University of Wyoming Extension News

Wyoming State 4-H Foundation awards $69,000 to state’s youths

4-H logoMore than $33,000 in new scholarships has been awarded to Wyoming 4-H’ers by the Wyoming State 4-H Foundation.

In addition, foundation director Steve Mack said past Ella E. Schloredt scholarship recipients with a grade point average of at least 3.0 are eligible to continue receiving the scholarship for up to four years. Fifteen continuing scholarships were awarded, ranging from $1,750 to $2,200 for the fall 2016 academic year.

In total, 4-H youths attending the University of Wyoming or a Wyoming community college were awarded over $69,000 in scholarships for the coming school year, said Mack.

The Wyoming State 4-H Foundation over the past 20 years has given between $45,000 and $69,000 annually to 4-H-ers for college scholarships.

“This total will be over $1,000,000 in just the past 20 years,” said Mack.

The ability to provide for a family, donate within a community and contribute to society at large is enhanced when higher levels of education are achieved, said Johnathan Despain, Wyoming 4-H Program director.

“If 4-H can assist in reducing barriers that may preclude youths from getting education or engaging in learning, then we try to do our part,” he said.

Whether $300 or $1,750, a few hundred dollars can be the difference between being able to get an education or not, Despain said.

“Tuition is the bulk of the cost of an education, but housing, food, books and required fees and equipment tend to be breaking points for students who are tight financially,” he said. “Three hundred dollars can pay a month’s worth of food or a third of the cost for books for a semester. Every piece supports the opportunities.”

Scholarships and first-time recipients by county are:

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Crook County 4-H’er volunteer efforts net national honor

4-H'er Grace Anderson with some of shoesboxes filled for Operation Christmas Child.

4-H’er Grace Anderson with some of the shoeboxes filled for Operation Christmas Child.

Christmas came a little late – or a lot early – for a Crook County 4-H’er who last year coordinated efforts to fill more than 600 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Grace Anderson, 15, of Devils Tower was selected as a Wyoming Top High School Honoree for The Prudential Spirit of Community Award, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. She is the daughter of Gary and Zeta Anderson.

4-H is the youth arm of University of Wyoming Extension, and its state offices are in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a program run by Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. The boxes contain toys, school supplies, hygiene items and crafts separated into age-appropriate items to children ages 2-4, 5-9 and 10-14 in third-world countries, war zones and areas hit by natural disasters.

Anderson, a sophomore at Wyoming Virtual Academy, had packed shoeboxes with her family for several years but decided in 2014 to have OCC as a part of her Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) project.

“I wanted to fill 100 shoeboxes and got pushback from people who said there was no way to collect that many,” said Anderson, a member of the Rimrock Riders 4-H Club. “We ended up with 256, which was super cool.”

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Goshen County 4-H team reserve champion in Denver meats judging competition

Coach Mike Olsen, Shelby Schainost, Anna Schmick, Makenna Greenwald, Skyler Miller and Coach Mai Lee Olsen

Coach Mike Olsen, Shelby Schainost, Anna Schmick, Makenna Greenwald, Skyler Miller and coach Mai Lee Olsen

One team member was top overall individual and two others ranked in the top 10 as the Goshen County 4-H Meats Judging team earned reserve champion honors at the Western National Roundup in Denver.

The competition is in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo.

Texas won with a score of 2,162 followed by Wyoming with 2,132. Also competing were teams from Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wisconsin, Colorado, Montana, Indiana and Mississippi, according to Megan Brittingham, Goshen County 4-H educator. Mike and Mai Lee Olsen volunteer as team coaches.

Makenna Greenwald was top overall individual, scoring 20 points more than the nearest competitor, said Brittingham. Greenwald had a perfect score in retail identification. Teammate Skyler Miller was 5th, and Anna Schmick was 8th high overall.

Meats judging classes include retail identification, ranking various cuts of meat and defending placings using oral reasons.

The team earned the trip to Denver by winning reserve champion in the Wyoming State 4-H contest last April.

For more information, contact Brittingham at 307-532-2436.

Wyoming 4-H’ers compete in National Western Stock Show catch-a-calf action

Colby Stockton of Cheyenne corrals a calf during the Catch-a-Calf program at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.

Colby Stockton of Cheyenne corrals a calf during the Catch-a-Calf program at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. (Photo courtesy Ty Stockton)

Wyoming 4-H’ers recorded first and seconds among other finishes in the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) Catch-a-Calf program Jan. 8-10 in Denver.

Jaycee Hendrickson of Kemmerer earned a first in showmanship, Lane Barker of Evanston a second in live placing and Brooklyn Salo of Laramie a second in record book.

This year’s participants also included Burgandy Mackey of Cokeville, Karl Brennecke of Cheyenne and Morgan Sanchez of Bear River, said Molly Keil, program superintendent.

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4-H educator starts Dec. 7 in Converse County

Stacey Fitzgibbons

Stacey Fitzgibbons

A 4-H educator will join the Converse County office of the University of Wyoming Extension Monday, Dec. 7.
Stacey Fitzgibbons earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science with a business concentration from the University of Wyoming in 2014. She most recently worked as the livestock show coordinator for the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo and had completed an internship with the extension rangeland and livestock programs in Platte County.
Fitzgibbons, who grew up in Meeker, Colo., is a former 4-H’er.
“It is my goal to promote the development of our youth through an organization that shaped me at a very young age,” she said.