Last year, lasting memories
10-year 4-H members share their experiences in 4-H program
Compiled by Robert Herrington and Navar Watson
In her 10 years, Kara Moody has completed more the 200 projects in a wide variety of areas from shooting sports (rifle) to cake decorating to cats.
“I love getting to learn all the new stuff,” she said. “Every once in a while I try a new one that interests me.”
During her time, Moody completed projects in photography, arts and crafts and microwave all 10 years. She completed scrapbooking and shooting sports for nine years each.
“The project I enjoyed the most was rifle because it gave me the opportunity to go out and shoot guns, which I would never do without 4-H. It’s always a lot of fun to go out to the range,” she said.
Moody, daughter of Keith and Beth Moody, is a 10-year member of the Noblesville H & H 4-H Club. She also serves as a Junior Leader which she enjoys because of the interaction with younger 4-H’ers.
“4-H has impacted my life a lot. I’ve met some pretty amazing people,” Moody said, adding she also has learned leadership and organization skills and the importance of being prepared.
Moody said her lasting 4-H memory was showing her pet in the cat show and winning grand champion.
“It was amazing, a shock. I never thought I would win an animal award at the fair,” she said.
Moody said her best advice to younger 4-H’ers is “Don’t procrastinate on your projects” and her favorite fair food is vanilla milkshakes.
“What I’m looking forward to the most at this year’s fair is the 4-H Queen Pageant and getting to see all the projects and people at the fair.”
Moody will attend IUPUI in the fall studying elementary education.
Getting involved in every extracurricular activity she could, Noblesville resident Madison McFadden said it “took me a while to find my niche.”
At the Hamilton County 4-H Fair, however, she found people sharing her interests. Joining the program in third grade, McFadden is celebrating her 10th year of membership this summer.
In her 10 years, she managed to preside over two different clubs and win third runner-up at last year’s 4-H Queen Court.
“All [the] younger kids looked up to me as a role model, and that was just really cool,” McFadden said. “When I was in third or fourth grade, my role model was the girl who was president of the same club I was in.”
She said this mentor relationship is one of the key parts of the 4-H program.
This year McFadden will be exhibiting a llama project, poultry project and photography project, as well as giving a speech. She will also be a 4-H Junior Leader.
Her involvement with 4-H helped “shape my future,” she said, as she plans to study animal science at Purdue University in the fall.
Aside from that, 4-H has also improved her skills in leadership, responsibility, time management, public speaking and collaboration.
McFadden said she will miss her time involved in 4-H, specifically the feeling she gets looking at her accomplishments and seeing her hard work paid off. She said she will continue visiting the fair in the future.
“Being a member of Hamilton County, we’re blessed to have such a wonderful fairgrounds,” McFadden said.
McFadden said the fair’s lack of thrill rides is an advantage, making it more focused on the animals and students’ accomplishments. She believes it should stay this way.
“Our fair is very friendly to the community,” she said. “I think that’s why we have such a huge [participation] rate and why so many people keep coming back.”
10-year 4-H members, parents and club
Jordyn Alexander – Todd and Kyle Alexander – Westfield Whiz Kids
Elizabeth Bailey – Dennis and Susan Etchison Bailey – Husky 4-H’ers
Mckayla Barber – Rene and Dale Kougel and Paula and David Barber – Jolly Rogers
Mckenzie Barber – Rene and Dale Kougel and Paula and David Barber – Jolly Rogers
Samantha Bates – Bill and Paula Bates – Westfield Whiz Kids
Chelsea Bays – Fred and Dyan Bays – Llama Trekkers
Christopher Beck – Scott and Shantel Beck – Husky 4-H’ers
Ashley Binder – Greg and Cindy Binder – Carmel 4-C’s
Samantha Boram – Nikki Boram – Hamilton County Jr. Sheep Association and Fishers Showstoppers
Forrest Bowden – Wayne and Tracy Bowden – Husky 4-H’ers
Joseph Box – Howard and Peggy Box – Friends Forever
Courtney Boyd – Kenny and Vicky Boyd – 4-Leaf Clover Cloggers
Sarah Bruns – Mark and Jody Bruns – Carmel Colleens & Gents
Ben Burdick – Brandt and Vicki Burdick –Carmel 4-C’s
Emily Burris – Lisa Burris – Progressive Farmers
Samuel Chance – Stephen and Kimberly Chance – Husky 4-H’ers
Joshua Clark – Jerry and April Clark – Mudsockers
Victoria Comin – Gilberto and Julia Comin – Winners Unlimited
Jana Cooley – Kay Cooley – Dog Obedience
Emily Dzirbik – David and Diane Dzirbik – Winners Unlimited
Abigail Esrael – Ann Williams and Trevor Esrael – Harey Hoppers
Joel Flanders – Jim and Suzanne Flanders – Hamilton County Jr. Sheep Association
Mark Fletcher – Matt and Jill Fletcher – Clover Kids
Stephanie Foerder – Mark and Liane Foerder – Carmel Colleens & Gents and Llama Trekkers
Mary “Lizzie” Ford – Fishers 4-Leaf Clovers
Brad Freeh – Mike and Jill Freeh – Harey Hoppers
Kendall Gatewood – Bruce and Chelse Gatewood – Forest Hill
Madeleine German – Rick and Ellen German – Carmel 4-C’s
Evan Goley – Troy and Karen Goley – Fishers Showstoppers
Brooke Gooch – Michael Gooch and Todra Hart – Sheridan Ag
Taylor Good – Jeremy and Sheri Good – Carmel 4-C’s
Elizabeth Marie Gore – Bob and Brenda Gore – Fishers 4-Leaf Clovers
Cassadi Griffey – Dave and Wendy Griffey – Jolly Rogers
Allison Hamilton – Charles and Susan Hamilton – Stringtown Pikers
Morgan Hammon – Troy and Dawn Hammon – Royal Rascals
Abbie Hancock – Dave and Pam Hancock – Heartland 4-H’ers
Shelby Hobbs – Jim and Lynette Hobbs – Mudsockers
Gabrielle House – Matt House and Angie Helminiak – Husky 4-H’ers
Alexandra Hudson – Tom and Julie Hudson – Giddy Up Gang
Riley Hutson – Jeff and Karrie Hutson – Westfield Whiz Kids
Jessica Kiser – Brian and Chris Kiser – Winners Unlimited
Noah Kiser – Kevin and Pam Kiser – Carmel Colleens & Gents
Colin J. Krieder – Kevin and Rosanna Krieder – Friends Forever
Kaylin Lapel – Bryan and Jennifer Lapel – Carmel 4-C’s
Sara Latini – Bob and Pam Latini – Winners Unlimited
Sarah Lawhorn – Roland and Jennifer Lawhorn – 4-Leaf Clover Cloggers
Elizabeth Longbottom – Bruce and Nancy Longbottom – Friends Forever
Ty Martz – Fred and Patricia Martz – Shooting Sports Club
Sarah McConkey – Terry and Joan McConkey – Llama Trekkers
Madison McFadden – R. Scott and Lisa McFadden – Llama Trekkers and Carmel Colleens & Gents
Hannah Milam – Kirk and Rebecca Milam
Andrew Miller – Phil and Carol Miller – Sheridan Ag
Jordan Mills – Bruce and Kelly Mills – Husky 4-H’ers
Kara Moody – Keith and Beth Moody – Noblesville H & H
Katy Morris – Bill and Lisa Morris – Forest Hill
Paige Morris – Lori Jordan – Westfield Cloverleaves
Paige Neff – Dylan Neff and Melissa Stem
Haley Nixon – Jim and Kim Nixon – Walnut Lassies & Laddies
Jared Osswald – Brad and Amber Osswald – Walnut Lassies & Laddies
Olivia Patterson – Larry and Theresa Patterson – Carmel 4-C’s
Amy Pavey – Kevin and Lisa Pavey – Friends Forever
Ciara Pickering – Bruce and Kathy Pickering – Carmel 4-C’s
Megan Pickering – Brian and Jo Pickering – Heartland 4-H’ers
Kristen Pouch – Mark and Terri Pouch – 4-Leaf Clover Cloggers
Mikayla Pugel – Mike and Agnes Pugel – Progressive Farmers
Connor Purdy – Steve and Emily Purdy – Westfield Whiz Kids
Taylor Riley – Robert and Sandy Riley – Giddy Up Gang
Hannah Roaten – Bob and Carol Roaten – Sheridan Ag
Kaity Roberts – Jim and Jan Roberts – Westfield Whiz Kids
Kyle Schmidt – Doug and Carol Schmidt – Stringtown Pikers
Richard “Joey” Schnarr – Jacob and Jennifer Schnarr – Southeastern 4-H’ers
Margaret Sharples-Gordon – Keith Sharples and Sylvia Gordon – Stringtown Pikers
Alexis Skinner – John and Pennie Skinner – Giddy Up Gang
Maggie Speake – Mathew and Jennifer Speake – Carmel 4-C’s
Kendall Speicher – Randy and April Speicher – Heartland 4-H’ers
Ciera Spencer – Jeff and Angela Spencer – Sheridan Ag
Helen Storms – Mike and Lisa Storms – Winners Unlimited
Heather Stuckey – Steven and Dana Stuckey – Westfield Cloverleaves
Amanda Summe – Mike and Joni Summe – Sheridan Ag
Courtney Tate – Scott and the late Kathy Tate – Jackson Hotshots
Andrew R. Thieme – Ron and Sally Thieme – Progressive Farmers
Paul C. Thieme – Ron and Sally Thieme – Progressive Farmers
Shelbi Tidd – Jon and Wendy Tidd – Mudsockers
Kelsie Waitt – Kent and Brenda Waitt – Sheridan Ag