4-H Senior Scholarship Winners
4-H Senior Scholarship Winners

VAN WERT — The 2018 4-H Senior, Volunteer and Donor Recognition Banquet was held on Sunday, April 8, 2018. The banquet theme was “Don’t Let Tomorrow Be Goodbye” Planning committee was comprised of Brenda DeLong, Shayna DeLong, Carrie Jellison-Garwood, and Jill McCoy, The delicious meal was catered by Shayna DeLong and Kim Grubaugh.

Seniors presented their own unique reflections on their experiences as 4-H members. Frankie Carey spoke of her experiences in 4-H with Camp and as the Jr. Fair Queen, and Abbey spoke about her time with Jr. Fair Board, Buckeye Ambassadors and skills to take her into the future.

4-H Alumni Hilary (Edwards) Arn was the featured speaker of the evening talking fondly of her own past experiences in 4-H and how they helped her to grow and embrace college and her career today. Hilary teaches the fifth grade at Lincolnview Elementary.

The 4-H program is possible through the dedication and hard work of around 100 volunteers. Active volunteers in the program range from months of experience to 52 years! 20 years: Susan Hempfling, 25 years: Christine Heizman, Susan Mosier, Shayna DeLong, 30 years: Don Mosier, 39 Years Dennis McCoy, 40 Years: Rita Adam, 42 Years: Judy Wortman, and 52 Years: Carrie Jellison-Garwood. State Volunteer Award Winners include Susan Hempfling, Friend of 4-H and 4-H Hall of Fame, Rita Adam.

The 2018 Richard Jellison Advisor award was presented to Exchange Club’s Cindy Harting. She has been instrumental as part of the team who has made many exchanges happen, doing lots of work with the Holiday Light Show, and many meals for the Pork dinner fundraiser.

2018 seniors attending the banquet were Trinitey Brown, Brett Schumm, Korey Oechsle, Erin Gemmer, and Erin Richardson, Kailey Denman, Alana Williams, Frankie Carey, and Abbey Bradford.

Senior scholarships sponsored by the Endowment Board recipients are Frankie Carey, Erin Richardson, Abbey Bradford, Alana Williams, and Korey Oechsle. The scholarships are awarded through the Van Wert Enrichment fund interest income from the invested dollars through the Van Wert County Foundation. Alana was also awarded a 4-H CarTeens scholarship for her time volunteering as a teacher and assistant.