsor.  Katie is the recipient of the Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship.

Norgren Family Scholarship

Jessica Johnson Photo Jessica Johnson is a junior at Colorado State University studying Ag Business.  She is the daughter of Wayne and Teresa Johnson of Greeley and is a former 10-year 4-H member with the Hoofbeats 4-H Club.  Jessica took a wide variety of projects, including sheep, swine and horse projects.  She participated on the horse judging and horse bowl teams and was a member of the 2005 National Champion 4-H Horse Judging Team and the 2004 Reserve National Champion 4-H Horse Bowl Team.  Jessica is putting her horse judging skills to use as she coaches the 2009 Weld County 4-H Horse Judging program.  She is a member of the Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Society and a College of Agriculture Sciences Ambassador at Colorado State University.  Jessica was awarded the Norgren Family 4-H Scholarship.

Martin Produce Scholarship

Kamber Carlson Photo Kamber Carlson is the daughter of Glenn and Stephanie Carlson of Stoneham.  She is an 11-year 4-H member with the Prairie 4-H Club.  After graduation from Prairie High School, Kamber plans to attend Northeastern Junior College in Sterling to study Agriculture Education.  Kamber has had market beef and swine projects and took part in the livestock judging program where she was a member on teams that competed at the American Royal in Kansas City and the National Western Stock Show in Denver.  She has taken on many leadership roles, including serving as class president at her school, and president of the Student Council, FFA chapter, and 4-H club.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and active in athletics.  Kamber is the recipient of the Martin Produce Company Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Family & Consumer Science Scholarship

Shea Dillon Photo Shea Dillon is a 10-year member of the High Plains Ag 4-H Club where she took   Horse, Breeding and Market Beef, Photography, Pie Baking, and Child Development projects.  She will graduate from University High School and plans to attend the University of Northern Colorado to pursue a career as a secondary school teacher and principal.  Last year Shea stepped in to help lead the Cloverbud project in her club, and she has been active in numerous 4-H community service projects as they have raised money for the Humane Society, Weld Food Bank, American Cancer Society, and Zach’s Legacy.  Shea is the reigning Weld County Fair Queen and has represented the County at a variety of events.  Her parents are John and Julie Dillon from Gill.  Shea was named the winner of the Weld County 4-H Family & Consumer Science Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H FoundationScholarship

Kyle Proctor Photo Kyle Proctor is a senior at Roosevelt High School and plans to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder majoring in either engineering or physics.  This is his 11th year in 4-H.  He was a member of Milliken Pacesetters 4-H for many years and is presently a member of the Calico ‘N Jeans 4-H club.  His 4-H projects included Rabbits, Sportsfishing, Citizenship, and Photography.  Among his credits, Kyle won three grand champion and two reserve grand champion awards at the Colorado State Fair with his sportsfishing project.  Kyle was selected to the 2009 All State Honor Band and the University of Colorado Honor Band; received letters for academics and Knowledge Bowl; and was selected to attend Boy’s State in 2008. He has volunteered for a variety of community service activities and has traveled to Nicaragua with Habitat for Humanity.  His parents are Douglas and Eileen Proctor from Loveland.  Kyle is the recipient of a Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Nicole DiPaolo Photo Nicole DiPaolo attends Weld Central High School in Keenesburg, and after graduation plans to attend the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley to study for a career in Chemistry and Secondary Education.  Her parents are Nicholas and Cheryl DiPaolo of Hudson.  This is Nicole’s 13th year in 4-H.  She is a member of the Keene 4-H Boosters 4-H Club, and has taken a variety of projects including Leathercraft, Heritage Arts, and Scrapbooking.  In school, Nicole was a member of the National Honor Society, FFA, the Weld Central Dance and Tennis teams.  She has given back to her community by being involved in her clubs service projects and by tutoring elementary students at Hudson Elementary.  Nicole was selected to receive a Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship

Nicole Folchert Photo Nicole Folchert is a member of the Country Boots & Skirts 4-H Club and has been a member for 10 years.  She has held several elected positions in her club, including President.  Her parents are Joseph and Karen Folchert from Ault.  She plans to attend Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska following graduation from Highland High School, and pursue a career in graphic design.  Having enrolled in many different projects, Nichole’s main focus in 4-H has been her Market and Breeding Rabbit project.  She has volunteered her time to help clerk the Rabbit and Ceramic projects at the Weld County Fair, and for two years she has served as Superintendent of the Ceramics division.   At school, Nichole is active in volleyball, basketball, tennis, Knowledge Bowl, and the pep and jazz bands.  Nichole was awarded the Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship.

2008 Scholarship Winners

Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship

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Rachel Padilla is the daughter of Glenn and Heidi Padilla of Eaton.  After graduation from Eaton High School, she plans on attending Aims Community College to pursue a career in criminal justice.  She has completed nine years in 4-H, taking Horse, Vet Medicine, and Range Management projects.  Rachel is a member of Eaton FFA and did volunteer work at a large animal veterinary practice from 2004-2007.  Rachel is the recipient of the Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship.

Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship

Dustin Frank Photo Dustin Frank will graduate this year from Roosevelt High School and then plans to attend college and work towards a degree in Ag Marketing or Ag Education.  He is the son of Ron & Kara Frank from Johnstown.  Market beef and market hogs were his primary projects during his 11 years of 4-H.  Dustin was a member of the 2006 Colorado State Champion Livestock Judging team that later went on to win Reserve National Champion honors.  Dustin and his teammates traveled to Scotland to participate in the International Livestock Judging Contest in 2007.  He participated in football, wrestling, and FFA while in high school.  Dustin receives the Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship.

Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship

Casseday Lohr Photo Casseday Lohr is a junior at Colorado State University studying for a career in bovine reproduction and genetics.  She was a 10-year member of 4-H, taking market & breeding beef, market sheep, and clothing projects.  Casseday participated in 4-H livestock judging and was the high individual in oral reasons at the 2004 National 4-H livestock judging contest.  Her team placed second at that contest and was awarded the opportunity to participate at the 2005 International Livestock Judging Contest in Scotland.   At CSU, Casseday is on the Executive Council of the Collegiate Cattlewomen’s club, she is a College of Agriculture Sciences Ambassador, and a member of the Livestock Judging team.  The daughter of Mike and Nancy Lohr from Gill, Casseday will receive the Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship.

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Aaron Helus Photo Aaron Helus is a freshman at Northeastern Junior College where he is studying Animal Sciences.  He participates in the NJC Aggies club, assisting with their community service projects and helping organize the Aggies 4-H Livestock Show.  Aaron was a 10-year 4-H member with breeding and market sheep and goats as his primary projects.  He assisted younger members with their sheep and goat projects by putting on showmanship clinics locally and in Kansas.  A highlight of his 4-H career was his participation in the 2005 Citizenship Washington Focus program.  Aaron is the son of Ron and Karen Helus from Kersey.  He is the recipient of the Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship.

Martin Produce Scholarship

Katie Samples Photo Katie Samples took cake decorating, child development, junior leadership, and scrap booking during her seven years in 4-H.  She will graduate from Windsor High School with plans on attending Kansas State University to study Agribusiness.  She held several officer positions in her 4-H club and on the Weld County 4-H Youth Executive Council, and is the youth representative on Fair Board.  She has been a member of the Weld County Fair royalty, serving as Queen in 2006 and Attendant in 2007.  At school, Katie is active in FFA, Student Council, Key Club, and FBLA.  She also participated on the Windsor High School Softball and Diving teams.  Her parents are Doug & Pat Samples from Windsor.  Katie is the recipient of the Martin Produce Company Scholarship.

Norgren Family Scholarship

Cooper Anderson Photo Cooper Anderson is the son of Mark and Tammy Anderson from Eaton and is a freshman at Colorado State University pursuing an Agriculture Business degree.  He completed 10 years in 4-H and competed in numerous local, state, and national shows with his market beef project animals.  He won grand champion honors at the Rocky Mountain Beef Expo, Weld County Fair, and the Colorado State Fair.   Cooper has held many leadership positions in both 4-H and FFA, and currently is a Senator for the College of Agriculture at Colorado State University and serves as the Philanthropy Chair for Alpha Gamma Rho.  Cooper has been awarded the Norgren Family Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Family & Consumer Science Scholarship

Kathryn Gerwig Photo Kathryn Gerwig is a senior at Greeley West High School and plans to attend either Colorado State University or Hastings College majoring in both Fine Art and English.   She has taken a wide variety of projects during her 10 year 4-H career, including clothing, market beef, ceramics, photography, and home environment, and has won several Outstanding Record Book awards over the years.  Among her many school activities, Kathryn is involved with the International Baccalaureate diploma program, swim team, National Honor Society, and FBLA.  Kathryn is the daughter of James & Marlynda Gerwig of Greeley.  She receives the Weld County 4-H Family & Consumer Science Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Emily Kindvall Photo Emily Kindvall plans to attend Winona State University in Minnesota following graduation from Standley Lake High School.  Her career goal is to become a physical therapist.  In 4-H, Emily’s main projects were Heritage Arts and Decorate Your Duds.  She enjoyed competing in the Weld County 4-H Fashion Review, and in 2007 was named Grand Champion at that contest.  In 2005 she traveled to Washington, D.C. as part of the Citizenship Washington Focus program.  Emily competed in gymnastics in high school where she received All Conference and Academic All-State honors last year.  She is the daughter of Tim and Jane Kindvall from Westminster.  Emily is the recipient of a Weld County 4-H Foundation scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Will Dillon Photo Will Dillon is a senior at University High School and plans to attend the University of Northern Colorado majoring in Visual Arts with a minor in Marketing & Business Communications.  Will is the son of Julie & John Dillon from Gill, and has taken market & breeding beef, model rocketry, poultry, and shooting sports projects during his 10 years in 4-H.  He has been President of his 4-H club, and Vice-President of the Colorado Junior Hereford Association.  Will is a 3-sport letterman in football, wrestling, and track, and has competed in the state track meet.  Will’s first plane ride was as a participant in the 2005 Citizenship Washington Focus program.  Will has been awarded a Weld County 4-H Foundation scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Britney Sappington Photo Britney Sappington is the daughter of Teresa & David Sappington from Kersey, and will graduate from Platte Valley High School.  Britney wants a career in photography and fine arts, and will pursue studies of those at either Aims Community College or Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.  She is a 10-year member of 4-H where her main projects have been Model Rocketry, Horse, Archery, Market Swine, and Ceramics.   She has served as Vice President and Historian of her 4-H club.  In school, Britney participates in Knowledge Bowl, Student Council, and Band, and is a member of National Honor Society.  Britney is the recipient of a Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Agriculture Scholarship

Kammi Adams Photo Kammi Adams attends Pawnee High School, and upon graduation plans to attend the University of Wyoming to study Elementary Education.  Kammi is the daughter of Doug and Kathy Adams from Ault.  Among her favorite activities in 4-H was her trip to Washington, D.C. as part of the 2005 Citizenship Washington Focus program, and playing softball every summer.   She began her 4-H career with a breeding beef project and now has a total of 9 cows in her herd.  Market Beef, Woodworking, Archery, and Photography are other projects Kammi has taken.  In school, she has been active in FFA, receiving her State Farmer Degree in 2007, National Honor Society, National High School Rodeo Association, and a variety of sports.  Kammi has been awarded the Weld County 4-H Foundation Agriculture Scholarship.

Paul Hoshiko Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Danielle Zehnder Photo Danielle Zehnder is the daughter of Steve and LuAnn Zehnder of Greeley, and a senior at Platte Valley High School.  She plans to attend Western State College in Gunnison to study for a degree in Business.  Adopt-A-Highway, 4-H Camp Cloverbud, 9 News Health Fair, and Special Olympics are some of the community service activities Danielle has been involved with.  Her 4-H projects included Market Lambs, Hogs, and Beef, Photography, Child Development and Home Environment.  She has been Vice-President and Secretary of her 4-H club and a member of the 2005 Citizenship Washington Focus program.  Danielle is active in school sports and a member of FFA and FBLA.  She is co-President of her class and State Secretary for Colorado FBLA.  Danielle is the recipient of the Paul Hoshiko, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

2007 Scholarship Winners

Weld County 4-H Executive Council Scholarship

Justin Goettsch Photo Justin Goettsch is the son of Larry & Marcia Goettsch from Pierce.  Justin is a senior at Highland High School where he was active in band, baseball, golf, knowledge bowl, and the National Honor Society.  He served as treasurer of the Drylanders 4-H club, was an alternate senator for the Weld County 4-H Executive Council, and participated in the 2005 Washington Focus trip.  Justin is undecided about the college he will be attending, however he has set his career goal of being a teacher.  Justin is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Executive Council Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Executive Council Scholarship

Kayla Winslow Photo Kayla Winslow is graduating from Highland High School and will be attending Vernon College in Texas majoring in Farm & Ranch Management.  She is the daughter of Joe and Leslie Winslow from Pierce.  Kayla is a 10-year member of 4-H, with market lambs and beef as her main projects during her 4-H career.  She was the basketball manager for the girls’ basketball team and is interested in rodeo and working with small children.  Kayla is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Executive Council Scholarship.

Mary C. Barnett Memorial Scholarship

Kirsten Folchert Photo Kirsten Folchert is from Ault and is the daughter of Joseph and Karen Folchert.  After graduating from Highland High School, she plans to go to college with a career goal of becoming a kindergarten teacher.  During her eight years in 4-H, Kirsten’s primary projects were cake decorating and rabbits.  She served as both Secretary and President of the Country Boots & Skirts 4-H club.  At school she was active in band and the National Honor Society.  Kirsten was awarded the Mary C. Barnett Memorial Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Horse Scholarship

Seth Peterson Photo Seth Peterson is from Galeton and is the son of Rocky and Susan Peterson.  Seth is a senior at Briggsdale High School and plans to go to Wyotech in Laramie, Wyoming, and pursue certification as a Master in Automotives.  In his nine years in 4-H, Seth was a member in the Galeton and Nightriders 4-H clubs where he held a variety of officer positions.  Dog obedience, woodworking, and horse were among the many projects that he took.  Seth was class vice-president and participated in FFA, football and basketball. Seth is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Horse Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Shooting Sports Scholarship

Brady Schreibvogel Photo Brady Schreibvogel wants to enter the field of Construction Management and Engineering following his graduation from Weld Central High School.  Brady is a 10-year 4-H member and has participated in market swine and beef, leather craft, and shooting sports.  In addition to school and 4-H, Brady has volunteered his time to help with Special Olympics, Relay for Life, and the SE Weld Fair Board.  Brady is the son of Steve and Kris Schreibvogel from Keenesburg.  He was awarded the Weld County 4-H Shooting Sports Scholarship.

Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship

Aaron Helus Photo Aaron Helus wants to pursue an Animal Science and Veterinary Technician courses at Northeastern Junior College following graduation from Platte Valley High School.  Aaron is a 10-year 4-H member with breeding and market sheep and goats as his primary projects.  He is a member of the Platte Valley FFA chapter where he participated on the Quiz Bowl, Parliamentary Procedure, and Dairy Judging teams.  Aaron is the son of Ron and Karen Helus from Kersey.  He is the recipient of the Josh Jarmen Memorial Scholarship.

Kenneth & Clarice Benson Scholarship

Katie Schmidt Photo Katie Schmidt plans to attend Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne following graduation from Greeley Central High School.  She is a member of National Honor Society, German Club, Choir, and is the photographer for the school newspaper. In 4-H, Katie took cake decorating, knitting, and horse projects.  She has volunteered for many activities including Meals on Wheels and packaging cookies for the troops in Iraq.  Her goal is to train horses and compete with them on a professional level.  Katie is the daughter of Marlon and Cathryn Schmidt.  She will receive the Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship.

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Casseday Lohr Photo Casseday Lohr is a sophomore at Black Hawk College in Illinois and plans to attend Colorado State University this Fall.  At Black Hawk, she is the student government association vice-president and is active with Phi Theta Kappa, the Agribusiness Club and the Livestock Judging Team.  Casseday is the daughter of Mike and Nancy Lohr from Gill.  She was a 10-year member of 4-H taking market and breeding beef, and market lambs.  Casseday was the high individual in oral reasons at the 2004 National 4-H livestock judging contest.  Her team placed second at that contest and was awarded the opportunity to participate at the 2005 International Livestock Judging Contest in Scotland.  Casseday will receive the Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship.

Martin Produce Scholarship

Megan Grieve Photo Megan Grieve is a junior at Colorado State University where she carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average.  She wants to become an equine veterinarian or work within agricultural business.  Megan was a 9 year 4-H member and was involved in many horse activities and events during that time.  She won high individual honors at the 2004 State Horse Judging contest, and was a member of the winning horse judging team at the 2005 National Western 4-H Roundup.  At CSU, Megan serves as an Ag Ambassador, and is on the College of Agricultural Science’s Dean’s list.  She stays connected to Weld County 4-H by coaching the county Horse Judging team.  Her parents are Robert and Marcia Grieve of Fort Collins.  Megan will receive the Martin Produce Company 4-H scholarship. 

Norgren Family Scholarship

Melissa Brehon Photo Melissa Brehon is the daughter of Stan and Kathy Brehon of Kersey.  She is a former 10-year member of the Box Elder Ag 4-H club.  Market and breeding swine, and market sheep were her main projects.  Melissa participated in the 2002 Washington Focus program and interned with Weld County 4-H in 2006.  After graduating from Platte Valley High School, Melissa attended Northeastern Junior College for two years where she was active in student government, Phi Theta Kappa, and was a member of the NJC Aggies club.  She is currently a junior at Colorado State University with plans to pursue a career in Ag Business or Ag Education.  She is the recipient of the Norgren Family 4-H Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Home Economics & Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarships

Elizabeth Konkel Photo Elizabeth Konkel plans to attend Colorado State University after graduation from Platte Valley High School.  Her interests are in becoming a professor in livestock nutrition.  As a 10-year member of 4-H, Elizabeth took market sheep and swine projects along with cake decorating and pie baking and participated in Washington Focus.  She played softball in school and was a member of FFA, National Honor Society, and the Family Career Community Leaders of America.   She was involved in her church’s mission trip to Mexico where she helped build a community center and serve meals to underprivileged families.  Elizabeth is the daughter of Mike and Janet Konkel of Kersey and was awarded the Weld County 4-H Foundation Home Economics and Helmut Brunner Memorial scholarships.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Andrew Ohlson Photo Andrew Ohlson is the son of Wesley and Sandra Ohlson from La Salle.  He is a senior at Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, and wants to pursue journalism or broadcasting as a career.  Andrew is a 10-year 4-H member with Entomology, Food, Science & Nutrition, and Breads as his main projects.  He received Best Record Book awards for six years on different projects, and has held various officer positions in his club.   He participated in the 2005 Washington Focus trip and volunteered as a clerk at the Weld County Fair for eight years. At school, Andrew was active in sports and a member of FBLA, National Honor Society, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Andrew was awarded a Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Zachary Owens Photo Zachary Owens is a senior at Weld Central High School and plans to attend the University of Colorado to become an accredited landscape architect.  Among his many community activities was his participation in the American Cancer Society’s Walk for Life and Christmas in Keenesburg.  In addition to his eight years in 4-H, Zachary has been active in Weld Central FFA where he achieved both Chapter and State FFA degrees.  At Weld Central he participated in football, baseball, wrestling and band.  Zachary has taken many projects in 4-H.  In 2005 he was awarded the outstanding record book in the senior division for his market swine project.  He is the son of Keith and Marisa Owens from Hudson and is the recipient of a Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Joshua Elliott Photo Joshua Elliott will attend Frontier School of the Bible in Wyoming with plans to enter the ministry.  He is a senior at Platte Valley High School and is the son of Phil and Kris Elliott from Kersey.  Joshua is currently in his 10th year of 4-H.  His projects included model rocketry, rabbits and dairy cattle.  With his dairy project, he has had numerous champion awards at the County and State levels and has exhibited at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin.  He has held several officer positions in the Westward 4-H club, including President and participated in the 2005 Washington Focus program.  Joshua is an active FFA member where he was on a team that competed in the National Dairy Judging contest.  Joshua receives a Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship & Weld County 4-H Youth Executive Leadership Award

Erin Marvin Photo Erin Marvin has completed nine years in 4-H, taking shooting sports, market swine and market beef as her main projects.  Erin was named the 2007 Weld County Fair Queen, and will represent the Fair at numerous activities throughout the year.  She was a member of the 2006 State Champion 4-H Livestock Judging Team that was reserve champion at the National contest in Louisville, Kentucky.  She and her other teammates will be traveling to Scotland this June to compete in the International Livestock Judging Contest.  Erin is on the Student Council at Weld Central High School, and is a member of the National Honor Society, FFA, Science Club, and the Colorado Junior Angus Association.  Her parents are Robert and Claudia Marvin from Ft. Lupton.  Erin is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship and the Weld County 4-H Youth Executive Leadership Award.

Paul Hoshiko Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Abby Sponaugle Photo Abby Sponaugle is the daughter of Rick and Teresa Sponaugle from Greeley.  She is a senior in the Colorado Heritage Education School System, a home-school organization, and upon graduation is planning to attend Carson-Newman College in Tennessee majoring in Dietetics and Athletic Training.  Horse, Clothing Construction, and Restoration were among her projects taken during her 10-year 4-H career.  She has held several officer positions in the Box Elder Ag 4-H club, including President.  In 2004, Abby was a member of the Weld County Horse Judging team that won the State contest and went on to win the National contest in 2005 where she was third high individual overall.  She played softball and ran track and cross-country for Platte Valley High School.  She is an active youth leader at her church and has done short-term mission trips to Chicago and New York City.  Abby is the recipient of the Paul Hoshiko, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

2006 Scholarship Winners

Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship

Alicia Adams Photo Alicia Adams is the daughter of Allen and Lynda Adams from Grover.  She is a senior at Briggsdale High School, and upon graduation is planning to attend Aims Community College in Greeley to pursue a degree in nursing.  During her eight years in 4-H she participated in market beef, ceramics, and vet science.  She played basketball and volleyball in high school, where she also was active in FFA.  Alicia is the recipient of the Josh Jarman Memorial scholarship. 

Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship

Justin Panowicz Photo Justin Panowicz from Fort Lupton is the son of Randall Panowicz and Celia Crowschel. Justin has been active in the 4-H shooting sports project during his seven years in 4-H.  He has competed in state competition for both muzzle loading and shotgun, and nationals for muzzle loading.  Justin is active in band and FFA at Fort Lupton High School and plans to pursue a career in diesel mechanics.  Justin is the recipient of the Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial scholarship.

Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship

Adam Bohlmeyer Photo Adam Bohlmeyer attends Platte Valley High School in Kersey, and wants to major in journalism at Colorado State University.  In his 10 years in 4-H, Adam has participated in the dairy goat project, and currently has a herd of 25 registered LaMancha goats.  He has exhibited his animals at state and national shows.  In school, Adam is active in FFA, National Honor Society, and sports.  His parents are Martin and Jeanette Bohlmeyer.  Adam is the recipient of the Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Shooting Sports Scholarship

Jason Haffner Photo Jason Haffner plans to attend Montana Tech after graduating from Weld Central High School.  His career goal is to become a petroleum engineer.  Jason has taken several projects during his 10-year 4-H career, including market sheep, market goats, and shooting sports.  He was captain of his football team and was active in National Honor Society and FFA.  Jason will receive the Weld County 4-H Shooting Sports scholarship.  His parents are Jerry and Sherri Haffner from Hudson.

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Jessica Johnson Photo Jessica Johnson is the daughter of Wayne and Teresa Johnson of Greeley.  She will attend either Northeastern Junior College or Colorado State University with plans to become an Agricultural Education teacher.  For the past year since graduating from Platte Valley High School in 2005, Jessica has served as a State FFA officer.  In 4-H, she has taken projects in horse, sheep, swine and market steers.  She won high individual honors at the 2003 State Horse Bowl, and was a member of the 2004 State Champion and 2005 Western National Champion Horse Judging teams.  Jessica is the recipient of the Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship.

Norgren Family Scholarship

Megan Grieve Photo Megan Grieve is a sophomore at Colorado State University where she carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average.  She wants to become an equine veterinarian or work within agricultural business.  Megan was a 9 year 4-H member and was involved in many horse activities and events during that time.  She won high individual honors at the 2004 State Horse Judging contest and was a member of the winning horse judging team at the 2005 National Western 4-H Roundup.  At CSU, Megan serves as an Ag Ambassador, and is on the College of Agricultural Science’s Dean’s list.  Her parents are Robert and Marcia Grieve of Fort Collins.  Megan will receive the Norgren Family 4-H scholarship. 

Martin Produce Scholarship

Katie Johnson Photo Katie Johnson is a junior at Colorado State University with plans to be an Agricultural Education Teacher upon graduation.  She is the daughter of Wayne & Teresa Johnson of Greeley.  Katie participated in 13 different projects during her 4-H years in Weld County and held numerous offices in her club.  She has been a member of several judging teams that have gone to national competitions in both FFA and 4-H.  Katie was a state FFA officer in 2002 and received her American Farmer degree in 2003.  She is on the Dean’s list at CSU and has served as an Ag ambassador.  Katie will receive the Martin Produce Company scholarship. 

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Rachael Krause Photo Rachael Krause is the daughter of Doug and Laurie Krause from Eaton.  She is a senior at Eaton High School and plans to attend New Mexico State University upon graduation where she will study agriculture business management.  Rachel is a 10-year 4-H member, participating in Horse and Heritage Arts projects.  She participated in horse judging and was a member of a team that competed at the American Quarter Horse Association Youth World Championship. At Eaton High School, Rachel was a member of varsity cheerleading, jazz band and wind ensemble, FFA, and Future Business Leaders of America.  Rachel is the recipient of a Weld County 4-H Foundation scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Chad Daigle Photo Chad Daigle wants to attend the Colorado School of Mines after graduation from Weld Central High School to major in mechanical engineering.  Chad has taken numerous 4-H projects in his 10-year 4-H career, most notably market beef, sheep and goats, and shooting sports.  He is active in National Honor Society, Technology Students Association, football, and track at Weld Central.  His parents are Chris and Katherine Daigle from Brighton.  Chad is the recipient of a Weld County 4-H Foundation scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Kelsey Owens Photo Kelsey Owens is a senior at Platte Valley High School in Kersey.  She is the daughter of Judith and John Owens.  Her plans are to attend Hastings College in Nebraska to pursue a career as a secondary mathematics educator.  Among her many 4-H activities, Kelsey traveled to Washington DC as part of the Citizenship Washington Focus program in 2005.  She is active in sports at Platte Valley, as well as Future Business Leaders of America; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; and National Honor Society. She tutors 5th grade students in math and enjoys babysitting and scrap booking.   Kelsey the recipient of a Weld County 4-H Foundation scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship

Cortney Hodgson Photo Cortney Hodgson would like to become an animal pharmacist after attending Colby Community College in Kansas, and later Colorado State University.  She is a senior at Platte Valley High School in Kersey, where she is active in FFA, National Honor Society, and Future Business Leaders of America.  Cortney has a passion for showing livestock, and has exhibited her market lambs and hogs at county, state, and national shows.  She was also active in livestock judging and had the opportunity to participate in national and international contests.  She is the daughter of Marla and Mark Hodgson from Kersey.  Cortney is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Agriculture scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Home Economics Scholarship

Amanda Showers Photo Amanda Showers is a senior at Briggsdale High School and is the daughter of Myron and Kathleen Showers.  Amanda aspires to become and attorney and will attend either Denver University or Colorado State University to begin her pursuit of that career.  Amanda’s main projects in her 10 year 4-H career were rabbits and cake decorating.  She exhibited the grand champion cake decorating project at Weld County Fair for the past two years, and also attended Citizenship Washington Focus.  Amanda has had numerous leadership positions in high school organizations, including serving as president of Student Council.  Amanda is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Home Economics Scholarship.

Paul Hoshiko Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Kylee Willard Photo Kylee Willard is a senior at Weld Central High School and will attend Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.  She is the daughter of Kevin and Heather Willard from Hudson.  Kylee would like to pursue a career as an International representative for the USDA.  Market beef, swine, and sheep have been her major projects during her 4-H years.  She was a member of the State champion livestock judging team that participated in national and international competitions.  She received the outstanding member award from the Tailtwisters 4-H club where she held several officer positions including president.  She is currently class president of her senior class at Weld Central, where she also is active in FFA, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, and Student Council.  Kylee is the recipient of the Paul Hoshiko Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

2005 Scholarship Winners

Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship

Emily Lance Photo Emily Lance is a senior at Platte Valley High School and is the recipient of the Josh Jarman Memorial scholarship.  She is a 10-year 4-H member and has participated in a wide variety of projects including horses, market sheep, Decorate your Duds, and Crocheting.  She has been active in FFA, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society and Student Council at Platte Valley.  Emily will be attending Colorado State University majoring in Technical Journalism, with a goal of having a career in either newspaper or broadcast journalism.  She is the daughter of Dana and Sally Lance of Kersey.

Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship

Lindsay Eurich Photo Lindsay Eurich is a senior at Weld Central High School and wants to be an animal nutritionist after attending Colorado State University.  She is a nine year 4-H member and currently serves as vice-president of her club.  Market Swine and Breads are two of the numerous projects Lindsay has taken during her 4-H career.   Some of her 4-H years were spent in Douglas County where she served on the 4-H Council and as District 3 Senator.  At school she was active in FFA National Honor Society, and varsity cheerleading.  Lindsay is the daughter of Larry & Ilona Eurich of Keenesburg and is the recipient of the Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial scholarship.

Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship

Corey Longhurst Photo Corey Longhurst is the son of Mark and Jami Longhurst of Brighton.  He is a senior at Weld Central High School and plans to enter Colorado State University, studying to be an animal geneticist.  Corey’s main project during his 10 years in 4-H was market sheep.  He participated in Livestock judging, and is a two-time state champion individual, and a member of the 2004 Reserve National Champion Team that will travel to Europe this year to compete on an international livestock judging tour.   Corey was chapter and district president in FFA, president of both his junior and senior classes, and was a state qualifier in wrestling.  Corey is the recipient of the Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Shooting Sports Scholarship

Casey Adams Photo Casey Adams is a senior at Eaton High School and plans to enter the field of marketing after attending Colorado State University and majoring in Agriculture Business.  He is the son of Kathy and Douglas Adams of Ault.   Casey has taken Shooting Sports, Breeding and Market Beef, and Horse projects during his 10 years in 4-H.   At school, Casey has served on the newspaper staff, is a member of FFA, and was on the honor roll for four years.  He has served on the Weld County 4-H Executive Council and has participated on several county shooting sports teams at the State Fair.   Casey is the recipient of a new scholarship offered through the Foundation, the Weld County 4-H Shooting Sports scholarship.

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Christie Gabel Photo Christie Gabel is the daughter of Steven & Audrey Gabel of LaSalle.  She will graduate from Butler Community College in May and plans to further her education at either Colorado State or Kansas State universities.  Christie had a distinguished career in Weld County 4-H with her market beef, sheep, and swine projects.  She has won the Weld County Fair Grand Champion All-Around Livestock Showman award and has had numerous champion awards with her animals.  At Butler, Christie is active in the Ag Club, Phi Theta Kappa, and the Livestock Judging Team.  She is the recipient of the Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship.

Norgren Family Scholarship

Katie Gore Photo Katie Gore is a freshman at Colorado State University and wants to become a large animal veterinarian.  She also plans to earn her Emergency Medical Technician certification at Front Range Community College this summer.  Katie was a 10-year member in 4-H with horse, breeding and market beef, and dog obedience as her primary projects.  She was the 2003-2004 Weld County Fair Queen.  Katie takes an interest in community service.  She has donated and helped organize blood drives, and volunteers at the Rancho Vista Equine Therapy Center and for the Disabled Students Services at CSU.  Her parents are Paula and Melvin Gore from Ault.  Katie is the recipient of the Norgren Family 4-H scholarship. 

Martin Produce Scholarship

Katie Johnson Photo Katie Johnson is the daughter of Wayne & Teresa Johnson of Greeley.  She is a sophomore at Colorado State University with plans to be an Agricultural Education Teacher upon graduation.   During her 4-H years in Weld County, Katie held numerous offices in her club and participated in a wide variety of projects, most notably horse.  She has been a member of several judging teams that have gone to national competitions in both FFA and 4-H, and in 2000 was the 4-H National Champion Individual for Horse Bowl.   Katie was a state FFA officer in 2002 and received her American Farmer degree in 2003.  Katie will receive the Martin Produce Company scholarship. 

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Brandon Owens Photo Brandon Owens will graduate from Platte Valley High School and plans to attend either Colorado State University or the University of Northern Colorado to pursue a degree in Computer Science or Ag Business.  Brandon is a 10-year 4-H member with Market Beef being his primary project.  He is also involved in Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Students, Student Council, and FFA at Platte Valley.  Brandon is the son of John and Judith Owens of Kersey and is the recipient of a Weld County 4-H Foundation scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Brennan Proctor Photo Brennan Proctor will graduate from Roosevelt High School and plans to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder where he will begin his pursuit of a career in pharmaceuticals.  Brennan is a nine-year member of the Milliken Pacesetters 4-H club having taken Gardening, Forestry, Woodworking, and other projects.  He exhibited the state Grand Champion Forestry project in 2003 and was a member of Youth Executive Council for two years.   In high school he is active in National Honor Society, Knowledge Bowl and band, being selected to All-State Band this year.   Brennan is the son of Erin and Douglas Proctor of Loveland and is the recipient of a Weld County 4-H Foundation scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Jessica Johnson Photo Jessica Johnson is the daughter of Wayne and Teresa Johnson of Greeley and will receive a Weld County 4-H Foundation scholarship.  She will graduate from Platte Valley High School and plans to attend the University of Wyoming in Laramie, majoring in Agriculture Education and Agriculture Communications & Journalism.   Jessica is currently the president of the Hoofbeats 4-H club, and has projects in horse, sheep, swine and market steers.  She won high individual honors at the 2003 State Horse Bowl and was a member of the 2004 State Champion and 2005 Western National Champion Horse Judging teams. 

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Megan Grieve Photo Megan Grieve is a senior at Windsor High School and plans to attend Colorado State University to pursue Equine Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees.   Megan is a member of National Honor Society and was named an Academic All-Star.  She was involved in many horse activities and events in her nine year 4-H career.  She won high individual honors at the 2004 State Horse Judging contest, and was a member of the winning horse judging team at the 2005 National Western 4-H Roundup.  Megan is currently President of the Horse Whisperers 4-H Club.  Her parents are Robert and Marcia Grieve of Fort Collins.  Megan will receive the Weld County 4-H Foundation Agriculture scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Home Economics Scholarship

Erika Carlson Photo Erika Carlson will graduate from Weld Central High School with plans to major in Business Administration at either the University of Northern Colorado or Mesa State College.  She is the daughter of Kenneth and Jodi Carlson of Roggen.  She took market beef and lambs and cake decorating during her 10-year 4-H career.  She was chosen the head girl for her 2002 Citizenship Washington Focus trip, held various office positions in her club, including President, and was an assistant coach of her club’s pee-wee volleyball team.  She played volleyball and basketball at Weld Central, and was involved with FFA, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, and Science Club.  Erika is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Home Economics Scholarship.

Paul Hoshiko Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Ashley Gross Photo Ashley Gross is the daughter of Michelle and Kevin Gross of Fort Lupton.  After graduating from Fort Lupton High School, Ashley plans to attend the University of Denver and major in Management or Business Administration.   She is a nine-year member of 4-H and has taken a wide variety of projects including Shooting Sports, Child Development, and Cake Decorating.  Ashley has held many leadership positions in 4-H including club President, Senator for District 2 4-H Council, counselor at Junior Jamboree and Youth Fest, President of Youth Executive Council, and Weld County Fair Board Youth Representative.  She served as President of the Fort Lupton High School Future Business Leaders of America, and has been accepted into the Pioneer Leadership Program at Denver.  Ashley is the recipient of the Paul Hoshiko Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

2004 Scholarship Winners

Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship

Matt Brozek Photo Matt Brozek is a senior at Eaton High School.  He is an eight-year member of 4-H and plans to enter University of Northern Colorado and major in Business Management.   In 4-H, Matt took a variety of projects including market beef and swine, woodworking, and model rocketry.  Matt credits 4-H for providing him with the most opportunities to develop his leadership skills.  In school, he participated in FFA, FBLA, golf, wrestling, and track.  His goal is to become a pilot in the Air Force.  Matt is the recipient of the Josh Jarman Memorial scholarship.  His parents are Wayne and Kathy Brozek from Gil.

   
Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship

Stacy Craven Photo Stacy Craven is the daughter of Harold and Lisa Craven from LaSalle and is a senior at Valley High School.  She plans to enter the University of Northern Colorado this fall and major in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and advertising.  Stacy is a 10-year 4-H member and has taken horse, breeding beef, and swine, sheep, and photography projects.  She is a member of the Valley FFA and Thespian clubs.  She has served on the Weld County 4-H Executive Council since 1999, chairing several committees and holding various leadership positions including President.  Stacy is the recipient of the Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial scholarship.

Emmanuel Roth Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Kari Crosier Photo Kari Crosier is presently a freshman at Colorado State University majoring in Zoology.  Her parents are Joann and Brian Crosier from Kersey.  As a 4-H member, Kari participated in Vet Medicine, Photography, and Dog Obedience projects.  While in high school, she was a member of FBLA, FFA, NHS, and played volleyball for two years.  Kari is the recipient of the Emanuel Roth Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

Norgren Family Scholarship

Christie Gabel Photo Christie Gabel of LaSalle is the daughter of Steven & Audrey Gabel.  She is a freshman at Butler County College in El Dorado, Kansas, majoring in Agriculture Business.   Christie has taken market beef, sheep, and swine projects while in 4-H.  She has won the Weld County Fair Grand Champion All-Around Livestock Showman award and has had numerous champion awards with her animals.  Christie is active in the Ag Club, Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society, and the Livestock Judging Team at Butler.  She is the recipient of the Norgren Family 4-H Scholarship.

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Sara Konkel Photo Sara Konkel, a graduate from Roosevelt High School, is the daughter of Janet & Michael Konkel from Kersey.  She is a freshman at the University of Wyoming and has a goal to earn a double major in Ag Business and Animal Sciences.  She was a 10-year member of 4-H, taking cake decorating, pie baking, market lamb and swine projects.   In High School, Sara was active in FFA, FBLA, FCA, volleyball and softball.  At the University of Wyoming, she takes part in the Block & Bridle and Food Science clubs.  Sara receives the Ben Wilson Memorial scholarship.

Martin Produce Scholarship

Katie Gore Photo Katie Gore wants to attend Colorado State University with a career goal of becoming a veterinarian.  She is presently a senior at Eaton High School and has been a 4-H member for nine years.  Katie takes an interest in community service and has helped organize blood drives.  Her primary projects in 4-H were horse, breeding and market beef, dog obedience and sewing.  While in high school, Katie has participated in track, NHS, FFA, and Key Club. Her parents are Paula and Melvin Gore from Ault.  Katie is the recipient of the Martin Produce scholarship. 

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Tommy Coufal Photo Tommy Coufal will graduate from Roosevelt High School, and plans to attend Western State College in Gunnison, majoring in Wildlife Biology.  His parents are William and Marjie Coufal from Milliken.  During his 10 years in 4-H, Tommy took model rocketry, market swine, wildlife, and several other projects.  He also participated in Citizenship Washington Focus where he learned about the important roll we all play in our government.  Tommy played football at Roosevelt and was active in FFA and FBLA.  He is the recipient of a Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Kimberly Rankin Photo Kimberlee Rankin has also received a Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship, which she plans to use at the University of Colorado.  Her career goal is to become an astronomer or a geologist.  Kimberlee is a senior at Fort Lupton High School and is the daughter of Charles and Penny Rankin.  In 4-H, she was active in ceramics, pygmy goats, poultry and restoration projects.  Among her many activities in school, Kimberlee was in band, French club, NHS, Student Council, and academic decathlon.   Kimberlee receives a Weld County 4-H Foundation scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Melissa Brehon Photo Melissa Brehon is a high school senior at Platte Valley High School and plans to attend Northeastern Junior College in Sterling with a career goal in Ag Business and event planning.  She is the daughter of Stan and Kathy Brehon from Kersey.  Melissa is a 10-year 4-H member with primary projects of market and breeding swine, and market sheep.  She is the secretary for the Weld County 4-H Executive Council and has held leadership positions with FFA and NHS.  Melissa enjoys playing softball where she has learned the value of teamwork.  She will receive a Weld County 4-H Foundation scholarship.

Helmut Brunner Memorial & Weld County 4-H Foundation Agriculture Scholarships

Joshua Docheff Photo Joshua Docheff is the son of Jim and Kristie Docheff from Longmont and plans to go to Colorado State University following graduation from Roosevelt High School.  His primary projects during his nine years in 4-H were dairy and beef cattle, having also taken market sheep and swine.  He has served as President and Vice-President for both his 4-H and FFA clubs.  Joshua earned All American honors at the 4-H National Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Madison, Wisconsin in 2001.  Joshua is the recipient of the Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship and the Weld County 4-H Foundation Agriculture Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Home Economics Scholarship

Maggie Adams Photo Maggie Adams is a senior at Eaton High School and plans to major in microbiology at Colorado State University.  Her parents are Tim and Judy Adams from Ault.  Maggie credits 4-H with teaching her the value of trying new things and helping others.  She took market and breeding beef and sheep, and cake decorating during her nine years in 4-H.  In high school, she is active in FFA, FBLA, and Student Council.  She also competed in gymnastics, diving and volleyball.  Maggie will receive the Weld County 4-H Foundation Home Economics scholarship.

Paul Hoshiko Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Eric Martin Photo Eric Martin is the son of Charles and Jeanne Martin from Milliken. He is a senior at Roosevelt High School and plans to become a high school business teacher after attending Colorado State University.  His 4-H projects include veterinary science, leathercraft, weeds, and model rocketry.  Eric says his greatest achievement in 4-H was his Washington Focus trip that he took in 2002.  He has held numerous leadership positions in 4-H including President and Vice President.  In high school, he has served as president of the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America organizations, was captain of his Knowledge Bowl team, section leader for concert and marching bands, and captain of the golf team.  Eric is the recipient of the Paul Hoshiko Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

2003 Scholarship Winners

Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship

Danielle Cogswell is a senior at Highland High School in Ault.  She is a 10-year member of 4-H, having participated in Foods, Rabbits, Leather craft, Cake Decorating, and Weeds projects.  At school, she is active in FBLA, National Honor Society, and Student Council, while participating in track and volleyball.  Danielle is the recipient of the Josh Jarman Memorial scholarship and plans to pursue an animal science degree at either Colorado State University or the University of Wyoming.  Her parents are Michael and Teri Cogswell.

Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship

Raeann Carpio is the daughter of Ray and Debbie Carpio and is a senior at Platte Valley High School in Kersey.  She plans to enter Colorado State University this fall, with a career goal of radio and television broadcasting.  Raeann has taken rabbit and dairy projects during her 10 years in 4-H and was a member of the State Dairy Judging Team that placed 7th at the National Dairy Judging Contest in Madison, Wisconsin, in 2001.  At school, she has been active in FFA, FBLA, National Honor Society, and volleyball.  Raeann is the recipient of the Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial scholarship.

Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship

Chase Johnston will receive the Helmut Brunner Memorial scholarship.  He is the son of Curt and Rose Johnston of Gill, and is a senior at Eaton High School.  He plans to attend Colorado State University, and has a career goal of being a livestock nutritionist.  This is Chase’s 11th year in 4-H, having taken Leather craft, Breeding and Market Beef.  At school, Chase was active in National Honor Society, Yearbook staff, and FFA.  He was a member of the Eaton FFA Meats Judging team that won state and participated at the national contest in Louisville, Kentucky.

Ben Wilson Memorial & Norgren Family Scholarships

Julie Kreps is a first-year law student at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Law.  She is the daughter of Ron and Jan Kreps of Eaton.  Julie graduated from Colorado State University with an Animal Science degree, has worked for state representatives Tambor Williams and Diane Hoppe, and is currently an intern for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs.  She was a 10-year member of 4-H, taking a variety of projects including horse, clothing, and veterinary medicine.  Julie is the recipient of the Ben Wilson Memorial and Norgren Family scholarships.

Martin Produce Scholarship

Sara Konkel is the daughter of Janet & Michael Konkel from Johnstown, and is a senior at Roosevelt High School.  She hopes to attend either Colorado State University, University of Wyoming, or Kansas State University.  Sara will pursue a degree in Ag Business and  Animal Sciences, and hopes to one day work on the Chicago Board of Trade.  She has been in 4-H for 10 years, taking cake decorating, pie baking, market lamb and swine projects.   Sara is active in FFA, FBLA, FCA, volleyball and softball.  She will receive the Martin Produce Company scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Denise Weber will graduate from Valley High School and is the daughter of Gary & Nancy Weber of Greeley.  She would like to pursue a profession in architecture or engineering at either Kansas State University or Colorado State University.  Denise participated in basketball, softball, cross country and track, and was president of Student Council.  As a 10-year member of 4-H, Denise took rabbit, horse, and market lamb projects.  She is the recipient of a Weld County 4-H Foundation scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Christie Gabel of LaSalle, is the daughter of Steven & Audrey Gabel, and is a senior at Eaton High School.  She will attend either Colorado State University, Kansas State University, or Purdue University, majoring in Ag Business and Accounting.  Christie has taken market beef, sheep, and swine projects.  She has won the Weld County Fair Grand Champion All-Around Livestock Showman award, and has had numerous champion awards with her animals.  Christie is active in FFA, FBLA, Student Council, and several other school organizations.  She receives a Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Scholarship

Jodi Richardson has also been awarded a Weld County 4-H Foundation scholarship.  She will graduate from Greeley West High School and plans to attend Colorado State University majoring in veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences.  Jodi participated in the Washington Focus program, and has served as club president during her 11 years in 4-H.  Her main projects were market lambs, cooking, and breeding beef.  Jodi loves showing her Texas Longhorn animals and is President of the Texas Longhorn Breeders of Tomorrow.  She is the daughter of Karen & Kenneth Richardson of Greeley.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Agriculture Scholarship

Amanda Pfleiderer wants to pursue a career in agricultural business after attending either Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado, or Northeastern Junior College.  Her main projects in 4-H were Market sheep and swine, and ceramics.  Amanda will graduate from Platte Valley High School, in Kersey, where she has been active in FFA, FBLA, National Honor Society, and volleyball.  Amanda will receive the Weld County 4-H Agriculture scholarship.  She is the daughter of John and Linda Pfleiderer of Kersey.

Weld County 4-H Economics Scholarship

Danelle Davis from Briggsdale, is the daughter of Daniel and Delene Davis.  After graduation from Briggsdale High School she plans to attend the University of Northern Colorado, studying Pre-med, with a career goal of becoming a pediatrician.  A 10 year 4-H member, Danelle participated in the Washington Focus program, and has taken Child Development, Heritage Arts, Decorate your Duds, and other projects.  She participated in volleyball, basketball and track, and was active in FBLA, FCCLA, National Honor Society, and other school clubs.  Danelle receives the Weld County 4-H Home Economics scholarship. 

Paul Hoshiko Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Rick Kreps is the son of Ron and Jan Kreps of Eaton.  He will graduate from Eaton High School and attend Colorado State University.  His participation on the Eaton FFA Meats Judging Team that went to the National contest in Louisville, Kentucky, has sparked his interest in pursuing a career as a USDA meat inspector and agricultural engineer.  As an 11-year member of 4-H, Rick has taken on a variety of leadership responsibilities.  He has served as a teen counselor at Junior Jamboree, youth representative from Weld County to the State 4-H Centennial Conversations, and president of Youth Executive Council.  Additionally, he has held numerous office positions in 4-H, FFA, FBLA, National Honor Society, and other organizations.  Rick is the recipient of the Paul Hoshiko, Jr. Memorial scholarship.

2002 Scholarship Winners

Weld County 4-H Foundation home Economics Scholarship

Heather Adams Photo Heather Adams is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation Home Economics Scholarship.  She is the daughter of Dee & Jodene Adams of Kersey and will graduate from Platte Valley High School where she has been active in softball, volleyball, and FCCLA.  She is a member of the Box Elder Ag 4-H club, where her main projects have been Cooking, Cake Decorating, and Dairy.  Heather has participated in the State 4-H Dairy Judging program and has represented Colorado at the Mid-South Regional Dairy Judging Contest in Memphis, Tennessee.  Currently, she works as a teacher’s aide at the Kersey Early Learning Center and plans to enter Aims Community College this fall and major in Early Childhood Development.  Her career plans are to become a pre-school teacher.

Norgren Family Scholarship

Brandon Croissant Photo Brandon Croissant will graduate from Eaton High School and plans to enroll at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, majoring in Plant & Crop Sciences.  He is a 10-year 4-H member and currently serves as president of the Galeton 4-H club.  He has taken both market lamb and market beef projects and had the champion beef carcass winner at last year’s County Fair.  At Eaton, Brandon participated in both football and wrestling.  He lettered all four years in football.  He is the Sentinel in his FFA Chapter and has received the FFA State Degree award.  Brandon helps his parents Randy & Carol Croissant, on their 320-acre farm.  He is the recipient of the Norgren Family 4-H Scholarship.

Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship

Matt DeAngelis Photo Matt DeAngelis has been awarded the Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship and plans to attend either Chadron State College, or Adams State College.  He will major in Sports Medicine.  Matt is the son of Dave and Debbie DeAngelis of Ault and attends Highland High School.  At Highland, Matt is a member of National Honor Society, and participated in football, basketball, and track.  He has received All-Conference honors in track.  A 10-year member of Wyatt Ag 4-H, Matt took market beef, lamb, and swine projects.  He owned the Reserve Champion hog at the 2000 Weld County Fair. 

Weld County 4-H Foundation Agriculture Scholarship

Katie Johnson Photo Katie Johnson is the daughter of Wayne & Teresa Johnson of Greeley.  She will graduate from Platte Valley High School where she has been active in cheerleading, FFA, Student Council, and National Honor Society.  Katie has served as Vice President and Treasurer in FFA and received the Star Greenhand and Star Chapter Farmer awards.  She has been a member of several judging teams that have gone to national competitions in both FFA and 4-H.  In FFA, she was on the Parliamentary Procedure and Horse judging teams, and in 4-H she was on the Horse Bowl and Horse judging teams.  She was the 4-H National Champion Individual for Horse Bowl in 2000.  A 10-year 4-H member, Katie will receive the Weld County 4-H Foundation Agriculture Scholarship, and plans to attend CSU, double majoring in Ag Education and Ag Business. 

Martin Produce Scholarship

Elizabeth Killion Photo Elizabeth Killion is the daughter of Chuck & Martha Killion, and lives east of Pierce where she is home schooled.  She has participated in home school band and choir, and prior to moving to Colorado she volunteered at the Food Bank and Crisis Pregnancy Center in Laramie, Wyoming.  Beth has taken a multitude of projects during her 10-year 4-H career, including Dog, Rabbit, Poultry, Food Preservation, and Crocheting.  She was Reserve Champion in the small animal round robin showmanship, both as a junior and senior member.  She has attended Western 4-H Round-up and is currently President of the Eaton Country Critters 4-H Club.  Beth receives a Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship, and will attend       Christendom College in Virginia, majoring in English Literature and minoring in Spanish.  A master's degree in Extension Education is in her plans.

Martin Produce Scholarship

Breanne Marrs Photo Breanne Marrs is a Junior at Colorado State University, majoring in Ag Education with a concentration in Applied Information Technology.  She is the recipient of the Martin Produce scholarship.  Breanne could not be with us this evening as she is the President of the College Council of Ag Sciences, and they are having their recognition program this evening.  She is a member of Alpha Zeta - an honor society for Ag Schools.  Breanne is a graduate of Ft. Lupton High School and was Salutatorian of her class.  In high school, she was in National Honor Society, FFA - where she was District President, and participated in gymnastics.  Breanne’s main projects while in the Tailtwisters 4-H club were photography, cake decorating, sewing, and restoration.  She is the daughter of Barry & Val Marrs.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Andrea Milne Photo Andrea Milne of Eaton is a 10-year member of the Galeton 4-H club.  She was a member of the 2001 Colorado team that placed seventh at the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Madison, Wisconsin.  Andrea is on the 4-H Executive Council and served as a counselor at Junior Jamboree for the past four years.  At school, she is active in FFA, FCA, Volleyball and Track.  She has been a part of the Weld County Sheriff’s Explorers for three years and plans to major in Sociology at UNC with an emphasis on Criminal Justice.  Afterwards she plans to enroll in the Police Academy.  Andrea has been awarded a 4-H Foundation Scholarship.  Her parents are Chris and JG Milne.

Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship

Tonia Pettinger Photo Tonia Pettinger lives east of Galeton and helps out on the family farm which includes a beef feedlot and 640 acres of irrigated crops.  She is the daughter of Richard and Lisa Pettinger.  She has been active in many clubs and activities while at Eaton High School, including Key Club, Student Council, National Honor Society, FFA, and FBLA.  In FBLA, where she was president her senior year, Tonia logged 280 hours of community service for Bonnell Good Samaritan Center, Meals on Wheels, and the Humane Society.  Market lambs and cooking were her main projects during her 10 years with Galeton 4-H, and she took part in Citizenship Washington Focus in 1999.  Tonia was awarded the Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship and will attend CSU majoring in Ag Business.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Amber Reinick Photo Amber Reinick is the daughter of Rod and Tammy Reinick or Kersey.  While at Platte Valley High School, Amber played volleyball for four years.  In three of those years her team won the state championship.  This year she was the co-captain of the team.  She is also co-president of Student Council, and a member of National Honor Society, FCCLA, and FBLA.  Amber is a 10-year member of 4-H, with market swine being her main project.  Amber will receive a Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship and plans to attend UNC majoring in Chemistry.  She then hopes to pursue a Doctorate degree in Pharmacy at CU.

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Melissa Schmunk Photo Melissa Schmunk is a Pre-Vet student at CSU in her freshman year.  She is the daughter of Gary & Charlie Schmunk of Eaton.  At CSU she has been a volunteer at the Raptor Center, and an active member of a student organization called the Raptor Program Associate Council.  Her career goal is to become a veterinarian for raptors.  Melissa was president of FFA during her senior year at Eaton High School, has received the FFA State Degree, and is applying for the American Degree.  In high school, she was a member of National Honor Society, and participated in Knowledge Bowl and the Academic Decathalon.  She was a member of the Eaton Country Critters 4-H club and was on Executive Council for five years.  Melissa is the recipient of the Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship.

Paul Hoshiko Jr. Memorial & Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarships

Lindsey Smith Photo Lindsey Smith is the daughter of Tracy & Linda Smith of Greeley.  She attends Platte Valley High School in Kersey where she is the chapter president, state officer, and national officer candidate of FCCLA, and chapter president of FBLA.  She recently won second place Outstanding Female Business Student at the State FBLA contest.  She is also a member of Student Council and National Honor Society.  Lindsey is president of the Weld County 4-H Executive Council, and has attended the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, and National 4-H Conference in Washington D.C.  She has received the 4-H Award of Excellence and is a past state champion in Demonstration and Public Speaking.  Lindsey will attend the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota and major in Business Management Communication, with an emphasis on Public Relations.  Her aspirations are to get a master's in political science and to become Press Secretary for a high-ranking politician - maybe even the President of the United States.  Lindsey is this year’s recipient of the Paul Hoshiko Jr.  Memorial Scholarship and the Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship.

2001 Scholarship Winners

Weld County 4-H Agriculture & Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarships

Case Gabel Photo Case Gabel, from LaSalle, is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Agriculture, and Helmut Brunner Memorial scholarships.  He is a 10-year member with the Valley Ag club.  Case was high individual at the state 4-H livestock judging contest last year, and also garnered the Champion All-Around Showman award at the County Fair.  Case is graduating from Valley High School where he was an All-State running back in football, 4-time All-Conference and 2-time state placer in wrestling, and a member of FFA, FBLA, Student Council, NHS, and the Valley Singers.  He plans to attend Colorado State University, studying Ag Business and Animal Science.

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Angela Hoffner Photo Angela Hoffner, from Windsor, is a 9-year 4-H member with the Severance 4-Corners club where market swine and field crops were her main projects.  She is a freshman at Colorado State University, majoring in computer information systems.  After receiving her degree, she hopes to work in the information technology department for a major company.  Angela is the recipient of the Ben Wilson Memorial 4-H scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation & Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarships

Jason Liess Photo Jason Liess, from Greeley, is a senior at Greeley Central High School, where he participated in soccer, track, and wrestling.  He is a 10-year member with Clover Sensations 4-H, where model rocketry, entomology, and shooting sports were his main projects.  He enjoys fishing, hunting and golfing, and plans to attend Colorado State University this fall.  Jason is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Foundation, and Josh Jarman Memorial scholarships.

Weld County 4-H Home Economics Scholarship

Jennifer Lockman Photo Jennifer Lockman, from Kersey, was awarded the Weld County 4-H Home Economics scholarship.  She is a senior at Platte Valley High School where she is the editor-in-chief of the yearbook, and a member of Student Council, NHS, and FCCLA.  She is a 10-year member with the Bits & Spurs club, taking sewing, market lambs, and market & breeding swine.  She enjoyed participating in 4-H Fashion Revue where she twice won the senior grand champion award.  Jennifer will attend the University of Northern Colorado, majoring in Elementary Education.

Paul Hoshiko Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Adam Martin Photo Adam Martin, from Milliken, will attend Colorado State University following graduation from Roosevelt High School in Johnstown.  He will be in the CSU Honors Program, majoring in History.   Adam is the national winner of the American History scholarship given this year by the daughters of the American Revolution.   At school, Adam is the President of National Honor Society and vice-president of his senior class.  He also participates in FBLA, FCA, Knowledge Bowl, basketball and track.  Adam is a 10-year member of the Milliken Pacesetters 4-H club, with entomology and model rocketry as his main projects.  Adam is the recipient of the Paul Hoshiko Jr., Memorial Scholarship.

Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship

Kim Nelson Photo Kim Nelson, from Milliken, is a 10-year member of the Milliken Pacesetters 4-H where she took Macrame and Decorate your Duds projects.  She exhibited the grand champion macrame project at the county fair last year.  Kim is a senior at Roosevelt High School where she ran track and cross country, and was active in FBLA, FCA, Student Council and NHS.  She was awarded the Kenneth & Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship, and will attend Colorado State University, majoring in physical therapy.

Weld County 4-H Scholarship

Nicole Nelson Photo Nicole Nelson, from Eaton, has taken a wide variety of projects during her 10 years as a member of the Eaton Country Critters 4-H club.  She served on the 4-H executive council four years and is the district II vice-president.  Nicole has also served on the Fair Board and was the chair of the Junior Jamboree and Fair Pop Stand committees.  She is a senior at Eaton High School, where she is in the mentoring program and is a tutor for Algebra.  She plans on taking general studies at Colorado State University.  Nicole received the Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.

Norgren Family 4-H Scholarship

Jessica Peterson Photo Jessica Peterson, from Eaton, is attending Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, double majoring in Animal Science and Biotechnology.  Jessica won the State Star Farmer award with FFA last year and stays involved with FFA through the Post Secondary Ag Program. She is a graduate of Eaton High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society.  Jessica completed her 10-year membership in 4-H last year.  She is the recipient of the Norgren Family 4-H scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Kerrie Rauh Photo Kerrie Rauh, from Windsor, plans to attend Emporia State University in Kansas, to study metal smithing.  She was named as a recipient of the Presidential Award from the University.  She is a senior at Windsor High School and is a six-year member of the Severance 4-Corners 4-H club.  Kerrie is involved in Decorate your Duds and Heritage Arts projects.  In school, she participates in swimming, cross-country and track, FBLA and Key Club.  Kerrie is the winner of a Weld County 4-H Foundation scholarship.

Martin Produce Scholarship

Rebecca Smith Photo Rebecca Smith, from Hereford, is attending East Wyoming College in Torrington where she is pursuing a vet technician degree.  Becky graduated from Pawnee High School in Grover where she was a member of FFA, the National Honor Society, and Student Council.  She received the Star District Farmer award in FFA this year and is nominated for the State Star Farmer award.  A 10-year member of 4-H, Becky was a member of the Youth Executive Council, and took dairy, junior leadership, and vet science projects.  Becky was named the recipient of the Martin Produce scholarship.

2000 Scholarship Winners

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Robby Adams Photo Robby Adams, from Kersey, is a senior at Platte Valley School, and is the recipient of a Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.  He is a 10-year member of 4-H and has served as vice-president of his club for two years.  Some of Robby’s projects include dairy, woodworking, rocketry, and market sheep.  In addition to 4-H, Robby was active in FFA - where he was president for two years, National Honor Society, Student Council, Colorado Junior Holstein Association, and several school sports.  Robby will attend Northeastern Junior College in Sterling and has plans to become a Vo-Ag instructor in the future.

Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship

Amanda Aschenbrenner Photo Amanda Aschenbrenner, from Ft. Lupton, received the Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship.  Amanda is a senior at Valley High School in Gilcrest.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and served as the manager of the boys' basketball team for two years.  She is a 10-year member of 4-H and has had a multitude of projects including dairy, pygmy, and market goats, market and breeding sheep, cake decorating, and photography.  She is a member of the American Dairy Goat Association, the Rocky Mountain Meat Goat Association, and the United Methodist church in Platteville.  Amanda will attend Aims Community College in Greeley, with studies in Business. 

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Jennifer Bruce Photo Jennifer Bruce, from Johnstown, is a senior at Roosevelt High School, and is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Home Economics Scholarship.  Jennifer participated in volleyball and track and was the manager for the wrestling team.  She also participated in River Watch and Knowledge Bowl.  In 1999, she received the Rotary Youth Leadership award.  A 9-year 4-H member, Jennifer plans to attend Front Range Community College in Ft. Collins, and then pursue a nursing degree from the University of Wyoming.  Towards that end, she is taking a Medical Prep Program, and is doing clinicals at the Emergency Room at Northern Colorado Medical Center.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Angela Hoffner Photo Angela Hoffner, from Windsor, is an 8-year 4-H member, taking market swine and field crop projects.  She was president of her club in 1999.  Angela is a member and current president of the Future Business Leaders of America at Windsor high school, and also class treasurer in Student Council.  She plans on attending Colorado State University, majoring in computer information systems.  After receiving her degree, she hopes to work in the information technology department for a major company.  Angela is the recipient of a Weld County 4-H Foundation scholarship.

Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship

Erin Konkel Photo Erin Konkel, received the Helmut Brunner Memorial scholarship.  She is from Johnstown and a senior at Roosevelt High School, where she was active in basketball, cross country, and track.  She was also a member of FFA, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, River Watch, and Knowledge Bowl.  In 1998, Erin attended the Youth Leadership Conference in Liberty, Missouri, sponsored by Farmland Industries.  A 7-year member of 4-H, Erin has served as club president and vice-president, and has participated in Citizenship Washington Focus.  She plans to attend Colorado State University, with a double major in Ag Business and Animal Science.  From there, she wants to pursue an Ag Law degree.

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Jessica Peterson Photo Jessica Peterson, from Eaton, is a senior at Eaton High School.  She is a 10-year member of 4-H and currently carries a market goat project.  She has served as club secretary and treasurer, was a Youth Leadership counselor, and has participated in the beef catch-it calf program.  At school, Jessica played softball, was a member of the National Honor Society, and is the immediate past president of the Eaton FFA.  She won the Star District Farmer in FFA this year and plans to compete for a state FFA office position.  Jessica will attend Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, and then transfer to a 4-year college to pursue a degree in either Animal Science or Ag Business.  Jessica received a Weld County 4-H Foundation
Scholarship.

Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship

Corinne Schaefer Photo Corinne Schaefer, from Ft. Lupton, received the Weld County 4-H Agriculture scholarship.  She is the current president of her 4-H club and has also served as its treasurer.  She is currently taking breeding and market swine, and restoration projects.  Corinne participated in Citizenship Washington Focus in 1999.  A senior at Ft. Lupton high school, Corinne was involved in gymnastics, soccer, Student Council, and the National Honor Society.  She is also the immediate past president of the Ft. Lupton FFA chapter.  Corinne will attend Regis College in Denver and has received the Regis Presidential Scholarship.  She will major in Nursing, with plans to work in neo-natal care.

Martin Produce Scholarship

Rebecca Smith Photo Rebecca Smith, from Hereford, is a senior at Pawnee High School in Grover.  She is the recipient of the Martin Produce scholarship.  Rebecca is a 10-year member of 4-H, taking dairy, junior leadership, and vet science.  She is the secretary of the Youth Executive Council.  In school, she is a member of FFA, the National Honor Society, and Student Council.  She plans to attend East Wyoming College in Torrington pursuing a vet tech degree.

Paul Hoshiko Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Ryan Smith Photo Ryan Smith, from Gill, is a senior at Platte Valley High School in Kersey.  He is the recipient of the Paul Hoshiko Jr. Memorial Scholarship.  Ryan is a 10-year member of 4-H, and the current president of the Weld County Youth Executive Council.  He has attended National 4-H Conference and Congress and has served for three years on the National 4-H Council Task Force.  Ryan won the state 4-H public speaking contest in 1998 and was the overall grand champion in foods & nutrition at state in 1999.  He will enter seminary at St. Mary’s University in Minnesota, majoring in Business with a minor in Philosophy.

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Krystal Stewart Photo Krystal Stewart is a freshman at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming, majoring in Equine studies.  She is from Ault and graduated from Highland high school last year.  At school she was active in National Honor Society, Student Faculty Council, and volleyball.  She was a 10-year member of 4-H, and in addition to her horse project also took market beef, junior leadership, dog obedience, and model rocketry.  Her career plans are to train horses, give riding lessons, and to hopefully barrel race on the professional rodeo circuit.  Krystal is the recipient of the Ben Wilson Memorial scholarship.