2023 4-H Achievement Celebration Awards

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Lancaster County 4-H and 4-H Council presented the Lancaster County 4-H Achievement Celebration on Thursday, Feb. 23. The theme was "Celebrating Awesomeness.” 4-H members, clubs and leaders were recognized for their 2022 achievements. Lancaster County 4-H congratulates all 4-H youth who commit themselves to excellence! The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners proclaimed Feb. 16 as “4-H Achievement Day” — see proclamation. Note: Achievement Celebration was originally scheduled for Feb. 16, but postponed due to weather.


  • Master of Ceremonies: Phil Wharton, 4-H Council President
  • Pledges led by: 4-H Council youth members
  • Lancaster County Board of Commissioners’ Proclamation of 4-H Achievement Day read by: Chris Scow, Extension Board member
  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln Admissions Representatives: Claire Swanson and Emily Jonas, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Lincoln Center Kiwanis Representative: Dayle Williamson


The Nebraska 4-H Achievement Application is a record of a 4-H member’s annual achievements in 4-H, including accomplishments, leadership experiences, community service and career exploration. Each Lancaster County4-H'er submitting an Annual Achievement application receives a $30 Activity Certificate from 4-H Council redeemable towards 4-H activities and supplies.

  • Completed a Junior application: Noah Babcock, Emily Bauman, Andrea Bettenhausen, Reagan Breuer, Khloe Cuttlers, Adam Gabel, Ethan Gabel, Morgan Gabel, Parker Hansen, Dayton Jons, Amorita Payne, Korben Payne, Silas Pracheil, Alexa Smith
  • Completed a Senior application: Samuel Babcock, Clare Bauman, Lilee Chevalier, Aleyna Cuttlers, Kylie Hansen, Nettie Lunquist, Micah Pracheil, Olivia Vanderford


Nebraska 4-H Clubs of Excellence have met the criteria outlined by the State 4-H Office to be considered a “Club of Excellence.” Some of the criteria includes: choose/elect youth officers, have one club project members do together and complete one community service project.

  • Clever Clovers, Fantastic 4, Five Star 4-H Club, Fusion 4-H’ers, Horticulture Club, Joes Clover Knights, Lancaster Leaders, Little Green Giants, N-Bots 4-H Club, Prairie Explorers 4-H Club, Rabbits R Us, Southern Lancaster Kids


The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program encourages 4-H members to engage in a variety of projects and activities. At the beginning of the 4-H year, youth choose goals from a provided list, and at the end of the 4-H year, they complete a report which documents their accomplishments. Youth may progress from Level 1–6.

  • Level 1 – Amethyst: David Bauman, Emily Crawford, Mia Crawford, Galen Goforth, Sophie Huenink, Everett Marsh, Isaac May, Korben Payne, Lucy Pflanz, Josephine Polk, Silas Pracheil, Grace Tetzlaff, Marin Twidwell
  • Level 2 – Aquamarine: Monica Bauman, Brayden Belew, Payzleigh Belew, Andrea Bettenhausen, Samantha Branch, Reese Dell, Meredith Marsh, Evelyn May, Maria Polk, Eli Ramaekers, Ethan Ramaekers
  • Level 3 – Ruby: Noah Babcock, Tenley Bauman, Josephine Branch, Helayna DeBuhr, Anna Fousek, Parker Hansen, Dayton Jons, Evan Mittan-DeBuhr, Brooklynn Nelsen, Amorita Payne, Catherine Polk, Alexa Smith, Kathryn Weaver
  • Level 4 – Sapphire: Emily Bauman, Claire Polk
  • Level 5 – Emerald: Drew Frain, Nettie Lunquist, Vanessa Peterson, Emma Thomson
  • Level 6 – Diamond: Clare Bauman, Kamryn Wanser


To achieve this statewide honor, a 4-H'er or team must complete a major service-learning project that benefits their community. 4-H'ers should invest over 100 hours of service, and take up to 24 months to complete the project. The project includes an initial proposal and final report. Recipients receive $100 from Nebraska 4-H Foundation.

  • Kamryn Wanser, Kennedy Powell, Brooklynn Nelsen (team) — These three 4-H'ers established a new Little Free Pantry in their Lincoln neighborhood of Indian Village. Together, the youth recruited a local business to house the public pantry and worked with a local craftsman design and build the pantry box. The youth collected $319 and over 1,700 food items to establish their Little Free Pantry. The teens continue to collect donations to keep the pantry stocked for those in need.


New in 2022 — the Nebraska 4-H Dog Achievement Program encourages 4-H members to engage in a variety of companion animal opportunities, events and contests. At the beginning of the level, participants plan what to accomplish and at the end, they report on their completed accomplishments. Youth may progress from Level 1–6.

  • Beginning Handler Level 1: Galen Goforth, Alexa Smith


Presented to 4-H'ers who have completed the most hours of community service. Award recipients receive a $30 Activity Certificate from Lancaster County 4-H Council redeemable towards 4-H activities and supplies.

  • Age 13 and under: Noah Babcock, Emily Bauman, Tenley Bauman, Khloe Cuttlers, Drew Frain, Galen Goforth, Dayton Jons, Brooklynn Nelsen, Amorita Payne, Korben Payne, Bailey Petersen, Alexa Smith, Kathryn Weaver
  • Age 14 and over: Clare Bauman, Aleyna Cuttlers, Kylie Hansen, Mischa Lunquist, Nettie Lunquist, Connor Paitz, Kamryn Wanser


At the Lancaster County Super Fair, all 4-H clubs, FFA chapters and independent members exhibiting in animal shows are automatically judged for Herdsmanship. Emphasis is on animal care, but other judging criteria include clean and orderly stalls, pens, alleys and storage areas. Courtesy, conduct and sportsmanship of the exhibitors is also important.

  • Beef/Bucket Calf: Champion (Tie): Johnson Family and Lonestar 4-H Club; Reserve Champion: Happy Go Lucky 4-H Club
  • Swine: Champion: Kruse Family; Reserve Champion: Pick A Pig 4-H Club
  • Dairy/Pygmy Goat: Champion: Go Go Goat Getters 4-H Club; Reserve Champion: Petta/Smith Family
  • Poultry: Champion: Huenink Family, Pillard Family, Pittman Family, Rauert Family and Sullivan Family (team); Reserve Champion: Babcock Family, Smith Family and Wanser Family (team)
  • Sheep/Meat Goat: Champion: Hytrek Family Reserve Champion (Tie): McInteer Family and Pittman Family


This special recognition is awarded to 4-H Dog Show exhibitors at Lancaster County Super Fair who entered the same dog in obedience, showmanship and agility classes in the same year, and earned a minimum of a red ribbon in each of the three areas.

  • Bella Croghan, Ruby Dean, Katie Fisher, Sophie Huenink, Paige Schepers, Alexa Smith


To encourage participation in the county fair, Lincoln Center Kiwanis Club awards traveling trophies to the top 4-H clubs participating in the Lancaster County Super Fair. One category winner is awarded the Wayne C. Farmer Memorial Cup as the overall Outstanding 4-H Club for the year. Clubs receive points based on all members’ total fair exhibit and contest placings.

  • Category I (membership of 5–10): Clever Clovers (Leader: Sara Hansen). The 7 club members had nearly 62 total entries at fair, and participated in several contests such as Table Setting, Speech and Presentations. This is the club’s first year as an outstanding 4-H club.
  • Category II (membership of 11–20) & Wayne C. Farmer Memorial Cup winner: Fantastic 4 (Leader: Jennifer Smith). The 14 club members had 334 total entries at fair, exhibiting in a wide variety of static exhibits, animal shows and contests. This is the eighth year this club has won an outstanding club award.
  • Category III (membership of 21 or more): Star City Cornhuskers (Leader: Stephanie Polk). The 46 club members had 297 total entries at fair, exhibiting in a wide variety of static exhibits, animal shows and several contests. This is the club’s second year as an outstanding 4-H club.


Open to youth in grades 10–12 who show outstanding qualities in servant leadership. The award recognizes youth who strive to be their personal best and make a positive difference in their schools, youth groups, 4-H clubs and communities. They do not need to hold leadership positions currently, but should be recognized by peers and adults who work with them as emerging leaders. Recipients receive a $50 gift card to shop4-h.org from Lancaster County 4-H Council.

  • Lilee Chevalier, Aleyna Cuttlers, Hannah Thomson, Ava Wharton, Christina Xu


Presented to individuals 14 years of age or older who have excelled in their involvement with the Lancaster County 4-H program. Selection is based on participation in a wide variety — and depth of — 4-H activities.

  • Clare Bauman has been in 4-H for 9 years, and is a member of the JP2 Crew 4-H club, Teen Council, and currently serving as Secretary of 4-H Council. She has exhibited in several projects areas at the Lancaster County Super Fair, earning many top awards. Several of her exhibits qualified for the Nebraska State Fair. Clare has also excelled in county and state 4-H contests, such as Fashion Show, Life Challenge and Table Setting. Naming only a few of her community service efforts, she has volunteered at Clover College, in the 4-H Council food stand, during Super Fair static exhibit set up and judging day, sewed quilts for hospitalized children, and sewed pillow cases for the People’s City Mission. Clare has completed the Diamond Clover Level 6, the highest level of the Diamond Clover Award Program. One highlight of her 4-H career was being selected as a Nebraska representative and attending the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia!
  • Kylie Hansen has been in 4-H since she was 5, and is a long-time member of the Clever Clovers 4-H club, currently is serving as Vice President of 4-H Council as well as is a Teen Council member. She has exhibited in several projects areas at the Lancaster County Super Fair, earning many top awards and several exhibits qualifying for the Nebraska State Fair. Kylie has excelled in county and state 4-H contests, such as Speech, Presentations and Plant Science. She has participated in several community service projects — including participating as a Master Health Volunteer and completing 20 class hours. She then attended the 4-H National Healthy Living Summit. After receiving grant for a service learning project, she and four other 4-H’ers helped build two raised garden beds for an assisted living facility. Kylie has completed the Diamond Clover Level 6, the highest level of the Diamond Clover Award Program. Kylie also was selected as a Nebraska representative and attended the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia!


Presented to individuals or organizations who have exhibited consistent and strong support of the Lancaster County 4-H program.

  • Kirk & Brandy Gunnerson have been Lancaster County 4-H volunteers for over 20 years! They both have served as members of the Rabbit Volunteers in Program Service (VIPS) committee, helped organize Spring Rabbit Shows, various Rabbit Clinics and each served on 4-H Council for six years. Kirk also served as a 4-H Shooting Sports instructor for a number of years. For the past several years, he has volunteered as the announcer for the 4-H/FFA Swine Show at the Lancaster County Super Fair. Brandy has served as a Rabbits R Us 4-H club leader for 20 years and superintendent of the 4-H rabbit static exhibits area at the Lancaster County Super Fair. She led the 4-H Council Chicken Dinner fundraiser several years and still helps immensely with this event.


The Lancaster County 4-H program offers a variety of college scholarships to active senior 4-H members.

  • Lancaster County 4-H Council — Awards $700 scholarships to active Lancaster County 4-H'ers: Samuel Babcock, Clare Bauman, Aleyna Cuttlers, Kylie Hansen, Luke Johnson, Riley Peterson, Hannah Thomson
  • Lancaster County 4-H Teen Council — Awards $300 scholarships to current 4-H'ers who are active in Teen Council: Samuel Babcock, Hannah Thomson
  • Lincoln Center Kiwanis — Awards a $1,000 scholarship to a current high school senior who is active in Lancaster County 4-H: Clare Bauman
  • Dick Fleming Leadership & Communication – Awards a $250 scholarship to a 4-H'er who has excelled in leadership and communication through 4-H: Kylie Hansen
  • Lane Community – Awards a $200 scholarship to a current 4-H’er who attends Raymond Central High School: Aleyna Cuttlers


  • 2023 4-H SENIORS — Graduating seniors receive a 4-H Alumni T-shirt courtesy of Lancaster County 4-H Council: Samuel Babcock, Clare Bauman, Lillie Beach, Lucas Beckman, Tayden Bell, Rachel Bos, Ashley Brown, Michaela Bunz, Tate Burkland, Briana Clements, Makenna Coe, Jonathan Cook, Rhet Cotter, Tanner Cushman, Aleyna Cuttlers, Ethan Donner, Dallas Donovan, Celia Faith, Paris Flores, Allyson Foged, Skylar Frisbie, Mason Gerdes, Beau Gyhra, Kylie Hansen, Zach Ingracia, Lea Jamison, Luke Johnson, Cooper Koeppen, David Kohl, Jaden Kohl, Karter Kopecky, Josie Lahm, Jackson Linke, Gabriel Livingston, Rhianna Metcalf, Charlie Miller, Connor Nielsen, Merrick Pelan, Riley Peterson, Emma Pflum-Miranda, Ayla Rech, Colton Reiling, Callahn Robinson, Grace Sandbulte, Genevieve Schmidt, Shyann Severson, Ava Simpson, Pearce Smith, Alexa Starner, Jake Swerczek, Hannah Thomson, Olivia Vanderford, Lisa Wang, Destyn Whitney, Christina Xu
  • 3-YEAR MEMBERS: Kinley Agnew, Piper Bauman, Tenley Bauman, William Bethune, Ian Bettenhausen, Claire Breuer, Hannah Breuer, Jaxon Bruss, Joel Calcara, Joshua Cantrell, Rhet Cotter, Mia Crawford, Reese Dell, Ethan Donner, Paris Flores, Anna Fousek, Kate Fousek, Anne Friesen, Catherine Friesen, Gwendolyn Friesen, Mary Kerstin Friesen, Paige Frink, Olivia Grieser, Owen Guthrie, Beau Gyhra, Sayla Harris, Clara Heppner, Alice Hilgers, Elizabeth Hilkemann, Magnolia Hogan, Philomena Hogan, Caleb Hundley, Elizabeth Hundley, Shauna Hundley, Amilya Johnson, Roxie Kastl, Otis Keierleber, Ava Kelly, David Kohl, Josie Lahm, Joshua Layman, Tatumn Lehn, Charlotte Lepper, Brooke Lofquist, Lexi Lofquist, Morgan Marsh, Gracelyn Mittan-DeBuhr, Isaiah Morse, Alexa Moscrip, Drew Moscrip, Mason Moscrip, Micah Mueller, Jack Nelson, Meredith Noack, Patrick O'Neal, Grant Oliver, William Oliver, Logan Ostergard, Alex Paider, Reese Pillard, Cora Pracheil, Irelyn Prunty, Leo Prunty, Ayla Rech, Addison Rocole, Thomas Rogers, Lane Schulzkump, Eleanor Senft, Jacob Skala, Lucy Skala, Braxton Thompson, Braylee Thompson, Avery Watson, Katie Watson, Joseph Wesely, Ethan Wooledge, Christina Xu
  • 2-YEAR LEADERS: Bethany Bettenhausen, Doug Savicky
  • 5-YEAR LEADERS: Brenda Nepper, Joy Plautz
  • 20-YEAR LEADER: Brandy Gunnerson


Awesome achievements throughout the year, most of which have already received recognition at various events and/or in the NEBLINE newsletter.


Three Lancaster County 4-H youth were part of 15 sewers selected stateside to participate in the Student Designer event for Omaha Fashion Week.

  • Mindy Bartels — Black and white coat with zebra print lining
  • Clara Johnson — Full-length, pink sequin sheath gown
  • Dayton Jons — Bright, multi-colored cheetah print gathered skirt and top


Several Lancaster County 4-H'ers participated in the statewide virtual Companion Animal Challenge. The following received purple ribbons.

  • Art Contest Junior: Elizabeth Hilkeman (Champion), Grace Mentzer, Korben Payne
  • Art Contest Intermediate: Amorita Payne (Reserve Champion), Tenley Bauman, Dayton Jons, Brooklynn Nelsen, Collin Schepers, Paige Schepers, Jocelyn Schmoll, Alexa Smith, Kamryn Wanser
  • Cat Trivia Intermediate: Dayton Jons (Champion), Kamryn Wanser (Reserve Champion), Elizabeth Hilkeman, Collin Schepers
  • Dog Trivia Intermediate: Katy Weaver (Champion), Alexa Smith (Reserve Champion), Paige Schepers
  • Essay Informative Intermediate: Collin Schepers (Champion), Brooklynn Nelsen, Kamryn Wanser, Katy Weaver
  • Essay Persuasive Intermediate: Amorita Payne (Champion), Dayton Jons (Reserve Champion), Alexa Smith
  • Photography Junior: Grace Mentzer (Champion), Ava Schepers (Reserve Champion), Galen Goforth, Elizabeth Hilkeman, Josiah Schmoll, Noah Schmoll
  • Photography Intermediate: Tenley Bauman, Dayton Jons, Amorita Payne, Collin Schepers, Jocelyn Schmoll, Alexa Smith, Katy Weaver
  • Photography Senior: Christopher Moore (Reserve Champion)
  • Demonstration: Senior Division: Owen Reeves (Champion)


In this statewide contest, youth tested their skills in animal science. Thank you Tyler Pickenpaugh for coaching the livestock judging teams.

  • Livestock Judging Intermediate: Josie Johnson individual 10th place overall
  • Livestock Judging Senior Team: Auren Burkey, Lilee Chevalier, Noah Jelinek, Luke Johnson and Olivia Vanderford — 9th place cattle, 7th place sheep & goats, 4th place swine, 8th place reasons, 7th place overall
  • Livestock Judging Senior: Noah Jelinek — individual13th place sheep & goats, 15th place swine, 9th place overall
  • Poultry Judging Team: Catherine Polk, Noah Jelinek, Maria Polk and Marylynn Rauert — 1st place overall
  • Poultry Judging Intermediate: Maria Polk individual 4th overall
  • Poultry Judging Senior: Noah Jelinek individual 2nd place overall


Nebraska 4-H Foundation’s Governor’s Agricultural Excellence Awards are sponsored by the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA). These $500 grants are to be used as described in the application form completed by the club.

  • Fusion 4-H’ers, Lancaster County 4-H Teen Council, Wonder Cats


State Public Speaking Contests

The following youth represented Lancaster County at the State 4-H Public Speaking Contest, which has Speech, Public Service Announcement (PSA) and Impromptu Speech categories.

  • Speech Intermediate: Dayton Jons, Callia Thompson, Kamryn Wanser (7th place)
  • Speech Senior: Acacia Carlson
  • PSA Intermediate: Amorita Payne, Callia Thompson, Emma Thomson (7th place)
  • PSA Senior: Riley Peterson
  • Impromptu Speech Intermediate: Brooklynn Nelsen, Kamryn Wanser
  • Impromptu Speech Senior: Lillie Chevalier (top 5)
State Fair Presentations Contest

The following youth represented Lancaster County at the State Fair Presentations Contest. *Indicates purple ribbon at state.

  • Tenley Bauman*, Kylie Hansen, Mary Kate Ingracia*, Brooklynn Nelsen (Premier Presenter)


The following scholarships were awarded this past year.

Lancaster County 44-H/FFA Livestock Booster Club

Awards two $500 college scholarships to Lancaster County 4-H/FFA seniors, with preference to those who have exhibited in production livestock.

  • Zach Pittman, Judson Tietjen
Lancaster County 4-H Council’s Alumni

Awards a $500 college scholarship to a Lancaster County 4-H alumni who is at least one year post high school and has continued participation in 4-H as a volunteer.

  • Analisa Peterson
4-H Summer Camp Scholarships from 4-H Council

A select number of Lancaster County 4-H members received full scholarships to attend a 4-H summer camp near Halsey.

  • Grace Chevalier, Hannah Chevalier, Lilee Chevalier, Madalyn Chevalier, Wesley Nadeau
Merlyn Anderson 4-H Scholarships

This scholarship is open to 4-H youth from specified schools, primarily in Gage and Jefferson County, but including Norris High School in southern Lancaster County. Youth must be planning to major in agricultural studies (broadly interpreted). In 2022, recipients received $4,250 each.

  • Erin Oldemeyer (major: Ag Education), Zach Pittman (major: Pre Vet)


The following Lancaster County youth participated in this statewide quiz.

  • Kaily Wesely, Lillian Wesely


The following Lancaster County youth participated in this statewide contest.

  • Samuel Babcock, Livi Calcara, Keaton Kroemer, Felix Vasey, Anne Marie Wurtz


The 2022 Nebraska State 4-H Archery Outdoor Championships were held in September at the Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island.

  • Lilly Hanley — 3D Tournament: Bowhunter Freestyle (BHFS) Young Adult, 2nd Place; Outdoor 600 Target Tournament: Bowhunter Freestyle (BHFS) Young Adult, 3rd Place
  • Suzy Hanley — 3D Tournament: Olympic Recurve (OR) Youth, 5th Place; Outdoor 600 Target Tournament: Olympic Recurve (OR) Youth, 3rd Place
  • Kamryn Wanser — Outdoor 600 Target Tournament: Basic Bow (BB) Youth, 2nd Place


  • Horticulture Judging Contest – Intermediate Team: Gianna Wesely, Kaily Wesely, Catherine Polk and Maria Polk, 1st Place
  • Horticulture Judging Contest – Senior Team: Samuel Babcock, Kylie Hansen and Claire Polk, 3rd Place
  • Samuel Babcock — Insect ID Judging – Senior, 5th Place [Blue Ribbon]
  • Clare Bauman — Fashion Show – one of the Top 4 Award Winners – Constructed STEAM Clothing 3 Garment
  • Kylie Hansen — Horticulture Judging – Senior, 9th Place [Blue Ribbon]
  • Dayton Jons — Dog Skillathon – Intermediate, 1st Place
  • Catherine Polk — Horticulture Judging – Intermediate, 9th Place [Blue Ribbon]; Tree ID Judging – Intermediate, 3rd Place
  • Claire Polk — Weed and Grass ID Judging – Senior, 7th Place
  • Maria Polk — Tree ID Judging – Intermediate, 2nd Place
  • Paige Schepers — Dog Skillathon - Intermediate, 6th Place [Blue Ribbon]
  • Kaily Wesely — Horticulture Judging – Intermediate, 1st Place; Tree ID Judging – Intermediate, 2nd Place
  • Drew Frain — Rabbit: Best Opposite [Mini Lop Sr. Buck]
  • Kaden Gana — Beef: Champion Mainetainer Breeding Beef (Yearling Heifers Calved March/April 2021); Beef: Reserve Champion Shorthorn Breeding Beef (Heifer Calved Sept/Oct 2021)
  • Kyson Gana — Beef: Reserve Champion Angus Breeding Beef (Yearling Heifers)
  • Josie Johnson — Beef: Reserve Champion Intermediate Beef Showmanship
  • Michael Lockee III — Sheep: 3rd Place Intermediate Sheep Showmanship; Sheep: 3rd Place Breeding Sheep – All Other Registered Meat Breed Ewe
  • TJ Mueller — Beef: Champion Composite Charolais Breeding Beef (Yearling Heifers Calved March/April 2021)
  • Simon Orand — Dog Obedience – Reserve Champion Beginning Novice B
  • Zach Pittman — Rabbit: Best of Breed [English Spot Sr. Buck]
  • Kyler Plugge — Beef: Champion Red Angus Breeding Beef (Yearling Heifers Calved March/April 2021)
  • Marylynn Rauert — Poultry: Champion Intermediate Showmanship; Rabbit: Reserve Champion Senior Rabbit Showmanship
  • Allison Walbrecht — Beef: Reserve Champion Maine Anjou Breeding Beef (Yearling Heifers Calved March/April 2021)
State Fair Fashion Show & Shopping in Style

The following youth represented Lancaster County at the State Fair Fashion Show. *Indicates purple ribbon at state.

  • Fashion Show: Clare Bauman* (one of the top 4 award winners), Tenley Bauman, Clara Johnson, Piper Pillard
  • Shopping in Style: Tenley Bauman, Clara Johnson*
Design Gallery Special Selections

27 Sketchbook Crossroads, Portfolio Pathways, Design Decisions, Clothing or Fashion Show exhibits were selected to be displayed in the 4-H Design Gallery at State Fair.

  • Clare Bauman (Pink Lace Dress) — Fashion Show
  • Tenley Bauman (Fused Glass Basket Weave Bowl) — Design Decisions
  • Vanessa Peterson (Lavendar Party Dress w/ Detachable Skirt) — STEAM Clothing 2
Photography Special Selections

Photographs selected for display during the next year at the UNL Animal Science Building or UNL East Campus Visitors Center Exhibition.

  • Jaisah Huber (Close-up of Leaf) — UNL East Campus Visitors Center
  • Grace Mentzer (Chick and Cat) — UNL Animal Science Department
  • Kaylie Waite (Sandhill Crane Close-up) — UNL East Campus Visitors Center
Final Drive

Top livestock exhibitors were invited to participate in the “Final Drive”(formerly called the Parade of Champions) at State Fair.

  • Tenley Bauman (Livestock Achievement)
  • Lilee Chevalier (Livestock Achievement)
  • Drew Frain (Livestock Achievement)
  • Josie Johnson (Beef Showmanship)
  • Michael Lockee III (Sheep Showmanship)
Livestock Achievement Program

At the beginning of the 4-H year, youth plan what to accomplish. At the end of the 4-H year, they report on their completed accomplishments.

  • Tenley Bauman — Rabbit Project Area, Intermediate Level
  • Lilee Chevalier — Beef Project Area, Senior Level
  • Dairy Goat Project Area, Senior Level
  • Drew Frain — Rabbit Project Area, Intermediate Level


The 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships were held June 26–July 1 in Grand Island at the Heartland Public Shooting Park. Youth from 39 states attended!

  • Lilly Hanley — Team Compound Archery — Overall 96 out of 113


National 4-H Congress is a five-day educational experience held each November in Atlanta, Georgia and is the premiere leadership event for 4-H’ers. In Nebraska, 16 youth were selected to attend based upon the achievements outlined in their 4-H Achievement Application.

  • Clare Bauman (Achievement Application was in the area of Leadership/Entrepreneurship)
  • Kylie Hansen (Achievement Application was in the area of Healthy Living)


This January, several Lancaster County 4-H horse youth represented Nebraska at the National 4-H Horse Classic at the 4-H/FFA Western National Roundup in Denver, Colorado.

  • Lancaster County Judging team of Caraline Higgins, Clara Johnson, Noah Jelinek and Taylor Root (coached by Roger Bell) earned 1st in reasons, 3rd in performance, 4th in halter and 3rd high team overall.
  • Clara Johnson — 1st individual in reasons, 4th individual in halter, 12th high individual overall, 18th individual in performance
  • Caraline Higgins — 9th individual in performance, 15th individual in reasons, 17th high individual overall
  • Noah Jelinek — 19th individual in reasons, 20th individual in halter
  • Taylor Root — 7th individual in reasons, 9th high individual overall, 16th individual in halter, 7th individual in performance
  • Lancaster County 4-Her Shea Frink was on the Saunders County Horse Bowl Team, which earned reserve champion!
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