Naomi Fogel, Kaleb Krzyszton, Curtis Weltzien, Cassandra Berg, Reece Fernholz and Grace Pichler were awarded as the 2018 Buffalo County 4-H scholarship recipients. The $500 and $250 scholarships may be presented at each graduation ceremony or scholarship awards banquet on behalf of the Buffalo County 4-H Leaders’ Association. The scholarships are set aside for a select number of graduating Buffalo County 4-H members who excel in citizenship, leadership and community service. Fogel, Krzyszton, Weltzien, Berg, Fernholz and Pichler also completed a resume and interview process to earn a scholarship.
Naomi Fogel is a 4-H youth leader in the Golden Hornets 4-H club and the daughter of Ruth Jacobson and Derek Fogel. She was selected for a scholarship for her outstanding accomplishments in leadership for service-learning initiatives. She received the Wisconsin 4-H Key Award, the top honor in the state for a 4-H member. Naomi is the current president of her local 4-H club and the inaugural youth president of the Buffalo County 4-H Leaders Association. Fogel will graduate from Cochrane-Fountain City School District in May and plans to put her $250 scholarship towards future dual careers in elementary education and her family’s agribusiness.
Grace Pichler is an active member of the Hilltop Climbers 4-H Club. She is the daughter of Jeremy and Julie Pichler. Grace is an advocate for the arts and enjoys sharing her passion music with others. She is also a role model for younger 4-H members in her club and at the Mondovi Community Youth Center and through project work like leathercraft has engaged young people in visual arts. Pichler is also dedicated to learning through service and has led club and county efforts for community service. For these reasons, and many more, Grace was awarded a $500 scholarship. Grace plans to attend university in the fall for musical theatre.
Curtis Weltzien is the son of Keith and Karen Weltzien. He will be attending the University of Wisconsin-River Falls for Ag Business in the fall of 2018. Curtis has earned his $500 scholarship engaging in agricultural, woodworking, and natural and mechanical sciences projects. In addition to his 4-H project successes, Weltzien has excelled in scholarship and servant leadership at the club and county levels.
Kaleb Krzyszton is the son of Marek and Kelli Krzyszton. He is a graduating Cochrane-Fountain City senior from the B-BC 4-H club. He will receive a $500 scholarship for his leadership on the county and club levels. He is currently the first youth vice president of the Leaders Association and is an effective youth instructor in the 4-H horse project. Even more significant, is Kaleb’s commitment to collaboration – he has spearheaded several key community service efforts that brought together multiple youth serving organizations. Kaleb plans to pursue a degree in music teaching and later in educational administration.
Reece Fernholz is the son of Michele Loesel and Greg and Amy Fernholz. Reece was awarded a $500 scholarship from the Buffalo County 4-H Leaders Association. Fernholz is a leader in the Buffalo County Shooting Sports program and will be attending Missouri Valley College to continue his passion for shooting sports competition as a member of their Shotgun Sports team. Reece has also served as a junior director at 4-H Camp Kinnissippewa and as a counselor for Space Camp. In both of these roles, Reece has promoted the natural sciences 4-H projects and led younger 4-H members in engaging learning experiences.
Cassandra Berg is the daughter of Frank and Angela Berg. The award committee chose to give Cassie a $500 Buffalo County 4-H Scholarship for her wide-reaching 4-H experiences. On the club level, Cassie has been an active youth leader, guiding both youth and adults in service and 4-H project work. Cassie has also traveled to Space Camp as a participant and a youth advisor. In the fall of 2018, Cassie will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue a degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science.
Graduating members of the Glencoe Hustlers’ 4-H Club receiving $500 Buffalo County 4-H Scholarships include Curtis Weltzien, Cassandra Berg and Reece Fernholz. Each are seniors at Arcadia High School.