Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County presented its annual 4-H Achievement Celebration Feb. 20. Lancaster County Commissioner Vice-Chair Jennifer Brinkman read a Board of Commissioners’ proclamation declaring Feb. 20 as “4-H Achievement Day.” 4-H members, clubs and leaders were recognized for their 2017 achievements. The following youth were recognized. Those with no hometown mentioned are Lincoln residents.


Presented to 4-H’ers who have completed the most hours of community service.

Age 14 and over: Ellie Babcock (Waverly), Kali Burnham, Thomas Cook, Payton Filing (Panama), Nathan Gabel, Valerie Gabel, Bailee Gunnerson, Abigail Kreifels, Emma Lanik, Addison Wanser.

Age 13 and under: Clare Bauman, Andrew Frain, Kylie Hansen, Maleah Jamison, Zoey Jamison, Sara Kreikemeier, Lilly Riedel, Alexa Smith, David Swotek, Ava Vogel (Martell), Conner Vogel (Martell), Kamryn Wanser.


This Lancaster County Super Fair award is presented to individuals who enter the same dog in obedience, showmanship and agility, and earn a ribbon in each area: Liz Boshart (Malcolm), Kaitlyn Dumler, Maleah Jamison, Claire Mathis, Sidney Schlesiger (Hickman), Alyssa Zimmer.


This statewide program which encourages 4-H members to engage in a variety of projects and activities. Every 4-H’er who participates can earn recognition. At the beginning of the 4-H year, youth choose goals from a provided list, and at the end of the year, complete a report documenting their accomplishments. Youth may progress from Level 1 to Level 6.

Level 1 - Amethyst: Noah Babcock (Waverly), Sawyer Benne, Kaylee Boysen, Eva Elkins, Andrew Frain, Morgan Gabel, Preston Smith, Emma Thomson, Kamryn Wanser.

Level 2 - Aquamarine: Jacob Bauman, Whitney Cunningham, Caroline Fulkerson, Ethan Gabel, Sarah Lange, Parker Smith, Hannah Thomson (Palmyra), Katie Timmer.

Level 3 - Ruby: Clare Bauman, Aleyna Cuttlers (Raymond), Riley Peterson, Pearce Smith (Taylor), Emma Timmer.

Level 4 - Sapphire: Samuel Babcock (Waverly), Sarah Cunningham, Ella Hendricksen, Abigail Kreifels, Delaney Meyer, Eliese Schwinck.

Level 5 - Emerald: Kali Burnham, Sara Kreikemeier, Katie Nepper.

Level 6 - Diamond: Addison Wanser. She is the fourth 4-H’er in Lancaster County to receive this award!

For her service-learning project titled, “Nourishing the NICU,” Addison created over 250 felt hearts for preemie babies and their mothers to help them bond. She made over 200 celebratory cards for nurses to put babies footprints on. In addition, Addison located sewers to sew 15 burial gowns and found a company interested in donating an additional 40 gowns.


These clubs have met the criteria outlined by the State 4-H Office to be considered a “Club of Excellence.” Some of the criteria includes: choose/elect youth officers, have one club project they do together and complete one community service project. The honored clubs are Clever Clovers, Crafty Clovers, Fantastic 4, Five Star 4-H’ers, Fusion 4-Hers, Go Go Goat Getters, Joe’s Clover Knights, JP2 Crew, Learning Leaders, Rabbits R Us, Rockin’ Riders, Shamtastic Clovers, Super Shamrocks.


To encourage participation in the county fair, Lincoln Center Kiwanis Club awards traveling trophies to the top 4-H clubs participating in the Lancaster County Super Fair. One category winner is awarded the Wayne C. Farmer Memorial Cup as the overall Outstanding 4-H Club for the year. Clubs receive points based on all members’ total county fair exhibit and contest placings. The Outstanding 4-H Clubs were also recognized at a Kiwanis meeting.

Category I (membership of 5-10) and Wayne C. Farmer Memorial Cup winner: The Happy 4-H Club of Lincoln. The club’s five members were enrolled in nine project areas and entered 64 total exhibits at the fair. This is the club’s first year as an outstanding 4-H club. Jill Greff and Leia Noel are the leaders.

Category II (member of 11-20): South Prairie 4-H Club of rural Lincoln. The club’s 18 members were enrolled in 16 project areas and entered 184 total exhibits at the fair. This is the club’s first year as an outstanding 4-H club. Michelle Huber is club leader.

Category III (membership of 21 or more): Amazing Treasures 4-H Club of the Waverly and Lincoln. The club’s 39 members were enrolled in 12 project areas and entered 216 total exhibits at fair. This is the club’s first year as an outstanding 4-H club. Kelly Brown and Nichole Jelinek are the leaders.


Each year, Lancaster County 4-H selects 4-H members to be awarded the National Leadership Award on behalf of the American Youth Foundation. Lancaster County 4-H Council pays the award fees. The award recognizes youth ages 15-18 who strive to be their personal best and make a positive difference in their schools, youth groups, 4-H clubs, and communities.

Ellie Babcock (Waverly), Thomas Cook, Valerie Gabel.


Presented to individuals 14 years of age or older who have excelled in their involvement with the Lancaster County 4-H program. Selection is based on participation in a wide variety, and depth of, 4-H activities.

Emma Lanik is a very active 10-year 4-H member and delved into an enormous number of 4-H projects during her 4-H career. She was formerly a member of the Fantastic 4 4-H club and is currently a member of The Career Academy FFA. Emma has volunteered over 1,000 hours of community service in the past five years alone!

Bailee Gunnerson joined 4-H as soon as she was eligible at the age of 5. She has completed an extensive range of projects. Bailee is currently president of president of Rabbits R Us 4-H club, president of 4-H Teen Council and vice-president of 4-H Council. She has volunteered over 2,500 hours of community service!


Presented to individuals or organizations who have exhibited consistent and strong support of the Lancaster County 4-H program.

Ron and Barb Suing began volunteering for 4-H in Lancaster County when their three children joined 4-H. Barb was leader of the Creative Towngirls 4-H club for 16 years and has been a 4-H Food Superintendent at the Lancaster County Fair for 36 years and counting! Ron was leader of the Hills Heroes 4-H club for 6 years and has been 4-H Engineering Superintendent at the County Fair for 31 years and counting! Ron has taught rocketry at Clover College for 21 years. Both volunteered a number of years at the Nebraska State Fair when it was in Lincoln.


2 Year Leaders: Melissa Abele, Bailey Bernadt, Jessica Burnside (Firth), Emalea Dean, Kim Funk (Waverly), Gayle Gengenbach, Heidi Hanley, Kari Hoeft, Tana Pageler (Waverly), Ronald Polivka, Jami Spaulding, Scott Stanley, Megan Starner (Bennet), James Tietjen (Waverly), Mary Wittler (Firth)

5 Year Leader: Deloris Pittman (Martell)

10 Year Leaders: Pam Davis (Waverly), Cheri Kraus (Martell)

15 Year Leaders: Laura Hardesty (Raymond), Renee Heusinger

35 Year Leader: Shirley Condon

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