The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


March 9, 2013

Students earn top ag honors


ENID, Okla. — 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.

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