Nelsons are 4-H Family of the Year

Nelson- 4H family of the year

Photo by Bridget Weishaar
The Jefferson County 4-H Family of the Year honored Saturday night are Jason and Anita Nelson and their three daughters. They are, from left, Anita, Allison, Jason, Amanda, and Ashley.


The Jason and Anita Nelson family was recognized as the Family of the Year during the annual Jefferson County 4-H Achievement Banquet in Meriden Saturday night.
The couple and their three daughters are active in the Fairview 4-H Club and were introduced to the crowd by district 4-H Agent Ross Mosteller.
Jason Nelson serves as a mobilization officer in the Kansas Army National Guard. Despite numerous deployments, he stays involved with his family and 4-H when he is home.
Anita has been a special education teacher, working in elementary, middle, and high school settings in Kansas, Texas, and Georgia. After earning her specialist degree in school psychology, she has been a psychologist at Free State High School in Lawrence for the last seven years.
Anita was a 12-year Coffey County 4-H’er growing up and was a state finalist in the foods project and Kansas Wheat Commission Festival of Breads. When family members joined the Fairview club, Anita became a project leader for foods, visual and fiber arts, leadership, and clothing. She serves as a fair superintendent and Jefferson County Representative on the District Program Development Committee.
Ashley, the oldest of the three girls, has been a 4-H’er for 10 years in different counties because of regular moves as a military family. 4-H has been a constant for her most of her life, where she says it has helped her to embrace challenges, step outside her comfort zone, and work with others. She has led workshops on Fashion Revue and modeling, and became involved in the Pillowcase Challenge, teaching 4-H’ers how to make pillowcases to donate to area hospitals. She also made a quilt for the Quilts of Valor program for wounded veterans.
Ashley has been a 4-H Ambassador, County Council president and secretary, 4-H queen, and camp counselor. She received the Key Award and was a state project winner in citizenship this past year.  She is a freshman at Emporia State University, enrolled in the pre-pharmacy program.
Allison, a nine-year 4-H’er, is a 4-H Ambassador and served as the council reporter and exchange group secretary last year. As an ambassador she has helped promote 4-H through summer day camps, radio spots, fair activities, and her own enthusiasm about the things she has learned and the friends she has made.
Allison is a sophomore at Free State High School. She is part of the band, theater, and choir programs at her school.
Amanda is a five-year 4-H’er in the local club where she has held various offices. Her projects include clothing, fiber arts, food and nutrition, plant science, rabbits, and visual arts. Amanda’s favorite project is rabbits, and she has two mini rexes.
When the county introduced rabbit hopping this year as a fair contest, she was excited to learn more and practiced all summer, regularly attending meetings to increase her knowledge and skills. She also has attended 4-H camp and participated in several events at county and regional Club Days. Amanda is a sixth-grader at Corpus Christi Catholic School in Lawrence.
“They are a wonderful example of the impact that 4-H can make on the lives of those involved, and their willingness to share the knowledge and skills they have learned is admirable. We congratulate you on being this year’s 4-H Family of the Year,” Mosteller said.
The tradition of honoring a family each year was started by the late Roy and Ruby Freer. The tradition has been carried on by their family, Bill and Arleta Manville, who presented the family with a plaque, a cake, and other gifts.

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