What does it take to succeed in 4-H? Ask the 2018 Idaho County Achievement Award winners who were recently announced:
Junior Division winners are Jackson Enneking, Kane McIntire, Ben Nuxoll and Makenna York; in the Intermediate Division, Whitney Andrews, Aaron Forsmann, Riley Enneking and Gracelynn Missman; and in the Senior Division, Gabe Forsmann and Ellea Uhlenkott.
According to Idaho County 4-H program 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.
Jackson Enneking is a member of the Keuterville Livestock 4-H Club. He is the son of Robert and Jennifer Enneking of Keuterville.
“I like going to the fair and hanging out with my friends,” he said. “Through 4-H, I have learned to try new things.”
Ben Nuxoll is the son of Bruce and Marci Nuxoll of Kooskia. He has been a member of Valley Livestock and More 4-H Club for two years.
He said his favorite thing about 4-H is day camp. He hopes to raise a pig this year.
“4-H is more fun than I expected,” he said.
Makenna York has been a member of Crazy Critters 4-H Club for the past three years. She is the daughter of Eric and Heidi York of Grangeville.
“I like having the chance to showcase my skills,” she said. “When I work hard and am dedicated, activities become easier, and when I push hard through hard times is when I succeed.”
Kane McIntire is the son of Daniel and Leslie McIntire of Cottonwood. He is a member of Greencreek Active Workers 4-H Club where he has spent two years, in addition to two years as a Clover Bud.
“My favorite thing is the fun I have doing it, and the friends I have made. I always look forward to the fair, so I can show my animal and play with my friends,” he said. “I like decorating the stalls at the fair and excited to see what ribbons I get.”
“I learned that I really like having and showing my bottle calf. There is more to beef than just food,” he added.
Whitney Lauren Andrews of Kooskia is the daughter of Sean and Rachel Andrews. She is a 6-year-member of Valley Livestock and More 4-H Club.
“My favorite part about 4-H is being able to connect and be a part of something with the kids in our community and our county. I’ve enjoyed doing a pig project the last six years and will be doing one again this year along with completing my second year in the Know Your Government project,” she said. “I’m looking forward to perhaps another leadership role in our club and another great year of 4-H!”
She said she has learned through 4-H how to be more authoritative and take initiative in activities and leadership roles to make things better and help her club serve the community.
Aaron Forsmann has been a part of the Crazy Critters 4-H Club for five years. He is the son of Eric and Joyce Forsmann of Grangeville.
“I enjoy showing my animals,” he said. “I don’t like presenting stuff in front of crowds.”
Riley Enneking is the daughter of Robert and Jennifer Enneking of Keuterville. She is a five-year member of the Keuterville Livestock 4-H Club.
Her favorite thing about 4-H is participating in the fair.
“I also love seeing all the younger children genuinely interested in something other than electronics,” she said. “Through 4-H I have learned that, no matter what, I can keep calm. I have also learned to branch out and meet new people.”
Gracelynn Missman has been a member of Tahoe Hillbillies 4-H Club for seven years. She is the daughter of Vince and Amy Missman of Kamiah.
“I’m a country girl at heart,” she said. “I love the outdoors and spending time with my animals. 4-H has given me the opportunity to broaden my horizons in everything I love to do.”
She said she has learned to step outside of her comfort zone and loves to volunteer in her community.
Gabe Forsmann is the son of Eric and Joyce Forsmann of Grangeville. He has been a member of the Crazy Critters 4-H Club for 10 years.
“I think my most favorite thing about 4-H is the skills that can be acquired and all the opportunities available to 4-H members,” he said.
He said he has learned how much he loves to travel, as well as how to adapt and persevere in different situations.
Ellea Uhlenkott is the daughter of Brett and Cara Uhlenkott of Cottonwood. She has been a member of Keuterville Livestock 4-H Club for seven years.
“My favorite part about 4-H is being able to meet new people,” she said. She also enjoys being a leader and learning life skills through 4-H.
“I have learned I am willing to help others and have noticed I am hardworking,” she said, adding the program has taught her to be responsible and reliable.