Twenty-nine 4-H 10-year members will be honored at the Franklin County 4-H Fair this week.
Ben Ball, son of Ron and Linda Ball, is a 2018 Franklin County High School graduate and East Franklin Flyers 4-H Club member. His favorite 4-H memories are the times he won Grand Champion ribbons. The best things he learned from 4-H were woodworking and how to shoot trap, which is something he plans to continue as a lifetime sport. Ballâ€™s advice to first-year members is to try something new. His biggest achievements so far are Grand Champion ribbons in forestry and shooting sports, two Grand Champions in woodworking, National Honor Society, and FFA Green Hand, Chapter and Hoosier Degrees awards. The people who inspire him are his parents by helping him do his best and his grandpaâ€™s guidance with woodworking has also been inspiring. Ball’s hobbies include shooting trap, hunting, woodworking and softball/ His future plans are the attend Eastern Kentucky University to major in animal science agriculture business.
Trent Ball, son of Eric and Jalena Ball, is a 2018 FCHS graduate and Blooming Grove Tigers member. His favorite 4-H memory is building a wooden lamp with antlers at the base, receiving a Champion ribbon, and exhibiting it at the state fair. From 4-H, he has gained life skills such as decision making, responsibility and social skills. The teen would tell first-year members â€śjoining 4-H can be a big commitment, but you will have lots of support along the way from your club leader to club members as well as your family. Take each project seriously, but have fun doing it!â€ť He has won Reserve Grand lawn and garden, Reserve Champion sportfishing, Champion and State Fair entry electric, and several first and second place ribbons over the years. His dad inspires him because he has taught Ball to keep things in perspective, learn and grow from every aspect of life. He hopes to be half the man his dad is some day because he has shown his son what years of wisdom and strength are like. His hobbies include hunting and fishing. The member plans to obtain a certification in HVAC and pursue a career in it with a local company.
Mackenzie Bills, a 2018 Lakota East High School graduate, is the daughter of Jami Dillhoff and Robert Bills. The teenâ€™s favorite 4-H memory is gaining real understanding of hard work and how to properly work with animals. Her advice for first-year members is always put everything into anything you do, donâ€™t be scared to get your hands dirty and that it goes by fast so enjoy every second of it. Special honors and achievements she has received are winning showmanship and Champion and Grand Champion in classes. The people who inspires Bills the most are Roy and Kathy Rosenberger because they encourage her to always do her best and always set good examples of hardworking individuals.
Logan Blades, son of Kevin and Emily Blades, is a 2018 FCHS graduate and Blooming Grove Tigers member. His favorite 4-H memory is comparing his first year in shooting sports to now and seeing his improvement over the 10 years. Blades’ advice for first-year members is to â€śbe involved and always push yourself to do your best. Donâ€™t be afraid to try new things, be open-minded and step out of your comfort zone. Most of all, have fun!â€ť He has won many blue ribbons, Champions and Grand Champions over the years, along with three state fair exhibits.The teen is also earning his varsity letter in golf. His dad is his biggest inspiration because of his strong work ethic and encouragement in school and in making decisions. Logan enjoys racing cars, being outside, hunting, golfing and four-wheeling. He plans to attend the University of Northwestern Ohio in the fall to pursue an associate degree in high performance motorsports. One day he hopes to open his own mechanics shop for racecars.
Sam Doll, son of Jake and Carolyn Doll, is a 2018 FCHS graduate and Super Kids 4-H Club member. His favorite 4-H memory is building all the different rockets over the years. It helped him to learn many different skills. He would tell first-year members to â€śmake sure you do your projects early. It makes them more fun when you have enough time to do your best.â€ť Dollâ€™s achievements include exhibiting projects at the state fair and working hard in school to graduate with honors. His family inspires him because they are always there for him and help him learn. He enjoys hunting and fishing with his dad. The student plans to attend Purdue University to study unmanned aerial systems.
Kara Ghent-Pugh, daughter of Bill Pugh and Annette and Tim Ghent, is a 2018 FCHS graduate and East Franklin Flyers member. Her favorite 4-H memory was taking tips from her grandma on the foods project. She gained time management, responsibility and creativity. Her advice for first-year members is to push through when wanting to give up on a project, and it will be rewarding in the end. Ghent-Pugh had the opportunity to exhibit woodworking at the Indiana State Fair and was inducted into the Academic Hall of Fame at Franklin County High School. She said her mom inspires her the most because, â€śshe has made me the person I am today. She has taught me so much and has given me every opportunity she could and I love her so much for that!â€ť The teen loves to paint, go boating, shop, watch Netflix with her dachshund puppies, and spend time with family and friends. She will be studying nursing at IU East in the fall and hopes to move to Tampa, Florida, to work at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center to care for veterans.
Luke Haas, son of Ann Haas and Jeff Powers and the late Chris Haas, is a 2018 Union County High School graduate and Whitcomb Boosters member. His favorite 4-H memory is his first year in 4-H when he found his love for public speaking after participating in that project in front of about 100 people. From 4-H, he has gained various skills within himself and things he has achieved, such as advancing to state fair with public speaking and gardening. He has also learned to have patience when breaking lambs. Haas’ advice for first-year members is to not always focus about getting the top ribbon because â€śit is about knowing the value of your project based off the amount of hard work and dedication that you put into it. The awards will follow.â€ť His honors include serving as president for both Whitcomb Boosters and Little Darling & Gents, Grand Champion public speaking and gardening, Bright Futureâ€™s 4-H award, Lilly Endowment recipient, I-Star Student, Indiana Bicentennial Torchbearer, Presidentâ€™s Volunteer Service award, track regional qualifier for three years and National Honor Society. His 4-H advisers inspire him the most because they encourage him to excel in projects and leadership positions, and show dedication to the community. The student appreciates them because they are valuable to the success of 4-H. He enjoys track, basketball, Unified Sports Club, Model Legislation, Patriot Singers, kayaking, volunteering and working at Georgeâ€™s Pharmacy in Brookville. He plans to attend Butler University to earn his doctorate in pharmacy.
Noah Hammond, the son of Brad and Dawn Gindling, is a 2018 FCHS graduate and Brookville Greyhounds 4-H Club member. His favorite 4-H memory is helping some of his friends around the barn with their animals, and the best things he has gained from 4-H are his showmanship skills. Hammondâ€™s advice for first-year members is â€śdonâ€™t take on too many projects and stress yourself out.â€ť His achievements include multiple ribbons for rabbits, National Honor Society, Academic Hall of Fame, and Football EIAC All-Conference, Academic All-State, IFCA All-State, MVP Offensive Lineman 2016 and 2017. The person who inspires him is Coach Kennedy. â€śHe inspires me to work hard, have a positive attitude and, above all else, show respect.â€ť The teenâ€™s hobbies include hanging out with friends and family and playing football and kayaking. His future plans include attending Mount Saint Joseph University studying nursing and playing football.
Alex Hodapp, son of Darin and Laura Hodapp, is a 2018 FCHS graduate and Brookville Lakers member. His favorite 4-H memory is when he surprised himself and won Reserve Grand Champion barrow because he realized that if he works hard, he always has a chance at winning. Alex â€śwould advise first-year members to take a wide variety of projects even if they do not sound interesting to them. This way they can decide what projects they want to take over the rest of their years in 4-H.â€ť Hodapp has won several Grand and Reserve Grand Champions in his 4-H years, including in potatoes, soybeans, corn, barrow and beef rate of gain. His dad inspires Hodapp because â€śhe works hard at everything he does and he takes time out of his busy dayâ€ť to help him and his siblings with their 4-H projects. He enjoys playing video games, riding his motorcycle, hanging out with friends, golfing, robotics and archery. The teen plans to attend Purdue University to study mechanical engineering.
Jacob Hoffman, son of Eric and Eva Hoffman, is a 2018 FCHS graduate and East Franklin Flyers 4-H Club member. His favorite 4-H memory was attending engineering workshops at Purdue. The best benefit he gained from 4-H was something to strive for year after year, and he gained the understanding that it is important to improve upon yourself. Hoffmanâ€™s advice to first-year members is to stick with it and donâ€™t get discouraged. â€śIf you donâ€™t get the ribbon you want this year, then try harder next year. Also, donâ€™t be afraid to try new projects. I would have never gained my passion for experimental photography if I didnâ€™t try something new.â€ť His biggest achievements through 4-H are two state fair entries for photography, five divisional Champions, three division Reserve Champions, 22 blue ribbons and one red ribbon. Outside of 4-H, he achieved Eagle Scout ranking, National Honor Society, Outstanding Engineering Student Award, four Gold Regional Medals for trumpet at solo and ensemble, and one silver medal for state solo and ensemble. No one person inspires the student, as several people do including his family, grandparents, teachers and instructors, all in various ways. The 4-H’er plans to attend Trine University to major in mechanical engineering and minor in robotics.
Kaitlynn Ketchem, daughter or Dari Ketchem and Donald Forsee, is a 2018 FCHS graduate and East Franklin Flyers member. Her favorite 4-H memory is participating in 4-H Band, and the best thing she has gained is a sense of responsibility that come from doing projects on her own. Ketchemâ€™s advice for first-year members is â€śbecome involved in 4-H, school and the community.â€ť She also has participated in 4-H Academy and Honor Band and has received Gold in the Group 1 Flute Solo and Silver in the State Flute Solo. The studentâ€™s mom inspires her because â€śshe has worked hard throughout her life to graduate from nursing school and to be successful.â€ť Her hobbies include playing flute in band, reading, writing and biking. She plans to attend Earlham College to double major in neuroscience and biochemistry. Then Ketchem plans to attend medical school to become a brain surgeon.
Joshua Ludwig, son of Doug and Leslie Ludwig, is a 2018 FCHS graduate and East Franklin Flyers member. His favorite 4-H memory is when he was in the show ring for the first time with his starter calf Missy. From 4-H, he learned that hard work pays off, and it is rewarding to help others. Ludwig would tell first-year members, â€śFind a project that you enjoy and stick with it. Donâ€™t be afraid to ask for advice or help.â€ť He has won Class B steer Champion, starter calf rate of gain and Reserve Champion home improvement with a table he refinished. His grandpa always inspired him to do his best and work hard. The student enjoys working part time at Kroger and following Reds baseball. He plans to attend college at Miami University Hamilton.
Annie Mersch, daughter of Jerry and Shari Mersch, is a 2018 homeschool graduate and Whitcomb Boosters member. Her favorite 4-H memory is hanging out with friends at the fairgrounds and winning Reserve Grand Champion with basketry. She has gained leadership by helping and teaching younger 4-H members, especially nieces and nephews. Mersch has also gained perseverance by walking and training her fair animal every day for the show. Advice the member would give to a first-year member is â€śto do your very best with your projects and learn all you can from them, but mostly to have fun doing them and presenting them fair week because itâ€™s not about the ribbon you receive, but rather what you learned and if you enjoyed it.â€ť The teen has received multiple Champion ribbons throughout her 4-H career along with Reserve Grand Champion basketry, and even won the 2017 Washington, D.C., Youth Tour Trip. Outside of 4-H, she was chosen to be her soccer teamâ€™s captain. Her parents inspire her the most because of their selflessness and desire to make others happy before themselves. Her parents made her who she is today. Mersch enjoys soccer, softball and spending time with family and friends. She plans to attend either cosmetology school or Cincinnati State for photography.
Grace Moster, daughter of Kent and Heather Moster, is a 2018 FCHS graduate and Highland Hoosiers member. Her favorite 4-H memory is hanging out with friends at the fair. Mosterâ€™s advice for first-year members is to â€ścomplete a project you can be proud of and never be afraid to try something new. 4-H is an opportunity to find your strengths and sharpen your talents.â€ť She has won Reserve Grand Champion public speaking, DAR Good Citizen Award and Scholarship, class president, FFA president, voted Most Likely to Achieve Her Dreams and Most Likely to be President of her senior class, National Honor Society, and ALA Hoosier Girls State Delegate. Mosterâ€™s mom inspires her the most because â€świthout her constant love, support and willingness to push me to be the very best I can be, I would not be the woman I am today. She has taught me to lean on my faith and that all things are truly possible with the Lord. My mom has stood by my side through every obstacle I face and has taught me how to handle every situation with grace and class. My parents are the people that made me who I am today, and I cannot thank them enough for all they have sacrificed so that I may pursue my dreams.â€ť She enjoys tennis, FFA, Junior Leaders, page at the Statehouse, working at the Farmhouse, interning for attorney Tammy Davis and volunteering. Her plans are to attend Indiana University Bloomington to major in law and public policy and minor in marketing. She plans to attend law school, return home and give back to the community that built her.
Kathryn Putnick, daughter of Richard and Melissa Putnick, is a 2018 FCHS graduate and East Franklin Flyers member. Her favorite 4-H memory is when she won Grand Champion in gardening her first year in 4-H with her hydroponics project. She learned to not hinder her creativity and think outside of the box. She would tell first-year members â€śdonâ€™t overestimate yourself and sign up for too many projects. If you take a lot of projects, plan to give yourself enough time to do the project well and make the board or supporting documentation correctly. You are representing something bigger than yourself with your work.â€ť Putnickâ€™s awards and honors include honorable mention at the University of St. Francis Midwestern Art Show for her steampunk tea set, team captain for both FCHS track and cross country teams, Outstanding Junior Leader 2015, and numerous Grand Champions and state fair entries. Her art teacher, Pam Deaton, inspires her because of her ability to overcome things and her passion for her work and helping students. She also enjoys Trap Masters Shotgun Club, painting, pottery, photography, reading, watching movies and shows, and caring for her horses, dogs and cats. The teen plans to take a year off school to experience life and then attend college to be an art teacher.
Megan Reed, daughter of David and Barb Reed, is a 2018 FCHS graduate and East Franklin Flyers member. Her favorite 4-H memory is hanging out in the cattle barn during fair week with her cousins. The advantage she has gained is learning how to care for animals. Reed would encourage first-year members to make as many friends as possible. Her achievements include varsity letters for athletic trainer assistant and track and field. She was also the 2018 Prom Queen. Her Grandpa Kaiser inspired Reed by teaching her anything he could when she was younger. She enjoys shot put and discus, Bleacher Bums, hanging out with friends, hunting and fishing. The student plans to study criminal justice at Indiana State University.
Trevor Reiboldt, son of Troy and Mary Jo Reiboldt, is a 2018 Union County High School graduate and Whitcomb Boosters member. His favorite 4-H memory is when he participated in the Showman of Showmen contest, as well as winning Grand Champion heifer at a national show. Reiboldt has learned valuable life lessons along the way in his 4-H career. He would advise first-year members to â€ślisten to what experienced people tell you. Their advice is more valuable than you could imagine.â€ť The member has been in the Grand Drive multiple times and has been in the top five overall for heifers at the Indiana State Fair. At a Junior National Show, he received Grand Champion heifer bred and owned. His dad inspires him because of his hard work and inspiration. Reiboldt enjoys basketball, showing cattle, farming, and spending time with friends and family. He plans to attend Ivy Tech/Purdue University in West Lafayette to earn a degree in agribusiness.
Katarina Sacksteder, daughter of Dennis and Alicia Sacksteder, is a 2018 FCHS graduate and Highland Hoosiers member. Her favorite 4-H memory is attending 4-H Round Up at Purdue. The best thing she has gained from 4-H is the enjoyment in learning new things. She would tell first-year members to â€śbe curious and try new projects, no matter how old you are!â€ť Sackstederâ€™s honors include National Honor Society and Academic Hall of Fame at FCHS. Her art teacher, Mrs. Krehbiel, inspires her the most to create art and express herself. The student enjoys Art Club, Spanish Club, painting and tennis. She plans to attend Purdue University to major in biology and eventually attend medical school to become a doctor.
Kayley Schoettelkotte, daughter of Tom and Debbie Schoettelkotte, is a 2018 FCHS graduate and East Franklin Flyers 4-H Club member. Her favorite memory from 4-H was when â€śI gift wrapped a present for my dad with wrapping paper made entirely out of pictures of him and I, which I won Grand Champion with.â€ť The teen learned responsibility and how to bake the best apple pie through 4-H. Her advice for first-year members is â€śhave fun, be creative and try all different kinds of projects. Also, get involved not just in 4-H, but in your community.â€ť Her achievements include Grand Champion gift wrapping, Reserve Champions gift wrapping and foods, state fair foods, National Honor Society, president of Key Club, and MCATZ. Her mother inspires her the most by â€śher hard work and how she always puts otherâ€™s needs before her own. She has always been here for me and always has my back no matter what. Pastimes are being involved with FCCAN, waitressing at the Farmhouse and Student Council. Her future plans are to attend Good Samaritan College and earn her bachelorâ€™s degree in nursing.
Daniel Siemer, son of Joe and Julie Siemer, is a 2018 Oldenburg Academy graduate and Brookville Lakers member. His favorite 4-H memory is winning Reserve Grand Champion in genealogy. After all of his hard work, he was glad to see a positive result. His advice for first-year members would be to focus on and master just a couple of projects. Siemerâ€™s achievements include receiving Reserve Grand Champion in both genealogy and geology and placing in the top five of his graduating class. Leonardo da Vinci inspires the student because da Vinciâ€™s legacy motivates him to become a well-rounded student. His parents also inspire him and push him to succeed. His hobbies include hiking with friends and family and working and playing on computers. He plans to use his skills acquired through 4-H to pursue a degree in engineering at Purdue University.
Kaylee Sparks, daughter of Rocky and Kristie Sparks, is a 2018 FCHS graduate and Blooming Grove Tigers 4-H Club member. Her favorite 4-H memory was going to 4-H Round Up at Purdue and the best thing she gained from 4-H was a lot of experience with animals. Sparks’ advice for first-year members is to get involved. Her 4-H achievement was Reserve Grand Champion in recycling. The person who inspires the teen is her grandma â€śbecause she always pushes me to do my best.â€ť Her hobbies are hanging out with friends and family, shopping, going out to eat and watching TV. She plans to attend Indiana State University to pursue a nursing career.
Luke Stirn, son of Andy and Connie Stirn, is a 2018 FCHS graduate and East Franklin Flyers 4-H Club member. His favorite 4-H memories are the late nights in the barn with friends and the best things he gained from 4-H were the lifelong friends and a strong work ethic. Stirn’s advice was to â€śget involved, work hard, stay humble and make friends.â€ť His biggest achievements so far are winning Premier Showman for Beef, Grand Champion starter calf and lawn tractor, Reserve Grand Champion gilt, National Honor Society and 2018 Soccer Teammate Award. The people who inspire the teen are his parents because â€śthey work hard and push me to always do my best.â€ť His hobbies are showing cattle and swing, basketball, soccer and fishing. The studentâ€™s future plans are to attend Miami Hamilton to study business.
John Wagner, son of Brad and Tammy Wagner, is a 2018 FCHS graduate and Blooming Grove Tigers member. His favorite 4-H memory is the day he showed a lamb in almost every class. He gained lifelong friendships and relationships. Wagnerâ€™s advice for first-year members is â€śbe open to volunteer opportunities, and donâ€™t get caught up in trying to always win. Do it for the experiences you will have, not for the plaques.â€ť He has won Grand Champion rabbit and is a National Honor Society member. The community members who give their time every year for 4-H are the people who inspire him the most. Outside of 4-H, Wagner enjoys playing soccer, hanging out with friends and camping. He plans to attend the Miami University Farmer School of Business.
Megan Watterson, daughter of Melanie and late Brian Watterson, is a 2018 FCHS graduate and Blooming Grove Tigers member. Her favorite memory is seeing her projects at the Indiana State Fair. From 4-H, she has gained the ability to think on her feet. Her advice for first-year members is to â€śalways bring extra supplies to fair judging. You never know when you might need to make a last-minute adjustment to a project!â€ť Watterson has won Grand Champion in child development, foods and weeds, along with Reserve Grand Champion in vet science. She is a member of Prism Club, Bleacher Bums and FCCLA, and enjoys hanging out with friends, shopping and working at Brookville Middle School athletic events. Her mom inspires her the most because of her strong and caring personality. She was a 10-year 4-H member as well and always helps and motivates her daughter with her projects. The student plans to attend Ball State University to major in interior design with a minor in business. One day, she hopes to open her own business, featuring her own stationary and design.
Maggie Wendel, daughter of David and Marlene Wendel, is a 2018 FCHS graduate and East Franklin Flyers member. Her favorite 4-H memory is â€śgoing to the camps, especially teen camp, and getting to raft, zipline and hang out with friends.â€ť She encourages first-year members to get involved in camps and projects in order to meet new people and make friends. Wendel has had her foods and sewing projects go to state fair. Her softball team also made it to the final round of semistate. Wendelâ€™s grandma inspires her the most because â€śshe has taught me so much from baking and cooking to sewing and quilting. She is always there for her grandkids and she makes the best cookies.â€ť The teen enjoys softball, Environmental Club, Junior Leaders, MCATZ and Bleacher Bums. She plans to major in elementary education with a minor in special education at Indiana State.
Ashley Wiwi, daughter of Jerry and Suzanne Wiwi, is a 2018 FCHS graduate and East Franklin Flyers member. Her favorite 4-H memory is when she won her first Champion in string art because it made her want to work harder on her projects. The best thing she has gained is the opportunity to be able to talk to the judges about her projects and how to make them better. Her advice for first-year members is not to be afraid to try new projects because â€śyou might end up really liking the project.â€ť Wiwi has won Grand Champion in water and soil sciences along with Champions and Reserve Champion in string art. Her mom inspires her the most because she motivates her to do her best. The teenâ€™s hobbies are camping, boating and hanging out with friends. She plans to attend Ross Medical Education College to become certified for dental assisting.
Casey Wright, daughter of Tim and Lori Wright, is a 2018 FCHS graduate and East Franklin Flyers 4-H Club member. Her favorite 4-H memory was being able to show poultry with her older siblings and making new friendships. Wright would tell first-year members, â€śDonâ€™t get down on yourself if you donâ€™t win. Always put your best effort into your projects.â€ť Her achievements include National Honor Society, Grand Champion halter horse and 10-year poultry member. Her sister Morgan inspires her the most because she always encourages her and supports her in everything she does. The student enjoys hanging out with friends and family. She plans to attend Indiana University East to major in nursing.