For The Herald Bulletin
The following 4-H members have successfully completed 10 years of service in their respective clubs.
Andrea Coppess: Andrea is the daughter of Tom and Deb Coppess of Anderson. During her 10 years of 4-H, she has participated in Tractor Maintenance, Gift Wrapping, Jr. Leaders, and Child Development. She is a recent graduate of Frankton High School.
Caitlin Coston: Caitlin, a member of the Blue Ribbon Aces 4-H Club, is the daughter of Catherine Coston and Rick Coston of Elwood. During her 10 years, she has participated in Photography, Foods, Food Preservation, Sewing, and Fashion Revue. She was the recipient of a 4-H photography achievement award. Caitlin credits her years in 4-H as one of the main reasons she has decided upon photography as her career. Caitlin enjoys taking photographs and entering photography competitions, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. A recent graduate of Elwood Community High School, Caitlin will attend Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Va., where she has been accepted into the photography program.
Carl Dykes: Carl is the son of Marian and John Dykes of Anderson. His 10 years in 4-H have been spent with Starblazers North. He was also a member of the K-9 Club. He is a recent graduate of Highland High School. Carl is an Eagle Scout, active with his church youth group and a fan of computer games. He was awarded the 4-H Aerospace Award. Carl plans to take classes in computer technology at Purdue.
Cody Earlywine: Cody is the son of Bryon and Teresa Earlywine, and the older brother of Chase Earlywine, of Anderson. He is a graduate of Highland High School. Cody is a member of the Rangers 4-H Club and has been active in showing horses and rabbits. In addition to 4-H, his hobbies include showing horses in Open Horse Shows and in NBHA shows, fitness, being a volunteer coach and referee for the Upward Basketball program, and being a peer tutor at Highland, working with the mentally and physically challenged students. His future plans are to pursue a career being a special needs teacher.
Abbigail Ellis: Abbi is the daughter of Cindy and Marvin Ellis of Anderson. She is a member of the Grand Champions and Etta Kett clubs. During her 10 years, she has participated in Swine, Sewing, Consumer Clothing, Wearable Arts, Fashion Revue, Gift Wrapping, Cake Decorating and Cattle. Abbi is a graduate of Frankton Jr./Sr. High School. She is planning on attending school for agribusiness marketing.
William Ellis: Will is the son of Cindy and Marvin Ellis of Anderson. During his 10 years, he has participated in Swine, Beef, and Photography. Will is a graduate of Frankton Jr./Sr. High School.
Danielle Farmer: Danielle is the daughter of Laura Farmer of Anderson. During her 10 years, she has participated in Horse & Pony, Rabbits and Poultry. Danielle is a graduate of Highland High School.
Dana Fridley: Dana is a graduate of Frankton High School. She is the daughter of Lee and Shelley Fridley of Anderson. She is a member of the Ruff Ryders 4-H Horse and Pony Club. Dana has been active in the Horse and Pony project for all 10 years of her 4-H career, and has been Horse and Pony Princess. In addition to Horse and Pony, she also showed Rabbits, Dairy Cattle, Goats and Poultry. She enjoys hanging out with her friends, drawing and painting, fishing and spending time with her animals. Dana’s future plans include attending Ivy Tech for a degree in crop management, then moving on to Iowa State for a degree in agricultural engineering.
Jacob Gardner: Jacob is the son of Danny and Kellie Gardner of Pendleton. During his 10 years, he has participated in Swine. Jacob is a graduate of Pendleton Heights High School.
Wade Hendricks: Wade is the son of Lee and Cheryl Hendricks of Elwood. He is a graduate of Frankton High School and plans on attending Iowa State University in the fall. He is going to major in animal science in college. He is a 10-year 4-H member of the Grand Champions 4-H Club and his projects include Swine, Boer Goats, Sheep and Jr. Leaders. In high school, Wade was in the Spanish National Honor Society, FFA, and Livestock Judging and was a member of the boys’ varsity basketball team. In his spare time, he likes to show and judge pigs, play sports, and hang out with friends.
Whitney Hendricks: Whitney is the daughter of Lee and Cheryl Hendricks of Elwood. She is a graduate of Frankton High School and plans on attending Iowa State University in the fall. She is going to major in agribusiness management and minor in animal science in college. She is a 10-year 4-H member of the Grand Champions 4-H Club. Her projects include Swine, Boer Goats, Jr. Leaders, and Foods. In high school, Whitney was in the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, FFA, Livestock Judging, and was a member of the girls’ varsity basketball team. In her spare time, she likes to show pigs, play basketball with her twin brother, Wade, text and spend time with family and friends.
Olivia Huston: Olivia is the daughter of Dana McCalister of Lapel and Ron Huston of Parker City. She attended both Daleville High School and Lapel High School. In her 10 years, she participated in K-9, Rabbits, Swine, Poultry. She has held many offices. Her honors include 2005 Obedience Grand Champion, 2008 Top Dog, 2009 Grand Champion Showmanship, and 2009 Grand Champion Pigeon. Olivia plans to go to school for criminal justice or to be a veterinary technician. She was on the 2005 state runner-up cheerleading squad at Daleville and raced in the world championships for Soap Box Derby two years in a row. She competes on her school’s FFA livestock judging team and was varsity baseball manager. In her free time, she loves to train and show dogs in AKC events. Olivia plans to be a leader for the K-9 club.
Ashlee Jones: Ashlee Jones is the daughter of Melissa Hunter and Randy Wells of Alexandria. She is a graduate of Alexandria-Monroe High School. Throughout her 10 years in 4-H, Ashlee has been active as a Horse and Pony member in the Rangers 4-H group, along with other projects like Cake Decorating, Photography, Computers, Gift Wrapping, Latch Hook, and Leather Crafting in the Happy Helpers 4-H group. While in high school, Ashlee has been a part of the varsity softball, basketball, and golf teams. She has been active all four years of high school in Character Counts, Student Council, TATU/Voice, and Spanish Club. During her junior year, she was part of the Youth Leadership Academy of Madison County and was a leader ambassador for her school. She is also a member of National Honor Society and Jr. Leaders. Ashlee’s hobbies include spending time with her family, shopping, spending time with friends, traveling to horse shows, playing softball year round, traveling, reading and serving her community. She plans on majoring in dental hygiene while playing softball, but is undecided on which university she will attend.
Michael Kelich: Michael is the son of Kevin and Cathy Kelich of Elwood. Michael is a 10-year 4-H member from the Grand Champions 4-H Club. He has been actively involved in his club as president for the past two years. He also served as vice president, health & safety officer, and devotions leader. Michael has been involved in Swine, Sheep, Goats, Consumer Education, Small Grains, Alfalfa, Sports, and Jr. Leaders. Michael graduated from Frankton High School. He will be attending Ivy Tech & Purdue University in the fall to study farm management with a minor in animal sciences. Michael enjoys helping his dad on the farm, playing basketball, and spending time with family and friends.
Olivia Kitts: Olivia is the daughter of Kirk and Judi Kitts of Elwood. She is a recent graduate of Madison-Grant High School. While in high school, Olivia was involved in numerous activities including captain of the varsity cheerleading squad, president of National Honor Society, Spanish Club member, Academic Team, and the MG Xtreme Dance Team. She is also an active member of Harmony Christian Church, where she is a song leader and Sunday school teacher. As a 10-year 4-H member, Olivia has participated in numerous projects including Swine, Sheep, Foods, Veterinary Science, and Child Development, along with also being president of the Blue Ribbon Aces Club and secretary of Jr. Leaders. In the fall, Olivia plans to attend Taylor University, where she will major in secondary education.
Brittany Lawler: Brittany is the daughter of Robin and Steve Smith and Tim Lawler. She is a recent graduate of Frankton High School, where she has been a two-year member of National Honor Society, four-year member of the Frankton Bowling Team and four-year varsity player for Frankton’s Softball Team. She is a member of Frankton Academic Hall of Fame. During her years in 4-H, she has been involved in Scrapbooking, Rabbits and Cattle. She will attend Ball State University to study physical therapy.
Heather May: Heather is a recent graduate of Highland High School. She plans on continuing her education in early childhood education in the fall. During Heather’s years in the Madison County 4-H program, she has competed in Woodworking and Child Development. She competed in one for 10 years and the other for nine. Heather enjoys dance, and was part of the Anderson Highland Marching Band and Winter Guard. Heather would like to give thanks to three very special people in her life: Donald Pitcock (grandfather), Linda Pitcock (grandmother) and Barbara Pitcock (mother). She would like to thank them for all the patience and time they have put in to help her be successful in her years as a 4-H member.
Jessica Rose Means: Jessica is the daughter of Mo and Tammy Means of Frankton. She has been a member of Frankton Ag 4-H Club, where she was the treasurer. She has been active at Frankton High School in volleyball, the track team and was the boys varsity basketball manager. She was involved in French Club, Prom Committee, National Honor Society, French Honor Society and Key Club. She also has been the treasurer of her class for 3 years. In 4-H, she has done Cake Decorating for all 10 years. She has received four Grand Champions for her cakes and also won the overall highest award at the Indiana State Fair in 2008 for her Candyland Cake.
Lauren Miller: Lauren is the daughter of Jeff and Deanna Miller of Alexandria and is a member of the Happy Helpers 4-H Club. Lauren is active in Sheep, Cattle, Jr. Leaders, and is a member of the National Beef Association. Lauren was 1st runner-up in 2009 for the queen pageant. She graduated valedictorian from Alexandria-Monroe High School and was a class officer and in student council for four years, member of the Youth Leadership Academy, Spanish Club, and National Honor Society. Lauren was homecoming queen for AMHS. She has also been involved in varsity volleyball, softball, tennis, and has played for Munciana Volleyball for 5 years. She was named All-State VB 1st team two years in a row and was a member of the North All Star VB team this past fall. Lauren’s hobbies include reading, volleyball, shopping, traveling, volunteering in her community, and working her 4-H animals. Lauren will be attending Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, where she will major in biology and be a part of the Ravens volleyball team.
Brandon Orr: Brandon is the son of Myron and Stacey Wittkamper and Sam and Susan Orr of Alexandria. Throughout his 4-H career, his projects have included Sheep, Models, Gardening and Hay. Brandon is a graduate of Liberty Christian School and enjoys playing soccer, baseball, snowboarding and watersports. Providing music during praise and worship at Christian Congregation Church and playing guitar and drums with his friends are some of Brandon’s favorite outlets. Brandon recently received the meritorious award for successfully completing the requirement of 12 years of Awana club activities, including the completion of books and memorization of numerous scripture verses. He plans to attend Ball State University in the fall of 2010 to study chemistry and to further his growth and leadership abilities.
Emily Paulsen: Emily is the daughter of Floyd and Marianne Paulsen of Alexandria. Emily is a recent graduate of Frankton High School. She is currently in the Frankton Ag 4-H Club, where she is president. She has participated in Jr. Leaders for six years and is co-recreation leader this year. Her main project is Photography but she completed Child Development, Gift Wrapping and Personality in the past. Emily is a member of National Honor Society and is Student Council president at her school. She has also participated in the band program at Frankton for six years, playing the flute and piccolo. Emily will be attending Anderson University in the fall. She plans on majoring in elementary education and special education.
Joshua Porch: Josh is the son of Mike and Leanne Porch of Anderson. He is a member of Creation Corner, Starblazers North and Madison County Shooting Sports. Projects he has taken include, Electric, Collections, Foods, Photography, Aerospace and Bicycle Rodeo. He enjoys acting, sports and anything science-oriented. After completing his home school education, Joshua plans to attend college to obtain a degree in electrical engineering.
Jesse Wayne Pruitt: Jesse is the son of Ted and Mitzi Pruitt. Jesse plans on attending Ball State University and major in social studies education. Jesse has been a member of the Grand Champions 4-H Club for all 10 years in 4-H. Jesse has also participated in 4-H Jr. Leaders for several years. Jesse’s favorite 4-H project has been Genealogy, which he has participated in all 10 years. He has also completed Computer projects for six years. Jesse has been very active in extracurricular activities including National Honor Society, Key Club, History Club, Student Council, and Spanish Club. In his spare time, Jesse enjoys listening to music, reading a good book, spending time with his family and friends and working outside.
Justin Robinson: Justin is the son of Greg and Terri Robinson of Springport. He is the oldest brother to Austin, Logan, Makayla, Camyrn, and Colton Robinson. He was in public school up through his freshmen year and has graduated from home school. Justin has participated in band, marching band, cross country, and FFA in public school. Other organizations he has participated in are Boy Scouts, Venture Crew, and 4-H. He is a 10-year 4-H’er and has shown Sheep, Swine, Poultry, Pigeon, Goats, Cattle, Rabbits and Alpaca as well as Fine Arts and Model Craft. He enjoys both the performing arts and the visual arts, especially music, of which he plays guitar, piano, tenor saxophone, and harmonica. Justin will be attending Ivy Tech State College in the fall.
Rebecca Thie: Rebecca is the daughter of Tom and Brenda Brooks of Middletown. She is a 10-year member of Madison County Pirateers 4-H Club. She is a 2010 graduate of Shenandoah High School. Rebecca participated in a number of clubs including Riley Club, Home Ec Club, Transformers, and VOICE. She was a member of Spanish National Honor Society. Rebecca was involved in Madison County Jr. Leaders for five years, and she was in many projects, such as Scrapbooking, Personality, and Child Development. Her future plans are to attend Grace College to pursue a major in Special Education and a minor in Music and Spanish.
Amber Tuttle: Amber is the daughter of Scott and Shantal Tuttle of Frankton. She has shown Sheep, Rabbits, Goats, and Swine in the 10 years she has been in 4-H. She is an active member in Key Club and has been the wrestling manager for three years at Frankton High School. Amber plans to attend Ivy Tech Community College, where she will study to be an occupational therapist.
Zachary E. Wood: Zachary is the son of Eddie and Nancy Wood of Anderson. He is a member of County Mounties. Zach loves to ride his horse Mike on trail rides and contesting events. Zach has also entered models and art projects. Outside of 4-H, Zach likes to build projects and work on his truck. He will be attending Vincennes University in the fall studying machine trades and CNC.
Nathan Woodhouse: Nathan is the son of Jeff and Linda Woodhouse of Pendleton. During 4-H, his projects included Photography, Leathercraft and Shooting Sports. Nathan plans to enter an apprenticeship program to become an electrician.
Renee Wenner: Renee is the daughter of Robert and Terisa Wenner of Anderson. Renee is a member of the County Mounties 4-H Club, of which she is currently secretary. During Renee’s 10 years in 4-H, she has been involved in Horse & Pony, Ceramics, Photography, Rabbits and Home Environment. She is a recent graduate of Highland High School. Renee played soccer and swam on the varsity swim team. Renee was also very involved in Highland’s drama department. She plans on going to Anderson University.