Over 100 4-H members, volunteers, parents and grandparents gathered Dec. 1 to honor 4-H youth.
4-H is the largest positive youth development organization in the world. In the 2017-2018 4-H year, 168 youth in fourth- through 12th-grades participated in Jefferson County, a 12 percent increase from the 2016-2017 4-H year.
“Our program is impacting the lives of youth every single day,” said Rachel Fishel, Jefferson County youth Ccoordinator. “The 4-H Recognition Ceremony is a time we set aside each year to recognize and reflect on the growth that our members have undergone through their 4-H projects and experiences.”
To qualify for recognition, members must complete their record books. Many members are also eligible to apply for additional awards.
Out of all 42 record books turned in, three were chosen as exemplary. The recipient of the Overall Senior Record Book Award is Kristen Daugherty. The recipient of the Overall Intermediate Record Book Award is Hailey Burke. The recipient of the Overall Junior Record Book Award is Lauren Steigleder.
Members from each age category applied to be considered as an Outstanding Member. The Outstanding Senior Members are Kristen Daugherty, Brandon Hoskins, Sophia Mineart, Hollie Nelson and Stetson Spees. The Outstanding Intermediate Members are Colten Bishop, Hailey Burke, and Aidan Daugherty. The Outstanding Junior Members are Hannah Applegate, Camryn Clubb, Sterling Spees, Briana Steele, Audra Steigleder, and Lauren Steigleder.
Members have the chance to apply for Special Awards. This year, eight special awards went to very deserving members. The Achievement Award recipient is Briana Steele. Hollie Nelson received the All-Around Award. Stetson Spees and Hannah Applegate received the Agriculture Award. Hannah Applegate also received the Community Service Award. Receiving the Cow-Calf Award is Carson Rubey. The Stan Stover Award recipient is Brandon Hoskins. Sophia Mineart received the National Leadership Award which allows her the opportunity to join other young leaders at the National Leadership Conference.
Maintaining excellent feed records for livestock can also earn youth awards. Two members were recognized in this category with awards sponsored Big Gain Inc.-Mark Goehring. Camryn Clubb was recognized for his excellent feed records for poultry, rabbit and beef, and Ryan Doud was recognized for his excellent feed records for beef and swine.
Members with evidence of learning and achievement in specific project areas are recognized:
Hannah Applegate — Food and Nutrition; Photography; Horticulture and Gardening
Colten Bishop — Photography; Personal Development
Hailey Burke — Dog; Goats; Sheep; Home Improvement
Camryn Clubb — Outdoor Adventures; Poultry; Rabbits
Aidan Daugherty — Citizenship and Civic Engagement; Leadership; Communications; Personal Development; Textiles and Sewing
Kristen Daugherty — Citizenship and Civic Engagement; Photography
Ryan Doud — Photography
Reganne Eads — Sheep
Brandon Hoskins — Swine
Madison Meixner — Beef; Photography
Joshua Mineart — Photography; Home Improvement
Sophia Mineart — Swine
Hollie Nelson — Food and Nutrition; Photography; Textiles and Sewing
Hannah Peck — Veterinary Science; Visual Arts
Carley Seeley — Photography
Sterling Spees — Beef; Horse and Pony; Photography
Stetson Spees — Beef
Briana Steele — Home Improvement
Lauren Steigleder — Clothing; Food and Nutrition; Visual Arts
Youth also are awarded for maintaining excellent records in an entire project division with multiple project areas. Those recipients are:
Hailey Burke — Dog/Cat/Pet; Rabbits; Creative Arts
Camryn Clubb — Poultry
Aidan Daugherty — Family and Consumer Sciences; Personal Development
Kristen Daugherty — Family and Consumer Sciences; Creative Arts
Ryan Doud — Beef; Swine
Zachary Doud — Swine
Brandon Hoskins — Swine
Antonio Manning — Dog/Cat/Pet
Madison Meixner — Sheep
Carley Seeley — Creative Arts
Sterling Spees — Horse
Stetson Spees — Beef
Audra Steigleder — Rabbits
Emily White — Beef; Goats
The Ceniteers 4-H Club and the Walnut Ridge Workers 4-H Club received recognition for completing their Historian Book. The MindSet 4-H Club and Packwood Trojans 4-H Club were honored for their participation in Healthy Living Club Challenge during the 2017-2018 4-H year.
Five clubs were recognized for donating at least $3 per member to the 4-Hers for 4-H Campaign, a fundraiser put on by the State 4-H Council to help offset costs for program fees and statewide activities. The five Jefferson County 4-H Clubs that contributed are: Future Forgers, Ceniteers, Packwood Trojans, Penn Workers and Hay Bales.
Volunteers also were recognized during the event. Recognized for one year of service: Elly Stremsterfer, Wade Stremsterfer, Molly Mosinski, Amy White, Melissa Miller, Kathy Cubbage, Casey Cronk and Samantha Lange. Jeanette Lacey was recognized for volunteering for five years. Judy Hinshaw was recognized for 25 years of service. Additionally, the 4-H Youth Committee honored Dexter Laundry as this year’s recipient of the Friends of 4-H Award for their financial support for many 4-H events over the years. The 2018 4-H Hall of Fame recipients, Brian and Sherry Taglauer, were also recognized.
“Volunteers are the heart of the 4-H program,” said Fishel. “Not only do they pour time, energy and passion into the program, but without them, we simply wouldn’t exist.! Honoring some of our new volunteers, as well as our 4-H volunteer veterans is always a highlight.”
For more 4-H information, contact ISU Jefferson County Extension at 472-4166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.