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GARNER | Hancock County 4-H hosted nearly 100 people at the annual 4-H Awards & Recognition Program held on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018.

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Hancock County 4-H Club members.

Festivities included inducting 4-H members into the County Council leadership groups for high school and junior high, recognizing the project area achievements of more than 40 4-H members and awarding competitive awards to 4-Hers for character, hard work and commitment.

The Awards Program also recognized outstanding 4-H volunteers. This year, Stan Greiman and Michelle Greiman were recognized for their outstanding volunteerism for the 4-H program. 4-H volunteers who have contributed 5 years of service were JoAnn Oberhelman, Kristi DeWaard, Lori Finch, Megan Dodd, Ladonna Schaefer. Retiring volunteers were also recognized. They were Jessica Fowles, Brett Bredlow, Jennifer Bredlow.

Top awards presented included the following:

Mitchell & Ida Mae Bock Memorial Scholarship - Jade Pringnitz, Concord Challengers

Philip Sweers Character in Service Award- Marissa Eekhoff, Britt Broncos and Joe Pringnitz, Concord Challengers.

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Joe Pringnitz and Marissa Eekhoff receive the Philip Sweers Character in Service Award presented by Robin Sweers.

Wendy Greiman Achievement –Intermediate/Senior: Brielle Smeby, Elcon Indians and Junior: Jenna Pringnitz, Concord Challengers

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Brielle Smeby and Jenna Pringnitz receive the Wendy Greiman Achievement Award presented by Stan Greiman.

Junior Leadership Award - Jonah Pringnitz, Concord Challengers

Senior Leadership Award - Joe Pringnitz. Concord Challengers

Senior Citizenship Award - Jace Pringnitz, Concord Challengers and Marissa Eekhoff, Britt Broncos

Danforth “I Dare You” - Jace Pringnitz, Concord Challengers and Brielle Smeby, Elcon Indians

Livestock Achievement - Jace Pringnitz, Concord Challengers and Brielle Smeby, Elcon Indians

Merit Award - Marissa Eekhoff, Britt Broncos and Brielle Smeby, Elcon Indians

Cloverbuds – Britt Broncos: Nathan Bixel and Wyatt Eekhoff; Concord Challengers: Mattie Mae Gouge, Jaxon Kehoe and Grant Lamb; Horse Club: Chloe Bjoraker and Independent Member: Katrina Ross

Junior Achievement Award - Britt Broncos: Charlie Bruggeman, Olivia DeWaard, Julia Hill and Mackenzie Lyman

Junior Project Awards – Britt Broncos: Charlie Bruggeman, Olivia DeWaard, Julia Hill and Mackenzie Lyman; Concord Challengers: Erik Baumgard, Mason Graham, Kollin Hanson, Logan Kudej, Luke Lamb, Jenna Pringnitz, Jonah Pringnitz and Isabel Stromer; Elcon Indians: Madison Renner and Patience Katter; Flaming Eagles: Ethan King; North West Chargers: Jacob Beenken; and Orthel Jolly Workers: Claire Hiscocks, Danielle Nelson and Grace Ostercamp.

Intermediate Project Awards – Britt Broncos: Maddie Bruggeman and Parker Hiscocks; Concord Challengers: Chloe Frank, Braden Renner and Paige Roberts; North West Chargers: Katelyn Beenken; and Orthel Jolly Workers: Corrina King and Emma Kudej.

Senior Project Awards – Britt Broncos: Luke DeWaard, Marissa Eekhoff, Liliana Hill and Riley Hiscocks; Concord Challengers: Jayden Frank, Maddie Graham, Rachael Hanson, Jace Pringnitz, Jade Pringnitz, Joe Pringnitz and Caleb Renner; Elcon Indians: Brielle Smeby

Immediately following the ceremony 4-Hers and their family and friends enjoyed a meal together sponsored in part by Hancock/Winnebago County Beef Producers.

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