Four area youth were awarded the Wisconsin 4-H Key Award at the Dodge County 4-H Achievement and Community Builders Banquet on October 23rd in Juneau. Madeline McGauley of Beaver Dam, Emma Meyer of Iron Ridge, Dylon Pokorny of Waupun, and Nicole Wenzel of Mayville were selected as the Dodge County Wisconsin 4-H Key Award winners for 2016.
The prestigious Key Award, one of the highest recognitions a 4-H member can receive, honors a select group of 4-H participants annually. The youth receiving this award are ones who have demonstrated consistent growth in their 4-H involvement, developed and applied their leadership skills, and actively participated in their club and community.
According to Dodge County 4-H Youth Development Educator Marie Witzel, this year’s winners exemplify the goals and values of the Wisconsin 4-H Program.
- Madeline McGauley, daughter of Michael and Monica McGauley, is in her 13th year as a Dodge County 4-H member. She is a member of the Leipsic 4-H club and was involved in youth leadership, music, cake decorating, drawing and painting, and photography.
- Emma Meyer, daughter of Courtney and Amy Meyer, is a graduate after 12 years as a Dodge County 4-H member. She is a member of the A-OK 4-H club, and was involved in youth leadership, archery, rifle, shotgun, leathercraft, knitting, and crocheting.
- Dylon Pokorny son of Doyle and Kim Pokorny, is in his 11th year as a Dodge County 4-H member. Dylon is a senior at Waupon High School. He is a member of the Achievers 4-H club and was involved in youth leadership, bees, scale models and woodworking.
- Nicole Wenzel daughter of Randy and Brenda Wenzel, is in her 13th year as a Dodge County 4-H member. She is a member of the Lomira Clover Leaves 4-H club and was involved in youth leadership, photography, art, music, and sheep projects.
Key Award recipients are high school students with at least three years of experience in 4-H and one year as a youth leader. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau and Rural Mutual Insurance Company sponsor the Wisconsin 4-H Key Award program. They have sponsored these awards for over 25 years, helping 4-H to honor some of Wisconsin’s finest youth.