Numerous local 4-H members were recognized for their achievements at the recent 2002 Wallowa County Fair during the annual 4-H Awards Program held on the last day of the fair.
Presenting the awards as their last official duty were the members of the 2001-02 Wallowa County 4-H Court, Jacinda Mitchell, Maggie Norman and Emily Maasdam.
Named during the program as the new 4-H Court, selected from a large slate of applicants, were Sara Freels, Tricia Kunkle and Madeline Smith.
Award winners and sponsors (in parenthesis) announced during the fair program were as follows:
Eddie Nobles Memorial Community Service - Katrina Anderson (Tim and Debbie Gilbert)
Nine Year Member awards - Tina Stitzel, Natalie Soares, Jessica Barnhart, Hannah Bobbitt, John Brown, Brandon Burgess, Lynna Fischer, Lea Ganos, Jennifer Williams, Melisse Henderson, Keeley Hopkins, Jessica Kassahn, Krisha Knight, Taylor Phelps, Brandy Shelton, Casey Smergut, Patrick Smergut.
Horse Gaming - All-around: first year junior, Josey Kolhepp (sponsored by High Country Training); junior, Wyatt Shetler (Tom's Auto and Hardware); intermediate, Kallie Hadden (High Country Training); senior, Erin Voss (Dennis and Peggy Brennan).
High Performance Horse - First year junior, Skyler Willis (Rahn Sanitary Service); junior, Shaylnn Godby (4-H Tomahawk Saddle Bums); intermediate, Tricia Kunkle (L & G Quarter Horses); senior, Lea Ganos (National Foundation Quarter Horse Association).
All-Around Horse - First year junior, Sierra Hopkins (Byrnes Oil); junior, Christina Montgomery (Wendy Rathbun McCullough); intermediate, Kallie Hadden (Lillian Beach); senior, Natalie Soares (Zacharias Logging and Reta and Kenneth Keeler Memorial by Joyce Barth).
Best of Show in Art - Jennifer Williams (Wallowa Valley Arts Council).
Best of Show in Photography - Celeste Hillock (Walter and Joy Klages).
Most Creative Photograph - Billie Guthrie (Eclipse Photography by Kim Lamb).
Fiber Art - junior champion, Clancy Warnock; reserve champion junior, BoDean Warnock; Best of Show, Clancy Warnock (sponsor for all, Wallowa County Handcrafter's Guild).
Food Preservation - Best soft spread, Relissa Wortmsn; best fruits, Rochelle Wortman (both sponsored by Alltrista Corporation).
All-Around - Junior, Rochelle Wortman (Flower Peddler).
Record Books - Champions, junior Ayesha Wortman; intermediate Relissa Wortman; senior Jacinda Mitchell (all, Hurricane Creek Grange). Reserve champions, junior Sarah Butterfield, intermediate Sara Freels, senior Matt Williams (all, John and Amy Johnson).
Reporter Book - Champion, intermediate Sara Freels (Greg and Eva Oveson).
Secretary Book - Champion, intermediate Tricia Kunkle (Norman Arts).
All Around - Senior, Natalie Soares (Millie Reed); intermediate, Kyle Clough (Bluebear Kennels); junior, Danielle Weaver (Bob and Karen Bennett).
Dog agility - Top first year junior, Josey Kohlepp; junior, Christina Montgomery; intermediate, Zack Skillings; senior, Juliann Snyder (all,Valley Bronze)
Dog Obediance State Fair Teams - Senior, Natalie Soares and Julianne Snyder, both novice dog. Intermediate, Riley Wortman, Tessa Kuppinger, Kady Dougherty, Zack Skillings, and Sisa Niderost, all subnovice; Kyle Clough, subnovice/graduate novice; and Olivia Soares, novice dog.
Rabbits - Outstanding project, Relissa Wortman (Bear Creek Logging); outstanding junior project, Rochelle Wortman (Randy and Kathy Vernam); champion individual rabbit herdsman, Relissa Wortman (Dan and Leslie Sherwin).
Poultry - Outstanding project, Lynique Oveson (Dale and Kathryn Potter); outstanding junior project, Ashley Graning (Randy and Kathy Vernam); champion individual poultry herdsman, Relissa Wortman (Dan and Leslie Sherwin).
Showmanship - All-Around Small Animal Showman, Relissa Wortman (Les Schwab Tires).
Hard Luck - Ashley Graning (Duke and Rhee Lathrop).
All-Around Livestock Showmen - Grand Champions: senior, Lynique Oveson (Wallowa County Grain Growers); intermediate, Sara Freels (Sports Corral); junior, Mitchel Shelton (Butterfield Ranch). Reserve Grand Champions - senior, Emily Maasdam (Vallee Lyn Ranch); intermediate, Liane Maasdam (Joyce and Steve Zollman); junior, Amber Shear (Dan and Sue Duncan).
Herdsmanship - Champion club, Wallowa Livestock (Wallowa County Grain Growers); individual 4-H high point herdsmanship, Brandy Shelton (Harvey Gillworth).
County Fair Judging - Champions: senior, Emily Maasdam; intermediate, Tricia Kunkle; junior, Theresa Stangel. Reserve: senior, Jennifer Williams; intermediate, Chelcee Noland; junior, Megan Yost.
Judging (at two contests) - Champions: senior, Jennifer Williams (Carol and Dallas McCrae Polled Hereford Ranch); intermediate, Chelcee Noland (in memory of Roger Nedrow by Klista Nedrow Steinbeck); junior, Lucas Stangel (Wallowa County Grain Growers).
State Fair Judging Teams - Senior, Jennifer Williams, Emily Maasdam, Jacinda Mitchell, Joy Kuppinger and Luke Zwanziger. Intermediate, Chelcee Noland, Kyle Hook, Liane Maasdam, Rayanna Mitchell, Krista Stangel.
Traveling Judging Teams - Senior, Emily Maasdam, Jacinda Mitchell, Chelcee Noland, Joy Kuppinger, Kyle Hook, Luke Zwanziger; intermediate, Liane Maasdam, Rayann Mitchell, Krista Stangel, Lucas Stangel, Maggie McClaran, alternate Theresa Stangel. Junior, Steven Simpson, Andrea Shaefer, Sara Butterfield, Rochelle Wortman, Ashley Graning.
Rate of Gain - Swine: first, Joy Kuppinger (Joseph Electric); second, Cody Moffit; third, Steven Simpson (two awards, Julie Kooch). Lamb: first, Darcy Witherrite; second, Jacinda Mitchell; third, Chris Harshman (three awards, High Country Training, Kim and Deb Witty). Beef: first, Beth McClaran (JC's Custom Meat Cutting); second, Jill McClaran; third, Devin Patton (both Joseph Hardware).
Jidge Tippett Memorial for best all-around beef project - Lelia Wortman (Wallowa County CattleWomen).
All-Around Beef - senior, Jennifer Williams (Stangel Industries); intermediate, Lelia Wortman (Don and Bonnie Marks); junior, Devin Patton (Dennis and Nancy Beach).
Market Steer - Grand champion, Maggie McClaran (Mr. and Mrs. Royce Horton and Norman and Dennis Beach); reserve grand, Kyle McDaniel (Norman and Dennis Beach).
Breeding Beef - Best Angus exhibit, Liane Maasdam (Darrel and Clarann Witty); Western States Angus Auxiliary award, Jennifer Williams.
Beef Showmanship - Champions: senior, Emily Maasdam (Joe Beach Memorial); intermediate, Tyler Coppin (Community Bank); junior, Clancy Warnock (Liz and Randy Garnett). Reserve champions: senior, Cayle Krebs (John and Amy Johnson); intermediate, Lelia Wortman (Sonny and Jeannie Hagenah); junior, Amber Shear (Art and Judy Brock).
Outstanding Project - Casey Montgomery (ABS Global, Inc, by Dave Parker).
Best Dairy Cattle Project - Sara Schnetzsk (Oregon Dairy Women).
Market Lamb - Grand champion, Liane Maasdam (Don and Maxine Kooch); reserve grand, Sara Freels (Greg and Gail Johnson).
Outstanding member - first year, Sarah Butterfield (Tim Gilbert Trucking); junior, Emma Survis and Brandon Mahon (Randy Doud Memorial).
All-Around Projects - senior, Mysha Oveson (Aschenbrenner Hamps); intermediate, Liane Maasdam (Krebs Ranches); junior, Ashley Graning (Dave and Pat Murrill).
Sheep Showmanship - Champions: first year junior, Shelby Harshman (Ken and Schevelle Wortman); junior, Brandon Mahon; intermediate, Liane Maasdam; senior, Lynique Oveson (three awards, Kane and Nancy Maasdam). Reserve champions: first year junior, Sara Butterfield (Marilyn Frink and Nancy Frink Maasdam); junior, Mitchell Shelton; intermediate, Sara Freels; senior, Luke Swanziger (three awards, Doug and Dianne Mitchell).
Wool - Champion 4-H fleece, Relissa Wortman (Cleve and Carol Coppin).
Market Swine - Grand champion, Josie Makens (Shell Mercantile); reserve grand, Charisee Josi (Jerry and Nancy Hook).
Swine Showmanship - Champions: first year junior, Tonya Neil (Julie Kooch); junior, Andrea Schaefer; intermediate, Charisse Josi; senior, Patrick Silveria (South Fork Ready Mix, Ben and Jackie Tippett, Mike and Rhonda Shirley). Reserve champions: first year junior, Tylor Edison (Julie Kooch); junior, Megan Yost; intermediate, Jeffrey Snyder; senior, Julianne Snyder (Elwayne and Bonnie Henderson, Joseph Electric and Bud, Cass and Beau Botts)
Best Breeding Gilt - Andrea Schaefer (R & R Drive-In).