Henry County 4-H Awards

Written by on November 21, 2012 in News

Several 4-H members, volunteer leaders, and their families attended the Henry County Awards/Recognition event at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 10th. The event is an annual celebration, honoring 4-H’ers, volunteer leaders and community 4-H clubs. The event is sponsored by Henry County Farm Bureau.

Awards were presented to the following 4-H members, 4-H leaders, and 4-H clubs:

Back to Basics awards: 4-H members were recognized for their attendance at club meetings and demonstrations throughout the year. The following clubs excelled in this area:
The following clubs attained at least 50% member attendance and 100% member presentations.
• Silver Spurs
• Scott Sodbusters
• Salem Shining Stars
• Jackson Juniors
• 4-H Wizards
• Baltimore Barn Busters
• New London Pioneers
• Triple C

Along with Back to Basics we recognized our Henry County 4-H leaders who take the time to give leader presentations, as well as attending their leader training events throughout the year. This year’s recipients were leaders:
• Ray Francis- Baltimore Barn Busters
• Koni Lounsbury- New London Lassies and Lads
• Cathy Wright- New London Lassies and Lads
• Amber Scott- 4-H Wizards
• Martha Brown- Salem Shining Stars
• Nadine Meierotto- Salem Shining Stars
• Chris Kuckes- Silver Spurs
• Deb Sinclair –Triple C

Clubs were recognized for achieving recommended club activities for the 4-H year. These activities included six or more hours of educational activity, club family event, a community service, one educational tour, achievement day or club tour, and at least one recruitment activity.

Receiving a bronze certificate for achieving 4 out of 6 activities this 4-H year was:
• Scott Sodbusters

Receiving a silver certificate for achieving 5 out of the 6 activities for this 4-H year was:
• 4-H Wizards
• Baltimore Barnbusters
• Silver Spurs

Receiving a gold certificate for achieving 6 out of 6 activities in this 4-H year was:
• New London Pioneers
• Henry County Achievers
• Jackson Juniors
• New London Lassies and Lads
• Salem Shining Stars
• Triple C

National 4-H Week Promotion Recognition:
Promoting 4-H programing in Henry county during the weeks of October 7-13, 2012.

First place: Triple C
Second place: 4-H Wizards
Third Place: Cooking Club 101

Historian Book award winners were recognized:
Providing a historian book for club awards, pictures, and detailed descriptions of club meetings and events:

First place: Triple C
Second place: Salem Shining Stars
Third Place: Jackson Juniors

The following junior members (grades 4-6) were awarded Junior Excellence certificates by each club:
This award is presented to junior 4-H members, who are in, or have completed 4th-6th grade. They are being recognized for: Missing no more than one regular club meeting and/or outing unexcused in the past year. Given a club or county presentation in the past 4-H year. Exhibited at least one project at the 2012 Henry County Fair and for turning in their 4-H Records to their leader by September 15th 2012. Junior Members that received certificates were:

From the 4-H Wizards:
Anna Schurr and Karley Schlee

From the New London Lassies and Lads:
Chloe Coleman, Sophie Lounsbury, and Peyton Jackson

From the Sharp Shooters:
Tyler Craig and Lucas Lee

From the Henry County Achievers:
Sadie Carrasco and Trisha Shepard

From the Silver Spurs:
Cameryn Styron and Audre Barnes

From the New London Pioneers:
Mason Christe, Tyler Raub and Issac McSorely

From the Baltimore Barnbusters:
Ella Francis, Nick Francis, Colton Nehring, and Emily Grace

From the Jackson Juniors:
Rebecca Wilson, Erin Zilhman, Taylor Weigert, and Caitlin Wilson

From the Salem Shining Stars:
Laurie Amos, Bryant Holtkamp, Colin Mills, and Sean Brousseau

From the Triple C Club:
Willow Barton, Brier Klossing, Anne Schnicker, Sami Rosell, Anna Beckman, Hanna Schinstock, Maddie VanDeBerg, Jozlyn Lee, Abby Smith, Kalynn Batey, Paige Stater, Kenna Smith, and Alyssa Stiegel

4H Club Recognition Awards were given out to the following members:

The following awards were presented to 4-H members who have been nominated for displaying certain leadership ability over the course of the 4-H year. These 4-Hers were recognized for their outstanding service to 4-H.

• From the Salem Shining Stars:
Laurie Amos was nominated as Best Team Player. Laurie is always there to help when needed; she takes pride in working hard to complete a project. Laurie is also always willing to try new things!

• From the New London Lassies and Lads
Emily Jacobs was nominated for Above and Beyond! Emily is involved in every single club event; she never misses a 4-H meeting! She has helped with fair activities and even made a special trip into town to patrol the exhibit building during the fair! Emily has done everything that is asked of her, she is a great role model!

• From the 4-H Wizards
Lauren Baker was nominated for best event planner. Lauren organized the 4-H trip to the state 4-H camp this spring. It was a great trip for all of the girls and never would have happened without Laurens help. She also helped immensely with our share the fun skit this year at the fair. She created the song and organized our trip to the state fair; she is a valuable member of the club and a wonderful leader and planner.

From the New London Pioneers
Grant Lounsbury was nominated as Mr. Reliable. Grant can always be counted on to be there when something in the club needs done. He remembers club meetings and events and contributes a lot to the Pioneers.

• From the Henry County Achievers
Sadie Carrasco and Trisha Shepard were nominated for most involved from their club. Sadie and Trisha participated in several 4-H events throughout the year, present at every meeting, and sold plenty of ads for the fairbook. The girls both are involved in community service projects, which included having family members involved.

• From the Jackson Juniors
Rebecca Wilson was nominated as Best Organizer. Rebecca always comes prepared for meetings and keeps track of the club funds in a very accurate and organized manner. She handles every situation well in business, with a maturity uncommon to her age. Her love for details and organization has been a great asset to our club as well as focus on our goals throughout the year!

• From the Sliver Spurs
Rachel Hymes was nominated for most knowledgeable. Rachel shows great leadership in helping younger members with activities and lessons when it comes to the horse club. Rachel participates in every club meeting and has vast knowledge of the horse industry.

• From the Sharp Shooters
Alyssa Smith has been an active sharp shooter participant since the club began. She has attended meetings regularly and comes early to help with set up of the necessary targets and other equipment. Alyssa has grown as a 4-Her since she began in the club. From a shy, quiet, content to let others take the vocal and leadership roles to newly elected club president. Alyssa has shown willingness to learn about becoming a better archer and gun shooter throughout her years in the club. She is always willing to help out younger less experienced members when she can. In addition to helping and actively participating in her 4-H club, Alyssa takes an active part in the Henry County Fair and the Iowa State Fair. Her blue ribbon achievements over the years demonstrate her exemplary exhibits. Alyssa started out solely an archery shooter and now has branched out to shooting a shotgun and blasting clay pigeons. Alyssa is a truly improved 4-H!

• From the Baltimore Barnbusters
“First to Provide,” has been in this club since fourth grade. In all of the years he has attended 4-H meetings, whenever a project of any kind is discussed, he would be the first to start naming things he could provide to accomplish the task. He also spent time this past fair helping other 4-Hers from his own club and other clubs keeping their animals watered and cooled in the heat. The “First to Provide,” help in 4-H goes to Drake Christe.

• From the Triple C
Triple C 4-H club was pleased to give this year’s Spirit of 4-H Award to a club member who has been a youth leader in the Triple C 4-H club for many years. She works hard, keeps the meetings organized and does a great job at helping the younger members understand the 4-H Program and club’s activities. One of the members shared that this person “is a great leader and inspires me to become a leader when I am older.” The recipient of our clubs’ Spirit of 4-H Award for 2012 goes to their one and only senior member, Kaitlin Jones.

4-Hers for 4-H
Club Donations to the Iowa 4-H Foundation

The following clubs donated club funds to the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Each club was to send $2.50 per member to the foundation as 4-H fees. These clubs were recognized for with certificates from the 4-H Foundation. Not all clubs from Henry County who donated money to the foundation received certificates. Only clubs who donated at least $2.50 for each member were recognized, even though many of the clubs contributed. The following clubs received awards:

• 4-H Wizards
• Baltimore Barnbusters
• Triple C
• Outdoor Club
• Jackson Juniors
• New London Lassies and Lads
• New London Pioneers Club

Herdsmanship Award The Herdsmanship Award requires all livestock exhibitors to maintain their quarters as orderly as possible and keep the buildings occupied by their livestock neat and attractive during the Henry County Fair.

The award was presented by Henry County Fairboard member, Ralph Sandeen. The clubs that received this recognition were:

1st Place: Scott Sodbusters
2nd Place Tie: New London Lassies and Lads and the New London Pioneers

Honoring 4-H Leader Volunteers

The following 4-H leaders have volunteered their time in the 4-H program for the past few years. Awards were given to:

Koni Lounsbury of the New London Lassies and Lads and Dorothy Thorne of Cooking Club 101 for 5 years of dedication to the 4-H program

Patti Gerling of the 4-H Wizards for 15 years of dedication to the 4-H program

The following awards were sponsored by the Henry County Farm Bureau.
4-H members who have completed 7th grade or higher in the 2011-2012 year are able to apply for project awards. These awards are given to 4-Hers who have completed and exhibited in a specific project area.

Nick Sandeen
• Science, Engineering and Technology

Kirsten Smith
• Clothing
• Food and Nutrition
• Communications

Rebecca Strothman
• Beef
• Communications
• Poultry

Kayleigh Applegate
• Dog Obedience
• Visual Arts
• Family and Consumer Science

Lauren Baker
• Photography

Mikayla Brown
• Food and Nutrition
• Clothing
• Photography

Kayla Conwell
• Beef

Sara Conwell
• Beef

Neil Davis
• Beef

Klinton Garrett
• Sheep
• Swine
• Science, Engineering and Technology

Kaitlin Jones
• Beef

Marcus Jones
• Science, Engineering and Technology

Deana Panos
• Food and Nutrition
• Personal Development
• Photography

Mina Panos
• Clothing
• Personal Development
• Family and Consumer Science

Alex Sandeen
• Food & Nutrition

Alyssa Smith
• Agriculture and Natural Resources
• Communications

Hannah Stater
• Communications
• Dog Obedience

Shawn Strothman
• Beef
• Agriculture and Natural Resources
• Poultry

Beau Van Amerongen
• Agriculture and Natural Resources
• Science, Engineering, and Technology
• Family and Consumer Science

Blake Wickham
• Sheep
• Beef

Hannah Wickham
• Sheep
• Beef

Sterling Wickham
• Sheep
• Beef

Merit Awards:
The next award is by nomination only, and includes recommendation forms submitted by 4-H leaders and other senior-level members.

There were two members who received merit awards, Mikayla Brown from the Salem Shining Stars and Klinton Garrett from the Jefferson Juniors.

Mikayla is being nominated by her club leader, Nadine Meierotto.

Mikayla is very involved with her 4-H Club. She is the secretary for her club this year, but has held almost every office over the years. Mikayla helps the younger members with fair projects more specifically by showing them how to fill out paper work for their records. She was on several committees this year including helping with the fair booth, planning a club visit to Kathy’s pumpkin patch and completed paper work for the pioneer grant and Henry County Master Gardeners grant. Mikayla’s help with the grant writing gave the club an opportunity to paint the Salem ball diamond and plant trees at the ball field as well.
Mikayla attends all club meetings, exhibited several items at the county fair and the Iowa State Fair. She visited the Iowa State Fair in the $15 challenge clothing event and in extemporaneous speaking for communications.
Mikayla is involved in so many other project areas, including horticulture, dog, rabbit and goat.
Mikayla’ s other interests are helping with the Lewelling House in Salem and during the school year she is a mentor for Club M. She also works at the Salem Library

The second merit award went to Klinton Garrett, nominated by his club leader, Janis Johnson.

Klinton has been a member of the Jefferson Juniors 4-H club for 9 years. He deserves to be selected for this award as he has been a constant leader in the club. If you know Klinton, you know that he isn’t always the most outspoken member of our group, but he is always reliable. Klinton works hard for his accomplishments through 4-H. He is a good representation of what 4-H really is and he shows his appreciation to others in 4-H by working with his peers in his own club and as a member of the teen council. Klinton enjoys livestock projects and has pursued many interests in other project areas as well. Klinton has held many offices in his 4-H club, he is a great role model to the younger members and those who are new to 4-H, he is a great example of what 4-H represents.

Plaques and Bars sponsored by Henry County Farm Bureau

Senior-level Awards were presented to

4-H members who have completed 10-12th grade apply for these awards.
Henry County Youth Coordinator, Ali Jones presented the awards to the following youth members:
Lauren Baker, 4-H Wizards
Mikayla Brown: Salem Shining Stars
Kaitlin Jones: Triple C
Olivia Lounsbury: New London Lassies and Lads

Achievement Award:
This award recognizes those demonstrating outstanding personal growth through participation in a variety of 4-H projects.
Awards went to: Olivia Lounsbury and Mikayla Brown

Leadership Award
This award recognizes those showing leadership responsibilities by strengthening their local 4-H club, by encouraging other youth, participating in program planning, and by helping recruit new members.

The leadership awards went to: Kaitlin Jones and Olivia Lounsbury

Agricultural and Natural Resources:
Ag and Natural Resources Recognizes those who have participated in a variety of agricultural projects and programs such as animal science, livestock, crops, farm management, conservation, forestry, etc.

The award went to: Mikayla Brown

Citizenship Award
This award recognizes those demonstrating social responsibility and response to needs/rights of others, and showing life skills essential to become an active, responsible citizen. These 4-Hers have experience beyond the county level.

The Citizenship awards went to: Lauren Baker and Kaitlin Jones

Family and Consumer Science

Family and consumer science recognizes those who have been outstanding in the home and family related topics such as food & nutrition, home improvement, clothing & textiles, consumer management and child development

The award went to: Mikayla Brown

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