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Ada and Helmuth Schroeder Scholarship Winner: Jakob Hicks

Jakob Hicks is a student at Southwest Minnesota State University and recipient of the Ada and Helmuth Schroeder Scholarship.

Jakob grew up in Lyon County 4-H. He has been actively involved in various aspects of the rabbit project. Jakob first became involved in the rabbit project as a cloverbud and eventually started breeding his own rabbits. His love and knowledge of the rabbit project and industry developed into an active role on a Rabbit Quiz Bowl team representing Lyon County. Quiz Bowl is a competition where teams are asked a series of questions to test their knowledge on a particular topic.

Gaining deep knowledge about rabbits over many years provided Jakob with many opportunities to lead and succeed. His team won the Minnesota 4-H Rabbit Quiz Bowl competition in 2006-2012. He has co-led Quiz Bowl workshops for other youth interested in rabbits, and hosted showmanship workshops where he advises youth on showing rabbits, diagnosing diseases rabbits might have, and teaching youth how to tattoo their rabbits for identification purposes.

Jakob served a term as president of the Lyon County 4-H Federation, further building his service and leadership skills. During his term, Jakob led various discussions, participated in Arts-In and Share the Fun, served as assistant livestock superintendent, and helped organize and set up for the annual livestock auction.

“Being the Lyon County 4-H Federation president allowed me to use my gifts and leadership talents to help guide my county towards the future.”

Jakob has also served as a Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador. He enjoyed his experiences and appreciated how it taught him to be a strong leader, better prepared for future leadership positions.

Photography was another of Jakob’s favorite projects in 4-H. Jakob especially enjoyed the editing aspect of the project. His photo taking and editing skills led to a contract with the Minnesota State Fair. Jakob took pictures of the llama, beef, and horse shows during the state fair as well as at the Purple Ribbon Auction.

Outside of 4-H, Jakob was homeschooled, and never passed up an opportunity to interact with other students through local education cooperatives. There he was involved in discussion groups with many peers who shared his same desire to learn. During his high school years, Jakob performed selections from Shakespeare, Whitman, and Bach at local churches, assisted living and nursing homes. He is an active member of the Walnut Grove community, which hosts an annual living history event about Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Jakob is pursuing a degree in agronomy at Southwest Minnesota State University. He enjoys how he can take what he is learning in the classroom and apply it to his family’s farm. After graduation, Jakob wants to earn an M.S. and P.h D in applied plant science with hopes of conducting research, becoming an agriculture consultant, and maybe a professor one day.

Jakob plans on staying involved in 4-H by coaching and judging rabbit quiz bowl and becoming a certified rabbit breeder judge for various county fairs.

Congratulations to Jakob on his many accomplishments. You are a Minnesota 4-H True Leader!

by Kirstin Lawstuen
Minnesota 4-H Foundation

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