Congratulations to Emilee Thiede, our new Miss Ozaukee 4-H 2020. Emilee is the daughter of Todd & Deann Thiede. She is an 8 year member of the Cloverleaf 4-H Club. She has taken the projects of Dairy, Foods, Photography, Vet Science, Beef, Clothing, Drawing, Writing, Soap Making, Quilting and many more. Emilee said “I have been involved in many different 4-H projects over the years, these projects range from being as simple as making bath soaps, to spending hours on a quilt, getting it perfect to show at fair. However, out of the many projects I have taken one in particular stands out to me. I began the 4-H Dairy project when I was 10 years old, since I was 5 I have always dreamed of becoming a Veterinarian/Vet Tech, as the years have passed I realize that dream is not going to change.” Emilee is also a Youth Leader in the Dairy Project. She enjoys teaching what she has learned and bonding with the members. She said “Over the past three years as Dairy leader, I have had the chance to see so many kids in 4-H come out of their shell with confidence, open up to those around them and even show their own profound leadership skills.” Emilee has served as Secretary and is presently serving her second term as Vice President of her 4-H Club. She has attended State 4-H Youth Conference and Dairy Camp. Emilee is a Junior at Grafton High School where she is involved in Volleyball and Softball.
Congratulations to Taylor Stewart, our new Mr. Ozaukee 4-H 2020. Taylor is the son of Bryan & Erin Stewart. He is a 9 year member of the Knellsville 4-H Club. Taylor has taken the projects of Poultry, Adventures, Recycling, Skiing, Geocaching, Woodworking and more. Taylor said “The 4-H Recycling project has been a favorite of mine because it lets me express creativity in creating really fun projects out of things most people would deem garbage. It is a self-guided project. These skills will help me in the future as I plan to have a career in the trades and for general home maintenance and repair. Another skill I have learned is time management. Quite a few people have asked me to make them things after seeing my projects. I have to find time between school, sports and my job to make these projects. This will be helpful as I become an adult to use my time wisely and protectively.” Taylor is a Youth Leader in the 4-H Poultry Project. He said “ I like that it is a county wide project so I get to be involved with kids from all of the clubs and various ages. I like to share what I have learned and also like trying to make meetings fun so everyone participates. Meeting are always more fun and educational when you get hands-on experiences!” Taylor is an active 4-H Haunt Volunteer and attended 4-H Camp. Taylor is a Senior at Port Washington High School where he is involved in Cross Country and Track. He is also a 13 year member of his Snowboarding Team.
Megan Zaczyk and Philip Paulus- 2019
Congratulations to Megan Zaczyk our new Miss Ozaukee 4-H 2019. Megan is the daughter of Patrick & Wanda Zaczyk. She is a 9 year member of the Cloverleaf 4-H Club. She has taken the projects of Foods and Nutrition, Archery, Sheep, Candy Making, Home Environment, Ceramics, Clothing, Rabbits and many more. Megan said “Every project I have been involved in has had an impact on me; however, the livestock project has had a profound impact on me. I have been taught many important lessons, with one of those being perseverance. When the going gets tough I will not quit or back down, but I will challenge the obstacles in my way and conquer my goals.” Megan is also a Youth leader for her club. She has lead meetings for the Cloverbud, Exploring and Candy Making Projects. She said” I hope the impact I had on these members was positive and will inspire them to become the leaders I know they will become”. Megan has served as secretary and is presently the president of her 4-H club. Megan is a member of the Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council and is presently serving as their secretary. She has attended Fall Forum 3 years, 4-H Youth Conference, traveled to Citizenship Washington Focus, American Spirit and will be attending National Congress this year. Megan is a Senior at Cedar Grove High School where she is involved in Forensics, Volleyball, Choir, Band and a member of the National Honor Society. She is also involved with her church as a Vacation Bible School Volunteer, Youth Group and attended the National Youth Gathering.
Congratulations to Philip Paulus our new Mr. Ozaukee 4-H 2019. Philip is the son of Gary & Marie Paulus. He is a 9 year member of the Waubeka 4-H Club. He has taken the projects of Archery, Leathercraft, Legos, Robotics, Ceramics, Woodworking and more. Philip enjoys the Lego project. He said, “I’ve learned how to follow instructions and to think on my own which are also skills that will help in my future”. Philip is a Youth Leader in the Leather craft project for his club. He is an assistant counselor at 4-H Camp; this included taking charge of group activities. Philip said, “I learned many leadership and communication skills from 4-H Camp”. He is very involved as an actor and volunteer at the 4-H Haunt. He enjoys helping with his club’s Variety Show act, his adult leader said, “At the Variety Show his leadership skills excelled. He helped direct the younger members while acting in the skit. The members like him because he is a lot of fun!” Philip has performed with his club’s Variety Show act at the Wisconsin State Fair 3 years. He has attended Space Camp, State 4-H Youth Conference, American Spirit East Trip and American Spirit West Trip. Philip is a Junior at Ozaukee High School where he is involved in Band and Baseball.
Congratulations to Anastasia Poull, our new Miss Ozaukee 4-H 2018. Anna is the daughter of Robert & Debra Poull. She is a 11 year member of the Jay Road 4-H club. She has taken the projects of home environment, horse & pony, photography, scrap booking, creative writing, art, shotgun, vet science, archery, drawing & painting, and more. Anna said, “of all the projects that I have explored over my years in 4-H, the horse & pony project has had the biggest impact on my life and still continues to help me grow.” As a young girl, Anna loved horses; she started in the horseless horse project and after hard work and showing responsibility, her parents found her a pony. Since then, Anna has trained and worked with two more horses. Anna said, “the horse and pony project teaches you to take any sort of success, whether it’s big or small, as positive progress. This will help in my future as I’ll need to take small steps as I progress toward a better job and have patience and persistence to not quit.” She is also involved in the education portion of the horse project and a member of the state horse bowl team. This has taught her to be a good public speaker, think on her feet and how to be part of a team. This past summer Anna was a 4-H Camp counselor. Previously she was a Space Camp delegate and Space Camp counselor. Anna said, “these leadership roles prepared me and gave me the experience to be a summer camp counselor and a role model for five 5th and 6th grade girls.” She was a 2017 American Spirit experience delegate. Anna is very involved with her 4-H club, where she has served as the Vice-President, Historian and a member of the Recreation group. Anna is a junior at Port Washington High School. She enjoys being involved in her school’s band and choir programs, musicals, forensics, and The Young Americans group.
Congratulations to Joshua Riemer, our new Mr. Ozaukee 4-H 2018. Josh is the son of Kevin & Lorrie Riemer. He is an 11 year member of Lindenwood 4-H Club. He has taken the projects of woodworking, sheep, foods, leathercraft, Legos, photography, workforce readiness and more. Josh said, “the sheep project has been the instrument that has taught me a lot of life skills.” In 2009, Josh started showing sheep and the work involved was immense. He first had to clean the barn, then make pens, purchase and put up fences for pasture. Josh said, “during showing season, I spend one to two hours a day with my sheep, getting them ready to show at the County, State and National levels. Raising sheep has helped me to prepare for my future in many ways. I have earned money, which will help me pay expenses and own enough land where I can raise sheep when I get older.” Josh is a Livestock Association Youth Representative. He enjoys this role because he can teach other people about something he enjoys doing, which is raising sheep. Josh said, “I have gained many positive attributes as a youth representative from better teaching skills to becoming a better public speaker.” Josh attended State 4-H Youth Conference and was a 2017 American Spirit experience delegate. Josh is active with his 4-H club where he served as Secretary, pledge leader, softball assistant coach and kickball coach. Josh will be a junior this year. He enjoys playing basketball, playing piano, H.I.S. Players Drama group, singing in the choir, and working at various jobs on his family’s hobby farm.
Mackenzie Neumann and Dylan Wohlers- 2017
Congratulations to Mackenzie Neumann our new Miss Ozaukee 4-H 2017. Mackenzie is the daughter of Lynn & Larry Neumann. Mackenzie is a 9 year member of the Town & Country 4-H Club. She has taken the projects of dogs, goats, scrapbooking, photography, cake decorating, archery, snowmobile/ATV and more. She is a Youth leader for the dog, scrapbooking and goat projects. Mackenzie said, “The dog project has had a huge impact on my life.” “I was given the amazing opportunity to be a judge at the fun match show; it was beyond difficult to give someone a placing when you know how hard they have worked.” Mackenzie is an Ozaukee County Leaders Association board member, this past year she served as secretary. She is very involved in the planning of the Communications Festival, Bunny Breakfast and 4-H Camp. Mackenzie said about 4-H Camp, “For four days, it is my job to be a parent like mentor to 4-6 youth around the clock. It has shown me just how strong my passion is for working with youth.” She was a 2016 American Spirit Experience Delegate. She has attended Space Camp as a delegate and as a counselor. Mackenzie is very involved with 4-H Club where she has served as their president and secretary. Mackenzie is a junior at Cedarburg High School. She enjoys being involved in Musicals, on Student Council and Best Buddies program.
Congratulations to Dylan Wohlers our new Mr. Ozaukee 4-H 2017. Dylan is the son of Rod & Amy Wohlers. Dylan is a 6 year member of the Jay Road 4-H Club. He has taken the projects of robotics, entomology and dogs. He is very involved in the dog project. Dylan said, “Six years ago I joined the dog project not only to help myself understand more about dogs, but to help Haley (my dog) and I bond and understand each other. Through Obedience and Showmanship training I learned to control Haley especially under stress and in the company of many people and other dogs. I plan on having a couple of dogs in the future that I can train on my own” Dylan is a member of the Older Youth, enjoys attending 4-H Camp. He is active with his 4-H Club where this past year he served as president. Dylan said, “As president you gather information of what is going on in the 4-H community and communicate this to the members and help them sign up for different opportunities and community services.” Dylan is a student at Random Lake High School. He is active in FFA, enjoys playing soccer, football, basketball and baseball. He is also the assistant Track coach.
Congratulations to Jessie Schoessow our new Miss Ozaukee 4-H 2016. Jessie is the daughter of Kurt & Cary Schoessow. Jessie is a 9 year member of the Lindenwood 4-H Club. She has taken the projects of Beef, Leathercraft, Archery, Drawing and Painting, Scrapbook, Home Environment, Quilting and more. She is a Youth leader for the Beef and Leathercraft projects. She is also the Beef Youth Rep for the Livestock Association and shows beef cattle at the Wisconsin State Fair. Jessie says, “Beef is in my family and in my blood.” Her entire family, Grandparents, parents, Aunts, Uncles, cousins, and siblings all showed beef cattle. She said, “The Beef project is what keeps my family together” Jessie is an Ozaukee County Leaders Association board member, where this past year she was very inspirational in the start of the first Bunny Breakfast. She was the 2013 4-H Youth Conference Delegate and the 2015 American Spirit Experience Delegate. Jessie is very involved with her 4-H Club. She has been a 4-H Variety Show performer since she was old enough to perform. Jessie said, “Beside the Beef project the Variety Show has also been a family affair.” Together with her mom who is the Lindenwood Variety Show leader, they love to think up clever ideas for a club act that can complete against their rival cousins in the Little Kohler 4-H Club. Jessie also loves to perform solo acts that showcase her beautiful singing ability. Jessie is a member of the Older Youth, an Ozaukee 4-H Ambassador, a 4-H Camp Counselor and a 4-H Haunt and Jamboree Volunteer. Jessie said, “Overall 4-H has formed and sculptured me into the individual I am today.” Jessie is a junior at Homestead High School. She enjoys being in the Fall Plays and Winter Musicals. She is a Sunday School teacher, a VBS Counselor and enjoys dancing with the Pommersche Tanzdeel in Freistadt.
Congratulations to Spencer Knier our new Mr. Ozaukee 4-H 2016. Spencer is the son of Ellen and Steven Knier. Spencer is a 4 year member of the Cloverleaf 4-H Club. He has taken the projects of Music, Woodworking, Foods, Arts and Crafts, and Candymaking. He is a youth leader for the Legos project. Spencer leads the members to be creative, he said, “Children have boundless creative energy and if encouraged can do anything.” Spencer enjoys volunteering at the Ozaukee 4-H Haunt. The rooms change every year so he enjoys picking out a new costume to fit the room and he said, “The face makeup adds a whole new level of scary!” Spencer is a member of the Older Youth, enjoys participating in the Communications Festival and the 4-H Bowl-athon. He is active with his 4-H Club. He shares his project talents and singing ability as his club goes caroling and puts on Mini Variety Shows for the residents at various Nursing Homes. Spencer is the male winner of the Ozaukee County 4-H Older Member Dance off from the 2014 4-H Dance. It was a hard fought battle, which he won those honors with Jessie Schoessow our new Miss Ozaukee 4-H, who was the female Dance off winner. Spencer was the 2015 delegate to Citizenship Washington Focus trip to Washington DC. He participated in the 4-H Day at the Capitol. Spencer said “ I am so lucky to be able to participate in such an amazing organization that has honed my skills, introduced me to amazing friends and shown me things I would have not otherwise seen.” Spencer is a Senior at Grafton High School. He is very active in the Choir and Band. He enjoys being part of the GHS Musicals and Plays. He is also on the GHS Forensics Team