2014 Maine 4-H Foundation Scholarship Award Winners

The Fred Hutchinson Scholarship Award winner is Lauren Guptill, Knox-Lincoln

Lauren is from Waldoboro and attends Medomak Valley high School. Lauren has been in 4-H for 10 years. She is known in the 4-H community as a young woman with integrity, grace, and compassion. Lauren attended Eastern States Exposition for many years and went to The Big E with the Maine 4-H Beef Team in 2010 and 2011. She plans to continue showing cattle after she graduates college. Lauren has found great value in her 4-H career, an experience she hopes to share with others in the future. Lauren will be attending the University of Maine, Orono. She plans to pursue a career of becoming an Agricultural Lawyer so she can defend farmers and their agricultural interests.

Oxton Trust Scholarship Award Winner is Ellie Pendleton, Knox-Lincoln

Ellie is from Rockport and attends Camden Hills Regional high School. Ellie first joined the Aldermere Achievers 4-H club, where she looked up to a senior member and mentor. This role model was a person Ellie recognized as both a student and a teacher. Ellie decided she wanted to be that kind of person and set forth learning all she could in her 4-H projects. Ellie rose to her goal and led her club as president for two years. She is now the Aldermere Achievers Steer Manager and a role model for those in her club. Ellie is going to study Animal Science and Biology. She will be attending the University of Maine, Orono in the fall.

Doris Roberts, H. Lawrence, George and Barbara Lawrence Humphrey 4-H Scholarship Award Winner is Dexter Sibley, Penobscot/Piscataquis

Dexter is from Monroe, Maine and has been involved in homeschool Education. Dexter has been in 4-H since the age of 7. During his time in 4-H, he has been a member of the Penobscot Valley Homeschool Adventures, Penobscot Sheep Club, the Penobscot County Robotics Club, and the Penobscot County Livestock Club. Along with his extensive club involvement, Dexter has attended many 4-H events at the county and statewide level. He is helpful, courteous, and enthusiastic with his projects and with other 4-Hers. Dexter will be studying Mechanical Engineering, with a math and science based education at the University of Maine, Orono.

Dr. Harold and Marion Chute Scholarship Award Winners are Janna Winslow, Franklin County, and Katie LeBlanc, Somerset County

Janna Winslow is from New Sharon and has been involved in education at Mt. Blue High School and in homeschool education. Janna has been an active member of the Happy H’s 4-H Club since the age of 5. Janna has excelled in her 4-H projects. Some of her project areas include woodworking, plant science, pets, arts and crafts, foods and nutrition, clothing and textiles, gardening, poultry, childcare, entomology, and performing arts. Janna hopes to one day open a coffee shop or café. Many of the skills she learned from her 4-H projects give her the skills to be a well-rounded and successful businesswoman. Janna plans to study Business at the University of Maine, Augusta.

Katie LeBlanc is from Fairfield and is graduating from Lawrence High School. Katie joined 4-H at the age of 8, a member of the Crafty Crustaceans 4-H Club and the Farmer’s Fortune 4-H Club. Katie is kind; alongside her club members she has volunteered an extensive amount of time serving her community. She has helped with 4-H fundraisers, hosted a Valentine’s Day Party for the Senior Companion program, led a Balsam Fir Pillow Workshop, and much more. All of those projects were done with great enthusiasm. She is thankful of the many great experiences 4-H provided her. Through 4-H, she has been able to travel, learn about showing animals, discover new hobbies, and even gain a glimpse of college life by taking part in a weekend hosted by the University of Maine at Orono. Katie will attend the College of the Atlantic where she will study English.

The Gladys E. Conant Memorial Farm Credit 4-H Scholarship award winner is Gaetana Almeida, Cumberland County

Gaetana is from Standish Maine and has been involved with a homeschool education. Gaetana has been an active 4-H member for 10 years. She has held memberships in many clubs including the Bullseyes Club, Warm Up Maine 4-H Club, White Pine Caprines Goat Club, Robotica Club, 4-Hooves Horse Club, Merry Makers Club, and the American Workers Club. During her time in 4-H, she has been a dedicated individual who consistently works hard, delivers quality work, and is a team player. She has been involved with multiple project areas and held leadership roles in several community service projects. Animal science has been a long-standing project for her. She travels over an hour to volunteer weekly at a beef farm, exchanges work hours for horse riding lessons at a neighboring stable, and assists another local farmer with their sheep farm as needed. Gaetana has dedicated a lot of time and effort into training Arson Dogs. She is currently fostering her fourth dog, which will go into service as a trained Arson Dog. Gaetana plans to study New Media with a focus on livestock and farming at Southern Maine Community College.

The Lafayette Scholarship award winner is Zack Hebert, Oxford County

Zach is from Hebron and is graduating from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. Zach has served as Vice President and President of the Hebron Heartbreakers 4-H Club, a club he has been an active member in for over 12 years. He is also a member of the 4-H Teen Exchange Club. With this club, Zach has traveled to several states and hosted 4-Hers from other places in the country. Traveling with 4-H has given Zach more independence, self-confidence, and a realization that he has a true passion for traveling. Zach is an outstanding student and was one of the Outstanding 4-H Members in Oxford County in 2013. He is planning to study Anthropology at Bowdoin College in the fall.

The Azure Dillon 4-H Memorial Scholarship Awards to Samantha Dubois, Cumberland County, and Ariana Essman, Franklin County

Samantha Dubois is from Hollis Center and will graduate this spring from Bonny Eagle High School. Samantha gained new confidence after joining 4-H at the age of 10; she served as treasurer and later became the secretary of the Boots and Buckles 4-H club. Through 4-H, Samantha has discovered she has a real love for volunteering and continues to make a difference in the lives of people and horses alike. In 2010, Samantha was awarded Champion Junior 3-gait Rider at the Ossipee Valley Fair 4-H horse show and made the Maine Eastern States riding team in 2012. Samantha has been accepted into the Equine Business and Management/Riding program at Johnson and Wales University.

Ariana Essman is from Wilton Maine and has been in homeschool education. Ariana has been a very active 4-H member for 8 years. She is currently involved in two clubs: Doe-C-Doe Dairy Goat Club and “K-9 Connection” Dog Club. She has held the offices of president, vice president, and secretary in the clubs she has been involved with. Along with her general projects, she also has a diary goat project and a dog project. She truly enjoys her animal projects and is always eager to learn more and share her knowledge with others. In 2012, Ariana was one of two 4-H members selected to represent Franklin County at Citizenship Washington Focus. Ariana plans to study agriculture at Utah State University.

The Evelyn Trotzky Scholarship Award Winner is Cassie Cain from York County

Cassie is from Kennebunk and will graduate form Kennebunk High School. Cassie joined the Lil’ Kicks 4-H club at the age of 11 to learn more about horses. She has been a co-president of her club for 4 years. Through 4-H, Cassie has experienced many unexpected opportunities with horses as well as with volunteering. In 2012, Cassie was selected to attend 4-H National Congress in Atlanta, Georgia, and in 2013 she attended Citizenship Washington Focus in Washington, D.C. On these trips, she was able to get to know 4-Hers from around the country, discuss their viewpoints, and focus on being a caring person she strives to be. Cassie plans to major in Environmental Studies at Brandeis University.

The Verna Church Witter Scholarship award winner is Megan Hall, York County

Megan lives in Kennebunk and attends Kennebunk High School. Megan has been a dedicated member of The Lil’ Kicks 4-H Club for 10 years. Currently, she serves as treasurer and co-president of her club. During her time in 4-H, Megan has demonstrated excellent leadership skills, strong character and admirable work ethic. Due to her role as co-president of her 4-H club, Megan has developed strong leadership skills that have enabled her to become a valued leader in her school and community. Megan has participated in 4-H Horse Camp, Equine Affair, and in 2013 she was selected to attend Citizenship Washington Focus. Megan plans to study Spanish. Megan plans to attend the University of New England in the fall.

Penobscot County Leaders Association and 4-H Scholarship Award to Spencer Sibley, Penobscot/Piscataquis

Spencer is from Monroe, Maine, and he has excelled in homeschool education. Spencer has been in 4-H since the age of 7. His 4-H career his included membership to the Penobscot Valley Homeschool Adventures, Penobscot Sheep Club, the Penobscot County Robotics Club, and the Penobscot County Livestock Club. Through his experiences in 4-H, Spencer has become a willing volunteer and a capable leader. After college he plans to join the Marine Corps, aspiring to hold a leadership position. Spencer is attending Pensacola Christian College in Florida, where he will study Criminal Justice.

Oxford County Scholarship Award Winner is Abbey Mitchell, Oxford County

Abbey is from Falmouth, Maine, and is graduating from Falmouth High School. Abbey has been a member of the Discovery 4-H Club for 9 years. She held the position of secretary for two years and was then elected as club president for the next two years. Her leadership skills and the drive to see projects through have been a real asset to her 4-H club. Abbey finds much joy in helping and relating to those around her. This passion has drawn her to pursue a career as an interpreter and translator. She plans to study Spanish, French, and Linguistics at Gordon College in Massachusetts.

Oxford County Scholarship Award Winner is Alyssa Andrews, Oxford County

Alyssa is from Norway, Maine, and graduated from Oxford Hills High School. Joining the Discovery 4-H club at the age of 5, Alyssa has participated in many club, county, and state events. Alyssa served as secretary for one year and club president for five years within her club. She was an active teen leader in Oxford County. Through her experience with 4-H, Alyssa demonstrated and displayed many of her projects in the 4-H halls at the fairs. She also attended Eastern States demonstration programs for five years as well as Citizenship Washington Focus in 2011. Alyssa was recognized as the 2012 Outstanding 4-H Member in Oxford County. She is currently a freshman at Colby College.

The Bahre Scholarship Awardee is Ashley Malmquist, Somerset County

Ashley Malmquist graduated from Nokomis Regional High School in Newport, Maine. She joined the Having Fun 4-H Club in the summer of her freshman year after attending a 4-H camp she read about in the newspaper. Through her time in 4-H, Ashley has participated in various 4-H county workshops and activities. Ashley is focused, intelligent, and enthusiastic. Her 4-H projects have included service projects, gardening, composting, marine science, cooking, woodcrafts, and much more. Ashley has volunteered many hours at her local State fair teaching the public about 4-H. She has been a valuable ambassador for the Somerset 4-H program. She is dedicated to leadership, hard work, and her future educational plans. Ashley is majoring in Building Construction at Eastern Maine Community College.