Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

July 13, 2012

Thirty Franklin County residents achieve 10-year 4-H member status


The Herald-Tribune

BATESVILLE —

 

Thirty Franklin County residents have achieved the milestone of becoming 10-year 4-H members:

 

Franklin County Ten Year 4-H Members

Caleb Barnes, son of Martin and Rebecca Barnes, is a 2012 home school graduate and a member of the Highland Hy-Flyers 4-H Club.  His favorite projects are collections and dog obedience.  His 4-H achievements include state fair entries with his wildlife and latch hook and winning reserve champion in the dog show.  Caleb says his favorite memory was, “Coming around the first corner of the arena, my dog chooses to relieve himself.  A shovel full of crap and embarrassment.”  His favorite activities include playing almost any sport and not a day goes by that he doesn’t listen to or play music.  He plays the guitar, ukulele, and he “slapa da bass man!”  Caleb is most inspired by God for being his savior.  Chris Thile and John Mayer have also inspired Caleb in music.  In the future, Caleb intends to do whatever God has planned for him, whether it is a burger flipper or a missionary.

Ryan Bower, son of Randy and Nancy Bower, is a 2012 graduate of Franklin County High School and a member of the East Franklin Flyers 4-H Club.  Beef and swine are his favorite projects.  He has won many awards in these two projects including Grand Champion Starter Calf for 6 years, Reserve Grand Champion Starter Calf for 5 years, Light Weight Champion Pig, and Senior Showmanship in beef.   Ryan’s favorite 4-H memory was “waking up early on Tuesday mornings to beat everyone to the wash racks.”   In his free time, Ryan likes to play basketball and baseball, fish, hunt, and work on his grandpa’s farm.   His other achievements include being in the Academic Hall of Fame and being a member of the basketball team that won the All-Tourney Team Award at the 2012 Holiday Tourney.  When asked who inspires him, he answered, “My grandpa because he has taught me so much from being around him so often.”  Ryan plans to attend Miami University.

Kelly Burger, daughter of Albert and Shari Burger, is a 2012 graduate of Franklin County High School and a member of the East Franklin Flyers 4-H Club.  Her favorite 4-H projects include sewing, fashion revue, scrapbooking, corn, hay, and soybeans.  When asked about her favorite 4-H memory, she answered, “My favorite memory is being a 4-H Camp Counselor for 4 years.  It’s great to see the kids become so excited about 4-H!”  Her accomplishments in 4-H include 3 Grand Champions for fashion revue and Grand Champion for gift wrapping, hay, and soybeans.  Aside from 4-H, Kelly enjoys reading and sewing and she loves to play softball.   For years now she has kept herself busy working every evening caring for calves and milking cows on her family’s dairy farm.  Her achievements include FFA Star Greenhand, FFA Star Chapter Farmer, FFA Outstanding Leadership Award, and being a member of National Honor Society.   When asked who inspires her, Kelly answered, “My parents inspire me because they are hardworking, respectful, and dedicated to everything they do.”  In the future, Kelly will be attending the College of Mount St. Joseph to major in biology.  She then plans to attend grad school to obtain a doctorate of physical therapy.

Joshua Burton, son of Mark and Gloria Burton, is a 2012 home school graduate and a member of the Whitcomb Boosters 4-H Club.  Small engines, poultry, and woodworking are his favorite projects.  His 4-H honors include Grand Champion pets, Reserve Grand Champion poultry, Grand Champion small engines, and many other Reserve Champions and state fair entries.  His favorite 4-H memories are “When I won Reserve Grand Champion in poultry and just hanging out with friends.”  Other activities Josh is involved in include playing softball, soccer, and he likes to go fishing.  Some of his honors include being a home school graduate and a 10 year member of 4-H.  When asked who inspires him, he answered, “My parents because they always pushed me.”  Josh plans to become ASE certified to become a diesel mechanic after he graduates.   

Haylee Cooper, daughter of Scott and Sharon Cooper, is a 2012 graduate of Union County High School and an independent study 4-H member.  Beef cattle, photography, and arts and crafts serve as her favorite 4-H projects.  Her 4-H honors include having the Champion Angus Heifer for 9 years, being Champion Showman, Champion Arts & Crafts, Most Active Beef Member, being an Indiana Junior Angus officer for 3 years, and winning the Leising Award in the beef department.   Haylee recalls her favorite 4-H memory as “When I was a 3 year member I won Champion Senior Beef Showman at the county fair.  This was a very big accomplishment for me, especially for my age.”  Aside from 4-H, she plays travel softball all year around on Cincy Star ’94, shows cattle all year around, she’s an active member of the local FFA Chapter, and  does various activities with the school and community.   Haylee has received many awards outside of 4-H including playing Varsity softball for 4 years, being an FFA officer for 4 years, getting awarded Most Outstanding Player 2 years in a row, winning the Golden Glove Award for 3 years, achieving Academic Honors, and being a member of the National Honor Society.  Haylee’s parents and grandparents inspire her because “they have always been there for me throughout my life and were always the ones who pushed me to do better.”  In the future, Haylee plans to attend Wilmington College and major in either physical therapy or nursing.  While she is there she will also be playing on the softball team.

Zachary Frank, son of Todd and Sharon Frank, is a 2012 graduate of Franklin County High School and a member of the Blooming Grove Tigers 4-H Club.  His favorite project is home environment.  His biggest achievements in 4-H were winning Grand Champion in the foods project and winning 2 Grand Champions in the home environment project.  He enjoys playing sports and hanging out with his friends whenever he can.  When asked who inspires him most, he answered, “My Grandpa Clemens.”  Zachary plans to attend Indiana State University to study criminal justice.

Jay Haas, son of Darrell and Penny Haas, is a 2012 graduate of Franklin County High School and a member of the East Franklin Flyers 4-H Club.  Collections and swine are his favorite 4-H projects.  His 4-H honors include being awarded the Farm Bureau Tenure Award and the Leising Swine Award.  He has also had his photography go to State Fair where he was awarded a Special Merit.  When asked about his favorite 4-H memory, Jay answered, “When I won Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb.”  Aside from 4-H, he enjoys being outside, playing bass guitar, hunting, fishing, and helping his NTPA Pulling Team Feiss Motorsports.  Jay’s dad inspires him because “he has taught me to work my butt off since nothing in this life is free.”  In the future, Jay’s goal is to have his own NTPA pulling vehicle and get into high performance and racing engine building and fabrication.  Jay lives by the words of “Never give up on your dreams.”

Matthew Hartman, son of Dave and Deb Hartman, is a 2012 home school graduate and a member of the Superkids 4-H club.  His favorite project was his woodworking project from 2010 when he made a wall cabinet for his bathroom at home.  Aside from 4-H, Matthew enjoys reading and youth group sports and activities.  Les Smith has inspired him because “he has years of experience in woodworking along with other various skills.”  In the future, Matthew plans to attend college. 

Amber Henson, daughter of Steve and Pam Henson, is a 2012 graduate of First Place Academy and a member of the Oak Forest Harvesters 4-H Club.  Her favorite 4-H projects are photography, food, and consumer clothing.   Her 4-H honors include Reserve Grand Champion, Champions, State Fair entries, and numerous blue ribbons.  Amber recalls her favorite 4-H memory as “taking pictures for my photography and fixing food for my food projects.”  Aside from 4-H, she keeps herself busy with photography, reading, playing piano, guitar, and bass, and cooking and baking.  In the summer of 2011 Amber was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go to Joplin, Missouri to help with tornado relief.  Amber’s parents inspire her the most because “they always worked hard for what they wanted.  It showed me to do the same.”  In the future, Amber plans to attend Ivy Tech for general studies and phlebotomy.  She will then attend Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri to study early childhood education.

Chelsea Howell, daughter of Brad and Debbie Howell, is a 2012 graduate of Franklin County High School and a member of the East Franklin Flyers 4-H Club.  Sheep, goats, scrapbooking, and floriculture are her favorite projects.  Her 4-H honors include being named 2010 Showman of Showmen, 2011 First Runner-Up on the Fair Queen Court, and Grand Champions in sheep, goats, and floriculture.  When asked about her favorite 4-H memory, she responded, “So many have been made that it’s hard to choose.  Late night water fights at the barns is at the top.  We use hoses and buckets and everyone gets involved, but overall just spending time at the fair with friends.”  Other activities that Chelsea is involved with include showing sheep and goats, soccer, tennis, and hanging out with friends and family.   Some of her other honors include 2011 and 2012 tennis MVP and Co-Captain, Soccer All-Conference, 2009 and 2011 Soccer MVP, and Champion Ram and Ewe at North American International Livestock Expo.  She has also won Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Showman at the Indiana State Fair.  When asked who inspires her, she answered, “My Grandpa Kirlin because he is the reason 4-H is such a big part of my life.  He is a hard worker and never gives up!”  Chelsea plans to attend Franklin College to major in public relations and play tennis.

Amanda Kaiser, daughter of David and Cindy Kaiser, is a member of the East Franklin Flyers 4-H Club and a 2012 Franklin County High School graduate.  Her favorite 4-H projects include basketry, swine, and foods.   When asked about her favorite 4-H memory, she replied, “I was playing with my best friend, Lainey Losekamp, and we went back to the little creek by the campers to play.  Both of our parents were looking all over for us.  But everyone would say ‘If you find one of the girls, you will be sure to find the one right next to the other.’  This is where I met my best friend!”  Amanda’s 4-H honors include Swine Junior Showmanship in 2004, Grand Champion Junior Fashion Revue in 2007, Grand Champion Consumer Clothing in 2011, and Grand Champion Foods in 2011.  Outside of 4-H, she has many other honors including National Honor Society, Academic Hall of Fame, and Highest Honor Roll.  Amanda’s hobbies include playing basketball, volleyball, and tennis, swimming, and outdoor activities.  Her mom and dad inspire her because “they have raised five beautiful kids and always put us first!”  Amanda will be attending Indiana University in the fall and majoring in health administration.

Kaitlyn Kerr, daughter of Gary and Rhonda Kerr, is a 2012 graduate of Franklin County High School and a member of the East Franklin Flyers 4-H Club.  Some of her favorite projects include basketry, goats, and sheep.   When asked about her favorite 4-H memory, she answered, “Every year my friends and I had a living room set up in the sheep barn.  We would set up a tent that had lights around it and we would relax there throughout the week.”  Her greatest accomplishment in 4-H was winning the 2011 Grand Champion Dairy Wether, which was in memory of her brother Kyle Kerr.  Aside from 4-H, Kaitlyn is involved in basketball and soccer.  She also likes to spend time with family and friends.  Her other achievements include receiving the 2009-2010 Players Choice Award for basketball and the 2011-2012 Toughness Award for soccer.  When asked who inspires her, she replied, “My parents for supporting me in everything I do and my older brother for showing me that hard work does pay off.”  In the future, Kaitlyn plans to attend Hanover College and major in exercise science.

Caroline Koester, daughter of Jeff and Dianna Koester, is a 2012 graduate of Franklin County High School and a member of the Blooming Grove Tigers 4-H Club.  Of all of the projects she has taken, photography, sewing, and the fashion revue are her favorites.  Caroline’s achievements in 4-H include Grand Champion sewing, Grand Champion fashion revue, Indiana State Fair finalist in fashion revue, and receiving many division champions and state fair entries for her projects.  She recalls her favorite 4-H memory as “reigning over the 2011 Franklin County 4-H Fair as Queen!”  When she has free time, Caroline enjoys playing basketball, running track, taking pictures, traveling, attending Indianapolis Colts games, and boating.  In school, she has received several honors including highest honors, Chemistry Student of the Year, English Student of the Year, United Way, and being a member of National Honor Society and Student Council Executive Board.  When asked who inspires her, she answered, “As fair queen, I was inspired by each and every individual 4-H member.  Their hard work and dedication put into each project created enthusiasm and an awarding experience not only for them, but for everyone around them.”  Caroline plans to attend Butler University in the fall to pursue a career in pharmacy.  She hopes to become a pharmacist and perform research, as well as bring new drugs to the market.

Ann Kuntz, daughter of Bill and Geraldine Kuntz, is a 2012 graduate of Oldenburg Academy and a member of the Superkids 4-H Club.  Her favorite projects include beef, swine, and foods.  Ann has had many achievements throughout her 4-H career including Reserve Grand Champion Steer, Champion Light Weight Barrow, Champion Shorthorn Heifer, Junior Showmanship in beef, Intermediate Showmanship in swine and beef, Senior Showmanship in swine and beef, Reserve Champion foods, Grand Champion fashion revue sewing for fun, and Reserve Grand Champion forestry.  She recalls her favorite 4-H memory as “participating in the Showman of Showmen competition.”  Aside from 4-H, Ann enjoys running cross country and track.  She also enjoys playing basketball and is a part of campus ministry and National Honor Society.  In school she has received several honors including Academic All state Cross Country, Basketball, and Track.  Ann was also a state qualifier in track for 2 years.   When asked who inspires her, she answered, “My mom because she is my role model and she has taught me many of the things that I know today.”  Ann plans to attend Marian University to study nursing while running cross country and track.

Lainey Losekamp, daughter of David and Brenda Losekamp, is a 2012 graduate of Franklin County High School and a member of the East Franklin Flyers 4-H Club.  Her favorite projects include beef, swine, goats, and sheep.  Winning Grand Champion foods, Grand Champion consumer clothing, Grand Champion Wether, Grand Champion Full Blood Boer Doe, Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb, and Champion Light Weight Barrow are some of her achievements in 4-H.  Lainey recalls her favorite 4-H memory as “after every show my family and friends would gather in our ‘living room.’  We would just talk and play card games in our home away from home!”  Aside from 4-H, she likes to sit down and read a good book and spend time with her great family and awesome friends.  Lainey has also received many honors including being in National Honor Society, student council, class secretary, volleyball captain, and Vice President of her 4-H club.  Lainey’s parents inspire her most because “they have taught me how to be a hard worker on and off the farm.”  In the future, Lainey plans to attend UCBA and earn a degree in dental hygiene.

Jessica Mason, daughter of James and Mary Mason, is a 2012 graduate of Franklin County High School and a member of the Highland Hoosiers 4-H Club.  Floriculture and swine are her favorite 4-H projects.  Her accomplishments in 4-H include getting to take the Achievement Trip to Chicago and winning Reserve Grand Champion in electric 2 years in a row.  Her favorite memory was “starting a great friendship with Kelly Burger while listening to the radio at 4-H Round Up.”  Aside from 4-H, Jessica is involved in FFA and youth group.  She also enjoys gardening and raising animals.  Her honors include being awarded Outstanding FFA Member for 3 years.  Jessica’s Aunt Cathy inspires her because “no matter what projects I did, she always helped me.”  In the future, Jessica plans to attend college to study landscaping and greenhouse management. 

Julie Mersch, daughter of Jerry and Sharon Mersch, is a 2012 home school graduate and a member of the Whitcomb Boosters 4-H Club.  Pencil drawing, painting, and starter calf are her favorite projects.   Her achievements in 4-H include Grand Champion in art for 2 years and Champion in basic crafts with her pottery project.  Julie recalls her favorite 4-H memory as “winning Grand Champion with my drawing and just hanging out at the fairgrounds every night.”  Aside from 4-H Julie enjoys soccer, softball, art, babysitting her nieces and nephews, and hanging out with her friends and family.  She is also involved with Catholic Youth for Life Group and other activities at her church.  Julie is currently undecided about her future plans, but she still enjoys art and loves being with her family and nieces and nephews.

Sadie Miller, daughter of Deborah and Dusten Miller, is a 2012 graduate of Oldenburg Academy and a member of the Highland Hoosiers 4-H Club.  Her favorite 4-H project is public speaking.  Her achievements in 4-H include winning Reserve Grand Champion in public speaking and then going on to state fair with that project.  When asked about her favorite 4-H memory, she answered, “When my 4-H group won the Share the Fun Contest and we had to present our act at the State Fair.”   Aside from 4-H, Sadie loves spending time with her friends and going hiking.  She also enjoys going for a run and working out to relieve everyday stress.  Sadie’s mother inspires her because “no matter what happened she always tried to make me a better person.”  Sadie plans to attend Ivy Tech and then transfer to Indiana University. 

Mary Rose Noble, daughter of Brian and Linda Noble, is a 2012 home school graduate and a member of the Highland Hoosiers 4-H Club.  Swine, beef, and basketry are some of her favorite projects.  Her favorite 4-H memories include “helping teach the mini 4-Her’s how to show animals at the fair.”  Within 4-H she has won Junior Goat Showmanship, Champion intermediate basket, Champion Produce of Dam, and Grand Champion Oberhasli.  Mary enjoys playing soccer and softball, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.  Her sisters inspire her the most because “they have shown me that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible.”  Mary plans to attend college in the fall.

Paige Riebsomer, daughter of Nick and Patricia Riebsomer, is a 2012 graduate of Oldenburg Academy and a member of the East Franklin Flyers 4-H Club.  Basketry, her clay works, and baking were her favorite projects that she completed while in 4-H. Paige’s favorite memory was “when my sister, her friend, and I put on a play about how to help someone who is choking.”   Her 4-H achievements include many blue ribbons, Reserve Champion, Champion, and being a 10 year member.  Aside from 4-H, Paige enjoys playing volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, rock climbing, skydiving, reading books, hanging out with friends, shopping, working out, walking her dog, and just smiling.  Some of her other achievements include being a regional qualifier in the 4x800M, straight A’s, perfect attendance, student council, ISSMA blue ribbons, and receiving the Mary & Chester Bommer Memorial Scholarship.   Paige’s sister Kristin inspires her because “she was also a 10 year 4-H member that was very dedicated and she loved 4-H with all of her heart.”  Paige will be attending Ball State University to study dietetics.   She then hopes to work for an organic brand named Kashi.

Caleb Robinson, son of Terry and Patty Robinson, is a 2012 home school graduate and a member of the Oak Forest Harvesters 4-H Club.  Collections, photography, electric, and foods are his favorite 4-H projects.   His 4-H achievements include Grand Champion ribbons and taking projects to the Indiana State Fair.  Caleb recalls his favorite 4-H memory as “Attending 4-H Round-Up and fair week.”  Aside from 4-H, Caleb enjoys playing the bass in Praise band, reading, working at Eklunds Crazy Acres, and hanging out with friends.   He has graduated with an Honors General Education Degree, and made the Dean’s List at Ivy Tech for two semesters while he took classes there.  Caleb’s grandparents inspire him because “they are always there to support my endeavors.”  In the fall Caleb will be attending Ball State University to study psychology with an emphasis in criminal justice.

 

Shelbi Schwab, daughter of Keith and Teresa Schwab, is a 2012 graduate of Union County High School and a member of the East Franklin Flyers 4-H Club.  Her favorite 4-H projects include photography and showing animals at the livestock shows.  Shelbi’s achievements in 4-H are winning Champion Extra Heavy Weight with her sheep and Reserve Champion photography board that also got chosen to go to state.  When asked about her favorite 4-H memory, she replied, “Getting Champion Extra Heavy Weight with my sheep when it was my first year showing.”  Shelbi’s hobbies include playing softball and hanging out with friends.  When asked who inspires her most, she answered, “My parents inspire me because they help me to work for what I want.”  In the future, Shelbi plans to attend the Vet Tech Institute in Indianapolis, then find a good job, and eventually have a family.

 

Abby Shane, daughter of Rick and Angie Shane, is a 2012 graduate of Batesville High School and a member of the Superkids 4-H Club.  Her favorite projects are sewing and beef.  Abby has had many achievements throughout her ten years in 4-H including state fair entries, Grand Champions, and serving as President and Vice President of her 4-H club.  She recalls her favorite memory as “showing my cows and going to the grandstands every night of the fair to watch the different activities that go on.”  Aside from 4-H, Abby enjoys hanging out with friends and family, coaching softball, and working.  At school she graduated with an academic honors diploma and has been awarded scholarships.  Abby’s parents and grandparents inspire her because “they are always there to help me.”  In the future, Abby plans to attend University of Indianapolis to study nursing.

 

Ryan Simmermeyer, son of Doug and Cheryl Simmermeyer, is a 2012 graduate of Franklin County High School and a member of the Highland Hy-Flyers 4-H Club.  Poultry and meat goat serve as Ryan’s favorite 4-H projects.  He has won premier poultry showmanship 4 years in a row, poultry showmanship at the state fair in 2011, and Grand Champion woodworking 3 years in a row.  Ryan’s favorite 4-H memory is “winning Grand Champion meat wether when it was my first year in the goat project.”  Some of his hobbies include raising and showing poultry and rabbits in open shows outside of 4-H, cross country, track, and FFA.  At school, Ryan’s achievements include qualifying for regionals in track 2 years in a row, Newcomer of the Year Award in cross country, and Outstanding Senior Award in FFA.   Ryan’s mom inspires him because “she has encouraged me through all of my activities over the years.”  After graduation, Ryan plans to attend Purdue University and graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in animal science.   He also plans to buy a house and continue showing poultry in open shows.

 

Anthony Study, son of Tony Study, is a 2012 graduate of Franklin County High School and a member of the Laurel Willing Workers 4-H Club.  Swine and dairy are his favorite 4-H projects.  His 4-H achievements include several Grand and Premier Grand Champion awards for showing dairy.  Anthony recalls his favorite 4-H memory as “showing my cow my first year in 4-H.”  Aside from 4-H, Anthony likes to 4-wheel and canoe.  At school he was a member of the National Honor Society.   Anthony’s dad inspires him because “he always makes me confident that I can do anything if I try hard enough.”  In the future, Anthony plans to continue working full time at Shirk’s International.

 

 

Jackie Wagner, daughter of Brad and Tammy Wagner, is a 2012 graduate of Oldenburg Academy and a member of the St. Michael Afterschool 4-H Club.  Some of Jackie’s favorite 4-H projects are rabbits and international studies. She recalls her favorite 4-H memory as “when I received Reserve Grand Champion on my international studies project and Champion meat pen with my rabbits.”  This memory was also describes her greatest 4-H achievements.  Outside of 4-H, Jackie has earned an Academic Honors Diploma.  Her hobbies include reading, writing, riding horses, and spending as much time as possible with family and friends.  When asked who inspires her, she answered, “My family because they are the most supportive people in my life.”  Jackie plans to attend Miami University to study zoology.    

 

Kory Werner, son of Kevin and Diane Werner, is a 2012 graduate of Franklin County High School and a member of the Highland Hy-Flyers 4-H Club.  Goats, chickens, and rabbits are some of his favorite 4-H projects.  His favorite memory was “all the years showing animals with my older brother Kyle and my friends.”   Kory has received many Grand and Reserve Champion awards on his animals throughout his 4-H career.  Aside from 4-H, he is also an academic honors student and a MCATZ Mentor.  Kory has received Gold and Silver placing in ISSMA Band Competitions and has won numerous National Champions with llamas and poultry when showing throughout the U.S.  When asked who inspires him, he answered, “A friend named Charlie Polly.   He’s a drag racer who always shows perseverance regardless of the circumstances.  He genuinely cares about people and gives freely of his time to help others.”  Some of Kory’s hobbies include playing guitar, playing drums, working on cars, and racing.  He was also a percussionist in the FCHS Marching, Pep, and Concert Band.  Kory plans to attend Butler University this fall to study criminology and sociology, with an ultimate goal of working as an agent for the FBI.

 

Benjamin Whittington, son of Neil and Patti Whittington, is a 2012 home school graduate and a member of the Whitcomb Boosters 4-H Club.  Hay and photography are his favorite projects.  Benjamin recalls his favorite 4-H memory as “When I won Grand Champion with my hay project.”  Aside from 4-H, he enjoys farm work, motocross and arenacross racing, and working on and modifying trucks.  Benjamin is also a member of Catholic Youth for Life, plays on a co-ed softball team, and has worked hard to receive the Eagle Scout Award.  Benjamin plans to attend WyoTech in Wyoming and turn pro in motocross and arenacross.

 

Emily Doll and Todd McDonough did not have paperwork available.