Ohio 4-H Highlights : March 2019

  1. 4-H ChickQuest Goes to School

    Spring is hatching, and so is the 4-H ChickQuest program in Hamilton County. Tony Staubach and Emily Kahrs, Hamilton County 4-H professionals, are giving youth in several Cincinnati Public Schools the opportunity to “learn by doing” with this 21-day program. ChickQuest challenges youth to use science, technology, engineering, and math skills to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic chicken egg.

    Check out the video below to hear more about this awesome program and their work in the schools! 

    ChickQuest in Hamilton County

    This program is possible thanks to generous donations and support from the L&L Nippert Charitable Trust and the Ohio 4-H Foundation.


    ChickQuest in Hamilton County              ChickQuest in Hamilton County







  2. Outstanding Teens Recognized

    The 2019 Ohio 4-H Teen Hall of Fame and Teen of the Year recipients were honored on March 9 at the Ohio 4-H Conference. At the teen luncheon, with nearly 600 guests, awardees were congratulated by Dr. Cathann A. Kress, Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Dean for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, and Karen Corcoran, sponsor of the awards.

    Congratulations to the 2019 Teen Award honorees:

    Teen of the Year

    • Morgan McCutcheon, Licking County

    Teen of the Year, Morgan McCutcheon (center) of Licking County is joined by (back row) Dr. Roger Rennekamp, Director of Ohio State University Extension and Dale Arnold, President of the Ohio 4-H Foundation Board; and (front row) Karen Corcoran, Award Sponsor, and Dr. Cathann A. Kress, Dean for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

    Teen Hall of Fame

    • Maddie Allman, Vinton County
    • Callia Barwick, Mahoning County
    • Emmy Beck-Aden, Athens County
    • Molly Hunt, Darke County

    Teen Hall of Fame Inductees (front row) Maddie Allman, Molly Hunt, Callia Barwick, and Emmy Beck-Aden are joined by (back row), Karen Corcoran, Award Sponsor; Dr. Roger Rennekamp, Director of Ohio State University Extension; Dale Arnold, President of the Ohio 4-H Foundation Board; and Dr. Cathann A. Kress, Dean for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

    Want to learn more about these amazing teens?  Check out their bios here!

    Each year, active Ohio 4-H teens are eligible for nomination to these prestigious awards based on an application submitted by a 4-H staff member and selection by a review committee.  Full criteria and past winners can be found here. These awards are sponsored in part by the Ohio 4-H Foundation and Tim and Karen Corcoran. Thank you for your continued support of Ohio’s older youth who are role models and positive examples of the 4-H program!

  3. 4-H Beekeeping

    Beekeeping is one of the many projects that members can experience through 4-H Youth Development. Beekeeping offers the opportunity for learning and fun for all ages. Listen in as Mike Doseck of the Ohio State Beekeepers Association asks two 4-H members about their experience working with bees. James Barnhart is a 4-H member from Carroll County and Kayla Lennartz is a 4-H member from Mercer County.



  4. 4-H Hall of Fame Winners

    Each year, three volunteers who have made significant contributions to 4-H programs are selected for induction to the Ohio 4-H Hall of Fame. Awardees are selected based on their long-term contributions and positive impact on local, community, and state 4-H programs. The 2019 honorees have impacted the lives of many youth through their time, dedication and innovation.


    Pat Allen Pat Allen

    As a 24-year 4-H volunteer, Pat Allen is an active member of Ohio 4-H Master Clothing Educator Program, has served on the Portage County Advisory Committee, and has been a 4-H clothing judge at county and state fairs. Pat believes in encouraging youth to participate in county and state camps and a variety of 4-H activities. She supports our youth by guiding them to make a positive impact in their own communities.





    Debbie BoggsDebbie Boggs

    Debbie Boggs, a 30-year 4-H volunteer, has been a constant in the 4-H dairy program. As a part of the 4-H Dairy Committee, she provided and extended dairy educational opportunities to youth. She organized state and national dairy show trips to introduce youth to dairy efforts outside Ashtabula County. She is valued for her leadership to youth and volunteers while always prioritizing the best interests of the youth she serves.





    Charlotte Wagner Charlotte Wagner

    Charlotte Wagner has the distinct honor of being the longest serving 4-H volunteer with 72 years in Washington County. Achievement recognition is important to Charlotte. She organized an annual club achievement event, in addition to attending the county 4-H achievement night. She believes 4-H involvement should not end when you age-out, and she recently recruited a new 4-H alumna to oversee the Cloverbud club program. Charlotte has a deep love for 4-H and is a great example of the power and impact of 4-H volunteers.




    Congratulations to Pat, Debbie, and Charlotte on this great honor!

  5. It’s Not Just Water Vapor: Ohio 4-H Health Heroes Target the Vaping and E-Cigarette Epidemic

    Walk into a high school bathroom these days and you may be greeted by clouds of smoke – actually, vapor – from e-cigarettes. But it’s not just water vapor. This vapor contains nicotine and other harmful chemicals. After years of decline, overall tobacco use is now up for this age group, driven by the increase in vaping. The most recent survey shows that 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students use e-cigarettes, making vaping the latest teen health epidemic.

    Lauren Preston of Fairfield County “I noticed in my high school that a lot of my friends were vaping; I was even asked to try it!” said Lauren Preston, a 4-H member from Fairfield County. Like Lauren, others were alarmed by what they were seeing among their peers at school, so the Ohio 4-H Health Heroes decided to take on this important public health issue. They debuted their presentation at the National 4-H Summit on Healthy Living last month in Washington, DC. They also presented to a standing-room-only group of teens and adult leaders at the recent Ohio 4-H Conference in Columbus.

    Health Heroes at the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living In this presentation, the teens share the extent of the problem and reasons for vaping, using skits and myths versus facts and questions to inform about the harmful effects of e-cigarettes. Getting the facts is important, noted Callia Barwick of Mahoning County, who had already researched the topic last fall for a school project, because “it’s a serious topic and many are unaware or uninformed.” Nicotine is of particular concern because of its addictive qualities and effects on the developing teen brain. In small groups, the participants discuss how to handle situations such as responding to someone who offers you a vape and talking to a friend about the dangers of vaping. They conclude the presentation by sharing resources that participants can access to learn more about the topic.

    The Ohio 4-H Health Heroes teen leaders also benefit from being involved. “Over the past few months, I've been able to learn more about vaping and the dangers that come with it,” said Lauren Preston of Fairfield County. “When I go off to college next year I'll know how to handle a situation if I am asked and how to educate friends who vape.” As part of their pledge to better health, members are also following up with various efforts in their local communities, such as making presentations to middle school classrooms.

    Interested in supporting the Ohio 4-H Health Heroes as they tackle more issues such as these?  Click to donate.

  6. Ohio State Day of Giving

    Day of Giving is an opportunity for Buckeyes to come together as a community to tackle local and global challenges that affect us all. Check out these amazing funds to support 4-H Youth Development and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: 

  7. Calendar of Events

    4/1 Goat Yoga with ASGSA (Columbus)- Come try out the newest fad of goat yoga with the Animal Science Graduate Student Association. Check out this link for more details.  

    4/6 The Clover 5K (Columbus)-Celebrate the fourth H “health to better living” with this 5K run/walk. The Clover 5K supports the Franklin County Walk & Serve community service program. Click here for more information and to register.

    4/6 Highland Youth Garden Service Project (Columbus)- Come lend a hand with the spring maintenance of the Highland Youth Garden, a children’s community educational garden. For more information, check out this link.

    4/27 Spring Gardening Seminar: Spring Into Action (Canfield)-Be inspired to upgrade your backyard garden with two keynote speakers, breakout sessions, create your own alcohol ink tile, door prizes, and garden art sale! Check out this link for registration and seminar schedule.