SIDNEY — Five county youth have been recognized as the 2022 Shelby County Outstanding 4-Hers.

Riley Barhorst was nominated by Kristi Bayhan, the Creative Clovers 4-H adviser. She is the daughter of Chris and Amanda Barhorst. She is a junior at Jackson Center High School.

“Riley has taken a variety of both livestock and non-livestock projects over the past nine years that she has been involved in the 4H program. She is a great mentor to the younger members within our club. Riley is always willing to assist where needed at meetings and outings, and helps members get to and from meetings if needed. She is currently Creative Clovers 4H club president, a position she takes pride in serving as she leads our group. Riley is a member of Junior Fair Board and was a camp counselor this year. She is a pleasure to have in our club, and I hope that her commitment to her roles will make her a top candidate for this achievement,” said Bayhan.

Eliza Gariety ws nominated by Hannah Dapore, the Russia Fashionettes 4-H adviser. She is the daughter of Greg and Connie Gariety. She is a senior at Russia High School.

“Eliza Gariety is a 10-year member of the Russia Fashionettes 4-H Club, where she has held various offices including secretary and treasurer. She is also a member of the Shelby County Junior Fair Board,” wrote Dapore. “Over her years in 4-H, Eliza has taken a wide variety of projects to the fair receiving numerous awards including an ‘Outstanding of the Day’ every year (excluding 2020 due to COVID) at both the county and State Fair. She has also won four State Fair Clock Trophies and the 2021 State Fair Consumer Challenge Award. Eliza is a student at Russia Local School where she is a 4.0 Honor student and a member of Lead Russia Team, National Honor Society, and Academia. She participates in golf, basketball, and softball and has received the ‘Top Business Student Award’ and the ‘Top Science Student Award.’ She was also Student of the Month and was a member of Student Council. Outside of school, Eliza has volunteered her time at the Right-to-Life garage sales, Rustic Hope, the Piqua soup kitchen, Knights of Columbus breakfast, and kindergarten screening. She has helped with making care packages for veterans and making blankets for Dorothy Love and the Ronald McDonald House and spends time at the Versailles Nursing Home. She is a member of St. Remy Catholic Church, Youth Group, Stella Maria, Totus Tuus, Leadership group, and volunteers at the church picnic. As you can see, Eliza is very active in 4-H, school, her community, and church. She always goes above and beyond, and her many successes in 4-H and school demonstrate that. Eliza shows great leadership within her club and is a role model to the younger members. With her positive attitude, great work ethic, and outgoing personality, Eliza will have a very bright future ahead of her.”

Hayden Huelskamp was nominated by Jenni Shoffner, the Anna Livestock 4-H adviser. He is the son of Chad and Tonya Huelskamp, He is a senior at Anna High School.

“Hayden Huelskamp is a member of the Anna Livestock 4-H Club where he is currently serving at vice president and has held numerous officer positions in the past,” wrote Shoffner. “He has also been a 4-H Camp counselor. Hayden’s project consists of Market Steers. He will be a senior at Anna High School where he participates in basketball, football and is currently serving as the Vice-President of the Anna FFA Chapter. Outside of school Hayden is a member of Sacred Heart McCartyville where he serves as a Eucharist Minister. He is also employed at Outdoors Unlimited and by his grandparents at their family farm. Hayden has been a role model for our younger members and is the first person to lend a helping hand, involve all members and to offer words of encouragement to others. His work ethic is evident by his success every year at the fair. ”

Nate Boerger was nominated by Sally Behr, the Merry Mod Makers 4-H aadviser. He is the son of Kevin and Gina Boerger. He is a senior at Fort Loramie High School.

“Being a nine year member of the Merry Mod Makers 4-H Club, Nate has held various officer positions. His woodworking skills have succeeded at the State Fair level many times,” wrote Behr. “Nate will be entering his senior year at Fort Loramie High School which will keep him active in the Student Council, National Honor Society, Academia, FFA, baseball and football. He was a volunteer for the community Liberty Days and Special Olympics. Nate is a member of St. Michael’s Church where he is an Eucharist minister, mass lead, videographer, and on the CYO basketball team. Nate has always gone above and beyond the woodworking project requirements and with his skills, will succeed with his life’s goals.”

Adam Ballas was nominated by Sally Behr, the Merry Mod Makers 4-H adviser. He is the son of Michael and Karen Ballas. He is a senior at Fort Loramie High School.

“During his 9-year membership in the Merry Mod Makers 4-H Club, Adam has held various officer positions,” wrote Behr. “With his various Special Interest projects and Creative Writing skills, he has competed at the State Fair level numerous times. His knowledge and leadership skills have been a great influence on another member of the club. Being a student at Fort Loramie High School keeps him active in the Spanish Club, History Club, National Honor Society, Science Olympiad, Cross County team, and the Golf team. With being a member of St. Michael’s Church, Adam is also a Mass server. Besides all the school and community activities, there is still time to be involved with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. Adam is a super outstanding role model, and his friendship goes the extra mile.”