Kyle Baker is the son of Paul and Crystal Baker. His 4-H career has encompassed a variety of activities in a variety of areas. In 10 years of 4-H, his projects have included: 10 years of goats, six years of swine, two years of rabbits, one year of poultry, 10 years of garden, nine years of potatoes, and two years of arts and crafts.
Last year he applied for the “Tops in 4-H” and was selected as one of the Master Achievers. Baker has also volunteered for the 4-H worship service for the past seven years. He has been employed by the staff of the fairgrounds to pick up the trash daily for the last three years. His current favorite project is an interactive train set he will be entering in this year’s arts and crafts competition. His greatest memory is his streak of garden championships. He has won the last nine years of the 4-H garden competition and hopes to win for the 10th time this year.
Kayla Barroquillo is the daughter of Roy and ShellyBarroquillo. She has been a member of South Milford Mighty Mites, Horse and Pony Club, Dog Club, and Goat Club. She has enjoyed meeting new people over the years. Her projects include photography, foods, dog, poultry, goat, and horse and pony. Her favorite project was poultry because going into it her first year she wasn’t sure what to expect, but finished with Reserve Grand Champion for Meat Duck.
Her achievements include: Grand Champion in Photography, several Special Merits at State in Photography, and many State Fair Photography entries. She also received Reserve Grand Champion two years in a row in Meat Duck, and Reserve Grand Champion in Dog Club. After graduation, Barroquillo plans to move to Ft. Wayne and go to Master’s School for Cosmetology. She then wants to continue her education at IPFW to earn a business degree. She gives special thanks to her parents for all their help preparing for and during fair week over the years, and to all her 4-H leaders who volunteer so much of their time.
Thomas Beiswanger is a senior at Prairie Heights High School. His parents are Lew and Rochelle Beiswanger. He is the president of the South Milford Mighty Mites 4-H Club. His favorite projects are tractor maintenance, dairy beef, and electric. He also has taken started calf, beef, and crops. Beiswanger has been to the State Fair several times for electric and tractor maintenance. His future plans include going to the University of Northwestern Ohio to study agriculture and diesel mechanics.
Parker Bontrager is the son of Todd and Donna Bontrager of Shipshewana. He is a graduate of Westview High School where he was involved in basketball and golf. He also attends New Life Fellowship. He is a tenure member of 4-H and has also been in the swine project for all 10 years. Bontrager has also shown sheep over the years but enjoys working with pigs the most. One of his most memorable moments was winning Grand Champion Market Gilt in 2011. Over all, what he remembers most about 4-H is all the friends he has made over the years and the fun. This fall he will be attending Purdue University and majoring in Agricultural Management.
Cassie Bovee is a tenure 4-H member and part of the Stroh Straight Shooters Club. She is the daughter of Jeff and Cheri Bovee. She has completed a number of projects over the years such as arts and crafts, cake decorating, child development, foods, gift wrapping, home environment, microwave, scrapbook, sewing, sports, and swine. She has enjoyed participating in Fashion Revue for many years along with her projects.
C.J. Bovee is the daughter of Jeff and Cheri Bovee. She is a tenure member of the Stroh Straight Shooters Club. Her projects have been arts and crafts, consumer clothing, creative writing, photography, scrapbook, sewing, started calf, and swine.
Kyle Bowen is 18 years old and has lived all of his life in LaGrange County. His parents are Steve and Lila Bowen and he has two older brothers, Joel and Michael. His grandparents are Ann and the late Roger Boots and Amorita and the late Jack Bowen. He has enjoyed being in 4-H all 10 years while being involved in many different projects. He has also been involved in many sports during his school years, such as baseball, cross country, football, basketball, wrestling, soccer and track. He loves the outdoors and going fishing at his grandparent’s farm ponds. His future plans are to join the U.S. Navy after graduation and then attend college, majoring in engineering.
Jessica Carr is the daughter of Eric Carr. This is Jessica’s first year in 4-H. She is involved in the Horse and Pony Club.
Nichole Enyart is the daughter of Andrew and Lynn Enyart of LaGrange. She is a 2012 graduate of Lakeland High School and has been a part of the Goat Club and Llama Club as well as projects such as horse and pony and creative writing. She enjoyed being a part of the Junior Leaders and served as secretary this year. Enyart plans to attend IPFW, pursuing a degree in English and hopes to be a teacher.
Danica Forbes is the daughter of Duane and Lori Forbes of LaGrange. She is a 2012 graduate of Prairie Heights High School and a tenure 4-H member of the LaGrange County Horse and Pony Club. She has served as an officer of the club, including president, for several years and was a past member of the Junior Horse and Pony Committee. Her favorite projects have been horses, microwave, and creative writing. She had the Indiana State Fair Reserve Grand Champion Pony in 2005. Her high school activities include tennis and boys tennis manager, dance, basketball and volleyball. She will be attending Ivy Tech in the fall to study phlebotomy.
Travis Grubb is a graduate of Prairie Heights High School and has been in 4-H for eight years. His projects over the years include ATV, shooting sports, swine, starter calf, tractor driving and beef. He has been actively playing drums for the Prairie Heights School Band. He also played drums for True Heights and his church. Grubb played baseball from junior high through high school. He works at Lewis Century Stock Farm. He plans to attend college and study Radiology.
Kyleen Helmuth is the daughter of Dyon and Lisa Helmuth. She is a tenure member of 4-H. She has enjoyed being in 4-H because it has given her the chance to become part of her community. She is part of the Stroh Sunny Spotlighters Club. Some of the projects she has participated in are dairy, rabbits, collections, cake decorating, and personality. She received Reserve Grand Champion for her personality project her fifth grade year. She has also received Reserve Grand Champion for collections, and last year she won the Grand Champion for collections. Helmuth was very proud of being named Grand Champion because it has been her goal to win at least one before she graduated.
She has always loved animals so decided to make a career out of it. She will be attending IPFW this fall in the pre-vet program to become a veterinary technician. After two years at IPFW, she will apply for the vet tech program at Purdue University. She will then attend Purdue for two years to finish her schooling. She has really enjoyed participating in the LaGrange County Fair over the years.
Conner Hostetler is the daughter of Ron Hostetler and Kristi Bachman. She graduated from Lakeland High School this past spring, where she participated in softball and basketball. She was also a member of the National Honor Society. She has enjoyed her 10 years in 4-H where her projects were swine and starter calf for 10 years and poultry for three years. She is a member of the LaGrange Lucky Clovers and Poultry Club. Conner is going to attend Indiana University of South Bend, majoring in elementary and special education.
Emily House is the daughter of Alicia Beam and her stepfather, Scott Beam, and a graduate of Westview High School. She has been a 10-year member in the Topeka Happy Workers Club. Her favorite projects have all been in child development. She loved watching the children respond so well to the fun activities she planned each year. She received multiple grand champion awards in this area. She has sent many of her arts and crafts projects on to Indiana State Fair as well.
She plans to follow her passion working with children and attend Ivy Tech Community College this fall, earning an associate’s degree for early childhood education. She has always enjoyed presenting her skills and improving them throughout her 4-H career and is always found running around the 4-H Fairgrounds, enjoying the company of the animals.
Mandy Jones is a graduate of Westview High School and a member of the Horse and Pony Club. Her parents are Matt and Amy Jones. Her horses have been her favorite project but she also participated in started calf for nine years, dairy calves for two years and goats for four years. Her love for horses and speed let her to enjoying the contesting part of Horse and Pony. She has many blue ribbons from the LaGrange County 4-H Fair and many great leaders to thank for those. Without their help, she could not have learned all that she did and achieved as much with her horses. She credits Bob and Carrie Schrock for helping in the beginning when she didn't even know how to put the saddle on, Lynsey Hosteler for teaching her all about barrels and flags and how to win, and Bo Morre and Gary Yoder for helping with speed and confidence the last few years.
Her greatest 4-H achievement was winning the Flag Race at the Indiana State Fair. Hanging out at fair has to be the best part of the summer and she appreciates the fair board making it fun year after year.
She has signed with Indiana State University in Terre Haute, where she will further her education while running track. Jones looks forward to her future but will never forget all the great times and great lessons that she learned while in 4-H.
Kasey Kauffman is a graduate of Lakeland High School. She has been a member of the Howe 4-H Club for five years and has loved every year. She was involved in photography and poultry. Her favorite project was definitely photography. She plans on going to college in the fall to become a dental hygienist.
For the past 10 years, Hayley Lee has enjoyed participating in all that the LaGrange County 4-H Fair has offered her. From baking to baby goats, her experience has always been memorable. Her parents, Byron and Susie Lee, have always been there for support and to offer a helping hand. Her goat club leaders as well as the Bakers, the Conrads, the Wells, and the McKibbens have had her back. She has never been without help in 4-H thanks to all the support that the community has given her. Her future plans are to attend Purdue University and as of right now she plans to be a psychiatrist.
Kaylee Long’s parents are Charlie and Holly Long of Howe. She has been a member of the Stroh Straight Shooters Club for the past two years and has been a part of the swine project. Last year she was able to show at the Indiana State Fair. Her favorite 4-H memory was during the Battle of the Barns when Josh Avery and Brennen North competed in matching outfits. This summer she will be attending Indiana University South Bend to study English Education.
James Maas is the son of Bob and Gail Maas and a graduate of Prairie Heights High School. He was an active FFA member and participated in track and cross country while in school. He enjoyed a successful track season in the hurdles this spring. He has been a 4-H member for the past five years, participating in dairy, dairy beef, foods, shooting sports, sport fishing, and started calf. He has a love for hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. He plans to own an archery shop or become a hunting/fishing guide in the future.
Lauren McKibben is the daughter of Carey and Kim McKibben. She has been a member of the South Milford Mighty Mites since the third grade. She participated in the swine project and scrapbooking her third grade year. Two years later, she started showing started calves and has participated in those projects ever since. She won swine carcass, placed first and second in her division for started calf, and received reserve champion for her scrapbook. After high school, she will be attending Purdue University to study physical therapy.
MatthewMcMullen’s parents are Ada McMullen and Gregory McMullen. He has been attending 4-H for many years, helping friends with their animals. This year he decided to show ducks as a 4-H project. He recently graduated from Lakeland High School and plans to attend college in the fall to get his Bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Amanda Meadows is a first year 4-H member who joined with an interest in photography and arts and crafts even though she has never been a 4-H member. Her mother and stepfather are Jennifer and Todd Hammel.
Jillian Melton is the daughter of Dawn Melton of Howe. She is a member of the LaGrange County Horse and Pony Club. She has shown horses and goats for 10 years, llamas for three, and chickens for two years. She has also been a Junior Leader for five years. Her best memory is when she won Reserve Champion Small Animal All-Around Showman. In the fall she will be attending Purdue University to study pre-veterinary medicine.
Ashley N. Miller
Ashley N. Miller is the daughter of Orvan and Lori Miller. Throughout 4-H she has been involved in the started calf program for nine years as well as exhibiting a scrapbook for nine years. She has shown rabbits for four years and goats for two years. Miller will miss the 4-H program and the many fun times.
Taylor Miller’s parents are Tom and Robbie Miller of LaGrange. She is a tenure member of the Horse and Pony Club and has shown the Indiana Quarter Horse Circuit and qualified for the Indiana Quarter Horse Youth World Show. This will be her third year in the Lamb Club and she was in the Swine Club for two years. She enjoys showing horses the most. Miller shows Western, English and recently started showing contesting.
She will be attending IPFW in the fall to major in hospitality and tourism management. She doesn’t have any definite plans for the future, but has always envisioned starting her career overseas. She will miss being in 4-H and miss all of her 4-H friends. 4-H has created lifelong friendships that she knows she will always have, wherever she is.
Heather Mills is the daughter of Richard and Sara Mills of Mongo. She is a graduate of Prairie Heights High School, where she was captain of the dance team and football manager. She attends Mongo Methodist Church. She is also a member of the 4-H Lima Lads and Lassies Club, where she was involved in the flower project. In her first year she was able to take her project to the state fair, which was a great experience. She will be attending Glen Oaks Community College this fall to obtain a business degree.
Brady Moore is the son of Bo and Tina Moore. He is a tenure 4-H member and has been involved in the Horse and Pony Club each year. He has enjoyed the many late nights and fun times had as a 4-H member.
Hannah Myers is the daughter of Gary Myers and Michelle Myers of Howe. She is a graduate of Lakeland High School, where she participated in volleyball, softball, and was a boys basketball manager. She was a member of the FFA and on the yearbook staff. She received an Academic Honors Diploma.
As a member of the Howe 4-H Club, Myers participated in livestock projects, white building projects, and Junior Leaders. Her livestock projects include swine started calf, and dairy beef. She had the Reserve Champion Dairy Beef and has won Senior Showmanship in both started calf and dairy beef. Her other projects include alfalfa, corn, and photography. Myers’ best 4-H memory was winning grand champion in photography last year with her salon photo.
In the fall, she will be attending Purdue University, majoring in journalism and visual communication design.
Lexie Myers is the daughter of Gary Myers and Michelle Myers of Howe. She is a graduate of Lakeland High School, where she participated in volleyball, basketball, and softball. She was a member of the FFA and president of the National Honor Society. She received an Academic Honors Diploma and graduated in the top 10 of her class. As a member of the Howe 4-H Club, she has participated in livestock projects, white building projects, and Junior Leaders. She completed 10 years in swine and beef. She has shown the Reserve Champion Heifer and won First Year as well as Senior Showmanship in beef. Myers has shown dairy beef for two years and has won Senior Showmanship in dairy deef. Her other projects include alfalfa, corn, and gift wrapping, where she has received many champion placings. Her favorite part of 4-H is showmanship, because it has less to do with money and more to do with hard work. In the fall she will be attending Purdue University, majoring in pharmacy.
Dalton Null is a six-year member of the ATV Club. He is the son of Brian Null and Jana Murdock. He has enjoyed participating in the many different aspects of the ATV project.
Austin Osbun is the son of Bill and Paula Osbun. He attended Westview High School and was a part of the soccer team, basketball, baseball, choir, and Dynamic Singsations. Along with school activities, he still found time to spend with God by spending time with his youth group. He has been a part of the 4-H family for nine years. He exhibited arts and crafts all nine years, foods for one year, sports for one year, and participated in archery for three years. Out of all of the projects he has taken, he would have to say that his favorite project was the Basset Hound that he cut out of wood. He has many blue ribbons, three honors ribbons, and one champion ribbon. Osbun’s ultimate goal is to receive a state fair selection this year. Being a part of the 4-H Fair has been great. His greatest memory was helping his brother Andy with his animals. When Andy went out to hang with friends, which was seldom, Austin would help take care of his animals while he was away. Austin is really going to miss the fair.
He will be attending Bethel College in the fall, majoring in business. Along with school work, he will also be involved in soccer as the team manager for the men’s soccer team. He is looking forward to meeting new people and traveling to new places.
Taylor Patterson’s parents are Glen and Linda Patterson. She has participated in foods, crafts, llama and horse and pony. Her favorite club has been horse and pony. 4-H has given her the opportunity to learn a variety of new things and has challenged her in many ways. Meeting new people, making friends and figuring out how to work together have made her grow as a person. Her favorite 4-H memories have been fair week and the fun they have in the horse barn during that week. She credits all of the fair board members and leaders who volunteer their time to make this opportunity available to the community’s youth. Patterson will be attending IPFW in the fall, planning on a major in dental hygiene.
Jacob Perkins is the son of David and Jenny Perkins of rural Stroh. He is a tenure member of the Springfield Sidewinders. During his 4-H career, he has taken several projects such as dairy beef, swine, crops, ATV, and tractor maintenance. His favorite projects have been the dairy beef and tractor maintenance projects. Perkins has competed several times at both the area and state level in tractor maintenance. He was Area Senior Champion in the ag tractor division last year. He has had many enjoyable experiences in 4-H but his favorite memories are the water fights at the wash racks.
He plans to attend the University of Northwestern Ohio this fall and major in ag diesel mechanics.
Marshall Perkins is the son of Kirk and Lynne Perkins. Over his past 10 years of 4-H involvement, he has been involved in dairy, started calf, horse and pony, electricity, and photography. He is also a member of the Stroh Straight Shooters Club. His favorite 4-H memories are having water fights at the wash racks and working in the ice cream stand with the Dairy Club.
Perkins plans to attend Purdue University and double major in ag education and ag communications. He was recently elected Indiana FFA State Northern Region Vice President and will spend a year traveling the state representing youth and agriculture.
Jacki Plyley is the daughter of Jack and Deb Plyley. She is a graduate of Lakeland High School. She is a member of the Springfield Sidewinders Club and a tenure member of 4-H. Some of her 4-H projects have been arts and crafts, health, foods, microwave cookery and sewing. Plyley participated and enjoyed being in the 2011 4-H Queen Contest. In the fall she will be attending Ft. Wayne International Business College.
Darren Shoemaker was born in Owensboro, Ky., but moved to rural LaGrange County when he was 13 months old. He has been homeschooled for his entire life, which has greatly influenced his 4-H career. He preferred to focus on various exhibits instead of animal projects. His 10-year projects include models and foods. He has had three state fair entries, one in aerospace, one in foods, and one craft project. He was also very active in the shooting sports program, becoming involved in air rifle and archery, then later rifle and shotgun. His favorite 4-H project was rifle. He intends to continue working as a volunteer in the shooting sports program.
Shoemaker played soccer for several years and is currently active in Taekwondo, recently earning his first degree black belt. He enjoys traveling and plans to join the U.S. Navy. After his military duty, he intends to go to college, where he will study biology.
Taryn Terry is the daughter of Alan and Lisa Terry of Stroh. She is a tenure member of the LaGrange County Horse and Pony Club. She has participated in horses, crossbred heifers, and sheep. One of her best 4-H memories is the mud volleyball game the Horse and Pony Club had in the arena after a big storm. She says they were covered in mud from head to toe and the game turned into more of a wrestling match. She plans to attend Indiana State University in the fall to major in psychology/counseling.
James Upton is the son of Jim and Sonya Upton of Wolcottville. He is a graduate of Lakeland High School and has been a member of the Wolcottville Can Bees for 10 years. During his time in 4-H, he participated in rabbit, winning Grand Champion in 2005. Swine, beef, started calf, archery, poultry, and ATV are other projects he was involved in. Upton served as president of the ATV Club in 2012. He plans to attend IPFW in the fall, where he will study civil engineering.
Lana Van Auken
Lana Van Auken is a tenure 4-H member and member of the Stroh Sunny Spotlighters 4-H Club. She is the daughter of Scott and Marcia Van Auken of Pleasant Lake. She loves showing dairy, started calves, beef, dairy beef, and llamas. Her best memory in 4-H is when she was competing against her sisters. In 2008, Van Auken won her first big win in 4-H, winning Grand Champion Dairy Steer with her sister Kara to follow her with Reserve Grand Champion. Even though Lana won, Kara shook her hand in the arena. They both had smiles on their faces as they left the show ring. Lana has had a great 10 years in 4-H and hates to see it end. She plans to attend college to become a nurse.
Codee Wallace is the daughter ofBlair and Tammie Wallace. She is an eight-year member of 4-H and is a member of the Dog Club. She has participated in various projects, including arts and crafts, draft horse, horseless horse, horse and pony, photography, and vet science. She enjoyed participating in archery as well.
Daniel Weaver lives in Shipshewana with his parents, Bob and Melany Weaver. He has been involved in 4-H for 10 years. He is a member of the VanBuren Bunch, where he has held various offices including vice president. He has been in the Horse and Pony Club for nine years, participating in all the speed events as well as reining, western riding, trail, and halter class. He placed in many of these events. He has been in shooting sports all 10 years, winning grand champion in shotgun, archery, and .22 rifle. He has been in TOPS and Junior Leaders. Other projects over the years include woodworking, electric, arts and crafts, reading, creative writing, and genealogy. He has gone to the State Fair in arts and crafts with a painting and genealogy. Some of his favorite memories of 4H are hanging out with friends in the horse barn, beating his brothers in shooting sports, sitting around campfires, and staying up until 3 a.m. to ride in the Friday night Open Horse Show.
He is going to Calvin College this fall, where he will major in civil engineering.
Sabrina Whitaker is a 2012 graduate of Westview High School. She is the daughter of Gary and Dorothee Whitaker. She has been involved in horse and pony for 10 years. Her future plans include attending Grace College, where she will play volleyball and run track.
Jordan Younce is the son of Randy and Becky Younce. Some of the 4-H activities he has been involved in over the years include draft horse, started calves, goats, soil and water, crafts, vet science, sports, and foods as well as many other white building projects. He has learned so much from raising and showing his animals that carries over into real life experiences. All of the enjoyment he has had in the 10 years in 4-H would not have been possible without his parents. He appreciates all that they have done and hopes he can do the same for his kids in the future.
His future plans are to attend Bethel College, where he plans to study business and play golf.
Wei Zhou is a Chinese foreign exchange student and a recent graduate of Lakeland High School. Her home is the city of Zhengzhou in the HeNan province of China. Her host parent is Theresa Ramachandran of LaGrange. She is a member of the Westview MWM 4-H Club and has two arts and crafts entries this year. She has enjoyed her stay in the U.S. and as a student at Lakeland. Her fondest memories are the nice people and the beautiful rural life and country side. She plans to attend college next year in China and study political science.
Kasandra Zimmerman is the daughter of Terry and Sharon Zimmerman of Topeka. She is a tenure 4-H member and has been involved in the goat club as well as the horse and pony club. She has participated in projects such as started calf, arts and crafts, and photography.