Winners announced for James W. Crowley State 4-H Dairy Leadership Awards

Fifteen Wisconsin dairy youth received James W. Crowley State 4-H Dairy Leadership Awards at the 2010 Wisconsin Junior State Fair. These youth were rewarded for their outstanding dairy project work and leadership ability. Each award winner will receive a plaque provided by the James W. Crowley Dairy Management and Extension Fund.

The two top youth, Breinne Hendrickson of Belleville in Green County and Erin Kappelman of Two Rivers in Manitowoc County, received $500 scholarships for continuing their dairy educations. In addition to the $500 scholarship winners, Crowley Leadership Award recipients were: Jaclyn Peterson of Wison, Abby Tauchen of Bonduel, Kayla Wright of Watertown, Kami Schuler of Platteville, Brock Reeson of Blanchardville, Taylor Chandler of Rice Lake, Rachel Hartlaub of Cleveland, Sam Lensmire of Cleveland, Brett Hildebrandt of Hustisford, Colton Carpenter of Darlington, Ashley Martin of Mineral Point, Charles Oberhaus of Waukesha and Abigail Baker of Mineral Point.

“We had an outstanding group of finalists who interviewed for this award,” stated Beth Heinze, UW-Madison extension dairy youth specialist.  “These individuals have shown that they are strong leaders and are passionate about the dairy industry and I am confident that they will follow the path of many past Crowley winners and be future leaders in the dairy industry.”

The judges for this year’s Crowley Awards were Melanie Miller, 4-H Youth Development Specialist, and Al Schultz, member of the Crowley Fund Committee.

“This is an outstanding group of young people who take great interest in the dairy industry. Wisconsin’s dairy future looks bright with top young dairy leaders like the Crowley finalists,” said Miller.  “These interviews really demonstrate the outstanding dairy youth that are being developed in Wisconsin.”

This award program is in honor and memory of James W. Crowley, longtime extension dairy specialist at the UW-Madison and strong supporter of dairy youth project work.

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