Nearly 50 of the best and brightest 4-H members from across the province were in Saskatoon on the weekend for the Prairieland Youth Leadership Conference.
The two-day event is designed to cultivate leadership skills through a mix of social, interactive and competitive activities. There was also a short interview.
A panel of three judges observed the proceedings and had the difficult task of assigning marks to each participant.
A total of $12,000 in post-secondary scholarships were presented at an awards banquet late Sunday afternoon.
First place and a $4,500 scholarship went to Morgan Heidecker from Middle Lake. The veteran member of the Three Lakes 4-H Beef Club is taking agri-business at the University of Saskatchewan.
Heidecker learned many things during the two day conference, in particular a presentation by Marty Seymour with Farm Credit Canada.
"I was writing down quotes and quotes of what he was saying. Just so many things that inspired me to look at my future and dream bigger."
Second place and a $3,000 scholarship went to Kyle Kirzinger of the Viscount 4-H Beef Club.
Third place and a $2,500 scholarship was given to Emily Zunti of the Herds of Thunder 4-H Light Horse Club.
There were $1,000 scholarships for the fourth and fifth place participants. Dayne Whelan is with the Catherwood 4-H Beef/Sheep Club and Kelly Hryniuk is with the Viscount 4-H Beef Club.
The Prairieland Youth Leadership Conference has several sponsors---Monsanto, Farm Credit Canada, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, BMO, Prairieland Park, Saskatoon Co-op, Western Producer and CJWW Radio.
(above photo from left to right: Dwight Bucholz, Prairieland Director; Morgan Heidecker; Kyle Kirzinger; Emily Zunti; Dayne Whelan; Kelly Hryniuk; Steve Chisholm, Prairieland Director)