OSU Extension announces 4-H Program Royalty

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The Fulton County OSU Extension Office announces the following 2018 4-H Program Royalty. Applicants this summer have participated in a variety of evaluations that may include applications, interviews, testing and/or skillathons.

4-H Queen Elizabeth Mignin

Elizabeth Mignin will be starting her junior year at Archbold High School in the fall. She is an active member of AHS’s FFA, tennis, and FCCLA while still maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Elizabeth was recently elected to serve as AHS’s student sdvisor for the FFA. This is her seventhth year in 4-H. Elizabeth is now president of Tailwaggers 4-H Club and has excelled with her dog in 4-H at both county and state levels. She now has a Great Dane who she competes in both UKC and AKC events throughout the year. Elizabeth plans to become a UKC Junior judge to help pay for college. She would like to pursue a career in a medial field.

4-H King Chandler Ruetz

Chandler Ruetz is the son of Jennifer and Charles Ruetz. Chandler is an upcoming junior at Evergreen High School and participates in cross country, track, band, choir, Quiz Team, Student Council, and is the junior class treasurer at EHS and a two-year varsity letter winner in each sport. Chandler is an eight-year 4-H member of Gainers and Leaders, and is the current treasurer. He is an active parishioner at Holy Trinity Church and is in his youth group. He also volunteers at fish frys and cemetery clean-ups. In the future, Chandler plans to attend the University of Toledo to major in pre-medicine.

The two youth will receive a $100 scholarship for education beyond high school. This award is in memory of Pam and Don McQuillin’s daughter Tonia, who died in 1993 after a five-year battle with cancer. Tonia was a very active member of 4-H and was the 1989 Fulton County 4-H Queen.

4-H Caprine Queen: Paige Holdridge is the 19-year-old daughter of Gabriel and Mollie Holdridge of Delta. She has been in 4-H for 11 years, and is a member of the Noah’s Ark 4-H club, where she served as president for three years. Paige has shown many projects at fair including dairy goats, market goats, horses, chickens, and rabbits. She and her sister have shown extensively in open goat shows over the years and have had high placings at multiple American Dairy Goat Association national shows, state fairs, and the North American International Livestock Expo. Paige was home-schooled, and attended Lourdes University during high school as a College Credit Plus student. She is currently a student at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, where she is pursuing a degree in Animal Sciences with a dairy specialization.

4-H Horse Queen: Allison Herr is the daughter of Tommy and Jenny Herr. She is 15 years old and is going to be a sophomore at Evergreen High School. Allison has been a member of 4-H for seven years, and in that time she has taken horses, beef cattle, and market sheep. Her activities include FFA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish club, student council, golf, basketball, the Ohio BEST program, and Transplant Games of America. Allison has started a show cattle business with her older brother, as well as runs horses with her sister. In the summer, Allie can be found working in the barn, the greenhouses, or even driving tractor on the family farm. She is a liver recipient of 12 years and does not let anything get in her way. She utilizes her second chance at life to inspire others.

4-H Lamb and Wool Queen: Autumn Ehrsam will be a senior at Evergreen High School in the fall. Autumn’s goal is to attend college and find a job she enjoys. Joining Junior Fair Board has been one of her greatest accomplishments, as it has helped her become more self-confident, happy, and sociable. As the current vice president, she plans to make Junior Fair Board enjoyable for future members, too. Autumn is a nine-year member of 4-H and is the current news reporter for Gainers and Leaders 4-H club. She is an active member of EHS’s National Honor Society and softball team. When she isn’t playing softball, Autumn can be found reading or experimenting with food.

4-H Poultry Princess: Jessica French will be a junior at Wauseon High School. Jessie is in band, bowling, color guard, and dance. She is an eight-year member of Goats and “Udder” Things, three as treasurer. Jessica has been on Junior Fair Board for three years. She lives with her mom, brother, cat (Ginny), geese and chickens. Jessica loves to read, play video games, watch TV, and craft in her free time. Her favorite subjects are science and math. Jessica has been a 4-H county winner and state representative, with multiple projects along with showmanship awards. She plans to attend college to pursue forensics.

4-H Puppy Princess: Lydia Heilman has been involved with her 4-H club, Goats and “Udder” Things, for many years, first, as a Cloverbud and now in her eighth year as an official 4-H member. Lydia is the current president of her club. She has shown goats, rabbits, poultry, and dogs at the Fulton County Fair. The main projects she takes are her dairy goats, showing goats at many different fairs, including the Ohio State Fair. Lydia is also serving her third year as a member of the Junior Fair Board (current news reporter), third year as a teen leader, and finished her second year as a 4-H Camp counselor. Lydia spends most of her time volunteering for the organization she is passionate about: 4-H.

4-H Rabbit Queen: Cassidy Vanderveer is the daughter of Shawn and Katrina Vanderveer. Cassidy is an upcoming senior at Fayette High School. She is actively involved in FFA as the president, student council, Spanish club, and National Honor Society as secretary. Cassidy is a nine-year member in Pettisville Ever-Ready 4-H, taking rabbit projects and a beef feeder calf. In her free time, Cassidy loves to ride four-wheelers at Silver Lake sand dunes, fishing, hanging out with friends, and eating ice cream. After graduating, she plans to become a pharmacist.

4-H Rabbit King: Austin Rearick is 15 years old and attends Pettisville High School. Austin has been in 4-H for eight years, and is a current member of Bright Beginnings 4-H club. He has taken rabbits since his first year of 4-H, and has also participated in cooking, archery, and rocket projects. Austin was chosen as the state fair representative for his cooking and rocket projects, and has chosen to exhibit at state fair with his rabbits. He enjoys reading, writing, and hanging out with friends. Austin is a dedicated member of Boy Scout Troop 63. He has also been involved in his school’s fall play, and has been a member of the school band since fifth grade.

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