Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program
Diamond Level Honorees
- Ashley Spurlock is a Diamond Level recipient from Douglas/Sarpy Counties. For her project, she chose to help out the Project Linus organization. Through this endeavor, Ashley learned how to teach others about the different ways to work with fabric. She hopes to bring awareness to Project Linus, and to inspire others to volunteer as well.
- Ellen Cihacek is a 4-H'er from Douglas/Sarpy Counties. She made 125 "Ranger Rosaries" for her Diamond Clover Project. The rosaries were shipped to Our Lady's Rosary Makers at St. Mary's Church in Annapolis, Maryland, where they will be checked over, finished off the final knot, blessed, and eventually shipped to chaplains who are serving in the armed forces.
- Elizabeth Cox is a Diamond Level recipient from Hamilton County. Her project, called “Tree Nursery”, was started to replace trees on the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. This nursery currently consists of ten trees, including Norway Spruce, Black Hills Spruce, Ponderosa Pine, Greenspire Linden, and Bur Oak. The nursery is expected to continue to expand in the future.
- Nicholas Petersen is a 4-H’er from Cuming County. This Diamond Level recipient did a project called “Necessities for the Needy”, which consisted of making kits of supplies for the less fortunate. Nicholas was able to reach out and help people in third world countries, as well as those in his own area. His project promoted citizenship and leadership, as he was able to involve other students and parents in his mission to help those in need.
- Miranda Wieczorek is from Hall County. Her Diamond Clover Project is called “4-H: A Place for me!” Miranda’s overall goal was to encourage youth, ages 5-8, to get involved in 4-H. Throughout this project, she designed a program with classes, a workshop, activities, and much more - all of which taught general public and youth what 4-H is and the many opportunities that 4-H has to offer.
- Kimberly Ruskamp is a 4-H’er from Dodge County. Her Diamond Clover Project is called “B.I.K.E.S”, which stands for Bikers Increasing Knowledge, Experience, & Safety. Through this project, Kimberly was able to teach children, ages 5-12, about bicycle safety. These children participated in bicycle safety classes, and were then quizzed on what they had learned.
- Amanda Berg is a 4-Her from Seward County. She chose the 4-H Cottage Renovation project to provide others with a meeting place for further 4-H involvement. She was inspired to do this by her passion of working with 4-Hers and giving back for future generations.
- Amy Lohse is a Diamond Level recipient from Gage County. Her Dressing Up the Homestead project involved her with sewing outfits for the Homestead National Monument. Not only did Amy complete two outfits, three skirts, a child’s dress and pinafore, but she also learned about clothing styles for the 1890s time period.
- Connor Wiese is another 4-Her from Seward County who is a Diamond Level recipient. He also chose the 4-H Cottage Renovation project because it was an opportunity for him to give back to future 4-Hers. His involvement in this project improved his knowledge of woodworking and his leadership skills.
- Kyle Ebel is a 4-Her from Dodge County. He chose the St. Peter’s Cemetery Beautification project, which consisted of repairing and improving a small church cemetery. In this project, Kyle learned the importance of time management and community involvement.
- Eric Woita is a Diamond Level recipient from Holt County. He is recognized for his contribution to The Fair Plaque Project. In this project, Eric made Champion and Reserve Champion plaques, which were then hung on livestock stalls at the Holt County Fair. Eric is the first ever Diamond Level recipient from Holt County. From this project, Eric was able to improve his woodworking skills.
- Heather Hutchison is recognized for her Ongoing Project for Epworth Village. From Lincoln County, Heather is a Diamond Level recipient who started a community service project. This project includes donating much needed supplies to Epworth Village, which provides shelter, education, and counseling for young boys. From this project, Heather learned the importance of reaching out to the community to help others, and is still continuing to do so.
- Kyle Pederson is a 4-Her from Lancaster County. Kyle is a Diamond Level Recipient due to his Christian Heritage Children’s Home (CHCH) Plant Project. Kyle’s project consisted of moving plants to a children’s home, and starting a 4-H club for the children living at the home. Kyle’s involvement enabled him to help the community by beautifying the landscape, as well as giving the children an exciting 4-H experience.
- Sara Valentine is a 4-Her from Buffalo County. She was chosen as a Diamond Level Recipient for her involvement in Operation Military Kids: HERO Packs. In this project, Sara assembled 50 backpacks to give to children with a deployed parent. This provided a way for the children to stay connected with their parent. Through this project, Sara displayed her passion for helping those who are impacted by the Global War on Terrorism.
- Danielle DeTurk is recognized for his Africa Clothing Project. From Lincoln County, Danielle is a Diamond Level Recipient who collected clothing for children Zambia. Her work in gathering donations spanned over two years, and included a 4-H sewing day for the Africa Clothing Project, as well as many other fundraising activities. This project taught Danielle the importance of helping others who are less fortunate, as well as the ability to ask others for help.
- Haylee McVicker is a Diamond Clover recipient from Box Butte County. For her service-learning project, Haylee chose to renovate the Box Butte County Fair 4-H Building. Haylee’s work on the building involved cleaning, painting, upgrading the lights, replacing display fixtures, and adding a hand painted mural. Through this project, Haylee was able to give back to the 4-H community.
- Jennie Allen is a 4-Her from Cass County. She is a Diamond Clover recipient for her Flag Pole Garden project. This project involved redesigning the local Flag Pole Garden at the Riverview Cemetery in Louisville, Nebraska, and required a lot of help from the community. Jennie was able to increase her knowledge of garden maintenance and design through this project.
- Krista Peterson is a Diamond Clover recipient from Cuming County. Her Bandages for Global Health Ministries project consisted of preparing 5.000 bandages for medical communities and missionaries in third world countries. Krista was able to maintain a totally “green" project, as the bandages were recycled from worn and soiled sheets, and were then shipped in clean recycled shoe boxes. Through this project, Krista utilized help from her community and family.