4-H Alumni recognize supporters

by Verla Peichl
Review Correspondent


EARNING SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS at the annual Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Banquet held recently at Amore in Plymouth were (left to right) Kaylie Schelinske, Hailey Molkenthine, Jacobs Barthels, Megan Grimmenga, Christian Kaiser, Elizabeth Widder. — Review photo by Verla Peichl EARNING SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS at the annual Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Banquet held recently at Amore in Plymouth were (left to right) Kaylie Schelinske, Hailey Molkenthine, Jacobs Barthels, Megan Grimmenga, Christian Kaiser, Elizabeth Widder. — Review photo by Verla Peichl The 2016 Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Association Banquet was held recently at Amore in Plymouth

It was well attended by 4-H scholarship recipients, family, friends and 4-H alumni who continue to believe in the benefits of 4-H.

Megan Grimmenga, a 10-year member of the Herman Cheerios, gave remarks regarding her experience as a 4-H member.

“Before 4-H, I didn’t like talking in front of people,” said Grimmenga, “But now I’m thankful for 4-H because it gave me a personal challenge and I learned that I’m good at cooking and that I can talk in front of a group of people. The 4-H experience taught me what it means to be a leader and it introduced me to community service,


COLLECTING 4-H Alumni Awards at the annual Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Banquet held recently at Amore in Plymouth were Eunice Lensink (left) and Barb Scholten. — Review photo by Verla Peichl COLLECTING 4-H Alumni Awards at the annual Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Banquet held recently at Amore in Plymouth were Eunice Lensink (left) and Barb Scholten. — Review photo by Verla Peichl “Being in 4-H taught me what it means to give back, and what it means to be a volunteer and how to achieve my dreams,” she said.

Sheboygan County 4-H Board of Directors member Barb Scholten presented the 4-H Alumni Award to Eunice Lensink.

“Eunice has been a 4-H leader for 49 years was one of the founders of the Oostburg Wooden Shoes 4-H Club and a general leader for many years,” said Scholten. “The club has been renamed and is now called the 4-H Rangers and she is still the Cloverbud leader for this club, but she retired as one of the countywide Cloverbud leaders


KEY AWARD WINNERS honored at the annual Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Banquet held recently at Amore in Plymouth are (left to right) Catherine Schalk, Farm Bureau Representative Fritz Johanning and Erica Helmer. Not pictured is Dacota Anton. — Review photo by Verla Peichl KEY AWARD WINNERS honored at the annual Sheboygan County 4-H Alumni Banquet held recently at Amore in Plymouth are (left to right) Catherine Schalk, Farm Bureau Representative Fritz Johanning and Erica Helmer. Not pictured is Dacota Anton. — Review photo by Verla Peichl 2013. Some of you may remember Eunice as the woodworking superintendent at the county fair. She did this for 30 years and retired in 2013. I’m sure you will all agree that Eunice has been a great asset to the

H program.”

Sheboygan County Farm Bureau Representative Fritz Johanning was on hand for the presentation of the Wisconsin 4-H Key Award.

This award is presented to youth who have made outstanding contributions to 4-H through the development of leadership, citizenship and community service.

These youth are ones who have demonstrated consistent growth in their 4-H involvement, developed and applied their leadership skills and actively participated in the function of their club and their community.

Recipients are selected through a process that includes a written application, face-to-face interview and final selection by a committee made up of 4-H volunteers.

The following are the 2016 Sheboygan County 4-H Key Award Winners.

Dacota Anton currently attends Sheboygan Lutheran High School and is a member of the Clover Crusaders.

Catherine Schalk is a senior at Plymouth High School, and a member of the Mitchel Monsters 4-H Club and plans to attend UW-Fond du Lac in the fall.

Erica Helmer is a member of Johnsonville Hustlers 4-H Club and plans to attend UW-River Falls for dairy science.

The Sheboygan County 4-H Leaders Association presented awards to Christian Kaiser and Makenna Gillhuber.

Kaiser has been a member of the Wise Wizards 4-H Club for 12 years and plans to study life sciences, botany and biology, at Northland College in Ashland.

Gillhuber has been a member of the County Mounties 4-H Club for 10 years and plans to pursue her passion for chemistry and a career in pharmacy at either UW-Madison or Concordia University, eventually working for an equine veterinary practice and then working her way up to a position with Wisconsin

Equine.

The Suhrke Memorial Scholarship is given in memory of William and Louise Suhrke in recognition for 40 years of support and financial contributions the the Sheboygan County 4-H program.

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

This year’s recipient is Kaylie Schelinske, who has been a 12-year member of the Spring Valley 4-H Club and has decided to pursue her passion for working with youth and teaching. She will be majoring in elementary and early childhood education in special education and Spanish.

The Eugene Bemis 4-H Memorial Scholarship was presented to Hailey Molkenthine and Dakota Ortiz.

Molkenthine has been a 4-H member for 12 years with five of those as a youth leader. She will pursue a career in soil and crop science and is passionate about being a part of the source and production that keeps our food supply natural and healthy.

Ortiz has been a member of 4-H for 10 years. Inspired in part by her experiences as a director at the Music & Drama Festival and Enchanted Forest, she is pursuing a career as a youth theater company director.

Sheboygan County 4-H Leaders Association- Blanke & Herzog Memorial Scholarships were awarded to Jacob Barthels and Victoria Kohlwey.

Barthels was a member of the Ourtown Orioles 4-H Club. He just finished his freshman year at UWSee Eau Claire, where he is currently majoring in actuarial science with a minor in either finance or economics, pursing his career goal of becoming an actuary.

Kohlwey has been in the Scott Pioneers 4-H Club for nine years and has been a youth leader for three of those years. Inspired by her experience growing up on a dairy farm and her grandmother’s experience as an OB/GYN. she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing to help care for others.

Alumni Association Scholarships were awarded to Sarah Lillesand and Jakob Ohman.

Lillesand is a member of the Herman Cheerios 4-H Club and the tools that were taught to her makes her feel she is enabled to achieve great things at UW- Platteville where she is seeking to obtain her ag business degree and secure a job in the agriculture profession.

Ohman started out as a Cloverbud and has enjoyed being a part of the Willing Workers 4-H Club. He is a junior at UW-Madison where he is studying microbiology and health with an ultimate goal of becoming a medical doctor.

The Alumni Association-Evelyn Depping Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Megan Grimmenga. She joined the Herman Cheerios 4-H Club in 2005 and is now continuing her education at UW-Madison in the doctor of pharmacy program.

The Alumni Association-Adeline Herzog Memorial Scholarship was presented to Elizabeth Widder, who noted that 4-H has been a part of her life since she was a baby. She is currently a junior studying agronomy and animal science at Iowa State University.

This summer she will be working with the Iowa Farm Bureau and their Agriculture in the Classroom program, where she is serving as an intern and coordinator of the program.

The Alumni Association-Leona Hoppert Memorial Scholarship was presented to Tiffany Fischer, who was a member of the Madison All Stars 4-H Club. She is currently attending Lakeland College.

The Alumni Association-Wallace Kleinhans Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Jacob Barthels. He was a member of the Madison All-Stars and the Ourtown Orioles. He is currently attending UW-Eau Claire where he is pursuing a degree in actuarial science.

The Sheboygan County 4-H program currently has 930 4-H members, 370 volunteers and 33 clubs. Photography is the biggest 4-H project and there are almost 300 members in archery.

The 4-H Alumni Association gives thanks to Steve Bemis at Upland Springs Floral for donating the flowers which were on the tables.


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