This summer our station had the privilege of handing out Ag Youth Awards to local kids who were outstanding examples in 4-H and the agricultural industry. We award one male and one female winner for the counties in our listening area.
For Phelps County, we selected Marie Ford and Garrett Scholz, both of Bertrand. This ended up being a special presentation for many reasons. Marie is the daughter of Scott and Kim Ford and Garrett is the son of Mike and Sara Scholz. Garrett is currently being treated for Leukemia and has been dealing with medical complications that come with fighting cancer. He received a bone marrow transplant earlier this year and due to the medical issues that come with such an intensive procedure, Garrett has spent a lot of time in the hospital in Omaha. Garrett has a passion for cattle and being involved in 4-H and was an active participant but was unable to show his animals during this fair season. This is where Marie comes into the story. Not only were her and Garrett classmates, but they have been friends for a long time. Marie decided last fall to buy Garrett’s steer, raise him, show him during the county fair and then donate the proceeds from his sale to Garrett and his family. What a selfless act of kindness for a young woman to show.
The Scholz Family
Unfortunately, the steer never made it to the fair due to a broken leg, but supporters of 4-H from across the state and many local community members stepped up to bat for fundraising and the 4-H auction regardless. Marie was still able to show other cattle in his place and in total Marie raised over $36,000 for Garrett and his family. Garrett was well enough to attend the cattle show at the fair and our station was thrilled to present both Marie and Garrett with our 2019 Ag Youth Awards at the Phelps County Fair.
We live in an area dominated by the agricultural industry, but to most of us that’s just fine. Our Ag industry builds character, farmers are the heart of our nation. From these families, come 4-H kids that have qualities we all strive to implement in our lives. They are hard working, kind, considerate kids and we wanted to acknowledge a few of them. Their active participation in their local 4-H and the outstanding examples they set as young people in their home communities are something to be admired. We are so proud of the young ones who are dedicated to the Ag industry and try to be involved in it as much as possible. We need passionate people like them to lead our futures. Platte River Radio had a wonderful evening at the Phelps County Fair. We enjoyed meeting both Garrett and Marie and their families. Many thanks and gratitude to all the people who made the fundraising so successful. That’s what Nebraska is all about!
The Ford Family