4-H Achievement Celebration - 2017
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4-H Achievement Celebration

Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County and 4-H Council presented the Lancaster County 4-H Achievement Celebration on Feb. 16. 4-H'ers, 4-H clubs and 4-H leaders were recognized for their 2016 achievements. Lancaster County 4-H congratulates all 4-H youth who commit themselves to excellence! We also thank all 4-H volunteers who donate their time and talents to youth!  The Lancaster County Commissioners proclaimed Feb. 16 as “4-H Achievement Day.” 


The Program:
  • Master of Ceremonies —Mitch Sump
  • Programs distributed by 5 Star 4-H’ers
  • Pledges led by JP2 Crew
  • Proclamation read by County Commissioner Deb Schorr

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 14 and over: Abby Babcock, Ellie Babcock, Thomas Cook, Valerie Gabel, Bailee Gunnerson, Austin Hurt, Kyle Hurt, Sarina Kyhn, Emma Lanik, John Swotek, Alyssa Zimmer

Age 13 and under: Ellie Bunz, Aleyna Cuttlers, Nathan Gabel, Easton Gubbels, Breanna Kirby, Abigail Kreifels, Benjamin Phillips, Christopher Phillips, Josiah Phillips, Savannah Phillips, David Swotek, Ava Vogel, Conner Vogel


The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program is a statewide program which encourages 4-H members to engage in a variety of projects and activities. Every 4-H’er who participates can earn recognition! At the beginning of the 4-H year, youth choose goals from a provided list, and at the end of the 4-H year, complete a report which documents their accomplishments. Youth can progress from Level 1 up to Level 6.

Level 1 - Amethyst: Gavin Baum, Phaelin Baum, Jacob Bauman, Tristen Boehle, Ashley Brown, Isabel Buss, Whitney Cunningham, Gracie Czyz, Gianna Doty, Julia Fleeman, Caroline Fulkerson, Ethan Gabel, Kara Higgins, Maleah Jamison, Karter Kinkaid, Mattie Kucera, Jacey McConnell, Frances Nebel, Malina Odgaard, Sarah Patzel, Micah Pracheil, Phillip Rushman, Parker Smith, Olivia Thompson, Hannah Thomson, Katie Timmer

Level 2 - Aquamarine: Clare Bauman, Brayden Boehle, Michaela Bunz, John Donlan, Jillian Drozda, Anika Futo, Easton Gubbels, Kylie Hansen, Cyrus Harner, Clara Johnson, Carman Kinkaid, Sarah Logan, Luke Nebel, Lilly Riedel, Pearce Smith, Audrey Srb, Emma Timmer, Brianna Wemhoff

Level 3 - Ruby: Samuel Babcock, Mindy Bartels, John Boesen, Sarah Cunningham, Celia Faith, Alyson Gubbels, Sydney Gubbels, Monica Hanus, Ella Hendricksen, Abigail Kreifels, Delaney Meyer

Level 4 - Sapphire: Chloe Bohaty, Ellie Bunz, Kali Burnham, Nathan Gabel, Sara Kreikemeier, Riley Peterson, David Swotek, John Swotek, Bethany Wachter

Level 5 - Emerald: Ellie Babcock, Anna Sump, John Sump

Level 6 - Diamond: We recognize all past Lancaster County 4-H’ers who have received the Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program’s Level 6 – Diamond award: Sheridan Swotek (2016), Maxwell Wanser (2015), Kyle Pedersen (2010)


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 they do together, and complete one community service project.

4-H Explorers, All-American Kids, Clever Clovers, Fantastic 4, Five Star 4-H’ers, Fusion 4-H’ers, Go Go Goat Getters, Joe’s Clover Knights, JP2 Crew, Paws & Pals, Rabbits R Us, Shamtastic Clovers, Super Shamrocks


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 county fair exhibit and contest placings. The Outstanding 4-H Clubs were also recognized at a Kiwanis meeting.

Category I (membership of 5-10 members) & winner of the Wayne C. Farmer Memorial Cup: Fusion 4-H’ers (Leaders: Marsha Prior and Analisa Peterson) -- The club’s 9 members were enrolled in approximately 20 project areas and entered 101 total exhibits at the fair. This is the club’s third year as an outstanding 4-H club winner. Marsha Prior and Analisa Peterson are the leaders.

Category II (membership of 11-14): The Lucky Lopers 4-H Club (Leader: Katie Cruickshank) -- A horse club, its 15 members were enrolled in 6 project areas and had 94 total exhibits at fair. This is the club’s first year as an outstanding club. Katie Cruickshank is the club leader. 

Category III (membership of 15 or more): Rabbits R Us (Leaders: Mark Hurt and Brandy Gunnerson) -- Primarily a rabbit club, its 22 members were enrolled in 34 project areas and entered approximately 287 exhibits at fair.  This is the club’s fifth year as an outstanding club. 


Each year, Lancaster County 4-H selects 4-H members to be awarded National Leadership Awards on behalf of the American Youth Foundation. Lancaster County 4-H Council pays the award fees. The award recognizes youth ages 15–18 who strive to be their personal best and make a positive difference in their schools, youth groups, 4-H clubs, and communities. Award recipients receive William H. Danforth's motivational book I Dare You!

Winners: Bailee Gunnerson, Anna Sump, Addison Wanser


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

Winners: Abby Babcock, Alyssa Zimmer

Abby Babcock is a 9-year 4-H member involved in the Shamtastic 4-H’ers and The Egg Basket 4-H Clubs. She is also a 4-H Council member and Teen Council treasurer.

Alyssa Zimmer has been in 4-H since she was 5 years old. She was a member of the Coddington Clovers 4-H Club and is currently involved in South Prairie and Paws & Pals 4-H Clubs.



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

Ron Dowding has been involved in 4-H for over 50 years, 22 years as leader of the Happy Go Lucky 4-H club. Ron has served as a County Fair 4-H Sheep superintendent, 4-H recruiter, 4-H Council member, livestock VIPS committee member and Extension Board member. A member of the Lancaster Agricultural Society's Board of Directors for 18 years, Ron has worked countless hours to ensure the Lancaster County Super Fair runs smoothly.


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: Abby Babcock, Sophie Gengenbach, Brooke Kreikemeier, Izac Martin, Emily Pillard, Lucy Polk, Michael Zavodny, Alyssa Zimmer

4-H Teen Council: Awards $300 scholarships to current 4-H'ers who are active in Teen Council: Abby Babcock, Michael Zavodny

Lincoln Center Kiwanis: Awards a $1,000 scholarship to current high school senior who is active in 4-H: Sophie Gengenbach


2017 4-H SENIORS: Nicole Ackland, Tori Adams, Abby Babcock, Austin Barber, Naomi Carney, Emily Cashmere, Emily Clarke, Honoria Clarke, Kolton Davis, Jeff Densberger, Haley Elstun, Ethan Erdkamp, Haley Fast, Brittany Franklin, Sedonah Fryda, Jacob Garrison, Sophie Gengenbach, Conor Gray, Valerie Griess, Dylan Hafer, Courtni Heckert, Audrey Heusinger, Joshua Hytrek, Emil Jacobsen, Kayla Johnson, Kayci Johnston, Amanda Jordon, Brooke Kreikemeier, Sarah Malina, Izac Martin, Allyn McElwain, Susana Moyer, Caroline Nebel, Magdalena Nelson, Emily Pillard, Lucy Polk, Dana Rademacker, Isaac Rogers, Jacob Ronnau, Jacob Rushman, Elizabeth Russman, Danielle Schreiber, Christy Smith, Sophia Swanson, Caroline Thompson, Easton Towle, Samantha Ugarcina, Dorothy Urbanovsky, Corby Vrbka, Olivia Waters, Olivia Wheeler, Lora Wilkens, Jordinn Wilson, Michael Zavodny, Alyssa Zimmer

3 YEAR MEMBERS: Titus Bell, Felicity Bowers, Clara Bradbury, Linara Carlson, Lucy Coke, Braeden Cooper, Herman Dolezal, Cecilia Doty, Gianna Doty, Ellie Eckman, Madelyn Egelhoff, Olivia Epp, Haley Fast, Jayden Hamel, Alexia Harre, Charly Kasten, Eli Kinkaid, Mattie Kucera, Katelyn Miller, Jenna Mohrmann, McKenna Morris, Alexis Philson, Samuel Philson, Jonathan Plautz, Madison Schnase, Sydney Schnase, Livia Swanson, Drake Von Seggern, Saylor Von Seggern, Kayllie Waite, Charles Weitz, Korben Wells

2 YEAR LEADERS: William Barger, Angel Bivens, Ruth Chantry, Jennifer Cooper, Renae Dahlman, Tara Dice, Heather Doxon, Chris Hansen, Sara Hansen, Brianna Jensen, Kris Kucera, Diane Merrell, Rachel Mongeon, David Morgan, Daniel Morrow, Tammy Riedel, Sally Schedlock, Jill Trucke, Carole Wilbeck

5 YEAR LEADER:Cathy Babcock, Rachel Carlson, Tammy Cunningham, Leisa Futo, Kellie Gallagher, Brandy Gunnerson, Lois Muhlbach, Stephanie Polk, Amber Herrick Timmer, Michele Wilson

10 YEAR LEADERS: Jill Greff, Leia Noel, Shannon Vogler, Cindy Zimmer

15 YEAR LEADERS: Mark Hurt

35 YEAR LEADER:Harry Muhlbach (a 37 year leader, he is belatedly receiving his 35 year pin)


Career Portfolios are a record of an individual’s 4-H career. It includes a record of personal growth and leadership experiences related to the knowledge learned, skills gained, and community service/volunteer activities experienced through 4-H. Each 4-H’er submitting a Career Portfolio, will receive a $30 Activity Certificate from Lancaster County 4-H Council redeemable towards 4-H activities and supplies.

Completed a Career Portfolio: Abby Babcock, Ellie Babcock, Clare Bauman, Kayla Humphrey, Anna Sump, Cecilia Yallaly

Nominated to represent Lancaster County at District competition:

  • Abby Babock: Consumer & Family Science
  • Ellie Babcock: Consumer & Family Science
  • Kayla Humphrey: Communication & Expressive Arts
  • Anna Sump: Healthy Lifestyles Education

This Lancaster County Super Fair award is awarded to individuals who enter the same dog in obedience, showmanship, and agility and earns a ribbon in each area.

Peggy Delancey, Ella Guerra, Maleah Jamison, Sidney Schlesiger, Emely Troy, Alyssa Zimmer



Several Lancaster County 4-H’ers participated in the Southeast Regional Speech and Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contests. The following received purple ribbons. The top five in each division received medals.

  • Junior Speech: Melanie Wiggins
  • Junior PSA: Cali Kaiser (medal), Sarah Lange (medal)
  • Intermediate PSA: Payton Filing (medal), Ella Hendricksen (medal)
  • Senior PSA: Nathan Becker (medal), Jorie Kohl (medal), Emma Lanik


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

  • Nathan Becker*, Jorie Kohl*

State Fair Presentations Contest: The following youth represented Lancaster County at the State Fair Presentations Contest. *Indicates purple ribbon at state: Abby Babcock*, Ellie Babcock, Adrienne Mongeon* (Outstanding Teaching Presenter), Riley Peterson*, Lilly Riedel*, John Sump* (Outstanding Illustrated Presentation Special Topic: Neb. Ag.)


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

  • Maleah Jamison, Emma Timmer, Emely Troy — Intermediate Quiz Bowl Team (Champion)
  • Bethany Wachter — Senior Dog Skill-a-thon (Champion)
  • Maleah Jamison — Intermediate Dog Skill-a-thon
  • Emely Troy and Maleah Jamison — Intermediate Team Demonstration (Champion – blue)


Premier Animal Science Events (PASE): In this statewide contest, teens test their skills in animal science.

  • Livestock Judging Senior First Team: Adam Oldemeyer, Dylan Hafer, Jaclyn Heinrich and Sydni Lienemann — 5th overall team, 2nd overall in reasons, 7th overall in sheep and goats, 4th overall in swine and 8th overall in beef cattle
  • Livestock Judging Senior Second Team: Rachael Lange, Sophia Lentfer and Skylar Lienemann and Colter Tietjen
  • Adam Oldemeyer — 5th high overall, 6th place high overall reasons, 10th high individual overall beef, 4th high individual overall sheep, 7th high individual overall swine
  • Jaclyn Heinrich — 10th place high overall reasons, 9th high individual overall beef
  • Sophia Lentfer — 8th high individual overall sheep

Life Challenge: In this statewide contest, teens test their skills in family and consumer sciences.

  • Abby Babcock, Valerie Gabel and Anna Sump — 3rd place in the Foods & Nutrition Challenge; Most Innovative in the Child/Human Development Challenge; Best Overall Product in the Design Challenge; 1st place in the ESI Design Thinking Challenge; 3rd place in the ESI Business Model Challenge
  • Ellie Babcock, Nora Clarke and Julia Stephenson — Best Overall in the Child/Human Development Challenge; 2nd place in ESI Design Thinking Challenge; 4th place in the ESI Business Model Challenge
  • Bridget Clarke, Payton Filing and David Swotek — Most Interactive in the Child/Human Development Challenge


  • Abby Babcock — Horticulture Contest senior individual 3rd place
  • Ellie Babcock — Quilt Quest Premier Quilt Class Winner – long arm quilted — computerized
  • Samuel Babcock — Tree ID Contest intermediate team 3rd place and Horticulture Contest intermediate team 3rd place (10th place individual)
  • Cole Cooper — Ch. Market Sheep Suffolk Market Lambs, Sheep Senior Showmanship 3rd place
  • Sarah Cunningham — Tree ID Contest intermediate team 3rd place and Horticulture Contest intermediate team 3rd place
  • Bailee Gunnerson – Rabbit Best of Breed Flemish Giant and Res. Ch. Commercial Rabbit
  • Kylie Hansen — Tree ID Contest intermediate team 3rd place and Horticulture Contest intermediate team 3rd place
  • Sophie Polk — Tree ID Contest intermediate team 3rd place (7th place individual)

STATE FAIR FASHION SHOW & SHOPPING IN STYLE: The following youth represented Lancaster County at the State Fair Fashion and Shopping in Style Contests. *Indicates purple ribbon at state:

  • Fashion Show: Ellie Babcock*, Chloe Hammond*, Carman Kinkaid*, Emily Pillard* (one of the Top 5 models receiving $50 award), Taylor Spatz
  • Shopping in Style: Chloe Hammond


  • Stacie Thompson’s Beyond the Needle – Embellished Garment With Original Design selected for display at the Robert Hillestad Textile Gallery on University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus, Sept.–Oct. 2016.
  • Emily Pillard’s Constructed STEAM Clothing 3 two-piece formal selected for display at the Robert Hillestad Textile Gallery on UNL East Campus, Sept.–Oct., 2016 AND selected to show in the 4-H Collection at Omaha Fashion Week, Feb. 21, 2017.


  • Ella Guerra — (photo of smiling boy) selected for display at CASNR and Extension Dean’s Office
  • Lucy Polk — (photo of pony and cat) selected for display at UNL Animal Science Department
  • Sophie Polk — (photo of milk drop) selected for display at CASNR and Extension Dean’s Office


The AKSARBEN 4-H Stock and Horse Shows have competitors from eight states. The following local youth earned purple ribbons.

  • Cole Cooper — Market Lamb, Market Lamb Showmanship, Market Beef
  • Bailee Gunnerson — Commercial Rabbit (Ch.), Commercial Rabbit Overall (Res. Ch.)
  • Aubrey Hayes — Horse Senior Pole Bending (Ch.), Horse Senior Western Pleasure (Ch.), Horse Senior Western Showmanship (Ch.)
  • Brett Heinrich — Swine
  • Jaclyn Heinrich — Swine Market Gilt (Res. Ch.), Swine Market Gilt Overall (Res. Ch.), Market Swine Showmanship (4th Place)
  • Audrey Heusinger — Horse Senior Western Pleasure, Horse Senior Western Horsemanship, Horse Senior Western Showmanship
  • Sophia Lentfer — Lamb Challenge (3rd Place)
  • Cassie Meyer — Horse Senior Barrel Racing (Res. Ch.), Horse Senior English Equitation, Horse Senior Ranch Pleasure, Dairy (Res. Ch.), 4 Year Old Dairy Jersey (Res. Ch.)
  • Lauren Robertson — Breeding Beef
  • Renae Sieck — Feeder Calf Showmanship
  • Emma Sondgeroth — Horse Hunter Hack (Ch.)
  • Allison Walbrecht — Charolais Composite Beef (Res. Ch.), Breeding Beef Showmanship


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 Hippology Team — 1st High Team Overall, 1st in Team Problem, 1st in Team Judging, 1st in Team Station ID, and 2nd in Team Exam/Slides: Ashley Clegg (5th Overall, 5th Exam/Slides, 7th Station, 4th Judging), Kate Cooper (8th Overall, 10th Exam/Slides, 8th Station), Aussia Stander (3rd Overall, 7th Exam/Slides, 2nd Station), Jenna Wolfe (5th Judging), — coached by Kate Rawlinson
  • Lancaster County Judging Team — High Team Overall Halter 3rd place, 5th place in High Team Reasons: Madi Brandt, Emily Burnside (8th in Halter), Ally Quinn (6th in Halter and 10th in Reasons), Jadin Vogler — coached by Roger Bell
  • Team Nebraska — 2nd High Overall State Award consisting of 4-H’ers from Lancaster, Douglas, Sarpy and Cedar counties

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