Bremen Students Triumph at the St. Joseph County 4-H Fairby Amy Wenger on July 14, 2014
Accolades, triumphs, and treasured moments have been flowing in abundance for several Bremen students this past week, as the honors streamed in from their showings at the St. Joseph County 4-H Fair.
Among the most decorated winners was Bremen High School 2014 graduate Taylor Lizzi, who established a new sales record for his grand champion overall steer. His prized animal sold for $20 a pound, which shattered the previous record sale price of $18.25 a pound that was set back in 2007. The total sales amount for Lizzi's steer landed at $27,600.
And the awards just kept on coming throughout Lizzi's reign at the fair. As a 10 year member in both the dairy beef and beef categories, Lizzi was the recipient of the Brownfield Ag Youth Award for his decade long record of exemplary service to youth. He was one of just two young adults bestowed with this honor, from a pool of 2100 members that could have won.
Lizzi was also selected as the grand champion overall dairy beef steer and the grand champion rate of gain dairy beef steer.
Another significant token of esteem that was given to Lizzi came in the form of two scholarships. One of those was the Zane and Zoie Triplet scholarship, named for two siblings from the LaVille region that passed away in a car accident in 2007. Lizzi and the Triplet family were close family friends and Zane was a fellow member of the dairy beef club.
"A special thank you would be to my grandpa, Lester Moser," Lizzi said. "If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be where I am today because he has taught me everything I need to know about cattle and how to raise them. Of course, (thank you to) my parents and brothers and all my uncles, aunts, and cousins for helping me along the whole way all ten years."
Two students from Bremen Elementary-Middle School also had an impressive week at the fair. Fifth grader Taylor Haseley sold her grand champion lamb for a total price of $6,987. Lane Moser, also a 5th grader, netted $6,650 for his reserve champion dairy steer.
Bremen High School principal shared his pride and excitement for all of the local 4-H participants, noting "Growing up on a dairy farm, I have many fond memories of my 4-H and FFA days, and I appreciate everyone who supports our students in these types of endeavors. The students are creating lifetime memories while developing skills that can be used for a lifetime. Please encourage our students to become involved in 4-H and other such worthwhile programs outside of our school environment."