4-H’ers recognized at Achievement Day
CENTREVILLE — On Sunday afternoon, March 19, many of the Queen Anne’s County 4-H youth and their leaders gathered at the 4-H Park near Centreville as the 14 clubs from the county were recognized for their accomplishments in 2016. County Cooperative Extension 4-H Educator Christine Johnston welcomed everyone who attended, saying, “I’m very proud of our county’s 4-H program. The other day one of the state 4-H leaders commented to me that whenever they ‘see the 4-H youth from Queen Anne’s County, those youth are always ready, play by the rules, and are kind and gracious people.’ I’m very happy to hear that, and attribute those comments to the club leaders and the values they’re teaching.”
Johnston turned the program over to 4-H’ers Mekenna Richardson, Kiersten Lancaster and Grace Burns to present the long list of awards earned by the 4-H members in the past year. Each club was recognized along with its leaders.
The clubs for 2016 were Clover Seeds 4-H Club, Cloverleaf 4-H, Dream Riders, Farm to Market, Go Getters, Growing Together, Loco Llamas, Marksmanship, Pony Express, Queen Anne’s County 4-H Goat Club, Shooting Stars, Sudlersville Superstars, Tuckahoe Trailblazers and Wags and Whinnies.
In 2016, according to latest state data, Queens Anne’s County 4-H led all of the Eastern Shore in total youth enrollment with 457, edging out Cecil County, which had 453. The numbers for the other Eastern Shore counties were as follows: Caroline, 196; Kent, 166; Wicomico, 161; Somerset, 149; Worchester, 127; Talbot, 107; and Dorchester, 52.
Among state youth enrollment, Queen Anne’s is ninth overall. Frederick County leads the state with 1,044; Carroll County is second with 938.
Also recognized this year, 20 youth received “alumni pins” having aged-out (turning 19) of the program in 2016. Sally Rosenberry, QA 4-H administrative assistant, announced, “That’s the most I can ever remember leaving us at one time.” Rosenberry was credited for organizing the entire program on Sunday.
Rosenberry also provided a list of words most used by QA 4-H youth to describe their 4-H experience. The most used word was educational. The second most used word — adventurous. Other top words used: memorable, dedication, responsibility, motivating, unique and rewarding.
A variety of teams were recognized that competed successfully from the county in 2016. Those teams were Horse Bowl, Hippology, Horse Judging, Dog Bowl, Livestock Skillathon, Dairy Bowl, Dairy Judging, Marksmanship and Public Speaking. All of these teams competed with distinction at the state level and some on the national level.
Determined by overall criteria, the Farm to Market 4-H Club of Queen Anne’s County received the Outstanding Club Award for 2016. Of the 184 record books turned in by all the clubs in the county in 2016, Farm to Market led that category with 38 books turned in.
Hannah Story and Jacob Elbrun both received the “I Dare You!” awards for leadership in 2016. This award was created by Ralston Purina founder William Danforth in 1941 to recognize youth who influence others through lives of ser vice.
The 2016 Michael Cohey Jr. Memorial Award was presented to Clover (under 8) 4-H’er Lydia King by Michael Cohey Sr. The award was created in memory of Michael Jr. who died before his 8th birthday. Michael loved his rabbits and everything he had learned about 4-H. The Clover 4-H child who is judged to have written the best story about their 4-H experience inside their record book is presented this award each year.
Nash Richardson, member of the outstanding Marksmanship 4-H Club and in his second year at the U.S. Naval Academy, received the “Outstanding 4-H Story Award” (as part of his record book) for 2016, and also the Miss Mary Larrimore Challenge to Achieve Award. The Larrimore Award was created for the life-long QA resident and educator who grew up in the 4-H program. The award goes to the youth who demonstrates the values and ideals she credited for much of her successes in life learned in the 4-H programs.
2016 Queen Anne’s County Outstanding 4-H Club (and most, 38, record books turned in), the Farm to Market 4-H Club. From the left, Hannah Story, Andrew Jackson, Tara Palmatary, Piper Patchett, Quinn Williams, Katharine Tuttle, Annaliese Tuttle, Julia Smith, Abby May, Josh May, Holden Jarrell, Andrew Williams, Holden Jarrell, Julia Jackson, Megan Mansfield and club leader Jody Story. The children hold their record books which are a foundation item of the 4-H program regardless of which project animal a child chooses to study.
4-H Story/Journalism Award winners for 2016, from the left, Nash Richardson, Brigid King, Lydia King, Mekenna Richardson, Rylie Lowe, Abby May, Megan Mansfield, Julia Smith, Piper Patchett and Katharine Tuttle. All were awards for what they composed about the values they have learned in the 4-H program in their annual 4-H record book reports. In all, 184 record books were turned in by QA 4-H’ers in 2016.
Junior “H” Award winners for 2016, from the left, Andrew Jackson, CJ Martin, Brennan King, Alyssa Jastram, Megan Mansfield, Nolan Corcoran, Sophia Kolobow, Gage Jordan, Cameron Carr, Elyssa Crossley, Kiley Faust, and Rylie Lowe. All were presented their awards, Sunday afternoon, March 19, at the annual Queen Anne’s County 4-H Achievement Day program, held at the 4-H Park.