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Ashley Hagnenow, a member of Arlington Prairie Producers 4-H Club in Columbia County, has won the Columbia County 4-H Crowley Dairy Leadership Award. She is the daughter of Bob and Lisa Hagenow of rural Poynette.

As a county winner, Hagenow receives a commemorative medallion and the chance to compete for state-level awards, including a chance to compete for two $500 scholarships that will be awarded for continuing dairy education. The state competition will consist of interviews conducted at the Wisconsin State Fair next August.

According to Yanna Williams, UW-Extension Dairy Youth Specialist, the Crowley Award is one of Wisconsin 4-H’s most prestigious awards.

“This prestigious award is only handed out to a small percentage of the hundreds of 4-H Dairy program participants each year and many past state recipients of this award have gone on to be leaders in Wisconsin’s dairy industry," Williams said. 

Hagenow was selected for her outstanding accomplishments in the 4-H dairy project.

The James W. Crowley Dairy Management and Extension Fund sponsors this 4-H dairy award program. James W. Crowley was a longtime UW-Extension dairy specialist and strong supporter of dairy youth project work.

“It is appropriate that we commemorate the distinguished extension career of the late Dr. James Crowley through support of youth activities,” fund chair Al Schultz said. "Doc Jim always took a special interest in the dairy youth, knowing the future leaders of the dairy industry were the 4-H club members of today."