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James W. Crowley Leadership Award winners announced

Fifteen Wisconsin dairy youth received James W. Crowley Leadership Awards at the 2005 Wisconsin Junior State Fair for their outstanding dairy project work. Each award winner received a plaque provided by the James W. Crowley Dairy Management and Extension Fund.

Each of the Crowley Award winners also receives a partial scholarship to attend the National 4-H Dairy Conference to be held Oct. 2 to Oct. 5 in Madison. The conference offers participants a chance to experience hands-on workshops, tour dairy companies, and meet other young dairy enthusiasts from across the United States and Canada. The Wuethrich Foundation of Greenwood, Wis. and the Wisconsin Farm Credit System co-sponsor the scholarships for the Wisconsin delegation.

The two top youth, Clayton Wohlk of Barron County and Carole Peper of Polk County, received $500 scholarships for continuing their dairy educations. In addition to the $500 scholarship winners, Crowley Award recipients were: Brad Born, Sheboygan County; Rachel Gleich, Langlade County; Justin Harsdorf, Pierce County; Michelle Heeg, Wood County; Bethany Kappelman, Manitowoc County; Krista Kasten, Washington County; Franni Kinnard, Door County; Angie Klein, Pepin County; Kristin Klossner, Green County; Heather Scanlan, Grant County; Kristen Smith, Green County; and Annette Zwald, St. Croix County.

“We had more than 45 youth nominated for the state award as county winners or extra nominees,” stated Ted Halbach, UW-Madison extension dairy youth specialist. “This year”s competition was extremely competitive and this group of award recipients really represents all that is good about the 4-H project work and the opportunity it provides.”

The judges for this year”s Crowley Awards were Ron Niedfeldt, a member of the Crowley Fund, and Kim Brown Pokorny, who works with Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin.

This award program is in honor and memory of James W. Crowley, longtime extension dairy specialist at the UW-Madison and strong supporter of dairy youth project work.