The 2021 Boyd County Jamboree was held on November 7 at Lynch, Nebraska. The day’s activities began at the Lynn Theatre by watching the movie “The Adams Family 2”. After the movie we went over to the Lynch Community Hall for the Awards Program. Debra Walnofer, 4-H Extension Assistant gave the welcome. The Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-H Pledge were recited by all.
The Awards Ceremony began with the 2021 Public Speaking Contest results. Junior Division Speech - Kayl Finnegan - Blue ribbon and Special Recognition Certificate for Poultry Expert.
Intermediate Division Speech - Adam Bernt – Purple Ribbon and Special Recognition Certificate for Best Cat Puns; Elizabeth Bernt – Purple Ribbon and Special Recognition Certificate for Most Heartfelt Speech; Grace Finnegan - Purple Ribbon and Special Recognition Certificate for Best How-To Speech; and Cora Roth - Purple Ribbon and Special Recognition Certificate for Most Creative Speech.
Those who advanced to the State Contest were Elizabeth Bernt and Cora Roth, both receiving Purple Ribbons. Adam Bernt and Grace Finnegan, both receiving Blue Ribbons.
The Champion Speech Award, sponsored by Gregg and Karla Honke of Carroll, Iowa, recipient was Grace Finnegan. The Reserve Champion Speech Award, also sponsored by Gregg and Karla Honke of Carroll, Iowa, recipient was Cora Roth.
Community Service Certificates were given to the following clubs for all of the various activities that they do throughout the year.
- Boyd County 4-H Shooting Sports Club
The Boyd County Shooting Sports Club cleaned up trash and rebuilt the picnic tables at Gross. They also ran the Cornhole Tournament at the Boyd County Fair.
- Jolly 17 4-H Club
The Jolly 17 4-H Club held a Food Drive and also an Easter Egg Hunt for the Lynch area.
- Niobrara Ramblers 4-H Club
The Niobrara Ramblers 4-H Club did several Community Service Projects for 2020-2021. They did a Farm Safety Coloring Contest for the Elementary Kids of Boyd County. They gave prizes and hung the top 4 from each grade in windows of Butte Businesses. The members constructed Valentine Baskets, filled them with candy and gave them to the residents of the Nursing Home and Assisted Living in Butte. They did Bake N Take as a club project. Each family baked goodies, then at a club meeting they made plates to take the elderly members in the community. They also picked up several bags of trash out of the ditches west of Butte. They had concession stands for some softball games and at the Tractor Pull during Pancake Days. They decorated a float for the “Roaring 20’s” Fair parade.
- Riverview Livestock 4-H Club
The Riverview Livestock 4-H Club picked up trash from the road ditches on Highway 281 in the spring and also again this fall. They organized and hosted the Community Easter Egg Hunt. They did numerous projects at the Spencer Library such as cleaned and painted the library, planted flowers, and trimmed bushes as well as held a monthly reading program. They also did several projects at the Boyd County Fairgrounds such as cleaned up the fairgrounds for a community concert, planted and then maintained the flower pots all summer.
4-H Member Certificates and 4-H Leader Certificates were handed out.
The following 4-H Leaders received pins and certificates for Years of Service:
- 2 Years (Bronze Pin)- Alec Disterhaupt.
- 5 Years (Silver Pin) - Rob Almgren, Clem Disterhaupt, Mason Disterhaupt, Bill Engelhaupt, Samantha Hipke, Joe Schoechenmaier, and Whitney Kayl.
- 10 Years (Gold Pin) - Tami Disterhaupt and June Sherrett.
- 15 Years (Pearl Pin and Certificate) - Denise Hausmann.
2021 Boyd County Fair Premium, Auction Checks and the 2021 Nebraska State Fair Premium Checks were handed out.
Emma Kopecky turned in a Clover Kid Record Book. She received a gift from Christi Roth.
Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program - This non-competitive program recognizes 4-Hers for their accomplishments and life skill development. Youth are encouraged to engage in a variety of projects and activities that will enable them to acquire the life skills necessary to lead successful lives as competent, caring and contributing citizens. Receiving Level 1 – Amethyst Pin and Certificate was Katie Hipke; Receiving Level 2 - Aquamarine Pin and Certificate was Bo Hipke; Receiving Level 3 – Ruby Pin and Certificate were Kyla McCarthy and Cora Roth; Receiving Level 4 - Sapphire Pin and Certificate was Adam Bernt; Receiving Level 5 – Emerald Pin and Certificate was Robert Roth; Receiving Level 6 - Diamond Pin and Certificate was Elizabeth Bernt.
2021 4-H Annual Achievement Award Applications results are as follows: Junior Division - Adam Bernt – Purple Ribbon and Medal; Elizabeth Bernt – Purple Ribbon and Medal; and Bo Hipke - Blue Ribbon and Medal.
Champion Junior Division Achievement Application Award, sponsored by Ponca Valley Seeds, Mike and Nicole Hostert, Butte, recipient was Elizabeth Bernt. The Reserve Champion Junior Division Achievement Application Award, sponsored by Ponca Valley Seeds, Mike and Nicole Hostert, Butte, recipient was Adam Bernt.
The 2021 Outstanding Career Plaque was presented to Robert Roth.
Robert Roth has been very active 4-H member for 9 years. He has exhibited in numerous project areas including cattle, sheep, swine, shooting sports, cooking, and field crops just to name a few. He was won numerous awards in those project areas along with others awards. But his participation doesn't stop at the county level, Robert has participated in the Regional Speech Contest and the State Horticulture Judging Contest. He has also exhibited many static projects at the Nebraska State Fair.
Robert is an active member of the Niobrara Ramblers 4-H Club serving as President, Secretary and Treasurer. He participates and is active in his club’s community service project which include Bake n Take, trash pickup, and helping with various crafting projects at the nursing home.
Robert is a good role model for the younger kids involved in 4-H. He is always willing to step in and help the younger members. He shows a good sense of humor even when things weren't really going the way they should have been for him. You can see him at county fair helping younger members with their livestock projects and giving them encouragement that they need to continue and not give up.
Robert's community involvement doesn't just stop with 4-H, he is also active FFA member and officer.
Congratulations to Robert Roth on being awarded the 2021 Boyd County Outstanding 4-H career.
Congratulations to all of the 4-H members and leaders who received recognition at the 2021 Jamboree. You make the 4-H program of Boyd County successful.
Speech Contest Awards Special Recognition and Winners - (l. to r.) Adam Bernt, Cora Roth, Elizabeth Bernt, and Kayl Finnegan.
4-H Leaders Pin - Tami Disterhaupt
Clover Kid Record Book - Emma Kopecky
Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program - (front row) Adam Bernt and Katie Hipke. (back row) Elizabeth Bernt, Bo Hipke, and Cora Roth.
Achievement Award Applications - Bo Hipke, Adam Bernt and Elizabeth Bernt
Outstanding 4-H Career - Robert Roth