About 400 4-H members attended Congress from 42 Montana counties, said Brett Schomer, 4-H program and events coordinator at MSU. County Extension staff and nearly 100 volunteers helped coordinate youth activities during the four-day event. Youth participated in competitive events, educational workshops, social events and community service activities. 4-H youth worked on program committees to finalize congress details, emceed general assemblies and managed event technology.
During the event, 4-H Foundation Executive Director Sandra Germann and Board President Karin Ludeman presented 4-H students from around the state with various scholarship awards.
John Jansen from Golden Valley County received the Wilcox Family Scholarship in the amount of $500. Jansen plans to attend Montana State University Northern and major in elementary education.
Anne Elyse Hutton from Beaverhead County received the $500 Douglas Dear Memorial Scholarship, awarded to an individual who has excelled in the 4-H horse project. Hutton plans to attend Montana State University and major in Animal Science.
Katelyn Dynneson from Richland County received the $500 Agri-Business Scholarship, sponsored by the 4-H Foundation and the Montana Agricultural Business Association, for a 4-H youth with a desire to pursue a degree in Ag Business. Dynneson plans to attend MSU and major in Agri-Business or Business.
Rachel Abeh of Park County received the $1000 Montana Meat Processors Association Scholarship, for an individual who has been involved in the animal science field. Abeh will attend MSU, where she plans to major in Agriculture Education and minor in Animal Science.
Rob Brenteson from Pondera County received the $500 4-H Shooting Sports Scholarship, sponsored by the State 4-H Shooting Sports Committee. Brenteson plans to attend Carroll College to major in Pre-Med.
Rebecka Ayre from Carbon County received the $500 Barbara Edens Memorial Scholarship, awarded to 4-Hers who have been active in the 4-H horse project and leadership. Ayre plans to attend MSU to major in Animal Science.
The Montana Wheat & Barley Committee gives two $750 scholarships to 4-H members that have an interest in the agriculture industry, especially as it relates to grain production.
- McKenna Brown of McCone County received one of the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee scholarships. Brown will attend MSU to major in Plant Science with the Crop Science option.
- Jayleen Harris of Pondera County received the other Montana Wheat and Barley Committee scholarship. Harris plans to attend MSU and major in something related to the ranching business.
Murdoch's Ranch and Home Supply is an official sponsor of Montana 4-H. Murdoch's has given $1000 scholarships to the following five 4-H individuals:
- Dawnita Deichmann from Judith Basin County is the salutatorian of her class. Deichmann plans to attend MSU to obtain her Ag-Education degree.
- Katrina Eller from Cascade County is the valedictorian of her high school class. Eller will attend either the University of Montana in Missoula or the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., to study creative writing.
- Tommy Flanagan of Stillwater County plans to attend Pacific Lutheran University, in Tacoma, Wash., to pursue a degree in International Business.
- Carla Hutson from Stillwater County plans to attend MSU to major in Biotechnology and Pre-Vet, with a minor in German.
- Levi Krutzfeldt, of Custer County, plans to attend MSU and major in Mechanical Engineering.
The Bud Dawson Livestock Scholarship offers two $500 scholarships to graduating seniors who have been active in livestock projects. The two winners are:
- Chase Younkin from Valley County plans to attend MSU and major in either agriculture or architecture.
- Samuel Zeiser of Missoula County plans to attend MSU to pursue a degree in Agricultural Education, as well as being a part of the Air Force ROTC.
Martha Klaumann, (406) 994-5911, email@example.com