Kelsey Potratz – 2017 Winnebago County 4-H Key Award Recipient

Congratulations Kelsey Potratz!

Kelsey is a 10-year member of Newcomers 4-H Club where she has served many club offices. Kelsey has a perfect attendance record, attending every Newcomers 4-H club meeting in the 10 years that she has been a member. Organizational Leader of Newcomers 4-H Club, Shannon Besaw says “Kelsey is a wondeful role model to the younger youth members. She has great communication skills providing demonstrations to our club. She teaches and leads our members, as well as other members throughout the county, how to be well rounded/involved 4-H members by being a camp counselor and assisting with events like 4-H Fun Day (project exploration day). She always displays a positive attitude, is happy and energetic. We are proud to have her representing our club.” Kelsey participates in a number of 4-H project areas: swine, photography, art, foods & nutrition, vegetables, sheep, small animals, woodworking, and youth leadership. She has received outstanding woodworking exhibitor as well as outstanding livestock exhibitor. Kelsey is also an Ambassador of 4-H in Winnebago County and was again a  4-H Camp Counselor this summer. At the state and national level, Kelsey has represented Winnebago County at the American Spirit Experience, Space Camp and Citizenship Washington Focus. Kelsey says that 4-H has helped her gain self-confidence, self-responsibility and helped her build her character. Kelsey has given back to her community by volunteering at a local senior center, participating in Relay for Life, donating at multiple Red Cross blood drives, and participating in her high school Key Club and student council. Kelsey is also very active with sports at the high school level, making it to state in powerlifting, and participating in dance, cross country, and softball.

The prestigious Key Award, one of the highest recognitions a 4-H member can receive, honors a select group of 4-H participants annually. The youth receiving this award are ones who have demonstrated consistent growth in their 4-H involvement, developed and applied their leadership skills, and actively participated in their club and community.

Key Award recipients are junior/senior high school students with at least three years of experience in 4-H and one year as a youth leader. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau and Rural Mutual Insurance Company sponsor the Wisconsin 4-H Key Award program. They have sponsored these awards for over 25 years, helping 4-H to honor some of Wisconsin’s finest youth.


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