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Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship Recipients

This year the Weld County 4-H Foundation has 17 college scholarships available to Weld County 4-H members. Below are the recipients of the 2020 Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarships.

CAITLYN WALKER
Paul and Jean Hoshiko Memorial Family 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 at 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 Associates 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.

WYATT PATTON
Paul and Jean Hoshiko Memorial Family Scholarship

Photo of Lindsey LeafgrenWyatt Patton photo

Wyatt Patton is the son of Troy and Dawn Patton of Briggsdale. He 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.

BAILEY ERICKSON
Beef Excellence Committee Scholarship

Bailey Erickson Photo

Bailey Erickson 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 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 Scholarship.

DAVID SPONAUGLE
Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

David Sponaugle photoDavid 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.

AMANDA TERRELL
Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Amanda Terrell PhotoAmanda 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.

ALIANA ENDRESON
Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Aliana Endreson photoAlaina 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

SARAH WESTERMAN
Weld County Fair 100th Anniversary Scholarship

SaraSarah Westerman photoh Westerman is the daughter of Dean and Tuesday Westerman of Eaton.  She is a 10-year member of Galeton 4-H and is doing the Market Goat project. She has also completed market beef, market lambs, cake decorating scrapbooking and decorate your duds.

Sarah is a Senior at Eaton High School and is in FFA.  She’s also held offices such as Sentinel, Treasurer, Secretary and Vice-President. Several times throughout the year, she volunteers at the Weld County Food Bank.

Through 4-H and agriculture, she has learned skills such as determination, pride, confidence and many other character traits that will be necessary in her future career. She learned the value of a firm handshake and how to have pride in everything she does no matter the outcome.  She owes everything she knows to agriculture and 4-H.

She will be attending Colorado State University to pursue studies to become an attorney.

Sarah is the recipient of the Weld County Fair 100thAnniversary Scholarship.

AWNA HIRSCH
Weld County 4-H Family and Consumer Sciences Scholarship

Awna HirschAwna 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.

LAUREN WEABER
Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship

Lauren Weaber photoLauren 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 be come a Rural General Doctor.

Lauren is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship.

SHELBY TVETEN
Dorothy Martin Zabka Memorial Scholarship

Shelby Tveten photoShelby 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.

BRIANNA MCBRIDE
Norgren Family Memorial Scholarship

Brianna McBride photoBrianna 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.

MEGAN PODTBURG
Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Megan Podtburg photoMegan 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 what she has 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.

ALEXANDRA MELLOR
Dorothy Pfleiderer Memorial Scolarship

Alexandra Mellor photoAlexandra 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.

LAUREN FRINK
Gene Inloes Memorial Livestock Scholarship and Helmet Brunner Memorial Scholarship

Lauren Frink PhotoLauren 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 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 and the Helmet Brunner Memorial Scholarship.

MACKENZIE BARRETT
Kenneth and Clarice Benson Memorial Scholarship and Josh Jarman Memorial Scholarship

Mackanzie Barrett photoMackenzie 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.

MYLES CARSON
Weld County 4-H Leaders Council High School Scholarship

Myles Carson photoMyles 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 Associates Degree in Diesel Technology and Agricultural Equipment Technology.

Myles is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Leaders Council High School Scholarship.

COURTNEY PATTON
Weld County 4-H Leaders Council Scholarship

Courtney PattonCourtney 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.