Youths honored during Dairy Youth Auction

BEAVER DAM -- The 20th annual Dodge County Dairy Youth Recognition Auction was held on Sunday, Aug. 20. Each year the youths who excel in the various contests and showing events are honored during the auction. Generous supporters bid on dairy mementos with the money paid used to support the dairy youth programs, judging teams and scholarships.

The auction is held each year to honor the top dairy exhibitors who, unlike those showing in the livestock show earlier in the fair, are unable to actually sell the animals they raised and showed. This year the bidder received a birdhouse or a bird feeder. Sixteen youths were honored for their accomplishments at this year's fair.

Kelsey Ewert of Watertown, was a lottery winner. She has been a member of Sinissippi 4-H for seven years and Hustisford FFA three years. At school, she is involved with varsity volleyball, basketball, and track teams.

Ian Spoke of Waterloo, had a spot in the auction as top junior fitter. He is a member of the Portland Boosters 4-H Club. He will be in eighth grade at Waterloo Intermediate School. He participates in football, wrestling, track and field in school.

Sara Skalitzky of Waterloo, earned a spot in the auction as the junior champion registered Holstein female. She will be a senior at Waterloo High School.

Tara Schultz of Columbus is a member of Astico Perseverance 4-H club. Her parents are Keith and Anna Schultz of Columbus. She had the opportunity to sell as the senior champion grade Holstein female.

Madison Gudex of Oakfield is a member of the Lomira Clover Leaves 4-H Club and the American Milking Shorthorn Junior Society. She had the junior champion of all colored female breed.

Ariona Hildebrandt of Hustisford won the honor to be in the auction as the senior champion registered Holstein female. She has been involved with the dairy project for six years through Sinissippi 4-H and Hustisford FFA.

Lily Newman, of Iron Ridge the Oak Grove Owls 4-H and will be a freshman this fall at the University of Wisconsin Platteville. She had the senior champion grade holstein female.

Emma Paulson of Columbus, will be sophomore at Columbus High School this fall. She had the honor of selling as the senior champion of all colored female breeds.

Matthew Gunst of Hartford is a member of the Herman Hornets 4-H club. He will be a senior at Lakeside Lutheran High in Lake Mills. He earned the right to sell in the auction with the best bred and owned animal.

Kylie Nickels of Watertown will be a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in dairy science with a minor in ag business this fall. She won the honors to sell by being the supreme showman of the dairy show.

Cassidy Ewert of Watertown 18, will be a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater this fall where she will be majoring in Business Management. She was the senior showmanship winner. She has been active in the Hustisford FFA president the last two years and treasurer of the Sinissippi 4-H Club for the past six years.

Elizabeth Gunst of Hartford was the top intermediate showmanship winner. She will be a freshman at Lakeside Lutheran High School. She is the vice president of the Herman Hornets 4-H Club and a member of Wisconsin Jr. Holstein Association.

Lane Wendorf of Ixonia was the junior showmanship winner. He is a member of the Dodge County Junior Holstein Association. He will be a sixth grader at Nature Hill Intermediate in Oconomowoc.

Vivian Lichty of Beaver Dam is a member of the Hyland Prairie 4-H Club. She earned the honor of selling in the sale as the beginner showmanship winner. She will be in the fourth grade at St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam.

Samantha Pitterle of Watertown had the honor of selling as the senior fitter. She will be a senior at Watertown High School. She is a member of the Watertown FFA.

Marissa Spoke is a member of the Portland Boosters 4-H Club. She sells as the second lottery winner. She will be in sixth grade at Waterloo Intermediate School this fall. This is her second year in the dairy project.

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