What’s it like to be tops in 4-H in Idaho County? Ask one of the 10 area 4-H’ers who were recently named as top 4-H participants for 2015.
Winners of the Idaho County 4-H Achievement Awards include juniors Laney Forsmann, Halle Klapprich and Aliyah Pineda, intermediate members Brandon Costa, Kate Lustig, Paige Lindsley and Kodie Tidwell, and senior members Nichole Blackmer, Jayce Huling and Marisa Lustig. In addition, Idaho County 4-H leaders Joel and Nancy Costa of the Kooskia area were honored with the Idaho County Volunteer Leaders Distinguished Service Award 2015. This award recognizes an outstanding 4-H adult volunteer leader who has demonstrated leadership, initiative, dedication and commitment to the Idaho County 4-H Program. The Costas are leaders in the Tahoe Hillbillies 4-H Club.
According to Idaho County 4-H director Susie Heckman, during the year, club leaders keep track of all of the members’ activities, giving points for their participation.
“Club leaders submit their top point earners to the 4-H Extension office at the end of the 4-H year,” she explained. “The top point earners from all of the 4-H clubs in the county are given to the 4-H Program Council and the 4-H Achievement Award winners are selected.”
Heckman said the purpose of the achievement award is to recognize 4-H’ers who exemplify the goals of the Idaho County 4-H Program. Emphasis for the award includes overall achievement, leadership and citizenship.
Laney Forsmann is the daughter of Adam and Tiffany Forsmann of Greencreek. She has been a member of the Greencreek Active Workers 4-H Club for four years.
“The favorite thing I like to do is to have an animal for me to play and learn with,” she said. “I’ve learned how good I can get and how bad I can get.”
Forsmann said she thinks it is good for kids to take 4-H because “it gives tham a little bit of adulthood.”
Halle Klapprich is the daughter of Heath and Tara Klapprich of Cottonwood. She has been in 4-H four years, plus another two as a Cloverbud, with Cottonwood Saddliers and Livestock 4-H Club.
“I like doing all my projects and learning new stuff. My favorite project is raising my steer. That was an awesome experience,” Klapprich said. She has also taken cake decorating, sheep, Making the Most of Me and sewing. “I really like 4-H because I like to have a good experience with my projects. The best part is bringing my projects to the fair.”
Klapprich said she has learned to be more responsible in everything she does.
“I also learned that I need time management in a big project like Making the Most of Me. I learned to do a little bit at a time and not all at once,” she added. “I learned to take notes at every meeting so my 4-H book can be easier to fill out.”
Aliyah Pineda is the daughter of Jeff and Tesse Pineda of Grangeville and is a member of Hold Your Horses 4-H Club where she has been a member for four years and has participated in ceramics, cake decorating, Making the Most of Me and horse.
“My favorite thing would be how you are learning different things whether it’s in yourself, in your project or even in other people. Someone might be really shy, but you learn that they’re actually phenomenal at giving presentations,” she said. “Or you might realize how much effort it takes to make a presentable cake. Over the past years in 4-H, I have learned many of these things and that knowledge helps you be a better 4-H’er.”
Pineda said she has learned that she is actually pretty good at giving presentations to her club.
“I have had lots of demonstrations that I have given to my clubs and I have learned many things about my topics and research on these demonstrations,” Pineda said. “I think demonstrations help you in a lot of different ways like public speaking, how to write a paper, how to make a poster and how to present it. Even if demonstrations do take some time I think they do help with many things that you will definitely need in life.”
Brandon Costa of Kooskia is the son of Joel and Nancy Costa and has been a member of the Tahoe Hillbillies for seven years.
“My favorite thing about 4-H is making friends and great memories,” he said. “Whether we are at club meetings, project meetings or other 4-H events we have fun.”
“I have learned that I enjoy leading meetings and talking to groups of people,” he said. “Public speaking at first seemed scary but now I like speaking my thoughts or opinions and hearing what others say as well.”
Kate Lustig is the daughter of Robert and April Lustig of Cottonwood and has been in the Indoor/Outdoor 4-H Club for the past five years.
“My favorite thing about 4-H is the fair. At the fair you have finished your project and can relax and have fun,” she said. “I also take horse 4-H, so when we start the games at the horse show I just have so much fun.”
She said she has learned that she is not going to quit something even if it’s challenging.
“I always finish each project I commit to that year,” she said. “I also learned that I am open to trying new things.”
Paige Lindsley is the daughter of Russ and Heidi Lindsley of Grangeville. She is a member of Hold Your Horses and Barnyard Beastiles 4-H clubs and has been in 4-H for the past six years.
“My favorite part of 4-H is the feeling of family it brings,” Lindsley said. “It makes me feel like I have a second family I could reach out to.”
“I have learned that I have a knack for leadership even if it makes me nervous,” she added. “I have also learned that I really enjoy the experience of taking care of an animal and presenting it.”
Kodie Tidwell is the daughter of Tad and Bobbi Tidwell of Cottonwood and has been in 4-H for six years. She is a member of the Cottonwood Saddliers and Livestock 4-H Club.
“My favorite thing about 4-H is meeting new people and being able to be with and learn about animals. I also really like to help the younger members and see their excitement about 4-H,” she said. “I’ve learned how to talk in front of people and how to talk to people. I’ve learned that you need to be really organized and can’t procrastinate.”
Through the years Tidwell has taken sheep, horse, dairy heifer and Making the Most of Me projects.
“I am very thankful to my parents, 4-H leaders over the years and most importantly Betty Campbell who has not only been my 4-H leader, but also the best Grandma,” she added.
Nichole Blackmer is the daughter of Jeff and Sharon Blackmer of Grangeville and has been a member of Hold Your Horses 4-H Club for eight years.
“My favorite thing about 4-H is all the new skills I am learning. It not only helps me with 4-H, but also in life. One of the things I have realized is that you have to practice to be good at something,” Blackmer said. “Another favorite thing of mine is all the activities I get to participate in, such as the horse show, and county and state competitions.”
Blackmer said she has learned she has to have things very organized and done ahead of time.
“Being secretary of the club really helps with that,” she said. “It lets me be organized and have a major role in the 4-H community.”
Blackmer said she thanks Molly Stowers, her 4-H leader, “for everything she has done for me, from teaching me how to ride a horse, to teaching me many new life skills.”
Jayce Huling is the son of Karie Geis of Cottonwood and has been a member of the Cottonwood Saddliers 4-H Club for four years.
“My favorite thing about 4-H is getting to meet new people, learning new skills, and growing as a person in a leadership role,” Huling said. “I have learned that I enjoy being a part of something that makes a difference in kids’ lives and the community I live in.”
Marisa Lustig is the daughter of Bob and April Lustig of Cottonwood and has been a member of the Indoor/Outdoor 4-H Club for nine years.
“My favorite thing about 4-H is learning more about my interests,” she said. “I have done a leather and cooking projects.”
Lustig said she likes to pick challenging projects and stays dedicated until they are finished.
“4-H has allowed me to participate in community service and give demonstrations,” she said. “I have learned many skills through 4-H that will help me in the future.”