The Frontier District No. 11 Extension office recently selected the district’s 2017 appreciation award winners.

The winners were Jo Ellen Arnold, Mike and Sharon Kilet and Ken and Lori Kuykendall.

“The KSRE Frontier District Appreciation Awards are selected by the Frontier District governing board annually and given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to extension programs,” Mary Frances Richmond, district extension director, said in a news release.

The Frontier District serves Anderson, Franklin, and Osage counties with offices located in Garnett, Ottawa and Lyndon.

Here, according to the news release, are some of the winners’ accomplishments and activities:


Arnold began her career with K-State Research and Extension in 1978 after receiving her bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University. She served as a 4-H Youth Development Agent in Franklin County and the Frontier Extension District for 34 years. Arnold touched hundreds of youths lives during her career, and was involved in organizing and implementing countless 4-H activities and events. Highlights included coaching national judging teams in dairy and poultry, and chaperoning several Citizenship Washington Focus trips to Washington D.C., as well as a National 4-H Congress trip to Atlanta, Georgia. She was the coordinator for the Kansas Venture’s Wilderness program, and an active member of the Kansas Association of Extension 4-H Agent’s Association, where she received the 4-H Distinguished Service Award. Arnold is currently a 4-H project leader in genealogy for the Frontier District, and continues to be active in her church and community.


The Kilets have been involved with Anderson County Extension and 4-H for more than 40 years. Mike was a member of the Bush City Boosters 4-H Club in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, which started his passion for 4-H. The Kilets became heavily involved in 4-H when the first of their three daughters joined 4-H. They were 4-H leaders for the Star Shooting 4-H Club for many years, and also served as project leaders for sheep, swine, horse, foods and sewing projects. Mike was a sheep superintendent at the Anderson County Fair for many years, and Sharon was there to help with anything that was needed. Mike served on the Anderson County Extension Executive Board and the Anderson County Fair Board for many years. The Kilets have three daughters, Shelly, Kelli, and Jody, who each raised another generation of 4-Hers. Mike and Sharon used 4-H as a tool to instill positive values in their own children and many others in Anderson County.


The Kuykendalls are lifetime residents of Osage County, and have been great contributors to their community. Ken was a 4-H member as a youth. He served as a member of the Extension Agriculture Program Development Committee, Osage County Extension Executive Board and Osage City Fair Board. He is currently serving as a county commissioner for Osage County.

Lori is currently the district manager of the Osage County Conservation District. She supports many conservation programs and works cooperatively with the Frontier District to promote best management practices. She was instrumental in working with Extension on cost-share contracts for soil testing resulting in better water quality, Earth Day presentations, and Key Banker Award programs for good conservation practices. Lori served on the Frontier Extension District board when the district was formed and served as chairman of the Extension Program Development Committee for 4-H. The Kuykendalls have four children who were 4-H members, and they have hosted an International 4-H youth exchange student from Scotland.