Dorothy Martin Zabka
Braden 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, and 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.