Sioux County Newsletter

March 2022

Calendar of Events

Mar. 3 - 4-H After School

Mar. 10 - 4-H After School

Mar. 17 - 4-H After School

Mar. 24 - 4-H After school

Mar. 25 - 4-H Workshop

Mar. 29 - 4-H Council Meeting at 6 pm

Mar. 31 - 4-H After School

Shooting Sports Upcoming Competitions

The Sioux County 4-H Shooting Sports has started competing in the Panhandle Best series with several members doing well at the first tournament in Harrison. At the end of the Panhandle Best Series, a complete list of results will be posted in the newsletter. Competition results can be found at Orion Results Center.
Panhandle Best 2022 Dates
  • Mar 6 Ogallala
  • Mar 13 Chadron
  • Mar 19-20 State in Mitchell

Congratulations to all the Shooting Sports members and best of luck as you continue learning about and enjoying this lifetime sport!

Shooting Sports Results

Panhandle Best Shooting Sports competitions have been going strong in February! At the Kimball meet Ruger Pelster placed 1st in 8 year old BB Gun, Chisum Pelster placed 2nd in the 9 to 10 year old and Tilton Button 11th, and Boone Button placed 7th in the 11 to 12 year old division. In AR Sporter, Chisum received 1st in the 8 to 10 year old division, Boone placed 3rd in the 11 to 12 year old division, and Baxter Reece received 7th in the 13 to 14 year old division. AR Precision Chisum placed 2nd in the 8 to 10 year old division and Boone also placed in 2nd the 11 to 12 year old division.

At the Grant shoot on February 13th Ruger won the 8 year old BB gun and Clancey Newlin placed 3rd. In the 9-10 year old division Chisum placed 3rd and Tilton 19th. Boone received 9th in the 11 to 12 year old division. In AR Sporter, Chisum won the 8 to 10 year old division and Boone placed 4th in the 11-12 year old division. In AR Precision Chisum and Boone both placed 2nd in their respective age divisions.

The Alliance Shoot on February 20th, in the 8 year old division, Ruger won, Clancey received second, and Natalie placed 9th. In the 9 to 10 year old division, Chisum received 2nd and Tilton 17th. Boone placed 7th in the 11 to 12 year old division, Victoria Turbiville placed 11th and Rebecca Reece 12th in the 13 to 15 year old division. In the AR Sporter Contest, Chisum placed 2nd in the 8 to 10 year old division, Boone received 3rd in the 11 to 12 year olds, and Baxter placed 10th in the 13-14 year old division. In AR Precision Chisum and Boone both won 2nd in their respective age divisions.

Scottsbluff held their shoot on February 27th. In the BB gun 8 year old division, Ruger won 2nd and Natalie Turbiville 5th. In the 9 to 10 year old division Chisum received 2nd and Rebecca Reece placed 9th and Victoria Turbiville placed 11th. In the AR Sporter Chisum received 2nd in the 8 to 10 year old, Boone 3rd in the 11 to 12 year old, and Baxter Reece 7th in the 13 to 14 year old division. In the AR Precision Chisum and Boone placed second in their age division and Jaime received 7th in the 15 to 18 year old division.

Congrats to all our shooters and best of luck at their next contest!

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Spoonflower Workshop

March 25th we will be having a Spoonflower workshop where youth will design their own yard of fabric. The workshop will be from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Courthouse. In order to purchase a yard of Cotton Poplin of their created fabric, it will cost $20 per person. Since this is a more expensive workshop, please feel free to apply for a scholarship from the Council to help pay for it. The yard of designed fabric can be entered into fair this summer and then the next year, they can make it into an item and enter it into fair again. Please register for this workshop by Monday, March 21st by emailing Melissa Mracek at or contacting the Extension Office.
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Speech Contest

The Speech and Public Service Announcement (PSA) contests provide 4-H'ers the opportunity to learn to express themselves clearly, organize their ideas, and have confidence. This is open for all age divisions from Clover Kids to Seniors.

The Speech Contest will be held on Sunday, May 1st at 2 pm.

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Panhandle Research and Extension Center Student Scholarship

The University of Nebraska – Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for its first annual Panhandle Research and Extension Center Student Scholarship.

Three scholarships of $1000 each will be awarded.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have attended high school in the Panhandle of Nebraska in one of these following counties:
    • Banner, Blaine, Box Butte, Cherry, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Hooker, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux, and Thomas
  • Be attending any of the Nebraska University Campuses, including Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
  • Majoring in Agriculture, Agriculture Technology or a related degree emphasizing agriculture
  • Be a graduating high school senior, or in the first or second year of undergraduate study.

Applications are available at Applications close at midnight MST, April 15, 2022.

If there are questions, please contact Coordinator Emily Stine at or at (308) 632-1230.

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2022 Nebraska Agricultural Youth Insitute

Apply now to attend one of the biggest youth agriculture outreach events in the state—the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI). NAYI brings together high school juniors and seniors to learn more about Nebraska agriculture, network with agriculture leaders and discover the many careers available in agriculture. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) helps sponsor and coordinate NAYI every year.

NAYI will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus July 11–15, 2022. Applications for NAYI are available at and must be submitted online. Current high school juniors and seniors interested in attending have until April 15, 2022, to apply. This year’s theme is “Cultivating Connections.”

NDA selects students to attend NAYI based on their leadership skills, interests and involvement in agriculture. Students attend NAYI free of charge due to generous donations from numerous agricultural businesses, commodity groups and industry organizations.

Participate in the National 4-H Annual Index Study

Nebraska 4-H is participating in the National 4-H Annual Index, a national 4-H study designed to help us evaluate the positive youth development experience and 4-H program impacts experienced by youth across the country. If your youth are in the target age range (13-18 years old) and were enrolled in 4-H in 2021, you will receive an e-mail invitation from Nebraska 4-H at the email address provided in your enrollment profile.

We encourage your participation in telling the 4-H story!

Wyoming Bee College Conference

The Wyoming Bee College Conference will be returning to Cheyenne March 11-13, 2022! The Minnesota Bee Squad will be teaching an all-day in-depth class on Friday, March 11 and a couple of classes on Saturday, March 12. Saturday will have an all-day Beginner Basic Beekeeping class along with Beekeeping 101. Also included will be several advanced topics along with Bee Nutrition, Queen Bees, Swarm Management, and much more. To register and get more information please visit:

Those who attend Wyoming Bee College are able to choose what days they attend as well as the tracks and topics they visit. There will also be vendors available. Youth 7-15 years old are free with a paying adult. Any questions can be sent to Catherine Wissner at

Volunteer Awards

Nebraska 4-H is now accepting nominations for a new awards program to recognize the outstanding contributions of 4-H volunteers across the state.

The Nebraska 4-H Volunteer Recognition Awards honors adult and youth volunteers, as well as and multi-generational families, who have provided meaningful contributions to Nebraska 4-H. One Outstanding Adult Volunteer Award and One Emerging Adult Volunteer Award winner will be chosen for each of the state’s 11 Nebraska Extension Engagement zones. One statewide winner will be named in the each of the youth volunteer and multi-generational family categories.

“Our 4-H volunteers go above and beyond to serve Nebraska’s youth every year,” said Jill Goedeken, 4-H Youth Development Extension educator. “This volunteer recognition opportunity debuted in 2021 and we were thrilled at the number of outstanding 4-H volunteers nominated statewide. We are looking forward to another opportunity to recognize 4-H volunteers for their contributions to youth in Nebraska.”

The nomination period runs through March 15. Nominations can be submitted by any 4-H member, family, supporter, or Extension staff member. Nominees must fit the award categories and can be a volunteer for any Nebraska 4-H experience. Some examples may include 4-H club leader, project leader, junior leader, county or State Fair volunteer, special interest volunteer, such as robotics or shooting sports, afterschool club volunteer or 4-H camp volunteer. More information, along with the nomination form, is available online at:

Winners will be announced virtually the week of April 18, in which Nebraska 4-H will be celebrating the Week of the Volunteer. A special awards presentation will take place at the 2022 Nebraska State Fair.

For more information, visit

4-H Summer Camp Registrations

Registration is now open for 2022 Nebraska 4-H Summer Camps! See the full schedule of camp sessions and register now at
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