The Allan and Karen Till family

The Allan and Karen Till family received the Betty Sieverding Memorial 4-H Family of the Year Award.

The Jackson County 4-H program recognized 4-H members and volunteers for their achievements during its annual recognition banquet Oct. 10 at Volunteer Hall on the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Maquoketa.

Alumni of the Year

The 4-H Alumni of the Year award is given to a person or group that has shown great involvement in 4-H, whether it be through their own past participation, volunteerism, or leadership, etc.

This year’ recipient were Miles Mavericks alumni. The Miles Mavericks 4-H club celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2021. Current members and alumni are instrumental in keeping 4-H clubs strong and alive in Jackson County communities.

Betty Sieverding Memorial 4-H Family of the Year

The Allan and Karen Till family received the Betty Sieverding Memorial 4-H Family of the Year Award. The award, established in 1989 to honor the longtime 4-H leader and volunteer, honors a 4-H family for their involvement in the program.

“This year’s 4-H family is a shining example of volunteerism, camaraderie, and commitment to the 4-H program,” according to 4-H officials. The family has demonstrated support and dedication through their involvement in Jackson County 4-H.

The Till family includes parents Allan and Karen and children Rhonda Miller, Rachael Kilburg, Tina Coakley, Tiffany Blake, Michael Till, Matthew Till, Marissa Till and Mark Till, as well as in-laws and grandchildren.

“Each and every fair, you can count on seeing at least a handful of Till family members volunteering their time at indoor judging, the food stand, and many of the animal shows and auctions,” 4-H officials said during the award presentation.

“The Jackson County 4-H Program has been and is fortunate to have many Till volunteers readily willing to help with show ring guidance, comment and ribbon placing documentation, keeping auctions running smoothly, creating show programs, and also looking out for what is best for our 4-H’ers,” officials said.

Honorary 4-H Member

The Honorary 4-H Member award is bestowed on a person or group who has significantly contributed to the 4-H program.  

The 2020-2021 Honorary 4-H Member award recipients are Jackson County 4-H auctioneers Tom Watters, Kevin Kilburg, Steve Morehead, Connor Weeks Murchison, Ben Schueller, Justin Steward, and James Johnson.

These men help with what can be an emotional time for 4-H youths — the small- and large-animal livestock auctions that formally conclude the fair. The kids often are saying farewell to their animals after having worked with them for quite a while.

“We are fortunate to have auctioneers who do their best to get the highest bid for our Jackson County 4-H members,” organizers said.

Charles Butterworth Award

The Charles Butterworth Leader Award is awarded each year to a leader who has demonstrated a genuine involvement in the 4-H program. The award is given in memory of Charles Butterworth, the first 4-H program assistant in Jackson County. The Jackson County 4-H County Council selects the recipient.

This year’s recipient is Jessica Hingtgen. She has dedicated numerous years to the 4-H program, with a special concentration on the horse show. She serves as the horse project area superintendent and shares her view on the Youth Committee.

Hall of Fame inductee

Counties across Iowa annually select inductees for the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. This year, inductees received recognition for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H through a virtual ceremony.

The Jackson County Youth Committee selected Skott and Chris for this honor.

The Gents have played a large role in the success of the Jackson County 4-H Program through their many years of volunteering.

“Their positive character and strong work ethic not only make them perfect Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame nominees but also role models for today’s youth,” according to program organizers.  

The couple have a long history of participating in 4-H, serving as leaders, and raising their son and daughter in the 4-H tradition.

Leader service awards

4-H club leaders volunteer countless hours giving leadership to the 4-H clubs in Jackson County. Their time is much appreciated by members, parents, and staff.  

Carol Ihrig celebrated her 30th year as a leader.

Amber Franzen and Doug Lane noted 10 years as 4-H leaders.

Lisa Dickman, Emily Dontje, Travis Dontje, Brian Nabb and Julia Furne celebrated five years of service.

Krista Grant Service Award

Each year, clubs participate in various service projects. At the end of each year clubs can apply for the Krista Grant Community Service Award to recognize their community service efforts.

This year’s recipient of the Krista Grant Community Service Award is the Emeline Ridge Rollers.

This year, the Emeline Ridge Rollers took on the task of improving the landscaping at the Emeline Schoolhouse. Members consulted with the Jackson County Master Gardeners to learn about creating a perennial garden onsite, cleaning up the site, applying for a grant to pay for new plants, and doing the planting and planning for the future.

Further awards

Charlie Lane received a county project award for his beef project. Katelyn Franzen received one for her bucket bottle calf project.

4-Hers who have been in the program for five years were awarded a certificate and a pin. Those members were

Catherine Dunne, Mara Ihrig, Adrian Humphrey, Tony Sprank, Aunika Hager, Izabella Mootz, Jaylen Theisen, Evelyn Nelson, Jacob Nabb, Kailyn Thompson, Madison Poll, Tate Martin, Hunter Schwoob, Kyler Wilson, Lexie Tebbe, Tate Ruden, Addilynn Franzen, Casey Bock, Madison Gilroy, Maranda Wood, McKenna Brown, Holly Manders, Kaden Diesing, Alia Holdgrafer, Alia Schmidt, Ashley Meyer and Pacey Dauen

Outstanding first year members honored for their work were Carson Casel, Avery Sprank, Brooke Sprank, Davis Braet, Jacklyn Pataska-Moore, Melanie Duesing, Emrie Petersen, Tenley Thole, Evalena Bradley, Emmett Ruden, Kameron Wilson, Maya Ruden, Presleigh Matthiesen, Amber Byrne, Arabella Wagner, Autumn Ludwig, Kasie Kintzle, Rowan Meyer, Sydney Veach, Chelsae Schmidt, Fred Klemme, Ryleigh Franzen and Tim Lane.

Many members were honored with merit awards this year. To be recognized, members must demonstrate leadership beyond the local club level and have a good overall 4-H record. The recipient’s accomplishments in 4-H work must reflect significant personal growth, set a good example of citizenship and demonstrate unselfish service to 4-H members and others.

Junior merit recipients were Anderson Griebel, Landon Veach, Carter Johnson, Kaylin Novak, Kellen Thompson, Maya Hoefelmeyer, Tucker Moore, Bristol Curtis, Chase Venema, Tyler Venema, Anita Borrenpohl, Hadley Meyer, Maddie Seitz, Maddie Hueneke and MaKenna Klemme.

Intermediate merit award winners were Cameron Casel, Tony Sprank, Gabby Hingtgen, Hannah Braet, Justine Hager, Jacob Nabb, Justin Wiemann, Keaton Hoefelmeyer, Kelsie Thompson, Kolton Novak, Tanner Swanson, Abby Schmidt, Jack Lippens, Sawyer Burken, Hunter Schwoob, Jillian Ruden, McKinley Curtis, Callan Messerich, Emily Matthiesen, Ethan Matthiesen, Wyatt Christiansen and James Miller.

Senior merit recipients were Irelynd Sieverding, Alyse Elmegreen, Shealin Wiemann, Jackson Curtis, Madison Schwoob, Rebecca Schultz, Addison Messerich, Cole Venema, Johnny Portz, Lexie Tebbe, Katelyn Franzen and Pacey Dauen.

Each year 4-H members must fill out a record of their 4-H year and 4-H projects. Junior members were recognized for their effort in creating outstanding records of their 4-H experience. Members who went above and beyond in creating their books this year were Carson Casel, Avery Sprank, Brooke Sprank, Davis Braet, Jacklyn Pataska-Moore, Tenley Thole, Emrie Petersen, Abigail Moubry, Evalena Bradley, Renee Cook, Amber Byrne, Anita Borrenpohl, Anna Miller, Arabella Wagner, Autumn Ludwig, Jay Miller, Kasie Kintzle, Logan Ludwig, Sydney Veach, Amber Hartung, Bridgette Moeller, Maya Ruden, Chase Venema, Tyler Venema, Kameron Wilson, Justin Johnson, Carrson Jargo, Presleigh Matthiesen, Jack Beeck.

Outstanding Club Officer Book Awards went to the Andrew Achievers (Cate Dunne), Bellevue Pioneers (Grace Hingtgen), Cloverites (Evie Wood), Emeline Ridge Rollers (Audreianna Schmidt), Garryowen Guys & Gals (Madi Schwoob), Miles Mavericks (Keaton Wilson), Monmouth Co-Ed (Coy Peterson and junior officer Anna Bartels), Otter Creek Shooting Stars (Ellie Borrenpohl) and Preston Trailblazers (Katelyn Franzen) for their secretary books. Top historian book honors went to the Cloverites (Kyrsten Perez and Alyse Elmegreen), Monmouth Co-Ed (Anna Bartels), Otter Creek Shooting Stars (Kambree Schwager and Josie Kintzle) and the Preston Trailblazers (Mary Lane). Top treasurer book honors went to Miles Mavericks (Hayden Holdgrafer), Otter Creek Shooting Stars (Megan Kremer) and the Preston Trailblazers (Renee Hartung).

2021-22 enrollment is open

To learn more about Jackson County 4-H, visit the Jackson County Extension  at 201 W. Platt St., Maquoketa, call (563) 652-4923 or go online at