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2022 Heart of 4-H Award Winners

Thank you for helping make a difference!

Phil Wharton
January: Phil Wharton

A volunteer for six years, Phil has helped in a variety of roles:

  • Lancaster County 4-H Council member and chair of the chicken dinner fundraiser at the Lancaster County Super Fair. He has also helped at 4-H food stand at fair and 4-H Information Night.
  • Horse Volunteers in Program Service (VIPS) committee member.
  • Clover College helper by bringing his family’s miniature horse for “Horse Course” workshops.
  • Volunteer at Teen Council’s Overnight Lock-Ins for 4th & 5th graders.

“As a kid, I was not in 4-H, so I also get to learn more every year along with the kids,” he says. “I want to continue to help 4-H kids grow in different aspects such as confidence and community involvement. I truly enjoy being involved at the county fair. You get to watch the older 4-H kids helping the younger ones with their exhibits and getting ready for their livestock shows.”

Jenny DeBuhr
February: Jenny DeBuhr

Jenny is in her third year as co-leader of the Lancaster Leaders 4-H club, which was named a Nebraska Club of Excellence last year. She has helped her club with several community service projects. Jenny has been an instructor at 4-H Clover College and assisted with 4-H workshops. Growing up, Jenny was part of a big 4-H family and in three Gage County 4-H clubs. She has volunteered with 4-H at Lancaster, Gage and Johnson county fairs, as well as the Nebraska State Fair.

“4-H gives kids the opportunity to learn so many different hands-on things, and I love seeing them gain the confidence to be tremendous leaders. They work hard to complete a project and often times realize they like doing things they would not have tried to do before. I love watching their faces light up when they learn something new, complete something they didn’t think they could do, get that ribbon or trophy at the fair, or are able to help out in the community to do something good. 4-H develops the potential in youth and gives them an avenue to learn, grow and be a part of something positive.”

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