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May 14, 2013
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Kansas 4-H Announces State Project Winners

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Several hard working 4-H members have been named 2013 State 4-H Project winners by the Kansas 4-H Youth Development Program.

“The 2013 state 4-H project winners feature the Kansas 4-H Program Youth Development at its best,” said Barbara Stone, assistant director, K-State Research and Extension, and state leader, Kansas 4-H.

“The young people who earn the distinction of state project winner have achieved this by setting goals, working towards accomplishments and mastering skills of leading and serving their communities.”

The awards will be presented at the 4-H Emerald Circle Banquet, in Manhattan, Kan., on May 30.

The 4-H projects represent a variety of interests, but also reflect three core competencies integrated into all 4-H programs:

* Science, engineering and technology;

* Citizenship, leadership and service, and

* Healthy living.

“Repeatedly, the achievements in a 4-H project are the foundational structure for the young person for his/her career choice or lifelong passion,” said Pam Van Horn, K-State Research and Extension state 4-H youth development specialist. She coordinated the awards program this year.

Thirty-two 4-H members have been selected for the 2013 state awards, which are based on work completed in 2012.  Project award recipients are listed in alphabetical order by hometown, followed by the recipient’s name and project:

Axtell: Audrey Schmitz, Dairy;

Baldwin City: Dalton Vesecky, Poultry;

Buhler: Karley Mishler, Fiber Arts;

Eudora: Mason Kelso, Pets;

Fredonia: Jacob Williams, Geology;

Garden City: Jacob Norquest, Sheep;

Gypsum: Cory Craver, Beef;

Hugoton: Megan Bryan, Rabbits;

Hutchinson: Kaley Dick, Foods and Nutrition;

Lawrence: Ryal Mitchell, Clothing; Karen Schneck, Plant Science;

Lenexa: Josh Gregory, Self-Determined;

Lindsborg: Haley Dee Peterson, Photography; Seth Yenni, Energy Management;

Louisburg: Cate Stambaugh, Performing Arts;

Madison: Sam Davis, Meat Goats;

Mankato: Kristin Underwood, Alumni;

Meade: Jacqueline Clawson, Leadership;

Oakley: Leigh Ann Maurath, Communications; Breanna Temaat, Health and Wellness;

Prairie Village: Anna Jones, Reading;

Pratt: Cambry Schrag, Citizenship;

Randolph: Megan Ewell, Horse;

Ransom: Marta Payne, Space Tech;

Salina: Luke Pfannenstiel, Entomology; Zoe Woolsoncroft, Family Studies;

Spring Hill: Tessa Davids, Wood Science;

St. Francis: Allison Grice, Visual Arts;

Topeka: Tony Pruitt, Dog; Rebekah Swank, Home Environment;

Wallace: Callahan Grund, Swine;

Winfield: Jade Alquest, Shooting Sports;

Each of the state award recipients earn a commemorative project medallion and an invitation to National 4-H Congress, which will be held in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 29 - Dec. 3. Winners also receive a $400 travel scholarship from the Kansas 4-H Foundation toward expenses in attending congress.

A 4-H’er is eligible to earn the top award in a project one time, but may earn the top award in a different project during another project year. He or she is only eligible to attend 4-H Congress once during his or her 4-H career.

More information about Kansas 4-H and the educational opportunities it offers to youth ages seven and up is available on Kansas 4-H Youth Development Program and at each of K-State Research and Extension’s county and district offices.       


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State Project Winner Selection Process
  1. To qualify for a state project award, a 4-H member must earn the top award in their project at the local level. 
  2. Local winners' project books are evaluated at the four K-State Research and Extension areas to determine the two top books for the state finalists.
  3. Finalists create a 5-minute video to submit with their project book for the state competition.
  4. The state winner is selected from finalists’ project books and video presentations. 


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Kaitlin Morgan
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