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2007 HOAGBA Scholarship Recipient

Brett Kreifels
Poultry Science Major
University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Regarding my showing poultry, I started my own poultry and rabbit 4-H club in 2002 - Chicks R Us 4-H Club. In this club, I help younger 4-Hers with their showmanship projects. Having won five straight count fair showmanship contests as well as winning at the state fair for both rabbits and poultry, I felt I was qualified for the job. Currently, we have about 15 members. Iíve had many champion and reserve champions at the county level and have had several 4-Hers win the state championship or get second or third. Our county has had kids in the top three for both rabbits and poultry for the last three years. It makes me feel good when they win because it tells me Iím doing something right.

My biggest feat of all was this summer working at Boys & Girls Town. Previously, they didnít do much for 4-H, just brought some chickens and rabbits down to the fair and left them for the week. This past summer, I took a group of boys and taught them how to set up and present a showmanship presentation. It was very hard work and stressful at times since these boys come from different backgrounds and have different attitudes toward this kind of activity. It was hard for to get them motivated to do it and practice sometimes.

To prep them for the fair, I had them give their speeches twice, once to the administration and their Family Teachers and another time to peers. They did awesome. Well, fair time came and in the end, I had one boy get a champion novice poultry showmanship and another got reserve rabbit showmanship. I was pleased and so was the entire village of Boys Town.




Brett Kreifels




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