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Community Champions of Valley County

Valley County celebrated the great people and places of our community last week during the 2014 Annual Celebration.  A total of 66 individuals, businesses and organizations were recognized with nominations for nine award categories.  The nominees, along with so many other community members, have made our community a great place to live, work, play and give. Congratulations to all of the nominees and award winners!

PARTNER IN PROGRESS
Presented by the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce. This individual has made notable contributions to the community throughout the past year with their entrepreneurial efforts and leadership. They actively participate and have dedicated their time to help with Chamber projects.
Nominees – Aaron & Megan Cargill, Anne Clausen, Gaylord Boilesen, Gene Radke, Heather Sikyta, Heidi Proskocil, Kayla Hinrichs, Kevin & Kelly Kreger, Mike Klimek-Jade Stunkel-Caleb Pollard, Misko Sports.

And the winner is…

HEIDI PROSKOCIL

“Heidi is extremely active in our community and gives her time and talent in many valuable ways. She is the President of the Chamber, active in the Loup Valley LEAD, and a participant in the SynoVation Valley Leadership Academy. She also represents Ord and Valley County on a regional level as an officer and director of the Nebraska Land Title Association as well as the chairman of the legislative committee for the Nebraska Land Title Association. She and her husband are entrepreneurs and small business owners. She is also a founder and continuing donor of the Valley County Community Foundation Fund.”

RISING STAR AWARD
Presented by the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce. This award recognizes a business that has been established within the past five years. This could also include a business that has experienced a transition of ownership or pursued a new venture within this time period. They contribute to the community and actively participate in the Chamber.
Nominees – Elements Salon, Spa & Boutique, Jennifer Schauer Photography, KM Interiors – Kim Mundt, KNLV Radio, Kristi Hagstrom – Ord Township Library, Ord Sports Chiropractic & Wellness – Luke Staab, Scratchtown Brewing Company

And the winner is…

SCRATCHTOWN BREWING COMPANY
“Scratchtown for inspiring others to follow their dreams.” – “Scratchtown Brewery, of course!” – “This new business has generated excitement in Ord and statewide, and attracts a variety of locals and visitors to sample their brews. The owners are three energetic families who are interested in not just growing their business, but working to improve our community as well. Scratchtown is truly a rising star.” – “Scratchtown Brewery has become an instant hit in our community and constantly works at keeping that growth moving forward.”

INTERACTIVE MEDIA AND/OR WEBSITE AWARD
Presented by the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce. This award is to recognize a business that has created an interactive website(s) or social media site(s) to improve their business and/or has been an active user of www.ShopOrd.com.
Nominees – Anderson Pharmacy, Creative Designs, KM Interiors, KNLV Radio, Ord FBLA Chant Apparel, Ord Housing Authority, Scratchtown Brewing Company, Valley County Health System Foundation.

And the winner is…

SCRATCHTOWN BREWING COMPANY
“Scratchtown Brewery takes full advantage of Facebook, their website and other media outlets to get their name out to the public.”

SILVER CITIZEN AWARD
Presented by Valley County Economic Development. This individual is at least 50 years old, has made notable contributions to our community and encourages partnerships and collaboration to achieve economic growth for the greater good of Valley County.
Nominees – Chuck Zangger, Curt Sikyta, Gene McCoy, Joe Wadas, Larry Schultz, Lynn Griffith, Mary Molle, Rich Klimek, Richard & Margenne Bossen, Roger Goldfish, Steve Wolf – Wolf Auction & Real Estate

And the winner is…

CHUCK ZANGGER
“Mr. Zangger is very involved in his families business and within the community. He serves on local boards and is very supportive of our youth and local events, fundraisers, etc.”

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & IMPROVEMENT AWARD
Presented by Valley County Economic Development. This award is to recognize a project that has helped to improve Valley County and/or benefit Valley Count residents. Please indicate the individual(s) or organization(s) responsible for the success of this project.
Nominees – Jeanette Koelling/Good Beginnings Group through VCHS, Kids Entrepreneur Fair, New City Office, Ord High School Service Learning Day, Rotary Club, SynoVation Valley Leadership Academy & Youth Leadership Curriculum, Valley County Fair Board

JEANETTE KOELLING/GOOD BEGINNINGS GROUP THROUGH VCHS
“This group puts on a Kids Fair every year that is so wonderful for families. They also give our informational/educational gift bags to new parents in Valley County. In addition, they have donated new books to the local library and had a literacy fair for the youth at the elementary school. These volunteers show they care about our youth and their projects are all appreciated.”

EXCELLENCE IN AGRIBUSINESS
Presented by Valley County Economic Development. This award is to recognize a business or individual for their service and dedication to agriculture as a producer or an agriculture related service business.
Nominees – Agland Electric & Irrigation, Country Partner Coop, Gaylord Boilesen & The Parts Bin, Green Plains Renewable Energy, Hackel Custom – Brigim Hackel, James Knapp, Larry & Al Koelling, Mike Winkelbauer, Ord FFA & Advisors Dave Ference & Cory Beran, Zangger Popcorn Hybrids.

ORD FFA & ADVISORS DAVE FERENCE & CORY BERAN
“Ord’s FFA program provides students with the opportunity to learn and grow their interest in agriculture, as well as encouraging community service and leadership.”

OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
Presented by the Valley County Community Foundation Fund. This award is to recognize a notable individual or organization (teacher, EMT, police, etc.) that provides valuable public services to the people of Valley County.
Nominees – Gaylord Boilesen, Heartland Youth Ranch, Mark Hagge-Jodi Sell-Mindy Conner, Robert Stowell, Senior Classics (Senior Center), Volunteer Fire Department & EMTs, Volunteers at Second Hand Rose.

And the winner is…

MARK HAGGE, JODI SELL & MINDY CONNER
“Mark, Jodi and Mindy have worked collaboratively as educators of the Ord and Arcadia School Districts to design and implement the Synovation Valley Leadership Academy Youth Curriculum in both school districts. They have given countless hours of their time and talent to inspire our youth through leadership development education. It is very exciting that our youth are learning valuable leadership skills in the eighth grade which will empower them to be highly effective adult leaders! Thank you to this dynamic triad for their vision and passion for youth education and leadership development.”

EXCEPTIONAL YOUNG CITIZEN
Presented by the Valley County Community Foundation Fund. This individual is 30 years old or younger and has made notable contributions to their school, community and Valley County.
Nominees – Crystal Ramm, J.R. Lange, Kristina Foth, Matt Woodward, Shelby Kittle.

KRISTINA FOTH
“Kristina makes a positive impact on Valley County everyday through her work and personal service. She helps lead multiple organizations and willingly gives her time and talents to develop innovative programming to enhance entrepreneurship, leadership, philanthropy and business development in Valley County. She serves on the SynoVation Valley Leadership Academy Core Design Committee, the Valley County Philanthropic Partners/Big Give to Valley County committee and many others. She also works to promote tourism and recruitment of young professionals and alumni to our area. We are very lucky she chose to return to her hometown to live and work!”

HIGH IMPACT ORGANIZATION
Presented by Valley County Community Foundation Fund. This nonprofit organization has demonstrated good stewardship of dollars and exhibits community impact and involvement for the betterment of Valley County.
Nominees – Greater Loup Valley Activities (GLVA), Heartland Youth Ranch, Loup Valley Ag Society, TeamMates, Valley County Economic Development, Valley County Health System Foundation.

TEAMMATES
“TeamMates has over 50 matches. Mentors meet weekly with mentees, do community projects, attend a college day andparticipate in many activities. The OrdArcadia chapter cooperates to provide many positive experiences for area youth.” – “The teammates mentoring program is making a difference in the lives of our young people. there is no greater gift than giving your time to a child, so hat’s off to all of our Teammates mentors.”

 

 

 

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