The winner of the 2017 Junior 4-H Sheep Science award is Hannah Vincent of Monroe County.
Hannah has been in 4-H for nine years, beginning when she was seven years old. She loves being in 4-H and enjoys the experiences she has encountered over the years. Hannah is the president of her 4-H club, Rockin’ Ranchers, and she is on the youth leadership board, small animal board (representing rabbits), and the junior livestock board (representing sheep). In the past, she has served on the Junior Council, was a member of the Sharp Shooters 4-H Club for archery and was a part of the CSI 4-H club, where she was the treasurer. Hannah is also involved with many community services with her club, as she enjoys being able to help out where it is needed. Continuing in her efforts to help those around her, Hannah serves as a teen leader in her club for the lamb area, letting the younger members show her lambs at fair while she mentors them in the class.
The winner of the 2017 Senior 4-H Sheep Science award is Chase Benham of Lenawee County.
Chase has been involved in the market lamb project for several years, and is competitive on the county, state and national levels. He is also involved in showing horses, goats, pigs, rabbits and poultry. Through his involvement in this project, he has become a strong self-driven leader, illustrating this as a member of the Michigan 4-H State Youth Leadership Council. Chase has also taken the initiative to invest in the future of 4-H by mentoring youth involved in the lamb project and opening his barn to 4-H members without the proper facilities of their own. He is not only involved in mentoring them in feeding, fitting, and showing, but also instilling the invaluable qualities and skills which are core to the identity of 4-H.