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Cardinelli and Reyher Awarded Scholarships

The 2017 Daniel Kasza Memorial 4-H Scholarships were awarded to Dominique Cardinelli and Sara Reyher.  While the scholarship is open to graduating seniors who are 4-H members in Baca, Bent, Crowley, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Otero and Prowers counties, both of the 2017 winners are Bent County 4-H members.

dominique-cardinelliDominique Cardinelli is currently serving her second term as the Bent County 4-H Council President.   Cardinelli has exemplified the “Heart” of 4-H as she participated in and led numerous community service projects through 4-H and other organizations.   In 4-H, Cardinelli focused on the Home Environment project.  She won Grand Champion at the Colorado State Fair with her Home Environment projects in 2013 and 2015, and won Reserve Grand Champion in 2014.  She uses the skills learned in Home Environment in her successful Furniture Restoration business.  Cardinelli has already completed one semester at the Lamar Community College Cosmetology program, and will continue her studies this summer.

sarareyherSara Reyher will use her scholarship at Otero Junior College, where she is studying Animal Science.  Reyher has developed strong leadership skills in her ten years of 4-H, serving as a county council officer for six years.  She was also on the District VI 4-H officer team, serving as secretary.  She competed at National Western 4-H Roundup on the Colorado 4-H Parliamentary Procedure team.  Her 4-H career focused on Market Beef, Foods and Cake Decorating projects with great success in all areas.  Her 4-H leader said “Sara is a positive role model for younger members and demonstrates this whether at a meeting or in the show ring.”  Reyher plans to transfer to West Texas A & M after graduating from OJC to earn a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science.

The scholarship is given in memory of Daniel Kasza through many generous donations.   A McClave High School graduate, Kasza was a student at Ft Lewis College at the time of his death in June 2009.  4-H had a major impact on his life as he learned to “Make the Best Better”.

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