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May 28, 2014
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Kansas 4-H Announces State Project Winners

MANHATTAN, Kan. – All 4-H members work hard throughout the year, but a select number of them go above and beyond what is expected.  To honor their hard work, the Kansas 4-H Youth Development Program has named them the 2014 State 4-H Project Winners.

“The 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 so 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 on June 4.

The projects are designed to explore a variety of interests, but also reflect three core competencies integrated into 4-H programs:

* Science, engineering and technology;

* Citizenship, leadership and service, and

* Healthy living.

“Oftentimes, the achievements for a young person in a 4-H project may be the foundational structure for future career choices; and at a minimum an interest in that project area may become a lifelong passion,” said Sarah Keatley, K-State Research and Extension state 4-H youth events coordinator.

Thirty-two 4-H members have been selected for the state awards, which are based on work completed the previous year.  Project award recipients are listed in order by hometown, followed by the recipient’s name and project:
  • Abilene: JaelAnn Hoover, Meat Goats;

  • Bucklin: Campbell Martin, Swine;

  • Buhler: Karley Mishler, Family Studies;

  • Burlingame: Josiah Shultz, Photography;

  • Canton: Jacob Dailey, Rabbits;
    Kaden Littrell, Performing Arts;
    Kaylee Littrell, Visual Arts;
  • Council Grove: Levi Koepsel, Space Tech;

  • Effingham: Amber Kelly, Citizenship;

  • Emporia: Logan Fuller, Wildlife;

  • Hanover: Ryan Meyer, Dairy;

  • Holton: Katelyn Meggison, Shooting Sports;

  • Hutchinson: Kaley Dick, Home Environment;
    Jacob Grinstead, Horse;
  • Jamestown: Deanna Sweat, Alumni;

  • Lawrence: Ryal Mitchell, Leadership;

  • Lenexa: Anna Hester, Health and Wellness;

  • Louisburg: Madelyn Yalowitz, Poultry;

  • McLouth: Danae Williams, Woodworking;

  • McPherson: Janae McKinney, Dog;

  • Moran: Trent Johnson, Beef;

  • Munden: Christian Tipton, Energy Management;

  • Newton: Mitchell Murphey, Geology;

  • Olathe: Carly Eschliman, Reading;
    Evan Eschliman, Plant Science;
    Niccole Miller, Clothing;
  • Prairie Village: Zach Nason, Communications;

  • Pratt: Jessica Lynn DeWeese, Self-Determined;

  • Salina: Morgan Scheibler, Food and Nutrition;

  • Seneca: Cara Knapp, Entomology;

  • Shawnee: Jessica Gunkel, Fiber Arts;

  • Winchester: Abraham Buddish, Sheep;
Each of the state award recipients earns a commemorative project medallion and an invitation to National 4-H Congress, which, will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, Nov. 28 - Dec. 2. Winners also receive a $400 travel scholarship from the Kansas 4-H Foundation toward expenses in attending congress, which is a professional development conference for youth.

More information about Kansas 4-H and the educational opportunities it offers to youth ages seven and up is available at 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. The top projects are forwarded to K-State Research and Extension area offices and evaluated.

  3. Finalists submit a video of themselves talking about their projects.

  4. The state winner is selected from the video applications.


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
K-State Research & Extension News

Sarah Keatley – keatley@ksu.edu