Nine youth are vying for this year’s top honors as Kosciusko County 4-H King and Queen. Last Thursday, their official interviews were held.
Ashley Helfers is a seven-year member of the Milford Helping Hands and 4-H Junior Leaders Club where she has held offices as treasurer and recreation leader. She has participated in 4-H projects such as needlecraft, poultry, miscellaneous crafts, dairy foods and creative writing. Now a senior at Wawasee High School, Helfer’s future plans include obtaining a degree in Communicative Science from Purdue University. She is the daughter of Jeff and Michelle Helfers of Leesburg.
Victoria Fulton is a nine year 4-H member and has held offices in the Rabbit Club as reporter and secretary. Fulton is a member of the 4-H Junior Leaders Club. Her 4-H projects include swine, rabbits, cake decorating and photography. A senior at Warsaw Community High School, Fulton’s future plans are to attend college and become a psychologist. She is the daughter of Dan and Angela Fulton of Warsaw.
Kiara Hackworth is a sixth-year 4-H member and member of the Atwood Neverquitters and Kosciusko County 4-H Junior Leaders Club. She has held offices as secretary, treasurer, vice president and 4-H council representative. Her projects include woodworking, consumer clothing, miscellaneous crafts, food, goats, gift wrapping, swine and scrapbooking. Hackworth will be a junior at Tippecanoe Valley High School. She is the daughter of Lora Hackworth of Warsaw.
Kristin Quick is a 10-year member of the Pierceton Hayseeds 4-H Club and 4-H Junior Leaders Club, where she has held offices as president, secretary, health and safety and recreation leader. Her 4-H projects include dairy, dairy steer, dairy calf feeder steer, swine, poultry and foods. Quick is a 2013 graduate of Warsaw Community High School and plans to attend Purdue University for biochemistry. Quick is the daughter of Jill Landrigan and the late Sean Quick of Warsaw.
Hannah Tucker is an eighth-year member of the Milford Successful 4-Hers Club where she has held offices as president, vice president, secretary, reporter, health and safety, devotions leader and recreation leader. Her 4-H projects include beef, swine, shooting sports, veterinary science, photography and home environment. Homeschooled, Tucker recently completed her sophomore year and has plans to attend Purdue University to study agricultural management or agricultural education, or to pursue collegiate livestock judging. Tucker is the daughter of Steve and Valerie Tucker of Milford.
Chris Baker is a seven-year member of the Pierceton Hayseeds 4-H Club where he has held office as treasurer. His 4-H projects include dairy calf feeder steers, poultry, swine, electric and dairy steers. Beginning his senior year at Whitko High School in the fall, Baker has future plans to attend the University of Northwestern Ohio. He is the son of Andrea Baker of Pierceton.
Cody Demske is a seven-year member of the Beaver Dam 4-H Club and 4-H Junior Leaders Club where he currently holds office as vice president. His 4-H projects include shooting sports, goats, farm toy scene Legos, woodworking, sport fishing and veterinary science. Demske, now a junior at Tippecanoe Valley High School, has plans to attend Grace College for Pre-veterinary studies and later, to attend Purdue University to continue studies in veterinary medicine. He is the son of Mark and Lisa Demske of Claypool.
Michal Meeker is a sixth-year 4-H member and a member of the 4-H Junior Leaders Club. His projects include electric, poultry, model crafts, rabbits and microwave cooking. Meeker is a recent graduate of Warsaw Community High School. He is the son of Kathy and Lyle Meeker.
Jake Templin is a nine-year member of the Milford Helping Hands 4-H Club where he has held offices as vice president. His 4-H projects include beef, dairy beef, dairy calf feeder steer and swine. Templin will be a senior at Wawasee High School and plans to study agribusiness or animal science. He is the son of Terry and Karen Templin of Leesburg.