University of Wyoming Extension News

Educators join Teton County UW Extension office

Jordan McCoy

Jordan McCoy

An area nutrition and food safety educator and a 4-H educator will join the Teton County University of Wyoming Extension office in January.

Jordan McCoy will serve as the nutrition and food safety educator for Sweetwater, Uinta, Lincoln, Sublette and Teton counties beginning Jan. 2.

She is a registered and licensed dietitian who grew up in northern Wyoming and is returning from Albuquerque, where she has been working as a pediatric dietician at the Cystic Fibrosis Center and as an adjunct professor of nutrition at the University of New Mexico.

Kenzie Krinkee

Kenzie Krinkee

McCoy received a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science in 2002 from UW. She continued her education at Georgia Southern University, receiving a master’s degree in kinesiology with emphasis in coaching, and then completed a second bachelor’s degree in dietetics in 2010 at Kansas State University. In 2012, McCoy completed a dietetic internship at Idaho State University.

Kenzie Krinkee will begin as the Teton County 4-H educator Jan. 5. A 10-year 4-H alumnus, her first involvement with 4-H began at 8 years old with western horse and family and consumer science projects in Bozeman, Mont.

Krinkee graduated from Colorado State University in May with a bachelor’s degree in equine science and a minor in business administration. She was active in the CSU rodeo team and managed volunteers to run the Skyline Stampede Rodeo. Following graduation, Krinkee completed a 4-H internship with the Adams County Colorado Extension Service.

Pinedale students win statewide Lego competition’s top award

Front, from left, Garrett Swain, Luke Gray, Zane McClain, Brooke Noble, Janae Arne, Holden Saxton, Jackson Harber. Back: John Covill

The Iron Bridge Builders are, front, from left, Garrett Swain, Luke Gray, Zane McClain, Brooke Noble, Janae Arne, Holden Saxton, Jackson Harber. Back: John Covill

Sublette County 4-H’s First Lego League (FLL) Robotics team “Iron Bridge Builders” won the FLL championship but also the competition’s most prestigious honor – the Champion’s Award.

Competition was Dec. 5-6 at the Casper Events Center.

The team scored 175 points putting them first among 64 teams from across the state, said Robin Schamber, Sublette County 4-H educator.

FLL is an international competition for children ages 9-14 in North America. Each year, a new challenge is announced in August with a theme focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) principles. Teams are judged in three categories: the robot game, the project and the FLL core values.

Nine members ages 9-11 made up the winning Iron Bridge Builders team. Students are, from Pinedale Elementary, Janae Arne, Holden Saxton, Brooke Noble, Thayne Daniels, Garrett Swain, Zane McClain, Luke Gray, and Jackson Harber, and from Pinedale Middle School, John Covill.

The team captured Sublette County’s first Champions Award.

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Goshen County 4-H meat judging team national reserve champion

From left, coach Michael Olsen, Skyler Miller, Makenna Greenwald, Danielle Schainost, Nelson Lewis, and coach Mai Lee Olson.

From left, coach Michael Olsen, Skyler Miller, Makenna Greenwald, Danielle Schainost, Nelson Lewis, and coach Mai Lee Olson.

Goshen County’s 4-H meat judging team won reserve champion in October at the American Royal competition in Kansas City, Mo.

Team member Danielle Schainost, president of Goshen Livestockers 4-H Club, and a freshman at Eastern Wyoming College, earned a perfect score on retail identification and was the contest’s overall top individual.

Michael and Mai Lee Olsen coached the four-person team. Other team members are:

·      Makenna Greenwald, president of Little Aggies 4-H Club, sophomore at Lingle-Fort Laramie High School.

·      Nelson Lewis, vice president of Goshen Livestockers 4-H Club, senior at Southeast High School.

·      Skyler Miller, president of Prairie Center 4-H Club, junior at Torrington High School.

Greenwald earned sixth-place overall individual and was champion individual in beef judging.

With a team score of 2,118, team members received various awards including the champion title in beef and total judging. They competed against teams from across the country including those from Colorado, Kansas, North Dakota, Virginia and Texas.

The team advanced to national competition by winning the Wyoming State 4-H Contest in April.

For more information on meats judging or other projects in Goshen County 4-H, contact the Goshen County UW Extension office in Torrington at 307-532-2436.

4-H advocate from Wyoming enters National 4-H Hall of Fame

Oliver "Ollie" Hill

Oliver “Ollie” Hill

Long-time 4-H advocate Oliver “Ollie” Hill of Albany County will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame Friday, Oct. 10, in recognition of lifetime achievements and dedication to 4-H.

Hill, while in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, was assistant state 4-H leader and later director of Ag Development and College Relations, among other duties. His efforts helped start the State 4-H Foundation and build the Cliff and Martha Hansen Teaching Arena near Laramie.

Ceremonies are at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md.

Hill attributes his success and impact on the support, patience and encouragement of his family and continues to believe in the importance of the 4-H program and educating youths.

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Niobrara County 4-H leader recognized for 31 years of service

Donna Hanson teaches a 4-H'er a sewing technique.

Donna Hanson teaches a 4-H’er a sewing technique.

This long-time 4-H fabric and fashion leader may have had the Western Region Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award sewn up for several years.

Donna Hanson of Niobrara County has passed a love of sewing and quilting to innumerable 4-H members, said Denise Smith, University of Wyoming Extension 4-H and nutrition and food safety educator in the county.

The 2014 Regional 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer Recognition Program annually selects an outstanding lifetime volunteer. The review team selected eight regional winners.

Hanson says the award was a surprise.

“My main goal is to help members learn how to sew and gain a lifelong skill,” she said, “Girls who I have worked with have gone on to receive their master’s degree in apparel and become 4-H sewing leaders themselves.”

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