BOZEMAN — Twenty-four Montana 4-H youth were awarded scholarships during the annual Montana 4-H Congress at Montana State University July 8-10.
Close to 400 4-H members, volunteers and staff attended the 4-H congress from 43 Montana counties, said Brett Schomer, 4-H program and events coordinator at MSU. Nearly $23,000 in scholarship funding was awarded.
Youth participated in competitive and social events, educational workshops and a service-learning project for Ronald McDonald Houses of Montana. More than 100 4-H volunteers and Extension staff helped to coordinate activities during the three-day event. Montana 4-H also welcomed delegations from Alberta, Canada, and the Idaho 4-H program to the 84th annual leadership event. Teen 4-H leaders worked in committees to plan program details, emcee the general assemblies, and manage the event technology.
During the event, 4-H Foundation Executive Director Sandra Germann and board members presented 4-H students with various scholarship awards.
Among area winners were:
• Kyle Patten, Fergus County, won the Montana Agricultural Business Association (MABA) and the Montana Grain Elevator Association (MGEA) scholarship. Patten is a 10-year 4-H member who plans to attend MSU to pursue a degree in agricultural education.
• Katherine McCleary, Big Horn County, is a 12-year 4-H member who plans to attend Yale University to pursue an anthropology or archeology degree. Some of her projects have focused on history of the 18th century. McCleary was also featured in the PBS documentary “Six Montana 4-H Stories.”
• Brittany Wetstein, Carbon County, is a 10-year 4-H member who plans to attend Miles Community College to receive an associate’s degree in Nursing. Wetstein has been active in her community through 4-H.
• Justin Stilson, Fergus County. Stilson is a 14-year 4-H member who currently attends MSU and is pursuing an exercise science degree. Stilson continues to be active in 4-H as the president of Collegiate 4-H. He excelled in the photography project in 4-H and has taken photos for classmates, the 4-H Foundation and the 4-H state office.
• Kelsey Smith, Cascade County, is a longtime 4-H member who is currently studying nursing at MSU. Through the state “Make It With Wool” competition, Smith earned an appearance at the national competition in Arizona. She also interned and will do research with the McLaughlin Research Institute for Biomedical Sciences.
• Tanner Engle, Sweet Grass County, earned the Montana Meat Processors Association Scholarship. Engle is a 10-year 4-H member who plans to major in agricultural business at MSU.
• Sadie Reddick, Gallatin County, won the Douglas A. and Nancy W. Dear Memorial Scholarship. Reddick has been in 4-H for nine years and plans to attend either MSU or Oklahoma State University. She participated in 4-H equine and beef projects.
• Kourtney Schott, Stillwater County, earned the Carson Christensen Memorial Scholarship. She is a 10-year 4-H member who plans to attend Gonzaga University to pursue a business degree. Schott has played an integral part in directing annual Cloverbud Camps and 4-H Achievement Days.
• Morgan Beckett, Mussellshell/Golden Valley County, received the Wilcox Family Scholarship. Beckett is a 10-year 4-H member who plans to attend MSU to pursue a degree in engineering. Beckett has been active in the market swine, electricity and shooting sports projects.
• Layton Hrubes, Dawson County, won the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation scholarship. She is a 10-year 4-H member who is currently attending MSU, studying animal science and political science.
• Ellen Guyer, Carter County, received the Miller Scholarship. Guyer is a 10-year 4-H member who plans to pursue a degree in psychology at MSU. Guyer has helped plan District Mini-Congress. and hosted photography workshops.
• Layne Oliver, Gallatin County, is a nine-year 4-H member who plans to attend MSU to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Oliver has been active in the swine program for eight years and was a barn supervisor at the Gallatin County Fair for two years.
• Elizabeth Carlson, Lewis & Clark County, is a 12-year 4-H member who plans to attend Carroll College to study mathematics. Carlson has been active in the BioScience Montana project and was also accepted to work for the Montana Space Grant Consortium.
• Bethany Lacock, Valley County, is a 12-year 4-H member who plans to attend Carroll College to pursue a degree in pre-pharmacy. Lacock has also participated with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Future Farmers of America.
• Kendra Smith, Judith Basin County, is a 10-year 4-H member who plans to attend Carroll College to pursue a degree in health science. Smith has run a Cloverbud project for four years and volunteered with the Stanford Cage Camp basketball camp for grades 4-8 for four years.
The Montana 4-H Council established an endowment with the Montana 4-H Foundation to be used for leadership opportunities for Montana 4-H youth and volunteers. The $500 Montana 4-H Council Scholarship went to:The State 4-H Shooting Sports Committee sponsors a $500 4-H Shooting Sports Scholarship for a student exemplifying leadership and mentoring in shooting sports. It was awarded to:
• Barry Francis, Gallatin County, is a 12-year 4-H member who plans to attend MSU-Northern in Havre to pursue a double major in Diesel Technology and Agricultural Operations Technology. Francis has represented Montana at three National Shooting
Sports Foundation tournaments and volunteers on the Manhattan Volunteer Fire Department.
The Barbara Edens Memorial scholarship is awarded to 4-H members who have been active in the horse project and have strong leadership skills. It was awarded to:
• Alyssa Morris, Missoula County. Morris is a 10-year 4-H member, who plans to attend the University of Montana to pursue a degree in speech pathology. Morris has coordinated local cancer support events.
The Bud Dawson Livestock Scholarship offers two $500 scholarships to graduating seniors who have been active in livestock projects. The recipients are:
• Christine Patten, Lewis & Clark County, is a 10-year 4-H member who will attend MSU to study mechanical engineering. Patten has taken an average of 10 different projects each year and is currently building a woodworking project.
The Cedric & Elfriede Maurer Memorial Scholarship was established by the Maurer family to honor their parents, who farmed and ranched in Teton County and were long-time 4-H leaders.
The scholarship is awarded to 4-H members who show a dedication to 4-H, a history of volunteering and are involved in their community. Preference is given to residents of north central Montana, specifically Teton, Cascade, Choteau and Pondera counties:
• Alyssa Riley, Powder River County, is a 10-year 4-H member who plans to attend MSU to study pre-veterinary science. Riley has been involved in sheep, horsemanship, quilting,
vet science, hog, and beef projects and has worked with the Natural Resource Conservation Service.
• Joshua Pecukonis, Cascade County, is an 11-year 4-H member who plans to attend MSU to achieve a degree in environmental horticulture science. Pecukonis has been active in livestock projects and maintains a flock of 50 Navajo Churro sheep.
The Anton and Helga Sundsted Pioneer Scholarship was established in 2011 by the Sundsted family in honor of the pioneers who settled over 100 years ago. This scholarship is for students who demonstrate entrepreneurship through 4-H projects and involvement in their community, church and school by embracing ideals of leadership, responsibility and integrity:
• Kaitlyn Goroski, Wibaux County, is a 10-year 4-H member who currently attends MSU with a major in Agriculture. Goroski makes time for Collegiate 4-H and Collegiate Young Farmers and Ranchers, and has been active in 4-H leadership from the club to state level.
The $2,000 W. Doyle Stocks Scholarships benefit Montana students planning to attend MSU to study agriculture or family consumer science. The recipients are:
• Jennifer Greger, Gallatin County – a nine-year 4-H member who helped start a 4-H club in Gallatin County and has also competed with her sled dog team across the Northwest and in Canada. She plans to major in animal science .
• Trestin Benson, Lincoln Countys – an 11-year 4-H member who plans to major in natural resource and range ecology and pursue a career as an Extension agent. Benson has helped with the lamb project in her county and been part of the State Ambassador Officer Team.
• Caleb Reichhardt, Silver Bow County – a 12-year 4-H member who plans to major in biotechnology in animal systems. Reichhardt is a junior leader in the rabbit and beef program and also raises shorthorn cattle.