Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Livestock Exposition officials have announced that Natalie Hart, Cozad, was selected the 2000 Premier Exhibitor scholarship winner.

Hart is the daughter of Bruce and M. J. Hart. Along with an $800 scholarship, she will receive a one-year lease on a brand new featherlite trailer provided by Sunshine "S" Trailer Sales, in Shenandoah, IA.

The Premier Exhibitor competition was designed to give 4-H exhibitors an opportunity to demonstrate project production and management knowledge, in one of seven different expo divisions. Exhibitors competed in dairy, feeder calf and breeding beef, horse, market beef, market broilers, market lamb and market swine. Hart was the horse division winner.

"The premier exhibitor award allows youths who excel in animal production techniques the opportunity to showcase their skills along with their animals," Sherman Berg, president of the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation, said.

Hart is a junior at Cozad High School. She is a nine-year 4-H member and has exhibited at Ak-Sar-Ben for the last five years. She is involved in her community, working with the March of Dimes and volunteering to help with many community-wide events. Hart plans to study biological and chemical sciences in college and is striving to become a doctor.

"Ak-Sar-Ben has provided me the opportunity to compete on a regional level, in my two favorite 4-H projects, horse and sheep," Hart said.

Coming to Ak-Sar-Ben each year has been really special for her. It traditionally has been a trip taken by her and her mother. They have shared a lot of special memories at the show, over the past five years together, she said.

Cited as the largest 4-H-only regional stock show in the world, the Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Livestock Exposition offers competition for youths ages 10 to 19. Each year, the expo welcomes nearly 2,000 exhibitors from Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

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