Two Preble 4-Hers take top Ambassador spots

Authored by Jim Langham on Jul 24, 2013

Two Preble Pathfinders 4-Hers were selected for top honors at the 2013 Ambassador Program following the grand parade at the Adams County 4-H Fair on Tuesday evening.
Casey Krueckeberg, son of Barry and Edie Krueckeberg, was chosen as Royal Ambassador while Paige LeMaster, daughter of Lance and Patti LeMaster, was selected as the Distinguished Ambassador for 2013.
The young people took over the 2012 post occupied by Elizabeth Liechty (Royal Ambassador) and Devan Barger (Distinguished Ambassador).
Each candidate was asked to speak to the topic of why they feel it’s important for 4-Hers to contribute to the local community.
“It’s up to us to know how we use our talents to influence our community and others around us,” said Krueckeberg in response to the topic.
“We’re like a ripple in the water caused by casting a stone into the water,” said Krueckeberg. “We impact others and they impact others.
“As I’ve grown, I’ve become more responsible to touch the lives of others and the community,” continued Krueckeberg. “This is all an opportunity to give back to our community.”
Krueckeberg, who was especially active in FFA in high school, hopes to attend Purdue University and major in animal science.
LeMaster hopes to attend Purdue University and major in agriculture when she graduates from high school in 2015.
Some of her major high school involvements have been Substance Abuse Awareness Council and FFA. She currently carries a 4.0 grade point average.
In response to how she would contribute to the community, LeMaster discussed ways to break down the four “Hs” of 4-H (head, heart, hands, health) to add fiber and influence to the local community.
During the Ambassador ceremony, the top three floats from the parade were announced. Third place went to the Happy-Go-Lucky 4-H Club; second place was captured by the Wabash Cloverleaf Club and French Happy Peppers won first place honors.
The Wabash Cloverleaf Club collected canned food to be distributed to area food banks. Club director Shana Neuenschwander said that her club had collected 1,600 cans of food to distribute. On Tuesday however, the Cloverleaf Club utilized the cans to construct a clever formation for their float.
Devan Barger was awarded two scholarships. She was the individual winner of the Mark P. Merkel Scholarship Award. Barger was also one of three who was awarded the Indiana 4-H Foundation Scholarship. Two other recipients of that award included Ashley Lotter and Brittany Lotter.
Several Mini 4-H members were recognized. Adams County Mini 4-H Clubs include Adams Central, Southwest, South Adams, Southeast, St. Joe, St. Peter/Immanuel and Wyneken.

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