Brooke Putz, Philip Krzyszton, Lindsey Berg, Jesse Mercer, Morgan Guenther and Amy Losinski are the 2021 Buffalo County 4-H scholarship recipients. The $500 and $250 scholarships will be presented in May and June at school graduation ceremonies on behalf of the Buffalo County 4‑H Leaders’ Association. The scholarships are set aside for a select number of graduating Buffalo County 4-H members who excel in 4-H project work, leadership and community service. These six graduating 4-H members completed a resume and interview process to earn a scholarship.
Brooke Putz is a member of the Golden Hornets 4-H club and will graduate in May from Cochrane-Fountain City High School. She is receiving a $500 Buffalo County 4-H Scholarship for Youth Leadership. Brooke’s parents are Brian and Teri Putz. Brooke has been a 4-H Camp Kinnissippewa counselor for several years guiding younger campers both virtually and in-person. She has provided leadership for 4-H Afterschool members in the Cloverbud judging process and as a President of her 4-H club has mentored junior members. Additionally, Putz has led youth in STEAM summer and winter programming. She is committed to youth development and integrates her 4-H learning experiences into multiple roles in her school and community. Putz will be heading to UW-River Falls in September to pursue a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood.
Jesse Mercer, who is being awarded the $500 Buffalo County 4-H Project Scholarship, is a 4-H youth leader in the Bear Creek 4-H club. Jesse’s parents are Alan and Bonnie Mercer of Mondovi. He was selected for a scholarship for his outstanding accomplishments and leadership in the 4-H poultry project. He is an active role model for younger members in his family and 4-H club. He has also made great efforts to develop a strong personal understanding of his chickens and communicates that in his showing at the Buffalo County Fair. Mercer will graduate from Mondovi School District.
Lindsey Berg will receive the Buffalo County 4-H Community Service Scholarship in the amount of $500. Lindsey’s parents are Franklin and Angela Berg, and Lindsey is a member of the Glencoe Hustler’s 4-H Club. Berg was selected for scholarship for her many service-learning projects throughout her time in 4-H on the club and county level, but most significantly, those during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the summer of 2020, Lindsey volunteered her time to fill gaps in services and significant needs in the Arcadia area. Lindsey’s work illustrates she is a strong model for others in serving others and the community. Lindsey will graduate in May from the School District of Arcadia. Lindsey plans to attend the Milwaukee School of Engineering majoring in Biomedical Engineering or Nursing.
Philip Krzyszton, a member of the B-BC 4-H club and recipient of the $250 Buffalo County 4-H Scholarship for 4-H Project Work, is the son of Kelli and Marek Krzyszton of Waumandee. Philip is a 2021 graduate of Cochrane-Fountain City High School. Philip’s 4-H aerospace, dog and horse project work is significant; he is always digging deeper and expanding his understanding in ways that advance his passion and encourage others. Part of his experience has included being a 4-H camp counselor and coaching younger 4-H members as they begin their first experience in the dog and horse projects. Krzyszton plans to attend Northland Community Technical College in Theif River Falls, MN for an associate degree in Aviation Maintenance. He plans to transfer to the University of North Dakota and earn a Bachelor of Business in Aviation Management and earn his commercial pilot’s license.
Morgan Guenther is the daughter of Keith and Amy Guenther of Gilmanton. Morgan is awarded the $250 Buffalo County 4-H Leadership Scholarship. Morgan was selected for this scholarship for leadership in her club and in community youth development programs. In Lookout Legends 4-H club, Morgan modeled 4-H involvement, especially in the Arts & Communication 4-H project area where she has been a two-year member of the Wisconsin State 4-H Arts Team. In the community, Morgan is a leader in programs like teen court and the Buffalo County Partnership Council where she serves as the Secretary in youth prevention efforts. Guenther will be working towards a degree in Marketing at UW-Whitewater this fall.
Amy Losinski is the $250 award winner of the Buffalo County 4-H Community Service Scholarship. Amy’s parents Steve and Jennifer Losinski. Amy is a member of the Glencoe Hustler’s 4-H Club and will graduate from Arcadia High School in May. Losinski has served others as a 4-H club member and as a county youth leader. Amy has also shared her knowledge of the goat project with young members and worked to grow her skills in the industry. Amy is an overall example of a 4-H member who excels in her club and community. Amy plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-River Falls majoring in pre-veterinarian coursework.