Nine 4-H members were recognized July 31 upon reaching the end of their careers in the youth organization. These are the accomplishments they shared with the 4-H office:

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Vincent Boose

Son of: Diane Carol Boose and Pierre Alexander DeTarnowsky Jr.

Clubs: Cat Tails, dairy goat, poultry and sheep

Plans after graduation: Attend Michigan State University and major in natural science.

4-H reflection: “My favorite 4-H experience is the dairy goat club, because it brought me closer to my dad’s side of the family.”

Jean A. Brand

Daughter of: Christy and Jason Lane

Club: Pork Folks

Plans after graduation: Attend Ivy Tech and become a machinist.

4-H reflection: “Because of 4-H, I am able to focus on life. I have learned life skills from my parents, the Harsches, my 4-H leaders and all the leaders. Learning how to care for our animals and the daily schedule has helped me better myself.”

Jennifer Bube

10-year 4-H member

Daughter of: Mike and Sharon Bube

Clubs: Junior Leaders

Plans after graduation: Currently completing a degree in visual communications at Ivy Tech Community College; will travel to Colorado to study firearms technologies at Trinidad.

4-H reflection: “Because of 4-H, I am able to — and I will — pursue my passions and zest for life without reserve or fear, and hope to inspire the same within others in my community, my country and my world.”

Mackenzie Conly

Clubs: Dog, Shooting Sports

Corina Greiner

Club: Junior Leaders

Lily Rainwater

Daughter of: Joe and Kristy Rainwater

Club: Shooting Sports (SAFE)

Plans after graduation: Take a year off to work and save money, then do some mission work.

4-H reflection: “Because of 4-H, I am able to or I will be better prepared to shoot down what life throws at me!”

Haley Sichting

Daughter of: Scott Sichting and Angie Haler

Clubs: Swine, Horse & Pony

Plans after graduation: Attend Indiana State University, majoring in nursing.

4-H reflection: “4-H has made me become a better leader. It has also made me more responsible. I will be better at working with people and being a leader in doing things that are right.”

Kayla Snyder

10-year 4-H member

Daughter of: Marlene and Kevin Snyder

Club: Junior Leaders

Plans after graduation: Attend Ball State University to study organizational communications, environmental management and Spanish.

4-H reflection: “Because of 4-H, I will be able to measure my success by two criteria: Did I improve in this skill, and was I able to help someone in the process? 4-H has taught me that projects are for more than just ribbons; they are lenses for teaching kids to constantly strive for self-improvement.”

Sharon M. Walters

10-year 4-H member

Daughter of: Richard and Pamela Walters

Clubs: Shooting Sports, Gardening

Plans after graduation: Attend Indiana State University to major in nursing.

4-H reflection: “Because of 4-H, I will be able to give back to my community and share the great opportunities I had.”