Ozaukee 4-H Foundation Scholarships

The Ozaukee County 4-H Foundation awarded four scholarships to graduating high school seniors.  Each applicant represented their own unique brand of accomplishments in the program. The applicants should take pride in all they’ve accomplished in their 4-H years, and we wish them well as they enter the world of higher education.

Virginia Lee – 2016 Recipient
Virginia LeeThe recipient of the Ozaukee County 4-H Foundation Badger Meter Scholarship for $1,300 is Virginia Lee of the Lindenwood 4-H Club. Her parents are Richard and Deanna Lee. This scholarship is given to the most outstanding applicant as determined by the scholarship committee. This scholarship was the first established by the Ozaukee County 4-H Foundation and was given in honor of Mr. Jack Janik of the Badger Meter Corporation, a founding member of the 4-H Foundation board. Virginia has been in 4-H since joining Cloverbuds as a young girl. Her club leadership experience includes roles from pledge leader to president. She has held multiple project youth leader roles, has been active in numerous county and state-level activities, was an avid summer camp counselor/youth director, and supports her community through volunteerism. Some of her projects have included Dairy, Photography, Leathercraft, Shotgun, Automotive, and auctioneering. Virginia has been a delegate for various 4-H sponsored trips, including American Spirit, Citizen Washington focus, Space Camp, and the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Conference. Outside of 4-H, Virginia is active in her school as an athlete and National Honor Society Officer, and also participates as a volunteer at her church. Virginia will be attending the University of Wisconsin River Falls, majoring in Agricultural Engineering, with a minor in Spanish. Congratulations Virginia, on being awarded the 2016 Badger Meter Scholarship!

Gabby Gventer – 2016 Recipient
Gabby GventerThe recipient of the Richard and Diane Omdahl Family Scholarship for $1,000 is given to Gabby Gventer of the Cloverleaf 4-H Club. Her parents are John and Karen Gventer. Richard and Diane Omdahl believe that the 4-H program is what has helped shape the lives of their children and they wish to give back to the program through this named scholarship. Gabby is an 8 year member of the Cloverleaf 4-H club. She has held a number of leadership roles, some of which include Dairy Youth Leader, Cloverbud Youth Leader, Space Camp Counselor, 4-H Ambassador, Arts Camp Counselor/Director and Ozaukee County 4-H Foundation Youth Board Member. If it’s 4-H related, Gabby is probably there! Projects she has taken over the years include Photography, Native Plants, Decorating, Environment, Archery, etc. She represented 4-H as Miss Ozaukee 2015. She is very active in her club’s community service opportunities, like Make a Difference Day, Grafton Flower Bed, and Family Sharing Holiday Gift Giving. She also volunteers for the 4-H Haunt & Jamboree. Gabby participated at the state level in various arts programs. She has been awarded a number of trips, including the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Conference, American Spirit, Citizen Washington Focus, and Space Camp/Advanced Space Camp, returning as a counselor. She is very active outside 4-H, working at Lasata Care Center, volunteering at her church, is active in many school extra-curricular activities, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Gabby plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, with a goal of working for NASA as an Aeronautical Engineer. Congratulations Gabby, on receiving the 2016 Omdahl Scholarship!

Gabrielle Batzko – 2016 Recepient
Gabbie BatzkoThe recipient of the 2016 Ozaukee County 4- H Foundation S. Duane Stroebel Scholarship for $1,000 is Gabrielle Batzko of the Town & Country 4-H Club. Her parents are John and Barbara Batzko. This scholarship is given in memory of Mr. S. Duane Stroebel. Mr. Stroebel was an agricultural enthusiast and a strong supporter of the Ozaukee County 4-H program. As an 11 year member of Town & Country 4-H club, Gabrielle has served in a number of club leadership positions, including club president and vice president. She is a long time member of her club’s dairy project, as well as Scrapbooking, Cake Decorating, Music, Drawing and Painting, Auctioneering, as well as many others. She attended Space Camp as a delegate, then counselor. Gabrielle has been an active leader in Older Youth, along with a number of Dog Project leader roles. She works with special needs children through the Special Olympics program and the 4-H Together We Can program. She is active in her church as a musician, and works at the Lasata Care center. Her future plans include studying Sustainable Development with a concentration in Agro-ecology and Sustainable Agriculture. She will minor in economics. Congratulations, Gabrielle!

Sharla Boehlke – 2016 Recepient
Sharla BoehlkeSharla has been awarded an Ozaukee County 4-H Foundation scholarship in the amount of $900. This scholarship is made possible by donations received from the many benefactors of the Foundation. Sharla is a ten year member of the Little Kohler 4-H Club. Her parents are Royal and Linda Boehlke. She has been a youth leader in Ceramics and Beef, and has been her club’s Treasurer and President. Some of her projects include Beef, Swine, Ceramics, Foods and Nutrition, Auctioneering, and Home Environment. She has attended the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Conference, and has been active in the Haunt, Livestock Association, Bunny Breakfast activities, to name a few. She is an employee at Mink Creek Farms, and is active in her church and community. Sharla plans to study Agriculture Economics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

 

Melinda Knepprath – 2016 Recepient
Melinda KnepprathMelinda Knepprath has been awarded an Ozaukee County 4-H Foundation scholarship in the amount of $900. This scholarship is made possible by donations received from the many benefactors of the Foundation. Melinda is an 11 year member of the Town & Country  4-H club. Her parents are Roger and Sheila Knepprath. Her many leadership roles include Club President and Archery Youth Leadership, and she represented Ozaukee County 4-H as Miss Ozaukee 2014. Her projects have included Exploring, Ceramics, Foods and Nutrition, Leathercraft, Archery, Shotgun, Music and Photography, and a number of others. She was selected as a delegate to the Wisconsin Youth Conference, Citizen Washington Focus, and American Spirit. She was very involved at both the county and state level, as well as in non 4-H activities in her church and community. Melinda currently attends the University of Wisconsin – Stout, studying Graphic Design & Interactive Media. She is also working towards a minor in Business Administration.

Natalie Niehueser – 2016 Recepient 
Natalie Niehueser 2Natalie Niehueser has been awardsed an Ozaukee County 4-H Foundation scholarship in the amount of $900.  This scholarship is made possible by donations recieved from the many benefactors of the Foundation.  Natalie is a 10 year member of the Cloverleaf 4-H Club. Her parents are Robert and Dorena Niehueser. Her club leadership includes roles as Vice-President, Secretary, Historian and Volleyball Coach. At the county level she has been a 4-H Ambassador, variety show performer, Haunt volunteer, and participant in a number of community service and fundraising activities. She has represented Ozaukee County at the State Fair Clothing Review, the State Fair Variety Show, as well as singing at the State Fair. Outside of 4-H, she is active as a volunteer in her church, in sports and student government at her school, and in leadership at YMCA’s Camp Minikani. Her future plans include study in the field of Aeronautical Science.

 

Rachel GierachRachel Gierach- 2015 Recipient

The recipient of the Ozaukee County 4-H Foundation Badger Meter Scholarship for $1,300 is Rachel Gierach of the Lindenwood 4-H Club. Her parents are Robert and Amy Gierach. This scholarship is given to the most outstanding applicant as determined by the scholarship committee. This scholarship was the first established by the Ozaukee County 4-H Foundation and was given in honor of Mr. Jack Janik of the Badger Meter Corporation, a founding member of the 4-H Foundation board. Rachel is a ten year 4-H member, and has held roles as pledge leader, secretary, treasurer, and president in her club. In addition to being a youth leader in the Quilting Project for 7 years, she has also been involved in projects from Foods and Nutrition, Photography, and Auctioneering to Home Environment, Veterinary Science, and Sheep, just to name a few! She has participated on a number of committees within her club, and has also been a leader at the county level as a Leader’s Association board member and as a youth representative on the Livestock Association Board. Rachel has been a delegate on the Citizenship Washington Focus and American Spirit trips. She has co-chaired the county Communications Festival, and worked with a team that wrote the 4-H Centennial Resolution recognized by the Ozaukee County Board. Outside of 4-H, Rachel is active in her church as a musician, Sunday School Teacher, and Vacation Bible School Leader. Rachel will be attending Concordia University to pursue a major in education, as well as a minor in either mathematics or science. Congratulations Rachel, on being awarded the 2015 Badger Meter Scholarship!

Patrick Curran Photo (2)Patrick Curran- 2015 Recipient

The recipient of the Richard and Diane Omdahl Family Scholarship for $1,000 is given to Patrick Curran of the Lindenwood 4-H Club. His parent is Wendy Porterfield. Richard and Diane Omdahl believe that the 4-H program is what has helped shape the lives of their children and they wish to give back to the program through this named scholarship. Some of the projects Patrick has been involved in include Photography, Small Engines, Computers, Electricity, Adventures, Water, Canoeing, and Sport Fishing. His club leadership roles have included the offices of Vice President, as well as Reporter/Historian. He has been a delegate on trips such as Citizenship Washington Focus, American Spirit, Space Camp, and Wisconsin 4-H Youth Conference. He also participated in the 4-H Day at the Capitol, as well as Advanced Space Camp. Patrick has been an active community service participant, has served as a 4-H Camp Counselor, and has been an enthusiastic actor for the 4-H Haunt. Outside of 4-H, Patrick serves as an Auxiliary Police Officer, is involved in a number of school sports, and is active in his church. He is also a volunteer worker at the Rivoli Theater on a monthly basis. Patrick plans to attend the University of Wisconsin – Stout campus, studying Professional Communication and Emerging Media, with an applied Journalism focus. Congratulations Patrick, on being awarded the 2015 Richard and Diane Omdahl Family Scholarship!

Rob Fugate- Low ResJoseph Fugate- 2015 Recipient

The recipient of the 2015 Ozaukee County 4- H Foundation S. Duane Stroebel Scholarship for $1,000 is Joseph Fugate of the Knellsville 4-H Club. His parents are Tom and Jean Fugate. This scholarship is given in memory of Mr. S. Duane Stroebel. Mr. Stroebel was an agricultural enthusiast and a strong supporter of the Ozaukee County 4-H program. As a longtime member of the Knellsville 4-H club, Joe has been involved in many projects from Self Determined to Insects, and also has been a youth Leader in Dairy, Arts and Crafts, and Legos. He has led or participated on countless club committees, and has held club leadership positions of Secretary and Treasurer. He has achieved many awards in the Dairy project, and has worked on a number of club and county fundraisers, as well as the annual Ozaukee County Dairy Breakfast. Outside of 4-H, Joe is an active volunteer in his church, mentoring youth and serving on various teams. He is active in high school athletics, and has served as captain of multiple teams. Joe will be a starter for his college football team. He is a member of the National Honor Society, and has helped with a number of school community service activities. Joe will attend the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, with an undeclared major, but with interests in a business-related career. Congratulations Joe, on being awarded the S. Duane Stroebel scholarship. Best wishes as you pursue your goals!

Brian MuellerBrian Mueller- 2015 Recipient

Brian Mueller has been awarded the Ozaukee County 4-H Foundation scholarships in the amount of $900 each. These scholarships are made possible by donations received from the many benefactors of the Foundation. Brian is a ten year member of the Little Kohler 4-H Club. Brian’s parents are Donald and Paula Mueller. Brian has served as Club Treasurer for 3 years, and has been a youth leader in the Swine project for many years. He has had the Grand Champion hog, and has won swine showmanship several times. Brian has attended the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Leadership Conference, and has been an active community service participant. He has worked on The 4-H Haunt, and has participated in a number of county-level fundraisers. Brian is very active in his club, and has been recognized with the 4-H Achievement Award multiple times. Outside of 4-H Brian has been successful in sports, has been a Badger Boy’s State representative, and does volunteer work for his church, and has participated in a number of community fundraisers. Brian currently attends The Milwaukee School of Engineering, and is pursuing a degree in Architectural Engineering and Construction Management.

Aaron RathkeAaron Rathke- 2015 Recipient

Aaron Rathke has been awarded the Ozaukee County 4-H Foundation scholarships in the amount of $900 each. These scholarships are made possible by donations received from the many benefactors of the Foundation. Aaron is a 10 year member of the Little Kohler 4-H Club. Aaron’s parents are Steve and Jackie Rathke. Aaron’s project work includes Photography, Drawing and Painting, Woodworking, Leather Craft, and Beef. He has been a youth leader in the Beef Project. Aaron has held the offices of President, Vice President, and Treasurer for his club. He has participated on a number of community service initiatives and fundraisers at both the club and county level, some of which include the 4-H Haunt, the 4-H Clover Café, Livestock fundraisers, and the Foundation Bowl-a-Thon. He has been a State Fair Exhibitor for Beef. Outside of 4-H, Aaron has been involved in a number of high school sports, and has held leadership positions as Class Officer and in FFA. He is a member of the National Honor Society. Aaron will study Physical Education or Sports Management in college.

Kim MuellerKimberly Mueller- 2015 Recipient

Kimberly Mueller has been awarded the Ozaukee County 4-H Foundation scholarships in the amount of $900 each. These scholarships are made possible by donations received from the many benefactors of the Foundation. Kim is a nine year member of the Little Kohler 4-H Club. Her parents are David and Kelly Mueller. Kimberly has held the position of Club Treasurer, and is teaching younger members the skills necessary to fulfil that role. She has been a camp counselor for three years, leading and mentoring younger campers. Kimberly has participated in the annual Variety Show, and has coached Little Kohler’s volleyball team. She has won Grand Champion Dairy Beef Steer, and received the State Fair Award for one of her project drawings. She has participated in a number of community service opportunities at the club and county levels. Outside of 4-H, a few of the activities in which Kimberly is involved include high school Forensics, Music, the Student Council, National Honor Society, Cheerleading, and the Freshman Mentor Program. Kimberly will double-major in Secondary Education and Accounting at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. She intends to pursue a career in teaching business education at the high school level.

Joey Montaine PhotoJoseph Montaine- 2014 Recipient

The recipient of the Ozaukee County 4-H Foundation Badger Meter Scholarship for $1,600 is Joseph Montaine of the Cloverleaf 4-H Club. His parents are Dan and Lori Montaine. This scholarship is given to the most outstanding applicant as determined by the scholarship committee. This scholarship was the first established by the Ozaukee County 4-H Foundation and was given in honor of Mr. Jack Janik of the Badger Meter Corporation, a founding member of the 4-H Foundation board.

In the years Joseph has been in 4-H, he has been involved in many projects and activities.  Some of his projects include:  Exploring, Archery, Foods & Nutrition, RC Cars, Shotgun, Cake decorating, etc.  He has received the Outstanding Achievement Award multiple times, and has been a Space Camp counselor, an Arts Camp Counselor, a 4-H Ambassador, has been a member of the State 4-H Drama Company, and has been very active at the Wisconsin State Fair.  In addition to being a youth leader in multiple projects, he has served as president and treasurer of his club, and has received numerous special awards and recognition for his fair projects.  Joseph recently traveled to the state capitol to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Wisconsin.  It was his honor to give a speech to one of our state representatives about the value of the 4-H program. Outside of 4-H, Joseph has done volunteer work for the Ozaukee campus of the Wisconsin Humane Society.  He is a peer leader at his church for youth lock-ins, and has been a Vacation Bible School leader, as well as a volunteer working with disabled children at Balance, Inc.  Joe has been named to and is active in the National Honor Society. Joseph will be attending the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.  4-H has heavily influenced his chosen field of study, which is Environmental Education. Congratulations Joseph, on being awarded the 2014 Badger Meter Scholarship!

Calvin BriceCalvin Brice- 2014 Recipient

The recipient of the Richard and Diane Omdahl Family Scholarship for $1,300 is given to Calvin Brice of the Town and Country 4-H Club. His parents are Kevin and Theresa Brice.

Richard and Diane Omdahl believe that the 4-H program is what has helped shape the lives of their children and they wish to give back to the program through this named scholarship.

Some of the projects Calvin has been involved in include Sheep, Dogs, Foods and Nutrition, Archery, RC Cars and RC Airplanes, Poultry, etc.  He has been a youth leader, has participated in the Spring Communications Festival, and has received his club’s Outstanding Achievement award. He has served as president and treasurer of his club, and organized a number of club activities, including creation of his club’s banner that is now displayed annually in the Ozaukee Pavilion during the run of fair. Calvin is a very involved camp counselor, and also participated in the Mr. & Miss Ozaukee contest.

Outside of 4-H, Calvin enjoys a variety of sports, shares his musical talent at his church, has been a member of the Ozaukee Regional Chess Association, and has helped develop a youth leadership program that enabled students to improve their public speaking, presentation and leadership skills. Calvin plans to attend UW-Washington County to begin studies in Mechanical Engineering. Congratulations Calvin, on being selected to receive the 2014 Richard and Diane Omdahl Family Scholarship!

Nick GallNick Gall- 2014 Recipient

The recipient of the 2014 Ozaukee County 4- H Foundation S. Duane Stroebel Scholarship for $1,300 is Nick Gall of the Town and Country 4-H Club. His father is the late Jeff Gall, his mother is Terry Gall-Proefrock, and his step-father is Steve Proefrock. This scholarship is given in memory of Mr. S. Duane Stroebel.  Mr. Stroebel was an agricultural enthusiast and a strong supporter of the Ozaukee County 4-H program.

In his ten years as a 4-H member, Nick has been involved in the Swine, Archery, Shooting Sports, Woodworking, Wildlife Ecology, and Sport fishing projects.  He has been active as a youth leader, and has won numerous awards for his project work in Ecology, Woodworking and Shotgun.  As a youth leader, he takes pride in helping younger kids improve their skills and teaching them what he has learned.  He has been active in his club, serving as secretary, and has been involved in both group and solo acts in the 4-H Variety Show.  He has been a camp counselor at the annual Upham Woods camp.

Outside of 4-H, Nick volunteers at his church, singing in their Praise Band and choir.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, and holds outside jobs at two separate farms. 4-H has helped Nick further his love for the outdoors and nature, and he will study Natural Resources and Wildlife Management at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. Congratulations Nick, on being awarded the S. Duane Stroebel scholarship.  Best wishes in achieving your goals!

Connor NewellConnor Newell- 2014 Recipient

The winner of an Ozaukee County 4-H Foundation scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is Connor Newell of the Lindenwood 4-H Club. Connor’s parents are Larry and Debra Newell.

This scholarship is made possible by donations received from the many benefactors of the Foundation.

Connor’s projects throughout his 4-H career have included Exploring, Photography, Woodworking, Bicycle Adventure, RC Cars, Archery, Shotgun, Arts and Crafts, etc. He has won a number of awards for his project efforts.  He has participated on numerous trips, such as American Spirit, Citizen Washington Focus, Wisconsin Youth Conference, and Space Camp.  He is the reigning Mr. Ozaukee 4-H.  Connor has served as a camp counselor and has been a youth leader in the Woodworking project. He has been President, Treasurer, and Pledge Leader for his club.  He has received his club’s Outstanding Achievement award multiple times.  He will travel to Norway through the IFYE program in the summer of 2014.

Outside of 4-H, Connor is an accomplished volleyball player, earning MVP and serving as team captain at school.  He plays tuba in his high school band, and serves as section leader.  He also holds a part-time job in addition to all of his other activities. Connor plans to study Engineering in college. Congratulations Connor, and best of luck as you proceed with higher education!

 

 

 

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