4-H’ers rec­og­nized at Achieve­ment Day

Record Observer - - Front Page - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

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.

PHO­TOS BY DOUG BISHOP

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.

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