Joe Boots is the son of Todd and Renea Boots of rural LaGrange and a graduate of Prairie Heights High School. He is a tenure member of the LaGrange County Horse and Pony Club. Boots is a member of the Lake Missionary Church and has been a leader for the middle school youth program. Some of his projects for 4-H have included sheep, swine, goats but the main project he has enjoyed is bringing his horse to fair. A favorite part of 4-H has been the relationships he has formed with other members and leaders. He has formed friendships that will last a lifetime.
Boots will be attending the University of Northwest Ohio majoring in Agri-Business and later plans to work in the agriculture industry and farm.
Austin Borg is the son of Tim and Cherie Borg of Wolcottville. He has been in 4-H for nine years, participating in the Horse and Pony Project. He is also a member of the Horse and Pony Club.
Jordan Brown is the daughter of John and Allisa Brown. She is a tenure member of 4-H and is currently in the goat and swine projects. In the past she has also been involved with rabbit, horse and pony, sewing, fashion review and food projects. Brown has had the honor of having a Grand Champion Meat Goat, a Reserve Champion Barrow, and Reserve Champion Carcass Pig as well as many other titles. Her most memorable title was being crowned Miss LaGrange County 2012 and representing LaGrange County at the Indiana State Fair. 4-H has been a very large part of her life and she hopes to one day provide her children with the same opportunity.
She plans to attend Hope College this fall majoring in nursing, eventually specializing in obstetrics.
Kelsey Clayton is the daughter of Rhonda Clayton and Arden Clayton. She is a tenure member of 4-H and is in the Stroh Sunny Spotlighters Club. Her favorite project is rabbit. She loves camping during fair week and hanging out with all her 4-H friends. It seems like she makes more and more friends every year because of 4-H.
She plans on attending Indiana State in the fall majoring in business.
Jacob Dickerson is the son of Greg and Melissa Dickerson. Throughout his 10 years in 4-H, he has participated in Beef, Started Calf, and Dairy Beef. His favorite project is Dairy Beef because he loves working with Holsteins. His parents have always encouraged him though 4-H.
This fall, he plans to attend Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne to study computer forensics.
Kyle Eagleson is the son of Dean and Karen Eagleson and will graduate from Lakeland High School. During his 10 years in 4-H, he has been a member of the ATV Club. He has been the overall points champion and currently the club president. His favorite 4-H memory is spending time with his friends at the rides.
He plans to attend Ivy Tech to get an associate’s degree in automotive technology.
Jeremy Feller is the son of Matt Feller and Teri Feller. He is a tenure member of 4-H. Some of his projects in 4-H have been Poultry, Started Calf, Swine, Rabbit and Beef. He was a member of the Lima Lads and Lassies Club.
Bethany Foley is the daughter of George and Heidi Foley. She has been in 4-H for eight years and is a member of the Stroh Sunny Spotlighters Club. Some of her projects have included Arts and Crafts, Creative Writing, Reading, Beef, Poultry and Goats.
Parker Fought is the son of Randy and Kelly Fought. He has been a member of the Topeka Happy Workers Club for all 10 years of 4-H. Some of his favorite projects that he has been involved in are Horse and Pony Club and showing a Started Calf. Over the years he has learned many lessons and met many people. He has really enjoyed all of the memories made. Next year he plans to work on the family farm and possibly attend a tech school in the future.
Rebekah Frey is the daughter of Kevin and Karen Frey. She is a graduate of Prairie Heights High School and has been in 4-H for four years. 4-H has given her an opportunity to try new things like fashion revue, sewing a shoe organizer, and showing a steer. She was a member of the Stroh Sunny Spotlighters Club.
Amanda Gilliland is the daughter of Bradley and Michel Gilliland of Wolcottville. Her first year in 4-H was 2007, which was also the year that she was adopted into the Gilliland family. Her 4-H projects were sewing, scrapbooking, and arts and crafts. In her first year of sewing she got a reserve grand champion on the dress that she made. Over the years she has received many blue ribbons and blue honor ribbons and a few champion ribbons as well. It always felt great inside to get all those ribbons because she knew she worked hard to get them. Amanda has had a great time in 4-H and has made many great friends and memories. Some of her favorite things to do during the fair was watching shows and looking at projects that other individuals had done.
Her future plans are to work with children at either a daycare or at a pre-school for a few years and then work with children with disabilities.
Morgan Jantzi is the daughter of Jon and Michelle Jantzi of Shipshewana. She is a tenure member of 4-H and active in the Goat Club. She has participated in Photography along with Horse and Pony for three years then Goat for 10. Her favorite projects are Goat and Horse and Pony because she enjoys working with animals. One of her favorite memories from 4-H is winning Reserve Grand Champion with her market meat goat.
Her future plans are to attend Ball State University in the fall.
Brittainy Kitchen is the daughter of Michelle and Eric Johnston of Wolcottville. She joined 4-H this year. She is involved in the shooting sports projects and is a member of the Wolcottville Can Bees Club.
Caleb Long is the son of Don and Tammy Long. This is his first year in 4-H and he is in the Goat and Horse and Pony projects.
Josie Lowe is the daughter of James and Carrie Lowe. She is a tenure member of the 4-H Stroh Straight Shooters. Her favorite projects over the years have included: her pygmy goat, Sam, who had a horn and a half; her gigantic white-faced sheep; lots and lots of rabbits; and, most especially, creative writing. She will always remember and miss the adventures and strange, deep conversations during late nights at the fair, crazy roosters that pecked judges and ran halfway across the fairgrounds, and far too many pictures being taken. The most valuable trait that she has brought from her 10 years of 4H is resourcefulness – a never-ending supply is needed when things go wrong or are forgotten at the last minute.
Cole McCann is the son of Tim and Bonnie McCann of LaGrange. He is a nine-year member of 4-H and belongs to the Howe Club. Some of his projects have included Goats, Poultry, Rabbit, Started Calf and Shooting Sports.
MacKenna McGraw is the daughter of Brad and Lori McGraw. Her parents got her involved in Future 4-H when she was just in elementary school. Since then she has never missed a year of fair and is a tenure member. Throughout the years she has been involved in Started Calf, Photography, Arts and Crafts, Scrapbooking, Gift Wrapping, and Foods. Her favorite of these is photography. Her favorite thing about 4-H is coming together every year to see friends, watch shows, eat ice cream and have fun.
This fall she will be attending Bethel College to study American Sign Language Interpretation.
Haley McGregor is the daughter of Thomas and Lea Ann McGregor. She is a tenure 4-H member and has been a part of the Stroh Sunny Spotlighters 4-H Club. She has participated in projects such Arts and Crafts, Horse and Pony, Foods, Sewing and Shooting Sports.
Jackie Owens is the son of Tim and Lisa Owens. He is a 4-H tenure member and has been in the ATV Club and Goat Club. His favorite projects have been ATV and Goat. Some of his 4-H achievements have been: paintings sent to state fair, awards in ATV and reserve goat champion. His favorite part of fair was getting to do the ATV racing.
His future plans are to attend IPFW to obtain his four-year degree, preferably in the medical field, get a job, and have a family.
Jana Plyley is the daughter of Jack and Deb Plyley. She is a tenure member of 4-H and has been in the Springfield Sidewinders Club. Some of her projects have been Cake Decorating and Arts and Crafts.
Her future plans are to attend Anderson University in the fall.
Nathan Raber is the son of Ervin and Naomi Raber of Shipshewana. He has been a tenure member of the 4-H Van Buren Bunch. His favorite projects are pig and poultry. He has won Grand Champion Turkey and Goose several times. Some of his favorite memories include playing whiffle ball and water fights. Hanging out with friends and making new friends are something he will always treasure.
He plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University to study Secondary Education.
Nicholas Raber is the son of Ervin and Naomi Raber of Shipshewana. He is a tenure 4-H member of the Van Buren Bunch. He was also involved in the Poultry, Swine and Lamb projects. His favorite project during the years of 4-H was poultry. This was because there were a great variety of birds to show, both meat production and fancy. Some of his achievements in 4-H were several grand champion turkey and geese meat production.
His future plans are to attend Indiana Wesleyan University and major in Pre-Med.
Samantha Schnurr is the daughter of Donna Owens and Steven Schnurr. She is a tenure 4-H’er and a member of the Goat Club. Her favorite projects are Goat and Photography. Her 4-H achievement was State Fair Photography. Her favorite part about fair was getting to spend every day with some of her closest friends, and of course getting to show her goat.
Her future plans include attending IPFW to receive a four-year degree in business and hopefully open her own business. She would like to travel and eventually have a family.
Randi Schrock is the daughter of Kevin Schrock and Maree Kjellin and a Westview High School graduate. In her 4-H career, she has been involved in various projects like Rabbits, Lambs, and ATV Club. Her favorite projects throughout the years would be ATV and lambs.
One of her favorite memories in 4-H was winning the division with her lamb the first year that she showed. Another great memory was being able to help several future 4-H members to finish their projects and teaching them to show their animals.
She plans to attend IPFW in the fall, majoring in agriculture.
Makala Smith is the daughter of Kathy Smith of Howe. She is a member of the Howe 4-H Club and a tenure 4-H member participating in projects such as Arts and Crafts, Cake Decorating, Personality, Photography, Sheep, Shooting Sports and Swine throughout her career.
Zachery Turner is the son of Mark and Lynette Turner of Howe. He attended Lakeland High School e isHand is a tenure member of the Howe 4-H Club. Some of his projects have included Aerospace, Arts and Crafts, Photography, Poultry, Recycling and Started Calf. He has been grand champion in Aerospace for the last three years. He has also been to the state fair eight times so far.
He plans to attend Ivy Tech for business.
Sierra Wallace is the daughter of Blair and Tammie Wallace of LaGrange. She graduated from Lakeland High School and has been a member of 4-H for nine years. Her club membership is with the Dog Club and her projects include Floriculture and Crafts. Wallace’s favorite projects are Obedience in Dog Club and making floral arrangements. Her leadership experiences are club president and vice president for one year each in Dog Club.
She will be attending International Business College in the fall to pursue a retail business degree with hopes of running her own business.
Bailey Yoder is the daughter of Tonda Miller and Mark Yoder. This is her ninth year in 4-H at LaGrange. She is a member of the Westview MWM Club and has shown goats, sheep, draft horse and starter calf at LaGrange throughout her childhood. She has had many enjoyable memories from the fair but one of her favorites would have to be show day every year. She just enjoyed being in that atmosphere.
In the fall she plans to attend Ivy Tech in Fort Wayne for an electrocardiography program.
Samantha Yoder is the daughter of Orvan and Ruth Yoder of Rome City. She is a member of the Horse and Pony Club and has taken projects such as Goats, Poultry, ATV, Cake Decorating and Scrapbook over the course of her seven years in the 4-H program.
Brice Yunker is the son of Scott and Teresa Yunker of Howe. He is a 2013 graduate of Lakeland High School and has been involved in 4-H for 10 years. He has been a member of the LaGrange and Howe clubs through the years. Some of the projects that he has taken are Started Calves, Shooting Sports and Photography. His favorite project is Shooting Sports. Yunker's favorite memories of 4-H would be simply hanging out with friends at the fair.
He hasn't made a final decision on his plans after graduation