Cream of the crop

4-H Alumni Association hands out awards, scholarships, honors
by Verla Peichl Review Correspondent


SCHOLARSHIP AWARD recipients for 2013 were honored at the recent Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Association Awards and Honor Banquet at Klemme’s Wagon Wheel in Howards Grove. Pictured left to right are Anna Burkhardt, Rebecca Schwartz, Jeanette Morris, Jakob Ohman, Sara Bemis, Jennie Hopeman, Raelynn Bohrmueller, Rachel Morris, Ashley Doebert and Elizabeth Barthels. — Review photo by Verla Peichl SCHOLARSHIP AWARD recipients for 2013 were honored at the recent Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Association Awards and Honor Banquet at Klemme’s Wagon Wheel in Howards Grove. Pictured left to right are Anna Burkhardt, Rebecca Schwartz, Jeanette Morris, Jakob Ohman, Sara Bemis, Jennie Hopeman, Raelynn Bohrmueller, Rachel Morris, Ashley Doebert and Elizabeth Barthels. — Review photo by Verla Peichl The 2013 Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Association Awards and Honor Banquet was recently held at Klemme’s Wagon Wheel in Howards Grove.

The event was well-attended and there were an abundance of scholarships awarded to graduated 4-H members who are now attending college and because of the 4-H influence in their lives will continue to support the program and encourage others to join a club and expand their futures.

Raelynn Bohrmueller had the following remarks as a welcome to the evening’s program.


FRITZ JOHANNING, Farm Bureau Representative, presented the Wisconsin 4-H Key Awards to (left to right) Rebecca Schwartz, Elizabeth Widder, Emilie Burkhardt and Ashley Doebert at the recent Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Association Awards and Honor Banquet at Klemme’s Wagon Wheel in Howards Grove. - Review photo by Verla Peichl FRITZ JOHANNING, Farm Bureau Representative, presented the Wisconsin 4-H Key Awards to (left to right) Rebecca Schwartz, Elizabeth Widder, Emilie Burkhardt and Ashley Doebert at the recent Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Association Awards and Honor Banquet at Klemme’s Wagon Wheel in Howards Grove. - Review photo by Verla Peichl “For 10 years I was a member of the Clover Crusaders 4-H Club,” began Bohrmueller. “I am currently a student at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where I am majoring in human development and minoring in psychology. When I was asked to give this speech on what 4-H has taught me, I honestly wasn’t quite sure where to start because I could literally talk about the things 4-H has taught me for hours.”

Bohrmueller explained how she was once a shy girl and her natural reaction to social situations was to simply start crying.


EUGENE KOHLMAN was awarded the Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Award by 4-H Alumni Vice President Frank Steiner at the recent Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Association Awards and Honor Banquet. - Review photo by Verla Peichl EUGENE KOHLMAN was awarded the Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Award by 4-H Alumni Vice President Frank Steiner at the recent Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Association Awards and Honor Banquet. - Review photo by Verla Peichl She didn’t know how to act around people but her parents encouraged her to join 4-H because they wanted to find a way to socialize her.

Bohrmueller spoke about how taking projects to the Sheboygan County Fair helped her to be proud of herself and what she accomplished, as well as develop speaking skills to give her more confidence.

“When I realized that I was kind of good at this speaking thing my personality rally started to show around people,” said Bohrmueller. “Over the years I have taken on many leadership roles both in and out of 4-H.

“When I first got started I knew I would have some fun and maybe meet some new people,” she said. “But I never would have imagined that I would learn the things I’ve learned, meet the wonderful people I’ve met or experience the things I’ve experienced while making so many cherished memories.

The Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Award was presented to Eugene Kohlman by Vice President Frank Steiner.

“Eugene Kohlman was never a 4-H member himself, but he was the general leader of the Happy Worker’s 4-H Club for 39 years, retiring that position in 1997,” said Steiner. “He was the sheep, hog, beef and dairy leader for 52 years retiring from that position in 2010.

“Kohlman worked with the meat animal sale for 32 years, retiring that position in 2001 and has coordinated the stock car fundraiser for alumni scholarships for several years,” he said. I’m proud to present this award to him.”

The Wisconsin 4-H Key Award is presented to youth who have made outstanding contributions to 4-H through the development of leadership, citizenship and community service.

This is one of the highest honors a 4-H member can receive and it honors a select group of 4-H participants annually.

Recipients are selected through a process of a written application and face-to–face interview with a selection committee made up of 4-H volunteers.

This award is given on behalf of the Sheboygan County Farm Bureau and representative Fritz Johanning, who, was present for the presentation.

Wisconsin 4-H Key Award recipients include: Emilie Burkhardt, Rebecca Schwartz, Ashley Doebert and Elizabeth Widder.

Emilie Burkhardt is a nine-year member of the Madison All Star 4-H Club and is a junior at Sheboygan Falls High School.

She would like to attend UWStevens Point or UW-Whitewater for a degree in communication disorders sciences/services.

“4-H has taught me leadership and responsibility,” Burkhardt stated on her application. “Without 4-H it is hard to imagine what kind of person I would have been.”

Rebecca Schwartz is a 10-year member of Spring Valley 4-H Club and is graduating from Plymouth High School in June.

“4-H has been something that I have always enjoyed,” Schwartz said. “It has helped me become the person I am and inspired the person that I want to become. I believe 4-H has given me the skills I will use to succeed as an adult.”

Ashley Doebert is an 11-year member of the Plymouth Shamrocks 4-H Club.

Because it is a small club, she has been involved in helping in every event that her club has participated in.

“Through 4-H I have become a more diverse individual by learning about different cultures and by participating in community service,” Doebert said.

Elizabeth Widder is a nine-year member of Herman Cheerios. As a student at Sheboygan Falls High School, she is active in the student council, and FFA.

“4-H has made me a better person through the experiences I have had and they have taught me how to be a better leader, a better person and it has taught me that hard work and determination go a long way,” Widder said.

The 4-H Sheboygan County Scholarship recipients were Jeanette Morris, Rachel Morris, Jakob Ohman and Chris Spieth.

Jeanette Morris has been a member of the Spring Valley 4-H Club for eight years.

Her youth leadership throughout the 4-H program has shaped her interest in working with children. Next fall she plans to attend Concordia University in Mequon to study elementary education.

Rachel Morris has been a member of the Spring Valley 4-H Club for eight years and has attended the Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference in Madison.

She has enjoyed the creative outlet of her 4-H experience and plans to attend Concordia University in Mequon to major in graphic design.

Jakob Ohman is a 13-year member of the Willing Workers 4-H Club and is a senior at Plymouth High School.

She will use the 4-H Leaders’ Association Scholarship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in biology.

Chris Spieth is a member of the Scott Pioneers 4-H Club having been a member for 12 years and that includes youth leadership for five years.

He plans on going into computer engineering.

The Suhrke Memorial Scholarship was presented to Ashley Doebert.

This memorial was established in 1989 by many 4-H friends and family and has been awarded each year to an outstanding 4-H member.

Doebert is such a member. She is a 12-year member of the Plymouth Shamrocks 4-H Club and will be attending the UW-Milwaukee majoring in Japanese and pre-0ptometry.

The Leona Hoppert Memorial Scholarship is given in her name due to her service to Sheboygan County as the home economics and 4-H Agent beginning in 1937.

She is recognized for her pioneering efforts in encouraging young women to develop skills and become leaders.

Rebecca Schwartz, member of the Spring Valley 4-H Club for 10 years, is the recipient of the Leona Hoppert Memorial Scholarship.

She hopes to continue her education at UW-La Crosse, majoring in communications and theatre arts. Schwartz wishes to pursue a career where she can work with children’s programs and continue being a leader in her community.

The Jacob Burkhardt Jr. Memorial Scholarship was presented to Sara Bemis.

Burkhardt was an active member of the Madison All Stars 4-H Club and continued to be a strong supporter of the program.

Bemis has been a member of the Scott Pioneers 4-H Club for 10 years and she plans on attending UW-Sheboygan next year and then pursue a higher degree where she can learn radiologic technology or information technology.

The Taylor VanderWeele Memorial Scholarship was given in his memory to Jenna Meyer.

Meyer, a nine-year member of the 4-H Eagles Club, is a senior at Kiel High School. She plans to go on to college next year at UW-Stout to major in retail merchandising management.

The Arline Fabian-Hilbelink Memorial Scholarship was given in her memory because of her help in 1936 to Hulda Arndt of the Scott Pioneers 4-H Club.

The award was presented to Jennie Hopeman, an eight-year member of Hingham Handy Helpers 4-H Club. Hopeman plans to attend the UW-Wisconsin in Sheboygan this fall.

The Darwin DeGroff Memorial Scholarship was presented to Raelynn Bohrmueller.

Bohrmueller is a 10-year member of the Clover Crusaders 4-H Club and plans to attend the UWGreen Bay where she will major in human development and minor in psychology.

She likes to give tours of the campus to perspective students and volunteers at the Cerebral Palsy Center in Green Bay.

The Harold Depping Memorial Scholarship was given to Elizabeth Barthels.

Barthels is a 12-year member of the Madison All Stars 4-H Club and a graduate of Sheboygan Falls High School.

She is currently a sophomore at Lawrence University, where she is majoring in economics.

This December she will be traveling to Sierra Leone in West Africa for three weeks to conduct research and do volunteer work.

The Wallace Kleinhans Scholarship was presented to Carmen Conrad.

Conrad, an 11-year member of the Herman Cheerios 4-H Club, is attending Black Hawk College where she is on the equestrian show team and horse judging team. She is studying in the field of horse science technology.

The Norbert Meinnert Scholarship was presented to Anna Burkhardt.

Burkhardt is a 10-year member of the Madison All Stars 4-H Club and is studying clinical laboratory science-medical technology at UWStevens Point.

She has also undergone training to become a 4-H leader in Portage County.

Sheboygan County continues to be active in 4-H with 32 clubs, 1,100 members and 407 certified leaders.

John Michaels, the new 4-H leader and development agent, will arrive on June 17.

The evening concluded on a high note with special thanks to Eugene Bemis at Upland Springs Floral for donating the flowers on the tables, which were also used as door prizes.


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