University of Wyoming Extension News

Wyoming State 4-H Foundation announces $62,000 in scholarships

4-H logoMore than $62,000 in scholarships has been awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year by the Wyoming State 4-H Foundation.

Approximately $30,000 was awarded to first-time winners. Students from the University of Wyoming and Wyoming community colleges will receive monetary support toward continuing their education.

Previous winners of the Ella Scholoredt scholarship with a grade point average of atleast 3.0 are eligible for up to four years. Sixteen continuing scholarships were awarded ranging from $1,500 to $2,500.

The following are separated by scholarship, county and in no particular order:

 Ella E. Schloredt continuing awards

Albany – McKensie Harris, $2,200; Atussa Niswender, $1,500

Campbell – Hannah Gorman, $2,000

Goshen – Alexandra Howell, $1,900; Taylor Wollert, $2,000; Aleighica Keeran, $1,750

Johnson – Jordan Largent, $1,500

Laramie – Jacob Berg, $2,000; Shelby Kindsvater, $1,750; Cortney Robertson, $1,900

Natrona – Mackenzie McCoy, $2,000

Niobrara – Zachary Stephens, $1,750

Sublette – Jenny Beiermann, $2,200; Emilee Sims, $2,000

Teton – Kyle Brimeyer, $1,500

Washakie – Landan Doyle, $1,900

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Grand opening celebrates QEP Energy’s land, building donation to 4-H

The building enables 4-H'ers who live in town or subdivisions to have market livestock projects.

4-H’ers who live in town or subdivisions can have market livestock projects with addition of this building. 

Gov. Matt Mead is among those scheduled to speak at the grand opening near Pinedale of land and facilities valued at $400,000 donated by QEP Energy to Sublette County 4-H.

The program is 12:45-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the Sublette County 4-H Agricultural Center at the Rose Skinner Preserve 2 miles south of Pinedale along U.S. Highway 191. Joining Mead on the program are QEP officials, Frank Galey, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, and representatives from Sublette County, 4-H and FFA.

4-H members and volunteers will help serve during the event. 4-H is the youth arm of University of Wyoming Extension, and its state offices are in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The facilities allow 4-H’ers who live in town or in subdivisions to have market livestock projects. Range and forage studies, horticultural programs, and livestock management, grazing and health programs will be offered at the facility and surrounding land. The area will also be available for UW Extension research and other programs.

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April Month of the Military Child; community groups honor military kids

 

A camper at Eaton's Ranch.

A camper at Eaton’s Ranch.

The family with seven children knew communication and team-building activities at the Operation: Military Kids (OMK) camp near Centennial would help them be more resilient during the father’s deployment.

The teenager from southeastern Wyoming attending a 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens event realized other teens across the state were experiencing the same stresses.

Events next week and in April across Wyoming recognize sacrifices made by militaryfamilies and their children. Not heavily promoted, OMK gives families and especially youths tools to be resilient during a deployment but also during reintegration of the family upon a parent’s return.

OMK supports children of deployed soldiers from all branches of the military including National Guard and Reserve. Regulations restrict military identification of families.

“We know there are military families in every county,” said Eloise Riley, OMK coordinator based in Laramie County. “It’s becoming a challenge to find them in the counties that are far from southeast Wyoming.”

Riley said about 5,000 military sons and daughters are in Wyoming, but that number doesn’t include extended family relationships such as siblings or aunts and uncles deployed.

Those deployed can wrestle financial stresses upon return or post traumatic stress disorder and its affects not only upon them but family members.

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4-H’er pin display design lands on national website

Brittany Randall

Brittany Randall

Goshen County 4-H’er Brittany Randall created one of the first designs accepted by the 4-H Trend Spotters – a jacket capable of displaying members’ pins, name, state and club.

4-H Trend Spotters provides designs and ideas to sell at the National 4-H Council’s website and catalog-based store that offers apparel, supplies and resources to members.

Randall is an 11-year 4-H member and a senior at Southeast High School in Yoder. She joined 4-H at age 8 and credits much of her personal growth to membership.

“4-H has opened up so many opportunities for me,” Randall said. “I’ve gotten to travel to the capitol four different times for all different things. I’ve gotten to see different states and interact with youths from all across the nation and see what they do in their programs.”

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After the storm: Buffalo 4-H’ers raise funds for South Dakota counterparts

Members of the Krazy Kritters 4-H Club are, back, from – Leader Lisa Peterson, Stephanie Camino, Lauren Rives, Hanna Peterson, Hayden Peterson, Taylor Rives, Leader Tiffany Rives. Front – Zander Hulet, Isabelle Camino, Paden Hulet, Hunter Peterson, and Hazen Camino. Not pictured: Morgan Nicholsen.

Members of the Krazy Kritters 4-H Club are, back, from left – Leader Lisa Peterson, Stephanie Camino, Lauren Rives, Hanna Peterson, Hayden Peterson, Taylor Rives, leader Tiffany Rives. Front – Zander Hulet, Isabelle Camino, Paden Hulet, Hunter Peterson, and Hazen Camino. Not pictured: Morgan Nicholsen.

Members of the Krazy Kritters 4-H Club in Buffalo raised more than $2,100 and reached across state lines to help South Dakota 4-H’ers regain losses from last October’s devastating blizzard.

Nearly 46,000 head of cattle died from the record-setting storm affecting South Dakota producers statewide, including many 4-H project animals. Krazy Kritters helped raise money by using a youth fundraising program provided by the livestock supplement company Crystalyx.

“We felt so bad with everything that happened with the storm in South Dakota,” explained club leader Tiffany Rives. “We have a great group of kids who are interested in helping others and with the Crystalyx Earn to Learn campaign, we found an opportunity to raise money and help these agriculturalists get back on their feet.”

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