July 13, 2023
The Kansas 4-H Youth Development Program has recognized more than two dozen youth as state project award winners for the project year 2022-23.
Sarah Maass, state leader for the Kansas 4-H program, says, “Being a state project winner indicates prior excellence and points to [youth’s] future potential.
“Youth must display leadership skills and hearts for service by organizing events like community service projects [and] project meetings to share their expertise with younger 4-H members, and other unique efforts,” she says.
One state winner is selected yearly from the senior division (ages 14 to 18) in 27 project categories. Kansas 4-H youth submit a project report form, a summary of their work in a certain project.
Maass notes that not only will they learn new project skills, but these youth must also demonstrate growth and strength in leadership, organization, civic engagement — and above all, communication within the project.
This year’s projects and their winners are:
Beef. Dustin Denton, Marshall County
Civic Engagement. Clara Johnson, Meadowlark District, Jefferson County
Clothing and Textiles. Elizabeth “Ellie” Seeger, McPherson County
Communications. Meredith Burgess, Shawnee County
Dairy. Trena Garcia, Butler County
Dog Care and Training. Christopher Mork, Sedgwick County
Entomology. MacKenzie Krueger, Coffey County
Fiber Arts. Renatta Heintz, Chisholm Trail District, Dickinson County
Foods and Nutrition. Kylee Barlett, Butler County
Geology. Amber Kolle, River Valley District, Washington County
Horse. Clayton Carlgren, River Valley District, Republic County
Leadership. Brennan Aldridge, Sunflower District, Republic County
Meat Goats. Channing Dillinger, Wild West District, Stevens County
Performing Arts. Brynna Anderson, Central Kansas District, Saline County
Pets. Gavin Shupe, Leavenworth County
Photography. Johanna Walker, Wildcat District, Crawford County
Plant Science. Ian Dunn, 21 Central District, Stafford County
Poultry. Aubrey Stahlman, River Valley District, Cloud County
Rabbits. Eve Rider, Walnut Creek District, Ness County
Self-Determined. Daniel Rausch, Coffey County
Sheep. Reygan Schrock, Central Kansas District, Saline County
Shooting Sports. Trenton Hays, Midway District, Ellsworth County
STEM. (Science, technology, engineering and math) Ava Karcher, Lyon County
Swine. Kyser Nemecek, Southwind District, Allen County
Visual Arts. Kyla Lankton, Coffey County
Wildlife. Joseph Westerman, McPherson County
Wood Science. Zachary Piroutek, River Valley District, Republic County
Award winners were recognized during the Emerald Circle Banquet in June, hosted at Kansas State University in Manhattan, by the Kansas 4-H Foundation. Officials say project report forms progress through county, regional and statewide evaluations before the state winner in each project area is named.
A video of the annual banquet is available online at bit.ly/2022kansas4hbanquetvideo.
State 4-H project award winners are also eligible to attend the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta in November.
More information about opportunities with the Kansas 4-H Youth Development program is available at kansas4-h.org.
Source: Kansas State Research and Extension News Service
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