Diversity efforts earn Crook, Weston County 4-H educators extension honor

Stacy Buchholz

4-H educators in Crook and Weston counties were recognized by the University of Wyoming Extension for their diversity education efforts.

Stacy Buchholz in Weston County and Sara Fleenor in Crook

Sara Fleenor

County received extension’s Diversity Enhancement Award during the organization’s training conference in December on the Laramie campus.

The two worked with teen 4-H leaders to create workshops and menu ideas that incorporated cultural diversity at the Crook-Weston County 4-H Summer Camp.

4-H’ers were able to experience different countries and learn about cultures, global challenges and participate in hands-on activities while they learned.

Buchholz joined extension in 2008 and Fleenor in 2012.

4-H educator begins Jan. 8 in Lincoln County

Shaily Harshbarger is the new 4-H educator in Lincoln County.
Shaily Harshbarger is the new 4-H educator in Lincoln County.

Shaily Harshbarger will begin as the University of Wyoming Extension 4-H educator in Lincoln County Monday, Jan. 8.

Harshbarger will be in the Lincoln County Extension Office in Kemmerer.

A 2017 graduate of Kansas State University, she holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science with an emphasis in business and a minor in business. Harshbarger interned with the University of Wyoming Extension 4-H Program in Lincoln County in 2016.

She has been involved in 4-H and FFA programs in which she participated in livestock, dairy and horse judging in addition to a variety of leadership roles.

4-H military youth educator begins Nov. 13 in Laramie County

Kristi Nagy begins Nov. 13 as the 4-H military youth educator in Laramie County.
Kristi Nagy begins Nov. 13 as the 4-H military youth educator in Laramie County.

A 4-H military youth educator will begin Monday, Nov. 13, in the Laramie County office of the University of Wyoming Extension.

Kristi Nagy has been the senior 4-H administrative assistant in the Laramie County extension office for three years.

“This experience gives her the knowledge and background to take on a new challenge within the extension program,” said Kim Reaman, UW Extension federal relations and staff development coordinator.

Nagy has 10 years’ experience with the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver where she managed eight school-age childcare sites. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and an associate’s degree in early childhood education from Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo.

Why are these teens all smiles?

Bright-faced teens outside, 3 males in back, three females in front.
Gavin Simmons, Ian Siegusmund, Morgan Sanchez, Lukas Simmons, Mishelle Frame, and Torree Spatig of Uinta County are among the first enrolled in ANSC 1009. The UW course is open to all Wyoming 4-H’ers in high school.

They’re honing their animal production skills (and earning college credit) in a new University of Wyoming course, Introduction to Animal Science (ANSC 1009), which connects high school students with UW via field experiences, extension workshops, online content, and Zoom conference calls with animal science professors. To read more and learn ways UW Extension connects with Wyoming, see CONNECT 2017.

Park County 4-H team wins Arizona livestock judging contest

Members of the Park County 4-H Senior Livestock Judging team are, from left, Logan Mehling, Hayden O’Hara, Bronson Smith, McKennah Buck.

Park County’s 4-H Livestock Judging Team won the senior division at the 33-team Arizona National Livestock Show Judging Contest, and three of its members placed in the top 10 individually out of 141 contestants.

McKennah Buck, Logan Mehling, Hayden O’Hara and Bronson Smith competed in the contest New Year’s Eve in Phoenix, said Tycee Mohler, Park County 4-H educator. Mehling and O’Hara placed fifth and sixth, and Smith was ninth overall.

Park County hasn’t had a champion senior judging team since 2006 at either the state or national level, said Mohler, who coaches the team.