Published On: Wed, Nov 16th, 2011

Kathol and Wuebben earn top 4-H awards

HARTINGTON — Holly Kathol and Zach Wuebben picked up Cedar County’s top 4-H awards at the organization’s annual banquet.
Kathol earned the 2011 Cedar County Outstanding 4-H Achievement Award.
Kathol is currently a freshman at Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Kathol has enjoyed being a 4-H member for the past 11 years. Her 4-H experiences were beneficial for her community and have helped her make choices for her future.
“It has not only helped me become a better person and leader, but it has influenced my current major in college – veterinary technology. I would love to come back to Northeast Nebraska and work as a veterinary technician for both large and small animals,” Kathol said. “I really enjoy volunteering my time for my school, community, church and family. It not only makes me feel good about myself, but it also has made a positive difference to those I volunteer for.”
Kathol has volunteered in her community by helping with Cedar Catholic Swing Choir tryouts, Junior High Band and has helped by filing music for both choir and band. She has assisted in the Cedar Catholic High School Office and the Holy Trinity Parish Office.
For 4-H, Kathol conducted a community workshop for pre-fair day modeling, has volunteered as an assistant superintendent in the foods area for three years and has helped during Project Day which has been her favorite.
“Since I was the oldest participant I saw this as an opportunity to be a leader. I would assist the kids and sometimes get behind in completing my own projects but it didn’t matter – seeing the smiles on those kid’s faces meant that I had helped them complete something they never thought they could achieve.”
Kathol has completed projects in the areas of Animal Science, Communication/Expressive Arts, Consumer and Family science, Healthy  Lifestyles, and Science and Technology.
Her favorite projects involved sewing and modeling.
Kathol said her involvement in 4-H has helped her feel more confident with herself and the tasks she performs.
She believes she can do anything she sets her mind to.
Holly is the daughter of Alvin and Laurie Kathol, Hartington.
Wuebben, a senior at Cedar Catholic High School, was presented the 2011 Outstanding 4-H Service Award.
Service to his community, school and church is nothing new for Wuebben.
Working with his 4-H Club, he has helped bake goodies to take to shut-ins and the elderly during “Bake and Take Day,” He has also helped with highway clean-up near the Wynot spur, cleaned the fairgrounds, adopted a building at the fairgrounds and worked in the 4-H pop and food stands. He continues to help younger members with club projects at meetings.

Wuebben has participated in Ponca Day Camp and a 4-H Club Camp-out. During 4-H Month, Wuebben helps promote 4-H.
Wuebben’s volunteer work has also extended outside of 4-H.
At his school he has helped with breakfast fundraisers, Christmas and Spring Concerts, fish fry benefits and helped do the landscaping at the House of Mary Shrine.
For his parish he has done alter serving at mass as well as ushering. He helps maintain the grounds around the school and the church by mowing grass and scooping snow. Wuebben has assisted at breakfast fundraisers and fish fry benefits. He has helped with Easter Egg Hunts for younger kids and prayed for the end of abortion at a family planning center.
For his community, Wuebben has helped maintain the community baseball field and cleaned ditches. He played bingo and made door decorations with the nursing home residents and put meals together for kids in need through the Orphan Grain Train.
By serving others, Wuebben has learned the importance of team work and respect for others.
Wuebben is grateful for the opportunities he has had.
“Through the 4-H program, I have learned critical thinking, loyalty to those around me, service to others and how to take care of myself – all for the better of my club, my community, my country and my world,” Wuebben said.
Wuebben has participated in 4-H since he was nine years old taking projects in Woodworking, Communication and Expressive Arts, Environmental Education and Earth Science, Consumer and Family Science,  Healthy Lifestyles, Plant Science and Science and Technology.
Woodworking, which has always been his favorite 4-H project, influenced his choice to go into the career field of construction and carpentry after he finishes high school.
Zach is the son of Duane and Marsha Wuebben, rural Hartington.
Kathol and Wuebben were each presented a check for $200 from the 4-H Council and received a plaque which is sponsored by the Cedar County News.
The winner’s names will be added to the Outstanding 4-H Member’s plaque that is on display at the Cedar County Extension Office.