Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Breaking News

July 20, 2013

Gongwer soaking in the fair and final year in 4-H

— GOSHEN — Ten year 4-H member Daniel L. Gongwer is looking forward to what his final Elkhart County 4-H Fair has in store for him.

The Gurnsey Dairy Club member will be showing his cow, Scarlett, which is the first animal he has.

Gongwer, from Elkhart, says 4-H has given him confidence and pride over the years he has been a part of it.

“I can go down to Purdue this next year, feel perfectly at ease with what I want to study which is agri-business,” he said. “It’s taught me a lot as far as responsibility with the animals, I mean, you got to look after them, they don’t look after themselves.”

Gongwer has been a junior leader for the club and served as a director representative on the fair board for the past four years.

Part of the duties he has with that is attending a 7:30 a.m. meeting each morning during fair week. Gongwer says he will miss those meetings.

“That will be one of the biggest things I miss,” he said. “That and being able to see every body I’ve been able to establish friendship with.”

Gongwer has enjoyed the benefits of showing animals in 4-H, but his love of the animals trumps all.

“There is always that financial side, getting some money compensation for your efforts, but for me it’s honestly just being around the animals,” Gongwer said.

He said 4-H has given him many life skills which he will be able to take with him into college and beyond.

“It’s really just be prideful with what I’m able to do, not to the point where it gets in the way but you’re self-confindent.”

1
Text Only
Breaking News
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Poll

There has been discussion at West Goshen Elementary School to require mandatory student uniforms in the future. How do you feel about the prospect of mandatory student uniforms in a public school environment?

I think it’s an excellent idea that is way overdue
I think it’s a bad idea and would be restrictive for students and parents.
     View Results