4-H?ers showcase dramatic and musical talents

Lincoln County 4-Hers showcased their dramatic and musical talents, Saturday, March 16, at the Lincoln County Service Center for this year’s Lincoln County 4-H Drama, Lip Sync and Music Festival. Dee Koepke, Wayne Pugh, and Rachel Koepke served as judges for this year’s event. The festival was planned and coordinated by Rita Koepke and the Corning Yankees 4-H Club and emceed by Morgan Norton, Bailey Iwen and Myria Kludy, Lincoln County 4-H Ambassadors.
A recent study conducted by the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development program found that children that participate in 4-H arts and communication programs gain important technical, communication and teamwork skills while increasing their self-esteem and self-confidence. Youth who took part in this survey reported that their work with 4-H helped them improve their individual performance and creativity skills, build good learning habits as they integrated feedback from judges, and bolster their opportunities to become confident public speakers. The 4-H Drama, Lip Sync and Music Festival is one example of a local 4-H arts and communication program.
Results and Participants by Division:
Cloverbud Division (5-year old Kindergarten to 2nd Grade):
Vocal Group Performance: “Knowledge is Power” – Lydia Kildahl, Faith Kildahl, Maria Kildahl, Annika Kildahl, Midori Paulus, and Maya Paulus, members of the Barnes Creek Buccaneers 4-H Club, received a Participation Ribbon; Lip Sync Duet Performance: “What Makes You Beautiful”- Eli Duerkop and Kellen Duerkop, members of the Merrill Busy Bees 4-H Club, received a Participation Ribbon.
Junior Division (3rd to 5th Grade):
Lip Sync Group Performance: “YMCA”- Olivia Kreie, David Genrich, Elliott Hanson, Matthew Annis, and Katie Annis, members of the Corning Yankees 4-H Club, received a Red Ribbon and Best Costume Award to the Group; Drama Performance: “Bored to Death – Almost!”- Brandon Pankow as John (received Outstanding Actor award), Hunter Borchardt as Asher, Natalie Reiter as Pizza Man (received Outstanding Actress award), Brett Borchardt as John’s brother, Joey Reiter as John’s brother, members of the Hi-Lo’s 4-H Club, received a Blue Ribbon and Merit Award; Drama Performance: “The Amazing”- Keia Woller as the Ring Master, Delainy Stockowitz as the Ring Master Assistant, Jeza Kleinschmidt as the Amazing Ohzo Dog Act, Heaven Kleinschmidt as Trixie the Horse (received Best Costume award), Justene Kleinschmidt as Trixie the Horse (received Best Costume award), Alex Schulz as the Famous Horse Trainer, Lexia Schiller as P.J. the Clown, Sady Plisch as the Flaming Siblings (received Outstanding Actress award), Brayden Plisch as the Flaming Siblings (received Outstanding Actor award), Abbigail Krueger as the Famous Mime, Zachariah Krueger as the Peanut-Popcorn Vendor, members of the Merrill Busy Bees 4-H Club (the members of the group wrote the play), received a Blue Ribbon and Merit Award.
Intermediate Division (6th to 8th Grade):
Instrumental Clarinet Solo Performance: “Eagle Summit March”- Caylie Amelse, member of the Merrill Busy Bees 4-H Club, received a Blue Ribbon; Lip Sync Duet Performance: “Beauty and The Beat”- Elizabeth Weix and Emily Weix, members of the Barnes Creek Buccaneers 4-H Club, received a Blue Ribbon; Lip Sync Group Performance: “Gangnam Style”- Stephanie Middlestead, Valerie Amelse, Kelsey Amelse, and Caylie Amelse, members of the Merrill Busy Bees 4-H Club, received a Blue Ribbon and Best Choreography Award; Lip Sync Duet Performance: “Hold On”- Elizabeth Weix and Emily Weix, members of the Barnes Creek Buccaneers 4-H Club, received a Blue Ribbon and Merit Award; Lip Sync Duet Performance: “Cowgirl Yodel”- Valerie Amelse and Caylie Amelse, member of the Merrill Busy Bees 4-H Club, received a Blue Ribbon and Best Costume Awards.
Senior Division (9th Grade and over):
Vocal and Guitar Solo Performance: “Hey Soul Sister”- Dillon Chieves, member of the Merrill Busy Bees 4-H Club, received a Blue Ribbon; Vocal Solo Performance: “The Cup Song”- Laura Weiland, member of the Merrill Busy Bees 4-H Club, received a Blue Ribbon; Instrumental Trombone Solo Performance: “Andante EtAllegro”- Dillon Chieves, member of the Merrill Busy Bees 4-H Club, received a Blue Ribbon;
Vocal and Guitar Solo Performance: “He is Near” (an original song written by participant)- Laura Weiland, member of the Merrill Busy Bees 4-H Club, received a Blue Ribbon and Merit Award; Instrumental Clarinet Solo Performance: “Aria”- Olivia Kreie, member of The Corning Yankees 4-H Club, received a Red Ribbon.
If you are interested in learning more about 4-H or how to getting involved in Lincoln County 4-H, please feel free to contact Debbie or Amanda at the UW-Extension office at (715)539-1072 or visit our website at http://lincoln.uwex.edu/ or subscribe to the Lincoln County 4-H Blog http://fyi.uwex.edu/lincolncounty4h/ for up to the minute 4-H news. Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development is a program of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension in partnership with local, state and federal government in each Wisconsin county.

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