Lee County 4-H Achievement Night Awards Banquet
Over 175 4-H members, parents, and volunteers filled the Lee County Farm Bureau Auditorium at the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center for the Annual 4-H Achievement Night Awards Banquet on February 27, 2012. Special guests included Lee County Commissioners Linda Shook and Ed Paschal, County Extension Director Susan Condlin and past County Extension Director John Hall, and 4-H Advisory Committee representatives Peggy Mann and Carole Stephens. This wonderful evening celebrated the accomplishments of all Lee County 4-H members and their hard work throughout 2011.
The event began with a welcome from 4-H Agent Bill Stone and was followed by a moment of silence by 4-H member Savannah Shockey from the Homegrown Kids 4-H Club. The crowd then filed through the kitchen to enjoy a delicious covered dish style dinner that lined the entire room with homemade specialties.
The pledge of allegiance was recited by Keven Ramirez and Jose Cortez from the Magetsi 4-H Club and the audience was then led in the 4-H pledge by Tanner West, Bailey Yow, and Anna Yow, members of the Rockin’ Riders 4-H Horse Club.
Project Record Winners were recognized by Michelle Sellars and Brynn Caraway from the Barn Busters 4-H Club and Homegrown Kids 4-H Club respectively, with each winner receiving a special 4-H clover medallion. Project Record book accomplishments were highlighted by Cloverbud winners Ben Ward with four books completed, and Rachel Ward with three books completed. In the 9-10 year old category, Beth Furry completed four blue ribbon project books, with her Knitting and Sewing project books advancing to the district competition. Sam Ward also completed five blue ribbon project books with his Aerospace and Bicycle project books advancing to the district competition. Also advancing to district competition in this age category were Savannah Caraway with her Discovery project book, Jose Martinez with his Expressive Arts project book, and Keven Ramirez with his Expressive Arts project book. In the 11-12-age category, Brynn Caraway advanced to district competition with his project book on Ecology, Elissa Neal advanced to district competition with her Horse project book and Mitchell Roberge advance d to district competition with his project book on Fishing. In the 13-15-age category, Abby Furry submitted four blue ribbon winning projects, with her Fiber Science and Food Science project books both advancing on to district competition.
Elissa Neal and Taylor May from the Rodeo Riders 4-H Horse Club next recognized equestrians that competed in 4-H Horse Shows including 4-H District Horse Show participants Claire Cummings, Ryan Holcomb, Elaine Powell, Ella Holcomb and Elissa Neal. Claire Cummings, Ryan Holcomb and Elaina Powell also advanced to the State 4-H Horse Show. Claire Cummings was recognized for an outstanding year including recognition for her accomplishments at the State 4-H Horse Show which would also allow her to qualify for the 4-H Regional Horse Show.
Abby Furry from the Homegrown Kids 4-H Club recognized the 2011 County, District and State Presentation winners, highlighted by State Presentation Gold winners Beth Furry, Brynn Caraway, and Sam Ward along with Silver winner Savannah Caraway and Bronze winner Keven Ramirez.
A.C.H.I.E.V.E award recipients were recognized by Samuel Cornog, Beth Furry, and each club leader, with all 4-H members coming forward to receive their award. After these awards were handed out, thirteen 4-H Volunteer Leaders were recognized by Bill Stone with each receiving a special gift for their outstanding service. These volunteers included: Myrna Rodriguez, Magetsi 4-H Club; Brenda Furry, Homegrown Kids 4-H club; Candice Haase, Rodeo Riders 4-H Horse Club; Karen Mahaffey, Bits and Boots 4-H Horse Club; Allen Sellars, Barn Busters 4-H Club; Terri Sharpe and Rita Craven, Crazy Quilters 4-H Club; Teri Spivey, Maters n’ Taters 4-H Club; Jodi Yow, Rockin’ Riders 4-H Horse Club; and Riley Godley, The Avengers 4-H Club.
Next on the program were the 4-H Club Members of the Year Awards presented by 4-H Advisory Committee Chairperson Peggy Mann. These accolades went to Belle Williams from the Crazy Quilters 4-H Club, Tanner West, Anna Yow and Bailey Yow from the Rockin’ Riders 4-H Horse Club, Michelle Sellars and Hayley Douglas from the Barn Busters 4-H Club, Elaina Powell from the Bits and Boots 4-H Horse Club, Aden Spivey and Kaitlyn Spivey from the Maters n’ Taters 4-H Club, Beth Furry of the Homegrown Kids 4-H Club, Keven Ramirez from Magetsi 4-H Club, Matthew Godley from the Avengers 4-H Club and Claire Cummings and Taylor May from the Rodeo Riders 4-H Horse Club.
The overall Junior and Senior 4-H Member of the Year Awards went to Savannah Caraway of the Homegrown Kids 4-H Club and Omar Macias of the Magetsi 4-H Club and were presented by County Commissioner Ed Paschal. Linda Shook, Chair of the Lee County Commissioners presented the Club of the Year award to the Magetsi 4-H Club.
Closing remarks were given by County Extension Director Susan Condlin. Mrs. Condlin encouraged the young people to continue to strive for excellence and applauded the wonderful support of their club leaders and parents. Door prizes were then given out and the crowd headed home after a great night of food, fun and fellowship.
Congratulations to all Lee County 4-H members and volunteers for a wonderful night and an outstanding year!