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Johanna Welter ~ Youth Leader of the month for January

Johanna is a senior at Stewartville High School where she has been active in National FFA, Business Professionals of America, Stewartville Key Club, Stewartville Jr. Auxiliary, National Honor Society and the Olmsted County Pork Producers. At her church, Johanna is a member of St. John’s Youth Group.

In Johanna’s 12 years of 4-H, she has been active in the following projects:  Swine – 12 years, Crafts and Fine Arts – 12 years, Photography – 11 years, Clothes You Make and Fashion Revue – 6 years, Demonstrations/Performing Arts – 5 years, Goat – 2 years.

On the 4-H club level, Johanna has served as President, Vice President, Secretary and Reporter. Johanna said, “My duties as an officer require me to help in organizing events for our club. I have also taken one of our monthly meetings and organized a fun activity after the meeting.”
Another way that Johanna helps the county 4-H program is by judging herdsmanship, helping to set and take down the swine show ring, and help at the Farm Bureau Scavenger Hunt during the County Fair. Johanna reaches out to younger members and assists them with their fair projects, especially swine & goats.
When asked what other 4-H activities she has participated in, Johanna said, “I have participated in many other 4-H activities such as attending 4-H camp.  I have attended livestock encampment for State Fair for the past six years and attended non-livestock for four years.”

When asked if she could highlight one event or experience, Johanna said, “The biggest 4-H highlight for me was showing animals. This past year at fair was a very rewarding fair. I spend numerous hours outside working with my pigs and goats for the week of fair. I started showing goats just 3 short years ago. When fair finally came around I was ready to show off what arduous work my goat, Fluffy, and I had accomplished.  Show day came, and my class for showing was about to start. I was a little nervous like always, a bunch of people were there to watch me show. I walked in the ring and set up Fluffy just how I had practiced. In the end, I won Reserve Champion Goat, the smile on my face was bigger than Texas! Showing animals for 4-H has showed me to never give up on anything and to always have fun. Even though I had not received Grand Champion I was happy with what I got and look forward to trying to get Grand Champion next year.”
In being chosen 4-H Youth Leader of the Month, Johanna said, “I would like to be chosen as the 4-H Youth Leader of the Month because 4-H is so much more than showing animals and making projects. I have learned so many life lessons throughout the years. The people you meet during fair week and other activities are friends and family. Anyone will go out of their way to help you and make sure you are safe. I want to give back to 4-H throughout my whole life and give kids the experience of a life time.”

Johanna’s hobbies include helping on the family farm, doing fun projects to help veterans, preparing animals for the fairs, and going on relaxing bike rides.
She is the daughter of Randy and Myrna Welter and a member of the High Forest Chippewa Champions.

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