Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana


July 13, 2012

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




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.

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