Nebraska's 4-H Horticulture Team and Honors Division individual placed at the National Horticulture Contest. The contest was held in Lincoln, Nebraska on October 12, 2019. The four-person team placed fourth overall. Each individual also placed in the top 20, with one team member placing in the top 10. The team, coached by Elizabeth Killinger, Nebraska Extension Educator, consisted of:
- Josiah Ketelsen, Boone County
- Grace Cruise, Dodge County
- Sawyer Kappel, Colfax County
- Jeffrey Lohse, Gage County
The competition included eight sets of judging, an 80 question test, and identification of 100 horticulture specimens such as weeds, twigs, leaves, fruit, flowers, and underground structures. Lohse placed sixth individually overall. Cruise placed 12th, Kappel placed 13th, while Ketelsen placed 18th overall. Together, the four-person team placed fourth.
Members of the team and individuals that placed 1st previously at Nationals are invited back to participate in the Honor's Division. Erik Henry of Omaha was a member of the Nebraska 2017 National Champion Horticulture Team. This year, he participated as an individual in the Honor's Division at Nationals and had to identify 25 additional samples that were more challening. Henry placed 5th in the Honors Division.
"I'm extremely proud," Killinger said. "They worked hard and it all paid off."
The team held practice on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln campuses to prepare for the contest. The students brough plant specimens to examine and identify, and Killinger also collected some for the team.
The Nebraska 4-H Foundation also contributed to the team, helping to defray travel costs for the members.
The 2020 contest will be October 9 in Wilmington, DE.
Join over 6 million young people, 500,000 volunteers and 3,500 4-H professionals in celebrating America’s largest youth organization during National 4-H Week held October 6-12. Everyone, including youth, parents, alumni, volunteers and professionals are invited to join in on this nationwide celebration!
Monday: 4-H Volunteer Appreciation Day
On Monday, October 7th, Nebraska 4-H will be celebrating our amazing volunteers! Over 12,000 caring adults volunteer their time to help grow the next generation of true leaders here in Nebraska. And we can’t thank them enough! We’re asking youth across the state to celebrate with us and show their own appreciation for the volunteers in their lives. 4-H’ers are encouraged to go above and beyond by writing thank you cards, baking treats or sharing shout-outs on social media.
Tuesday: 4-H Spirit Day
Show your 4-H pride on Spirit Day! Wear your favorite 4-H shirt and other 4-H swag on Tuesday, October 8th. This day is for everyone, from 4-H’ers and volunteers, to alumni and professionals! Show us your 4-H spirit using #NE4H!
Wednesday: 4-H Professional Appreciation Day
On Wednesday, Nebraska 4-H will be celebrating our 4-H Professionals across the state! Over 200 professionals deliver and support 4-H programming in Nebraska and not only during the summer months. These individuals are working hard throughout the year delivering school enrichment programs, planning special interest opportunities, supporting afterschool programs, and much more! 4-H’ers are encouraged to celebrate by thanking their local 4-H professionals with thank you cards, delivering gift baskets or treats to their local Extension office, or sharing shout-outs on social media.
Thursday: 4-H Throwback
On Thursday, October 10th, we’ll be celebrating with a classic throwback – Throwback Thursday that is! Join us by sharing your own throwback photos and using #NE4H! 4-H alumni of all ages are invited to share throwback of their “good ole days” in 4-H!
Friday: Give 4 for 4-H
Finally, on Friday, consider paying it forward by donating $4 for 4-H. Gifts to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation support specific 4-H programs areas, teen and adult leadership education, volunteer programs, member recognition, project clinics, camps and much more! With private support from individuals, the Nebraska 4-H Foundation is able to fund new 4-H programs and improve existing programs at the county, district, and state levels. Consider donating $4 for 4-H, and pay it forward through the Nebraska 4-H Foundation.
State Fair 4-H static exhibit results are now available online and on the 4-H at State Fair mobile app. Check back regularly for updates, including contest and livestock show results.
Keep up-to-date with everything Nebraska 4-H has to offer at the 150th Nebraska State Fair by downloading the 4-H at the State Fair app. Get early access schedules, show programs, results, and more! You won't miss a minute of the fun with everything this app has to offer.
Jana Gibson is being recognized as the Nebraska 4-H Volunteer of the Year. This award recognizes outstanding individuals who have served less than 10 years as a 4-H volunteer.
Jana is a devoted, dedicated 4-H volunteer. 4-H has played a significant role in her life, from being a 4-H member to a club leader to a fair superintendent. For the past 7 years, Jana has been a true example of 4-H leadership. She gives time and energy to youth by leading 4-H club meetings and guiding youth to be successful in their endeavors.
Jana's nominator says “Jana has made a great impact on our local program. Not only does she encourage her 4-H’ers to excel in their project areas but encourages community service by helping youth create Quilts of Valor that are donated to active and retired military men and women.”
Ina Glaubius from Cuming County is being recognized as the Nebraska 4-H Lifetime Volunteer of the Year. This award recognizes individuals who have served more than 10 years as a 4-H volunteer.
Ina has been an active 4-H volunteer for 56 years! Having benefited from all that 4-H had to offer her as a young person, she now strives to help youth reach their full potential. Ina has given leadership to all areas of the 4-H program at the local, county, and state levels. She is involved in many areas of the 4-H program but is known statewide for her expertise in photography and teaching young people the art.
Ina's award nominator says “Ina bleeds 4-H green. She has the highest character and others look to her for guidance. She is a lifelong learner and is willing to encourage youth to reach their highest levels.”
Nebraska 4-H is helping high school students across Nebraska understand the steps they need to take in order to reach their career goals. One way Nebraska 4-H is doing this is through the Connecting the Dots program which was recently featured on IANR News. The program offers an interactive career exploration experience for ninth- and tenth-grade students across Nebraska. Youth participate in a simulation activity to learn how their decision now may impact their post-secondary study and their workplace experiences. Participants also learn more about their favorite careers, network with representatives from postsecondary institutions and local employers, build readiness skills, and explore career options in Nebraska. In 2018, the Connecting the Dots program engaged over 4,700 students across the state. As a result of the Connecting the Dots program:
- 97% of participants think it is important that they do their job well,
- 84% learned how to act professionally, and
- 80% say 4-H has helped them identify things they are good at and explore their future career options.
The Nebraska 4-H Foundation has announced the new 4-H'ers Helping 4-H'ers program devoted to helping 4-H members and their families in times of need. Through generous donations made by 4-H families and friends, support is available to Nebraska 4-H families that have been affected by an emergency or disaster. The campaign allows 4-H members and families to give back to 4-H. When a 4-H member is in need, we want them to know that Nebraska 4-H cares.
4-H'ers Helping 4-H'ers seeks contributions from 4-H members, families, alumni, clubs, and councils. The contributions are primarily used for major disasters, such as flood, tornado, loss of home due to fire, or serious illness. When disaster strikes, no matter how large or small, 4-H'ers Helping 4-H'ers will be there to help!
4-H'ers Helping 4-H'ers funds are available to any Nebraska 4-H family who has been impacted by a disaster and has been recommended for support by a 4-H parent, guardian, volunteer, or alumni. Grants are limited to $100 for an individual and $500 for a family. There is no deadline to apply. Applications will be reviewed on a continual basis. Applications must be submitted electronically.
Nebraska is a True Leader. The state has more miles of river than any other state in the nation and is home to the largest aquifer. Due to recent rain, snow, and natural snowmelt occurring on top of frozen ground, our state has recently experienced historic flooding in numerous counties. The need for assistance is growing.
4-H, America's largest youth development organization, empowers young people to be true leaders who can endure through challenges, who know how to work well with others, and who will stick to a job until it gets done.
Nebraska 4-H calls all True Leaders to use their confidence, independence, resilience, and compassion, to assist in the flooding recovery efforts that are currently taking place across the state.
Please visit Nebraska 4-H Flood Response to find resources to help you, your family, and community members, as you recover from the flood, assist with the recovery efforts, raise funds for disaster relief, or inspire kids to do more during the time of need.
The Pick Your Project is an online database and selection guide for finding 4-H projects and their resources. Users can search for projects by keywords or browse by curriculum area, knowledge level, and geographic level.
Looking for a printable list of Nebraska 4-H projects? Visit the 2020 Nebraska 4-H Project Listing.