Weld County 4-H Leaders

Each year the Weld County 4-H Foundation recognizes leaders that have given so much of their time to the youth.  Below are the leaders that were recognized at the 2016  Weld County 4-H Foundation Annual Banquet.

15 Year Leader

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Rita and Donald Johnston

Rita is a 15-year leader with the Grover Guys & Gals 4-H club. She is a project leader for a variety of projects, and has helped at the county level with Self-Development Night, Style Review, and Interview Judging. Her husband, Donald Johnston, is also a 15-year leader with the Grover Guys & Gals 4-H. Donald is a leader for Goats, Sheep, and Gardening. He served for eight years on the Weld County Fair Board, and for 13 years as superintendent of the Goat show.

Rita says it’s a wonderful thing to watch 4-H members grow into confident leaders in their club, school, and community, and to feel that she helped them in that process in a small way. Her hobbies include traveling, singing with the Prairie Songbirds choir, showing goats, and various crafts. Rita has been employed in the information technology industry for 33 years. Presently she is a self-employed software application developer and consultant, while also serving as the Secretary of the Weld County Meat Goat Breeders.

Donald says 4-H is all about the kids to him, and he wants to help every kid have the very best 4-H experience possible. He includes showing Boer goats and helping with 4-H and FFA activities as his hobbies. He has been the Director of Maintenance and Transportation at Pawnee High School for the past seven years. Donald is one of the organizers of the Briggsdale Classic Livestock Show, a member of the American Boer Goat Association, and President of the Weld County Meat Goat Breeders since 2010. He and Rita operate a ranch, raising cattle & goats, south of Grover.

15 Year Leader

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Claudia Marvin

Claudia started working with the Cloverbuds in her club, and after several months of helping out, it was suggested she become a leader. Since then, she has also served as project leader for Goats, Market Beef, Child Development, and Leadership projects. A 15-year leader with Keene 4-H Boosters, Claudia says it’s easy to stay motivated as a 4-H leader because of the enthusiasm of the youth when they start a new project, and when sharing with them the endless opportunities they can explore during their 4-H career.

Aside from 4-H, Claudia has served as a youth group leader in her church, volunteered for various FFA events, and actively participates in school events. In her free time, she works with their goat herd (which started as her kids 4-H project!), and refinishes and repurposes antiques. Claudia has worked for the school district for 14 years, and is currently the office Secretary at Hudson Academy. She and her husband, Dave, live east of Ft. Lupton.

15 Year Leader

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Jennifer Seltzer

Jennifer is a 15-year leader who became involved when her children started 4-H. She’s a Horse and Goat project leader with Crow Creek 4-H. She has coached Horse Judging teams with both 4-H and FFA, and has assisted with 4-H Horse Bowl and Hippology. For Jennifer and her family, 4-H is not just about helping kids, it’s about helping families.

.Jennifer is a member of the Weld County Fair Board, 4-H Horse Council, Weld County Meat Goat Breeders, and the American Quarter Horse and American Boer Goat associations. For pleasure, she likes scrapbooking, reading, and antiquing. Jennifer is a housewife and substitute teacher, and lives east of Briggsdale with her husband, Tim.

15 Year & 20 Year Leaders

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Bryan and Amy Hogsett

Bryan is a 15-year leader with Galeton 4-H, who got his start when former 4-H Agent, Mark Cronquist, tapped into his hobby of fishing and asked him to be a key leader for the new Sports Fishing project. His wife, Amy Hogsett was already an active volunteer, and is herself a 20-year leader. Amy wanted to continue to help members learn about Cake Decorating, and former 4-H Agent, Carol Schneider, told her the best way to do that was to become a leader.

Bryan has served as a Police Officer for 13 years, and is a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education instructor and member of the University of Northern Colorado Color Guard. Amy has worked for Eaton school district as a teacher for 18 years. She is a youth leader and Sunday School teacher at their church, and sponsor for the Eaton Middle School’s Chess and Maker clubs.

Bryan and Amy say that the enjoyment they get out of helping kids learn new things, and seeing how 4-H can help them become more than they had ever expected, provides the inspiration that keeps them going as 4-H leaders. They live east of Eaton and enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time with their family.

He and Rita operate a ranch, raising cattle & goats, south of Grover.

20 Year Leader

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Gerald Haffner

Jerry got his start as a 20-year leader by serving as a coach for the Hudson Shamrock 4-H club’s basketball team. He went on to be the club’s organizational leader as well as project leader for shooting sports, goat, and beef projects. Jerry says that 4-H has given him great opportunities to meet and work with many great kids. He has also enjoyed getting to know, and work with, other 4-H volunteers.

Jerry lists raising Boer goats and gardening among his special interests. He is a member of the South East Weld County Fair Board, spends time with both the Weld Central School and Weld Central FFA booster clubs, and is involved in several other community projects. Jerry has worked on telephone systems for the State of Colorado for 38 years. He and his wife, Sherry, live south of Hudson.

25 Year Leader

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Kim Miller

Kim Miller is a 25-year leader - first with the Keene 4-H Boosters and currently with the Tailtwisters 4-H club. She began volunteering when her son started as a Cloverbud member, and has gone on to become a certified shooting sports instructor for Archery, and has helped with the Ceramic, Poultry, and Rabbit projects. For the past five years she has served as the Poultry Superintendent at the Weld County Fair.

Kim enjoys working with the 4-H kids and watching them grow through their 4-H involvement. She enjoys raising poultry and going to poultry shows, camping, and four-wheeling with her family. Besides 4-H, she has also served as a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader. Kim and her family live in Hudson.

35 Year Leader

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Dorothy Bates

Dorothy has volunteered and served the 4-H community for 35 years. She became a project leader when her daughter, Julie, started 4-H. In addition to helping members with their projects, Dorothy notes she too gained knowledge and improved her skills by attending 4-H workshops and trainings. Dorothy has served in numerous leadership roles including organizational leader; Leader’s Council; Fair superintendent; and County resource leader for the Foods project.

Dorothy is involved with the local Family & Community Education (FCE) Club, serving as Secretary. This club does several community service projects including giving books to newborns at North Colorado Medical Center; and donating supplies to support A Woman’s Place in Greeley. She is also the program coordinator for the State FCE Board, and a liaison for FCE on the Colorado Extension Advisory Council. Further, she is Secretary for the Colorado Master Farm Homemakers Guild, and Vice-President and International Chairperson for the National Master Farm Homemakers Guild.

Dorothy is retired from Aims Community College, were she worked in the Human Resources Office for 20 years. She lives with her husband, Dave, near Kersey.

The rewards of being a 4-H volunteer, says Dorothy, comes with sharing in the joy when a young member completes a project and feels pride in their accomplishments; and in seeing their enthusiasm to advance and continue to expand their knowledge in a project area


Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship Recipients

This year the Weld County 4-H Foundation has 17 college scholarships available to Weld County 4-H members.  Below are the recipients of the 2017 Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarships.


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Brianna McBride

Paul and Jean Hoshiko Family Scholarship


Brianna is the daughter of Scott and Shani McBride of Severance, CO. She is a 13-year member of Severance 4-H club involved in Dairy Cattle, Scrapbooking, Vet Science, and Dog projects. In 2015, Brianna was one of four 4-H members chosen to be in the inaugural class of the Weld Agricultural Leadership and Ambassador Program.

She is a senior at Windsor High School where she was involved in numerous activities such as FFA, Biology Club, Track and Field, National Honor Society, and FBLA. She has held numerous offices in 4-H and FFA. After graduation, she plans to attend Iowa State University to study Food Science which will allow her to stay connected to the agriculture industry.

Brianna was part of the 4-H Dairy Judging program where she participated in national contests in Louisville, Kentucky; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and last year at Madison, Wisconsin. At Madison, Brianna was the national winner in the Holstein division. Brianna observes that every 4-H event is now labeled as “my last” and stimulates periods of reflection on all that this organization has provided to her. As she looks at the pictures in her old record books, she is reminded of the new struggles of each year as well as the unforgettable times of happiness. 4-H taught her to step outside of the boundaries, work extremely hard, serve others and…most of all, have fun.




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Kolby Moore

Paul and Jean Hoshiko Family Scholarship


Kolby is a senior at Platte Valley High School in Kersey where she is involved in student council, national honor society, knowledge bowl, FBLA, band, student government, volleyball and track. She is the daughter of David and Kirby Moore of Gill, and is a 9-year member of the New Horizons

4-H Club. Some of her projects included baking, clothing construction and horse. She has also served as an assistant coach for the Weld County 4-H Horse Judging program. During her project work, Kolby said she learned through her mistakes and that she could either quit or continue…and she chose to continue.

The most important part of 4-H to Kolby is the service she has been involved in throughout her community. Her club would spend time on community service projects trying to make the lives of those around easier and happier. One example was sending boxes to the troops overseas, receiving thank you notes and photos in return.

Once she graduates, she plans to attend Colorado State University majoring in biomedical sciences. She hopes to make connections with people in this field and procure internships and shadowing positions down the road with hopes of one day becoming a surgeon.


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Bryce Schnug

Josh Jarman Scholarship &
Kenneth & Clarice Memorial Scholarship

Bryce Schnug is the son of Jaime and Troy Schnug of Grover, and is a senior at Pawnee High School. He is a 9-year member of the Grover Guys & Gals 4-H club, taking woodworking, market goats, and shooting sports projects.

In school, Bryce played football, basketball, and track and served as captain of the football and basketball teams. Further, he participated in FBLA, Knowledge Bowl and Student Council. Upon graduation, he plans to attend Northeastern Junior College in Sterling pursuing a degree in diesel technology. From there he would like to obtain a heavy equipment operating certificate.

Bryce enjoyed the community service projects he did in 4-H. Every year they’ve planted flowers around town for everyone to enjoy and also made Easter baskets for the senior citizens. 4-H has helped him become a better leader as it showed him how hard work has its rewards. It also gave him the confidence to be able to speak to adults and learn how to meet new people.


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Morgan Patton

Weld County Leader’s Council Scholarship

Morgan Patton is the daughter of Troy and Dawn Patton of Briggsdale. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Northern Colorado majoring in Communications, with minors in Media Studies and Journalism. Her goal is to become the first member of her immediate family to graduate from college.

Morgan began her 4-H journey when her parents enrolled her as a Cloverbud. She went on to become an 11-year member of the Crow Creek 4-H Club taking a variety of projects including: Clothing Construction, Scrapbooking, Model Rocketry, Shooting Sports, and Citizenship Washington Focus to name a few. Through the various projects she took and the officer positions she held, Morgan has developed and incredible toolbox of leadership skills.

Though no longer a member, Morgan is committed to “making the best better” by serving as a 4-H volunteer leader. She became a certified Junior Rifle Leader/Instructor and looks forward to working with the youth involved in the Shooting Sports project.

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Tayler Hays

Weld County Leader’s Council Scholarship


Tayler is the daughter of Michael and Michelle Hays of Eaton. She is a10-year member of Wyatt 4-H taking many projects including Breeding/Market Sheep, Cake Decorating, Baking, and Photography. She is a senior at Eaton High School and does cross country, track and FFA.

Tayler was her 4-H club’s Secretary and Treasurer; and this year she is the Reporter for her FFA chapter. These leadership positions has given her the opportunity to connect with younger members and encourage their involvement. She believes a good leader is not always the one taking charge but may be one who encourages others to take charge.

Tayler credits her 4-H project work, particularly the sheep project, with teaching her many important life skills. She knows the fundamentals of managing a breeding program and has learned the importance of managing money and keeping her own financial records.

After high school Tayler plans to attend Dodge City Community College and study food science.

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Jenna Frink

Gene Inloes Memorial Livestock Judging Scholarship


Jenna is the daughter of Mike and Amy Frink of Eaton, and was an 11-year member of Wyatt 4-H Club focusing on Market and Breeding Sheep projects. She is currently a sophomore at CSU studying for a career in food animal nutrition or meat processing. She has a strong passion for production agriculture and her long term career goal is to have a beneficial impact on the agriculture industry.

In 4-H Jenna gained countless leadership and citizenship skills, as well as an understanding about the importance of giving back to her community. Over the years she was her club’s President, Vice President, and Treasurer. She was a member of the state champion 4-H Livestock Judging Contest last year, and participated in the National contest in Louisville.

4-H has been an instrumental part in preparing Jenna for her future, leaving her forever grateful.

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Ashley Terrell

Norgren Family 4-H Scholarship


Ashley is a freshman at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, where she is studying Ag business with hopes to one day be involved in the breeding and performance horse industry. She is the daughter of Dustin and Sherry Terrell from LaSalle. Ashley was a 10-year member of the Horse Whisperers 4-H Club, taking Horse and Market Swine projects.

Being involved in 4-H helped Ashley learn skills that she has been able to use in various areas. Her experience as her club’s President taught her leadership, how to correctly run business meetings, respect and problem solving, and the importance of building relationships with others. 4-H has also been a great promoter of community service and Ashley has been thankful to have been involved in the variety of service projects that made a difference.

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Kelli Carlson

Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship


Kelli is the daughter of Ken and Jodi Carlson from Keenesburg. She was a 13-year member of Magic Spurs 4-H taking market swine, market sheep, cake decorating, and home environment projects. She is now a freshman as Northeastern Junior College studying agriculture and business in the hopes of one day owning a feedlot of her own. She is currently active in the NJC Aggies club and Farm Bureau.

Since the first year in her market projects Kelli learned an enormous amount about the proper care and exercise that livestock need. She showed lambs every year but was always interested in learning about the different species of show animals. She was also fortunate to meet many lifelong friends through activities such as Citizenship Washington Focus, the Youth Hard Rock booth at the Weld County Fair, and her club’s monthly meetings.

According to Kelli, her 4-H journey was unforgettable and she is incredibly fortunate to have been a part of such a wonderful organization.

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Kendawl Gartrell

John Pfleiderer Memorial Scholarship


Kendawl is the daughter of Kenny and Dawn Gartrell of Eaton. She is a 9-year member of the Westward 4-H Club and showed Dairy cattle. Kendawl also took part in the 4-H dairy cattle judging program, and earned a spot on the team that competed in the youth judging contest at the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania last year.

She is a senior at Eaton High School where she participated in Basketball, FFA and the Agriculture Club. When she graduates, Kendawl plans to attend Northeastern Junior College, and later the University of Wisconsin, to study Dairy Science.

4-H has had a large impact on her life. It taught her how to be confident in everything she does. She has learned how to run a meeting, gained organization and leadership skills, and developed her public speaking abilities.

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Ashley Petersen

John Pfleiderer Memorial Scholarship


Ashley is from Windsor and is the daughter of Thomas and Christine Petersen. She is a sophomore at Northeastern Junior College studying agriculture. She knows that the agriculture industry and the ranching world is where she wants to spend the rest of her life. In High School she was involved in FFA, and she is currently an active member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Ashley was a 12-year member of the Severance 4-H Club and was involved in clothing construction, decorate your duds, breeding beef and horse projects. She notes that her project work helped her learn more about responsibility and determination, and about winning and losing.

Ashley credits her family upbringing and exceptional coaching from other adults for helping her become a better citizen. Her 4-H and other life experiences have helped build her confidence and given her opportunities to help others.

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Molly Cooksey

Weld County 4-H Foundation Family & Consumer Science Scholarship


Molly is a 13-year member of the Magic Spurs 4-H club, taking breeding & market beef, market swine, home environment, food & nutrition, and decorate your duds. Other 4-H activities included Fashion Revue, Self-Development Night, and Citizenship Washington Focus. A graduate of Weld Central High School, Molly was active in FFA and the National Honor Society. Currently she is a freshman at Northeastern Junior College pursuing a career as an embryo transfer technician, with plans to continue her education at Colorado State University.

She says that she has been blessed to learn lifelong lessons in her projects and to have been surrounded by very supportive people who helped her succeed. Molly has shown cattle on the local, state, and national levels. She was very humbled and thrilled when she won the Mitch Bowman award at the Weld County Fair which is an award voted on by 4-H peers given in memory of Mitch, a 4-H member who lost his life too soon.

Molly is from Roggen and her parents are Jeff and Amy Cooksey.


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Caitlyn Ochsner

Weld County 4-H Foundation Agriculture Scholarship


Caitlyn was an 11-year member of the High Plains Ag 4-H Club. She graduated from Platte Valley High School where she was an Honor student and was active in FFA and choir. She is now a freshman at Belmont University in Tennessee pursuing a career as a Country & Gospel recording artist.

She grew up on her family’s registered Limousine cow/calf operation and couldn’t wait for the day that she would be able to show her very first calf. She fondly remembers singing for the first time in front of an audience at the Weld County Fair’s Youth Idol Contest, and her experiences in the 4-H livestock judging program.

Her 4-H project work included both market and breeding beef. Caitlyn realizes that it’s not the trophies and buckles that have shaped her character and strengthened her work ethic; it’s the projects she’s worked on. Caitlyn is the daughter of Kevin and Julie Ochsner of Kersey.


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Bo Naibauer

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Bo is the son of Mike and Kelli Naibauer of Eaton. He is a 10-year member of Country Boots and Skirts 4-H Club where he did Market Swine and Market Beef projects. He is a senior at Eaton High School where he is active in FFA. After graduation, Bo plans to attend Redlands Community College in Oklahoma to study animal science and agricultural business with plans to pursue a career in the livestock industry, either trading commodities, buying cattle for a major packer or working for a pharmaceutical company.

Along with showing livestock through 4-H, Bo was also a member of the Weld County 4-H Livestock Judging Team. Through this experience he was able to expand his knowledge of the livestock industry and what characteristics are essential to creating a “good one”. He hopes to use his judging knowledge and experience to earn a spot on the livestock judging team at Redlands Community College

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Kayleigh Hamilton

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Kayleigh is the daughter of Scott and Elizabeth Hamilton from Eaton. She is a 5-year member with the Blazing Clovers 4-H Club and was involved in Shooting Sports, Leathercraft, Breeding & Market Rabbits, and Poultry to name a few.

Kayleigh is a home-school graduate planning to attend Northeastern Junior College to study Agricultural Education with hopes of one day becoming a teacher or an Extension Agent. She credits leaders, other adults, and her fellow 4-Hers for always being helpful when she didn’t understand the way things worked. Their generosity, along with the responsibility and leadership skills she learned in 4-H, is what gives her the passion to pursue a career where she can one day encourage and help other kids who need something like


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Taryn Santeramo

Weld County 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Taryn is the daughter of Scott and Brechen Santeramo of Johnstown. She is an 11-year member of Calico ‘n Jeans 4-H club and was involved in numerous projects such as Cloverbuds, Market Sheep, Artistic Clothing, and Cake Decorating. She is currently a senior at Roosevelt High School participating in band, color guard, dance club, dance team, and the National Honor Society. She plans to attend Colorado State University to major in Health and Exercise Science with a long-term goal to work in the medical field as a physical therapist.

Taryn’s 4-H experience has allowed her to reinforce her leadership skills by being an officer in her club. She learned to apply those leadership skills while serving as Co-captain on her dance team and color guard, and being the captain in band. Taryn has worked in the leader’s food booth and served as a 4-H clerk at County Fair every year since the 6th grade. She is excited about the Citizenship Washington Focus trip she will take this summer.


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Molly Adams

Dorothy Martin Zabka Memorial Scholarship

Molly is the daughter of Tim and Judy Adams from Ault. She is a sophomore at Northeastern Junior College where she is studying animal science and working on an associate’s degree in Ag Business. She then plans to attend West Texas A & M University to pursue her bachelor’s degree. Her goal after graduation is to be a nutrition consultant for livestock producers.

Molly was a 10-year member of the Galeton 4-H Club. Her projects included Cake Decorating; Scrapbooking; Market Goats; and Market Swine. She remarks that her experiences learning to care for, and show her pigs taught her to be patient and keep a positive attitude, attributes that help her get through just about any situation.


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Amber Thormodsgard

Helmut Brunner Memorial Scholarship

Amber is the daughter of Neil and Karen Thormodsgard of Briggsdale. She was an 11-year member of Crow Creek 4-H Club where she was involved with Market/Breeding beef, market sheep, market goats, market swine, and Citizenship Washington Focus. She is currently a sophomore at CSU working on a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science.

While in 4-H, Amber participated on the livestock judging team where she made numerous lifelong friends and expanded her knowledge about the industry. She values the relationships that 4-H has allowed her to create and develop over the years, as well as the citizenship and leadership skills that she gained. Amber says that some of her 4-H experiences taught her to not be afraid to step out of the box and try something new.