Oh the Places You'll Go...4-H'ers Awarded Scholarships
Posted: August 3, 2015
(L-R) Marisa Engel, Jordana Wagner, Jorganna Showers, Olivia Paulhamus, Brianna Linn, Logan Koser, Jacob Dgien, Adam Kiess, Daria Fish of Chief Oil and Gas
Eight members were chosen by committee this year to be recipients of the 4-H program's multiple scholarships. Thanks to the generosity of endowments and donations, over $10,000 was awarded in 2015.
Chief Oil and Gas, LLC
In 2008, Chief Oil and Gas, LLC made a generous contribution to our program in the form of an endowment dedicated solely to provide scholarships to 4-H members. We are grateful for the continued support of Chief Oil, particularly Daria Fish.
Adam Kiess is the son of Ernie and Laura Kiess. He graduated from Jersey Shore High School in 2015 with a 4.0 GPA. He was a member of FBLA and also played on the varsity tennis team. He will be majoring in Finance and Accounting at University of Pittsburgh. He has enjoyed breeding, raising and showing his many 4-H animals at county, state and national level. Adam would like to thank his parents and grandparents for all the support and encouragement that helped lead him to his next journey in life.
Lee DeMorat Memorial Scholarship
Lee DeMorat was a 4-H leader in Lycoming County for 12 years, during which time he taught wood working and an appreciation for the outdoors, fishing and hunting. A founding member of the Friends of 4-H, Lee also received the Clover Award from Pennsylvania 4-H in 1989 and the Meritorious Service Award from Lycoming 4-H in 1997.
Lee passed away in December 2003, and his family continues his legacy of commitment to 4-H by providing a memorial scholarship in his name. The scholarship is awarded to an individual who has completed Toastmasters or Leadership projects.
Jacob Dgien is an 11 year member of Pioneer Valley 4-H Club. He has also done Toastmasters and County Council. Jacob has been treasurer for Pioneer Valley and County Council. He is involved with Boy Scouts, where he has earned rank of Eagle Scout, and a member of Wopeau Sisileja Lodge Order of the Arrow. Jacob will be pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
Lycoming 4-H Scholarships
Marisa Engel is grateful to stand here and represent 4-H. She plans to take what she has learned in 4-H and pass that on to others. She looks forward to continuing her education in the animal science field and being able to give back to the community. Marisa will continue to live out the 4-H Pledge as she moves on to the next chapter of her life.
Logan Koser is a member of Keystone Kountry 4-H Club. He graduated from Montoursville High School where he was president of the FFA and Marksman Club, was a member of football and track and field teams. He has been in 4-H for 9 years in various clubs and the following projects: beef, breeding beef, dairy beef, market goats, market lambs, Toastmasters and shotgun. He has been a member of County Council where he currently serves as president and has been a 4-H camp counselor. Logan will be attending Penn State to pursue a degree in engineering.
Brianna Linn graduated from Muncy High School in June 2014. She is attending Empire Beauty School this fall for cosmetology. She was a member of Pioneer Valley 4-H Club for 8 years, completing babysitting, cooking, lamb, pig, and dairy beef projects. Brianna would like to thank her club leaders, Wayne and Ruth Vandine and Greg and Stacey Girven for all of their support.
Olivia Paulhamus is the daughter of Jed and Michelle Paulhamus. She graduated from Jersey Shore High School in 2015, and will be attending Pennsylvania College of Technology to receive a Dental Hygiene license and Bachelor of Health Science degree. She joined 4-H at 8 years old and has been an active member ever since. She serves as reporter for County Council and Vice President of Keystone Kountry. She would like to thank her leaders Tammy and Kaelyn Koser for their support and leadership through the years of being in their 4-H club. 4-H has helped Olivia find a passion for agriculture and animals, and has helped her develop friendships that will last a lifetime. She would also like to thank her parents for always supporting her in whatever projects she chose to do and for their countless hours of helping with animal projects.
Jorganna Showers will be attending Lycoming College in an undecided major, choosing between pre-medicine, lawyer, or politics. She has been in 4-H for 9 years and will cherish every memory of it. She is active in school and can’t wait to get involved on her college campus. Jorganna would like to thank Keystone Kountry and Tammy Koser for making her 4-H years fun and to the scholarship committee for giving her this great opportunity.
Jordana Wagner will attend Shippensburg University to study Art Education, planning to come back to the Hughesville area and teach art to teens. She has been in 4-H for 7 years. 4-H has been a great experience and she learned leadership skills by holding the offices of secretary and president for Pioneer Valley and County Council. Showing livestock has left a huge impact on her life—learning to grow with her animals and doing just as well in the show ring as they do. She has looked up to her 4-H leaders and would like to thank them: Tammy and Clay Koser– for all of their help through the years and treating 4-H’ers like their own kids. Wayne and Ruth Vandine – for being there from the beginning and always pushing members to do their best. Stacey Girven – for being the kids’ best friend and partner in crime. Anita Wagner – for teaching her to knit and crochet and forming a love of fiber arts. Jesse Wagner – for being at every pig show and fair. Ev Simmons– for making County Council memorable. Jeanette Blank– for taking on such a spunky bunch of kids in Lycoming County. She doesn’t know what she would do without them, as they have all impacted her life for the better.
The 2016 application will be available on our website in the coming months. Deadline will be May 1.