The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 9, 2013

Students earn top ag honors

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Four area high school students will receive awards Monday for their accomplishments in agriculture.

The FFA and 4-H students will receive the awards, sponsored by the Enid News & Eagle, before Monday’s premium sale capping off the 79th annual Northwest District Junior Livestock Show. The awards presentation will begin at 6:45 p.m. in the Chisholm Trail Pavilion, with the premium sale beginning at 7 p.m.

Tyler Schnaithman, of Garber FFA, will receive the award as the top FFA student. Katy Lippoldt, of Kingfisher FFA, will receive the runner-up award.

The top 4-H students are Ricki Schroeder, of Kremlin-Hillsdale 4-H, and Timothy Matthews, of Okarche 4-H.

Tyler Schnaithman

Schnaithman has made it a goal to be as involved as possible in all facets of FFA. He spoke at every opportunity, exhibited livestock, judged livestock, attended state and national conventions and attended many conferences and workshops.

“I count it a blessing to be raised and to attend school in a rural setting with a small-town environment,” he said in information provided with his application. “I believe the FFA offers an incredible opportunity for us to grow as a person and to develop our leadership skills. The same skills can serve as an asset to us and our communities all of our lives.”

Some of his accomplishments before 2012 were receiving third at nationals in the FFA Creed, grand champion market lamb at Tulsa State Fair in 2011, bronze medallion market lamb at Northwest District Junior Livestock Show in 2010 and first place at the Oklahoma FFA Speech Contest in eighth-grade opportunities and natural resources.

The year 2012 was a busy one for Schnaithman. On the local level, he served as coordinator and master of ceremonies for the Garber FFA Leadership Workshop, attended by eighth-graders from the Northwest District. He served as president of Garber FFA for two years and was Northwest District COLT Confer-ence president. He was a scholarship recipient for Washington Leadership Conference. He won grand lamb at the local livestock show, reserve grand at the county show, third in class at American Royal and made the premium sale qualifier at NWDJLS.

In community/leadership activities, he planned and coordinated a haunted house on his family’s farm that benefited an injured co-op employee; coordinated a bingo-chili night for the Garber Angel Tree; and volunteered at the Garber Easter egg hunt and Fourth of July celebration.

“I look forward to finishing my senior year in a fun and fulfilling way, and I believe with my whole heart that with focus, hard work and determination, the FFA Leadership Factory molds youth into our leaders of tomorrow,” Schnaithman said.

Katy Lippoldt

Lippoldt enjoyed success with her projects in 2012. At the Oklahoma Youth Expo, she had the champion bred-and-owned and reserve overall Angus female.

At the state interscholastic competition in Stillwater, she was a member of the state champion parliamentary procedure team for the second year in a row, the state champion livestock evaluation team and completed in the speak-off at the state convention for the second year in a row as 2012 state champion in the animal science prepared public spe-aking division.

“I began the year 2012 by living the first words of the FFA motto ‘Learning to Do’” by practicing each of my Career Development Events with diligence, working with my animals and learning more about agriculture,” Lippoldt said.

She selected to serve as a foundation leadership intern at the State FFA Convention and learned about the work that goes on behind the scenes.

“After being selected as the chapter FFA president, I began to realize the meaning of ‘Living to Serve.’ I continued to enhance my leadership skills at the FFA Alumni Camp, where I was chosen to have a flag part,” she said.

She attended Washington Leadership Conference.

“The chapter officer retreat was the perfect opportunity to share with my fellow officers new ideas for our chapter, and how we can incorporate unique and exciting ideas into our program of activities,” Lippoldt said. “Also, as a member of the Youth Advisory Council, I was put in a position to utilize the leadership, skills I had been practicing at the AFR Youth Leadership Summit.”

At the National Junior Angus Show in Louisville, she placed first with her heifer. The remainder of the summer and the beginning of the school year were spent practicing for the National FFA Livestock Eval-uation Competi-tion.

“My team practiced persistently throughout the summer, taking written tests and presenting oral reasons. I attended the Oklahoma State University Livestock Evaluation Camp, where I was awarded the most outstanding in the group,” Lippoldt said.

“Once we arrived in Indianapolis, our team won the national championship and I was the high individual in oral reasons,” she said.

She attended the American Royal in Kansas City and exhibited a bred-and-owned female that received reserve division honors.

Ricki Schroeder

Schroeder, a senior at Kremlin-Hillsdale High School, is a nine-year 4-H member.

His main 4-H project areas are wildlife and fisheries, citizenship, leadership and entomology. Schroeder was named state 4-H record book winner in wildlife/fisheries in 2011 and in advanced citizenship in 2012.

He has touched the lives of many through his community service projects. Some of the projects most meaningful for him include Trick or Treat for Cans for the Horn of Plenty, Covered with Love, providing fleece blankets for nursing home residents, and providing Smile Bags for hospitalized children.

Schroeder has excelled at leadership while in 4-H. He has served as a state 4-H Ambassador for the past three years. He is serving on the state 4-H Leadership Council. He also is state 4-H reporter. In April, he will travel to Washing-ton, D.C., to serve on the National 4-H Conference Youth Leadership Team. He attended this conference in 2012 and is excited about planning National 4-H Confer-ence for the 2013 delegates.

Schroeder also has been a delegate to National 4-H Congress, Kansas City Global Summit, Denver Western Rou-ndUp, and he will be a delegate to Citizen-ship Washington Focus in June. He was inducted into Oklahoma 4-H Key Club in 2-11. Being na-med into the Garfield County 4-H Hall of Fame has been a highlight of Schroeder’s 4-H career.

Schroeder also demonstrates citizenship, leadership and academic skills at KHS. This year, he is serving as Student Council president. He also is vice president of the National Honor Society and captain of the varsity academic team. He has been accepted to Oklahoma State University, where he will major in entomology with a pre-veterinary option.

He is the son of Randy and Marlys Schroeder, of Hillsdale.

Timothy Matthews

Matthews has been involved in 4-H for 10 years as a member in Kingfisher County.

He has participated in many facets of 4-H since before he was 9 years old. He followed his four older siblings into 4-H. His main projects were shooting sports and safety. Some of his main project work included facilitating the Kingfisher County Hunter’s Safety Class and helping the Oklahoma Outdoor Society with its annual banquet. Through his project work, he strived to create a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts.

Citizenship and community service are important components of any 4-H member. One of Matthews’ favorite community service activities was participating in the local recycling program. To make this program effective, Matthews sorted recyclables at home, encouraged paper, plastic and aluminum recycling at school and worked the local collection point once a month.

Matthews has held offices at the local, county level and state level on the Oklahoma State 4-H Leadership Team. He was recognized on the county level as Kingfisher County 4-H Hall of Fame winner in 2009. He is the son of Tom and Sandy Matthews, of Okarche.