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On Saturday, Oct. 13, more than 60 4-H youth, volunteers, parents and friends from Houston County met at the Caledonia Auditorium to celebrate the leadership and achievements that were accomplished over the last year. All the awards listed below were given to youth and adults who stood out to the youth and adults around them. They have shown leadership, dedication, and growth in the areas where they stand out. Providing them with an award is a small way of celebrating their achievements and recognizing them for a job well done.

Dairy Achievement Award: Kendra Waldenberger, Newhouse Norsemen

Goat Achievement Award: Amelia Torgerson, Silver Creek Rustlers

Swine Achievement Award: Lilly Carr, Silver Creek Rustlers

Crafts & Fine Arts Achievement Award: Amelia Torgerson, Silver Creek Rustlers

Photography Achievement Award: Amelia Torgerson, Silver Creek Rustlers

4-H Key Award: Jenna Scanlan, Brownsville Wildcats

4-H Demonstration Award: Aden Kulas, Silver Creek Rustlers

4-H Jr. Leader Award: Kayleen Kulas, Silver Creek Rustlers

4-H Alumni Award: Mark Jennings (Dedicated service to the Barn Project)

4-H Adult Leader Award: Jerry Diersen (Dedicated service in the Sheep Project)

Club leader of the year award: Chris & Tammy Petersen, Wilmington Gophers

Friend of 4-H Award: Paul Grupe (4-H Food Stand Manager)

Above & Beyond Youth Leader Award: Alaina Johnson, Ridgetop Dream Seekers

4-H Project Development Award (Adult): Joalyn Torgerson (Fashion Review/Performing Arts Project)

4-H Project Development Award (Youth): Kendra Waldenberger (Project Bowl)

4-H Horse Most Improved Rider: Hannah Olson, Silver Creek Rustlers

To learn more about 4-H in Houston County, contact 4-H Program Coordinator Rebecca Paulson at 507-725-5807 and visit the website,

4-H is a youth development program of the University of Minnesota Extension. Available for youth grades K through 1 year after high school, 4-H’ers participate in hands-on learning experiences in STEM, citizenship and leadership, animal science, creative arts and much more. Through this learn-by-doing process, youth obtain essential life skills such as problem solving, decision making, coping and communicating that help them succeed in their school, college, community and career. Research shows that youth who participate in 4-H have better grades and are more emotionally engaged with school, are more than twice as likely to be civically active and contribute to their communities, and are 47 percent less likely to have risky or problem behaviors.

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