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K-State Today

November 1, 2012



4-H youth development staff make presentations, receive recognition at national conference

By Barbara Stone

Kansas 4-H youth development was well represented at the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Conference, Oct. 21-25 in Orlando, Fla.

Pamela Van Horn, extension specialist, 4-H youth development was elected to serve as president-elect of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.

The team of Diane Mack, extension specialist, 4-H youth development; Amy Sollock, extension agent, family and consumer sciences, Edwards County; Aliesa Woods, director, Post Rock Extension District; and Andrea Feldkamp, assistant coordinator, family nutrition program, presented a session "Kansas’ 4-H Recruitment Campaign." This same group, along with additional team members Lori Bower and Kelly Terrell, won both the Regional Award and First Place National Award for “Promotional Package Developed by a Team” for their 4-H recruitment campaign, “Life’s Little Questions.”

Evelyn Neier, associate extension specialist, 4-H youth development, and Beth Hinshaw, extension specialist, 4-H youth development, presented a poster session on the "Practices for Successful Web-based 4-H Project Leader Training."

Beth Hinshaw, extension specialist, 4-H youth development, and Sarah Maass, extension agent, 4-H youth development, Central Kansas Extension District, won the first place National Award and North Central States Regional Award for a promotional piece developed by a team for their “Campference” promotional video.

Jodi Besthorn, extension agent, 4-H youth development, Sedgwick County, received the North Central Regional Excellence in 4-H Club Support and Periodical Publication awards.

The team of R. Scott "Bronc" Barrows, Julie Niehage, Amy Lorenzen and Jen Schoenfeld, extension agents in the Golden Prairie Extension District, brought home the Regional Periodical Publication by a Team award.

In addition, five National Service Award winners were recognized from Kansas State University Research and Extension:

Achievement in Service Awards: Jill Martinson, extension agent, 4-H youth development, Dickinson County; and Amy Sollock, extension agent, family and consumer sciences, Edwards County.

Distinguished Service Awards: Ginger Kopfer, extension agent, 4-H youth development, Geary County; and Aliesa Woods, director, Post Rock Extension District.

Meritorious Service Award: Jo Ellen Arnold, extension agent, 4-H youth development, Frontier Extension District, Emeritus.

25 Year Service Awards: Diane Mack, extension specialist, 4-H youth development; Ann Religa, extension agent, 4-H youth development, Harvey County; and Susan Schlichting, extension agent, 4-H youth development, Ellis County.