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Sudbeck, Harder named Outstanding 4-H members

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HARTINGTON — Two “outstanding” 4-H members in the areas of service and achievement were recognized during the Nov. 1 Cedar County 4-H Council meeting.

To be eligible for these awards, a member must have completed a minimum of five years in the Cedar County 4-H program and be at least a junior in high school.

There must be evidence of a variety of projects, leadership and community service exhibited in the 4-H story they submit to the awards judging committee.

Each recipient will receive a plaque sponsored each year by the Cedar County News. The 4-H Council thanked Rob Dump and Peggy Year, Cedar County News, for sponsoring the plaques for this award. The Cedar County News has sponsored the awards since their inception.

Each recipient also receives a check for $200, sponsored by the 4-H Council. The winner’s names are also added to the Outstanding 4-H member plaque which is sponsored by the 4-H Council and can be seen in the Extension Office.

This year’s 4-H Achievement Award is being awarded to Mackenzie Sudbeck, daughter of Keith and Charlene Sudbeck, Wynot.

Sudbeck has been a member of the Bow Creek 4-H club the past nine years and has participated in numerous projects from Home Environment to Clothing Construction and Fashion Shows and from Livestock including Swine, Bucket calf and Market Beef.

The 4-H program has given her the inspiration, influence, and the skills that she needs to be successful in school and the rest of her life. She currently is a senior at Cedar Catholic and plans to attend vet school.

The 4-H Service Award this year is awarded to Emmalee Harder, daughter of Tyler and Stephanie Harder, Randolph. She has been in 4-H since she was 8 years old, a member of the Four Clovers, Randolph, and has learned a wide variety of skills and knowledge.

Her love of working with children stems from some of her child development projects. Harder says as she looks back on her years in 4-H with pride and satisfaction knowing that what I do matters and that I’m helping to grow the community members of the future. Harder is currently a senior at Randolph High School and plans to pursue a career in elementary and special education.

Other 4-H members were recognized that evening. Calley Stewart, daughter of Austin and Laura Stewart, received the Aquamarine Level 2 Award and Karissa Bruning, daughter of Mark and Kristi Bruning received the 4-H Council Activity Scholarship for participating in Building Better Babysitters Virtual Clinic.

The Needles & Nails 4-H Club was recognized for most new enrollments for the 2020 year, with 10 new members. 4-H Edition Editors were Cody Edwards, Maddy and Stella Graham, Jacy Nelson, Breah Steffen, Kynlee, Steffen, Maddie Steffen, Mackenzie Sudbeck and Skyler Sudbeck, for the submitted articles for the Norfolk Daily News 4-H Special Edition.

The 2020 council members Crystal Brummels, Brenda Buschkamp, Amy Graham, Holly Kruse, Tanya Kuchta, Jessica Nelson, Laura Stewart, Stephanie Urwiler, Emmalee Harder, Sarah Karnes, Lucas Reifenrath and Bobbi Winkelbauer were recognized for their time, commitment, and leadership to the Cedar County 4-H Program.

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