MERCER COUNTY —
Mercer County 4-H members received recognition for their hard work and achievements Oct. 12 at the Mercer County 4-H Achievement Night awards ceremony. Members, parents, leaders, supporters and friends attended. The following awards were presented:
Aubrey Braham and Hannah Jacob were named the outstanding 4-H members in Mercer County for 2013. These 4-H members were nominated by their leaders and then completed an application and interview process. Outstanding 4-H members are youth who demonstrate growth through 4-H programming, representing 4-H, school and community in a positive way. The goal of the 4-H program is to develop leaders of tomorrow.
Project books submitted to the extension office were judged on accuracy, completeness and neatness. The project books include project plans, project financial information, different activities to be completed and a 4-H story detailing what was learned. Members recognized for their achievement in their project books were: Kaley Scott, Deven Olson, Sarah Slater, Emily Bucha and Maggie Garvis.
Officer books were judged on accuracy, completeness and neatness. Members that were recognized for their achievement completing these books were: Hannah Jacob, Aaron Amon and Reese Gadsby.
The Outstanding 1st Year Member Award recognizes youth who were in their first year of the 4-H program. These individuals exhibited enthusiasm, a positive attitude, cooperation, good sportsmanship, continuous effort towards project completion and participation in club activities. Recognized this year were: Garrett Dulaney, DJ Dart, Jocelyn Fors, Rory McTighe, Deven Olson, Jessica Riegel, Kaylee Uber and Callie Whiting.
The Emerging Leader was awarded to youth 11-13 years old who have exhibited personal growth and life-skill development in the areas of leadership, active participation at county 4-H events, and by increasing project difficulty and quality.
Youth receiving this award were: Blair Steele, Maggie Garvis, Brennan McTighe and Kara Yannesse.
Participation at state achievement days was recognized for Kelsey McKenna competing in fashion review and Faith Cox as a first-year 4-H member who received a third-place merit ribbon for competing in the state poster contest.
4-H offers a hands-on learning environment allowing today’s youth to learn by doing.
Whether the members make an outfit, construct a display, take care of a pet, show an animal, give a speech or conduct a business meeting, they learn important skills that will help them to be successful in life.
4-H offers opportunities for members, volunteers and supporters on a county, state and national level.
If you would be interested in learning more about what 4-H has to offer, visit http://extension.psu.edu/mercer or call the Mercer County Extension Office at 724-662-3141.