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PERRY COUNTY - Fourteen youth preparing for next week's Perry County 4-H Fair have completed 10 years in Perry County 4-H. They are Ryan P. Baumeister, Nick Bower, Sarah Evrard, Micah Farmer, Jonathan Flamion, Craig Hagerdon, T.J. Hall, Kelly Hess, Trevor King, Blake Kleaving, Jordan Mullis, Lindsay Schraner, Olivia Schroeder and Lily Wargel.
Baumeister is the son of Tim and Susan Remke and Patrick and Glenda Baumeister. He is a past 8-year member of the Leopold Gang 4-H Club and is currently an Independent 4-H member. His future plans include joining the Local 181 IUOE Union as a heavy equipment operator and continue his training in the heavy equipment field. He has volunteered for the Perry County Fairgrounds Committee and plans to remain active in 4-H by joining the committee when an opportunity arises.
Throughout his 10 years of 4-H, he has had project exhibits go to the state fair in electricity, forestry and soil and water; receiving an honor ribbon in forestry in 2008. He has received several 4-H awards including the Farm Bureau Tenure 4-H Award, Forestry and Electric County 4-H awards and has attended several 4-H workshops hosted by Purdue University.
Outside of 4-H, Baumeister has received the R.C. & D. Forestry award for three years, successfully completed the IUOE Heavy Equipment pre-apprentice program, and was selected as Heavy Equipment Operator Student of the Month. He is also a graduate of the Perry County We the Youth program and is a member of the Tell City United Methodist Church. He volunteers his time and operator skills for the state FFA program, Relay for Life and United Way Day of Caring. He enjoys hunting and, spending time with family working on the farm.
Bower is the son of Jennifer Kunkler and Bernard Bower and is a member of the St. Marks 4-H Club. In the fall, Bower will be a freshman at Ball State University and has been accepted into their Architecture program.
Bower's 4-H accomplishments include finishing all 10 years of 4-H work and always completing his projects rather than dropping them.
He has had many successful accomplishments outside of 4-H, including being selected as an honor graduate at Tell City High School. He was a four-year varsity letterman in three sports for the Marksmen and a four time State Academic team member.
Evrard is the daughter of Bertha and Gerald Evrard and is a member of the St. Marks 4-H Club. She is looking forward to her freshman year at Indiana University this fall. Evrard stated her future plans are undecided, but she is hopeful.
Her 4-H accomplishments include being awarded Grand Champion in Fine Arts.
Outside of 4-H she has been active in the Key Club, Stand, Big Brothers - Big Sisters and the German Club. Evrard is employed with Holiday World.
Farmer is the son of Jermie and Cheryl Farmer of Tell City and is a member of the Lincoln Trail 4-H Club. He is undecided about his course of study, but will be a freshman at Owensboro Community-Western Kentucky University in the fall. He is also a student at East Nashville School of Music.
Some of Farmer's 4-H accomplishments include Grand Champion in poultry, poultry poster and small pets. He has received Perry County's 4-H Poultry Award and Performing Arts Awards.
He is also an honor student and an All American Scholar nominee who enjoys hunting and playing music. He is also working for the Perry County Parks and Recreation this summer.
Flamion is the son of David and Rosemary Flamion and is a member of the St. Marks 4-H Club. He is an Eagle Scout and is employed with Jasper Engines for the summer as a member of the maintenance team.
Flamion's future plans are to attend Vincennes University and study conservation law enforcement.
During his 10 years in 4-H, Flamion has taken several trips including the Citizenship Washington D.C. Focus trip. In 2008, he was the Grand Champion Shooting Sports award winner.
Outside of 4-H he is an Eagle Scout, and a member of the Holy Cross Church, Perry Central Golf Team and FFA Chapter.
Hagerdon is the son of Mary Jane and Harold Hagerdon and is a member of the St. Marks 4-H Club. In the fall, he will be a freshman at Ivy Tech Community College and is majoring in engineering.
Through his 10 years in 4-H, he has received three Grand Champions and has had five projects exhibited at the Indiana State Fair.
Hagedorn has been involved in the Perry Central FFA Chapter while being a member of the Perry Central Pep Club. He has also served as the Perry Central Football Team Manager.
Hall is the son of Kevin and Gwen Hall and a member of the Gatchel 4-H Club. He. will be a freshman at Western Kentucky University, studying Engineering in the fall. His future plans include completing his college degree and beginning a career, all while getting married and starting his own family.
Hall has been very active in his 4-H Club and has held numerous offices. He has had many projects go to Indiana State Fair in his 10 years of 4-H.
He has been successful outside of 4-H as well. Those successes include playing in the North-South All-Star Football game, being selected to the All-State Football Team and being awarded MVP of his high school football team. Hall is a National Honor Student and a member of the Lily Dale Church of Christ.
He is involved with the Perry Central Spanish Club and Big Brothers-Big Sisters organization.
Hess is the daughter of Brian and Sam Hess and is a member of the Tell City Leprechauns 4-H Club. Her future plans include attending Ivy Tech Community College and earning a degree in business.
Through 4-H, Hess has developed leadership skills including teamwork, organization, and how to manage projects. 4-H has helped her become a leader.
Complementing Hess' 4-H career, she is a Girl Scout, earning the Gold Award. She is a We the Youth graduate and has won various photography awards.
King is the son of Kevin and Susan King and is a member of the Gatchel 4-H Club. His future plans include attending Western Kentucky University where he will major in civil engineering with a minor in surveying.
King has received a grand champion in forestry, garden, potato and sports fishing.
Outside of 4-H he is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish and Math clubs, Big Brothers-Big Sisters and We the Youth of Perry County. He enjoys fishing, hunting, athletics, horseshoes and cornhole.
Kleaving is the son of Randy and Dawn Kleaving and is a member of the St. Marks 4-H Club. In the fall, he, will be a freshman at the University of Evansville.
He plans to study business with a marketing emphasis and political science.
Blake's 4-H accomplishments include 4-H Camp Counselor for three years and 1999 Perry County 4-H Little Mister Contest Winner.
He attended 4-H Round-Up and Aerospace camps at Purdue University and received champion and was chosen to exhibit at state fair in photography for three years.
Outside of 4-H, he has been awarded the Daughters of American Revolution Good Citizen Senior Award, Ford Ruxer-WITZ Academic Excellence Senior Award, Allen Krutz Citizenship Award and was a five-year honor roll designee at Perry Central High School.
Blake has been active in the FFA chapter serving as vice president, chapter sentinel and received recognition as sophomore and junior FFA member of the year. He also earned the FFA Greenhand Award and served as the 2008 FFA state convention delegate.
Blake was a three-year member of the Perry Central High School Golf Team and an active member of the Pep, key, German and Spanish clubs.
He served as student council class president for two years and on the Perry Central Student-Teacher Star Advisory Committee.
He is active with the Saint Isidore Catholic Church Youth Group. He is employed at the Saint Meinrad Archabbey.
Mullis is the son of Jerry and Lisa Mullis and is a member of the Twin Lakes 4-H Club. Jordan is an Associate with Jasper Engines, where he is planning to become a valued employee.
Jordan's 4-H accomplishments include earning several grand champion awards over the years, including swine, market lamb, soil and water. In 2009, Jordan won the swine and supreme showmanship award. Jordan has showed livestock for 10 years.
Lindsey Schraner is a member of the Gatchel 4-H Club and is the daughter of John and Sherry Schraner. Lindsey's future plans include studying nursing at Indiana University Southeast and earning her master's degrees.
Lindsey serves as her 4-H club's president.
Outside of 4-H, Lindsey is a member of the National Honor Society, key club, STAND and German club. Lindsey graduated from Perry Central with Academic Honors.
Olivia is the daughter of Duane and Tracy Schroeder and is a member of the St. Marks 4-H Club. Olivia's future plans include attending Western Kentucky University in the fall and studying agriculture.
During her 10 years in 4-H, Olivia earned a grand champion rating in electricity and showed swine each of her 10 years.
Outside of 4-H, Olivia served as president and secretary of the Perry Central FFA Chapter.
She played volleyball for the Commodores for eight years and is on the Lifesavers" Relay for Life Team.
Lily Wargel is the daughter of Sarah Graves and Steve Wargel and is a member of the Blazing Saddles 4-H Club. In the fall, Lily will be a freshman at IUPUI and plans to attend for two years and then transfer to Purdue University to earn her master's degree in elementary education and a minor in extension.
She would like to become an elementary teacher or pursue a career as an extension educator.
Some of her 4-H accomplishments include showing the grand champion mare, Perry County 4-H Queen first runner-up for two years and 4-H camp counselor for two years.
She is a three-year member of the Perry County 4-H Junior Leaders and is currently serving on the 2010 State Junior Leader Council.
She has also participated in hippology for three years and served as her local 4-H club president.
Outside of 4-H, Lily is a member of the Key, SADD, pep, Spanish and French clubs. She was a member of her high school marching band for one year.
Lily participated in a mission trip to New Orleans with her church youth group.
Lily works for Bower Construction and previously worked for Chicago's Pizza.