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2019 Awards Banquet

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2019 Lee County Achievement Awards

Quote of the Day: “There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation – veneer isn’t worth anything.”                   George Washington Carver

Awards Banquet Program 2019

4-H Public Speaking Program

Every Lee County 4-H’er is encouraged to participate in our public speaking program and each year many of our 4-H members take advantage of this opportunity. These events allow 4-H’ers to hone their talents and public speaking skills in front of a crowd of their parents and peers. We were extremely excited to have had the following 4-H members participate at our 2019 County Activity Day, the first opportunity to make a presentation. Thank you to everyone who participated, you are all winners. 

Cloverbud Class:  Karla Canseco, Jasmine Harrington, Sarah James, Liah Macias, Vanessa Rodriguez, Yaretzi Salgado

11-13 Year Old Class:  Sally Cabrera, David Chrostowski, Avery Higgins, Matthew Kerley, Nikki Ragland, Robbin Rosas

14-18 Year Old Class:  Suzy Brito, Luz Canseco, Jose Garcia, Ashley Guerrero, Evelyn Guillen, Keven Ramirez, MacKenzie Roche, Paulina Romero, Angel Uy

We are part of the South Central District, 1 in 5 districts in North Carolina. When you go to South Central District events you will see 4-H’ers from 19 counties. There is a District Council made up of all 4-H’ers who reside within the district boundaries. This council holds meetings, makes decisions, and elects officers to serve at all district level meetings. Those 4-H members who traveled to Lincoln County in June for District Activity Day were grouped in rooms by project category, and took turns speaking by age category. They were competing for Gold, Silver, or Bronze awards and the chance to qualify for the State presentations in July.

Avery Higgins, Suzy Brito, and Angel Uy took this trip in 2019 and Angel Uy won a gold medal for her presentation, “One Drink Two Drinks” in the public speaking category about the dangers of alcohol abuse. She qualified for the State presentation and won Gold there too. Congratulations Angel!

2020 Public Speaking Program dates

County Activity Day | May 14, 2020

South Central District Activity Day in Richmond County | June 20, 2020

State Presentations | July 18, 2020

4-H Project Record Books

A project record book is a detailed documentation of an activity that a 4-H member has worked on throughout the year. There are six 4-H members whose project record books from 2018 were sent to the District to compete. Congratulations to all those whose books were selected to compete at the district level and to Angel Uy for her 2018 project on Healthy Lifestyles that won a Bronze award at the district level and $50.”

Each of the 2019 books turned in this year either received a blue, red, or white award with Blue being the highest honor, followed by red, and then white. We send 2 projects per age group per category to compete at the district level. Four of the books that were submitted this year have gone on to compete at the District level. Congratulations to all 4-H’ers who completed a record book. Winners received a pin and a record book cover for 2020 projects.

Yaretzi Salgado and Leyli Ramirez Lagunas each received a Blue award for their project record books on Communication and Expressive Arts in the Cloverbud category.

In the 16-18 Year Old Category:

Oscar Sanchez received a White award for his project record book on Personal Development & Leadership.

Angel Uy received a Blue award for her project book on Healthy Lifestyles which has been submitted to compete at the district competition.

Angel Uy also received a Blue award for her project book on Personal Development & Leadership and this book has also been submitted to the district competition.

Suzy Brito received a Blue award for her project book on Citizenship & Civic Education and her book has been submitted to the district competition.

Suzy Brito also received a Red award for her project record book on Personal Development & Leadership and her book has been submitted to the district competition. 

Project record book ideas can be found in the 4-H office. All 2020 project record books are due to Lee County 4-H on January 15, 2021.

4-H’ers who complete a project record book in 2020 in the ELECTRIC category may be eligible for an all expenses paid trip to 4-H Electric Congress, 2021.

2019 winners received a project record cover as part of their award. You may also purchase one from the Lee County 4-H office for $2 for your 2020 books.

Special Recognitions


Ambassadors is a 4-H State level program with the mission to empower teen 4-H leaders with the knowledge, skills, and aspirations necessary to be effective advocates for NC 4-H Youth Development. The program strengthens and expands upon 4-H’ers current leadership abilities so they may serve as positive role models for younger youth; build meaningful partnerships with other teens, adult volunteers, and 4-H professionals; and promote the 4-H mission in North Carolina. In 2019 we had 4 Lee County 4-H’ers begin and complete the first Bronze level of the Ambassadors program. This includes an ambassador portfolio that they submitted to the state office for judging. The following 4-H’ers were accepted as Bronze ambassadors.

MacKenzie Roche, Angel Uy, Paulina Romero, Suzy Brito

They have begun the Silver level and recruited a new group to begin the Bronze. For more information about the Ambassadors Program speak to one of them or to Pam Kerley.

2019 4-H Cooking Challenges

During the 2019 summer camps Lee County offered a teen challenge cooking camp and found a team of ladies who were able to take their skills on the road, competing in a regional cooking competition, winning 2nd place, and qualifying for the State cooking demonstration offered at the NC State Fair. Congratulations to Nikki Ragland, Macie Hilliard, India Womack, and Izzy March for their accomplishments this past summer.

Team Topshots 4-H Club

Bruce Ledford is our volunteer leader for the Team Topshots 4-H club. He has kept his club going strong by securing more volunteer help and recruiting members. They meet at the Lee County Wildlife club one Saturday a month and I am thankful for the Leadership Bruce provides to his club members. Bruce and LJ have a special recognition for Brenna Steger who will be competing on the National Shooting Team again in 2020.

A list of Brenna's accomplishments

The Team Topshots 4-H Club Member of the Year is Savannah Swope! Congratulations Savannah!

Magetsi 4-H Club

Myrna Rodriguez is the volunteer leader for Magetsi 4-H club. They dance all over the state and Myrna is a great mentor. A lot of her teens have graduated the program so she has started over with a strong Cloverbud presence. Myrna is also our South Central District Treasurer for the 2nd year in a row. Thanks Myrna!

The Magetsi 4-H Club Member of the Year is Luz Canseco! Congratulations Luz!

Saddle Slappers 4-H Club

Regina Fox is the volunteer leader for Saddle Slapper 4-H club and they have been going strong for several years. Regina is a great role model for her members and really encourages them to take ownership of the club operations, creating great leadership opportunities for them.

The Saddle Slappers 4-H Club member of the Year is David Chrowstowski! Congratulations David!

Young Commissioners 4-H Club

Cindy Howenstein is the volunteer leader for the Young Commissioners 4-H club, converting them from a two week program to a year long club. Cindy has a group of active young leaders who get their inspiration straight from her example. 

The Young Commissioners 4-H Club Member of the Year is Oscar Sanchez. Cindy would also like to present Angel Uy with an Honorable Mention and appreciation for all she did in 2019. Congratulations Oscar and Angel!

Crazy Quilters 4-H Club

I have the benefit of being the volunteer leader for this club and I have a great co-leader, Karen Mersinger. She is the quilter and plans great projects for the club. Thank you Karen!

The Crazy Quilters 4-H Club Member of the Year is Avery Higgins. Congratulations Avery!

Hearts for Horses 4-H Club

Thank you to Lisa Ragland for taking over this club in 2018. You have been a great role model for the members and I enjoyed hearing about all the activities you made available to your members. Thank you, we will miss you!

The Hearts for Horses 4-H Club Member of the Year is Karli Marshall. Congratulations Karli!

Al Ritmo de mi Tierra 4-H Club

Jose is our new club volunteer leader for Al Ritmo de mi Tierra. Jose is a graduated Lee County 4-H’er intent on making sure others know about all the opportunities available to 4-H’ers. They hope to have their first club meeting soon.

Ascend Leadership Academy after school 4-H Club

Christina Turner has started an after school club at Ascend Leadership Academy. They have had 2 meetings and she has tons of ideas for them. Thank you Christina.

Each of these 4-H’ers who were recognized as their club’s member of the year will receive a $25 credit to their 4-H account to be used for 4-H activities.

Achievement Awards

We use the guidelines set out by the state 4-H Achievement Plan for our county 4-H program. Members are not required to use the plan but are rewarded with scholarship money when you meet plan level goals. A club with many members participating in the plan will be more likely to re-charter at the Emerald Level and be competitive in the club of the year contest. To achieve your highest goals you should plan your 4-H participation and set your goals at the start of your year or immediately after achieving a lower level. Talk with your family and 4-H Leaders. Ask their advice in helping to set your goals and to help you accomplish them. This year we have four outstanding 4-H’ers who are receiving an Achievement award.

Yaretzi Natali – Cloverbud 7-8 Achievement Award ($15)

Oscar Sanchez – Bronze Achievement Award ($50)

Angel Uy – Gold Achievement Award ($100)

Suzy Brito – Gold Achievement Award ($100)

4-H Members of the year

The Lee County 4-H’ers who will be honored tonight have had their name placed on this N.C. Cooperative Extension of Lee County office plaque for being the Junior and Senior Club members of the year.

junior member of year leyli

senior member of year suzy

You will both receive a $50 credit to your 4-H account to be used for 4-H events.”

The club of the year will be awarded a certificate tonight, receive $100 for their club treasury, and their name is on this plaque displayed at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Lee County.

club of the year is YC

I would like to thank the Lee County Council for all their hard work!

Past President Recognition. Thank you, Paulina, for your service!

Current Officer Recognition. President Oscar Sanchez, VP Kaycee Davis, Vanessa Hernandez Garcia, Reporter Paulina Romero.