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(Editor’s note: See Oct. 17 print edition for photos of winners)
By Nancy Coleman
Ray County 4-H recognized 219 youth and 117 volunteer leaders for their year achievements at the Annual 4-H Recognition and Awards Banquet Oct. 5 tat the Eagleton Civic Center. The Ray County Farm Bureau and Richmond Rotary Club were the sponsors of the 4-H member and leader pins and other awards.
A special program highlight is recognizing the Ray County 4-H Ambassadors for 2014, along with other 4-H award winners.
The 2013 4-H Ambassadors, Lauren Twyman of Orrick 4-H, Spencer Wheeler of Central 4-H, Emily Martens of Dale-Patton 4-H and Cody Hoskins of Orrick 4-H helped present the awards.
The 2014 Senior 4-H Ambassadors are: Carson Luther, of Lawson 4-H Club, who said that, 4-H means “youth of a community gathering together for the greater good of learning and doing combined projects. 4-H is something I know will take me far in life and something I will never regret doing!”
Carson has completed 10 years in 4-H, as well as three in Clover Kids. Her main projects have been: clothing, arts and crafts, and beef.
Her parents are Rhonda and Tim Luther of Lawson.
Colby Anderson who represents Olde Tyme 4-H Club, said that “4-H means learning many skills that I use every day.” Colby has been in 4-H for six years. Colby’s main projects are: shooting sports, horsemanship and welding. His parents are Diana and Chris Veach of Excelsior Springs.
Senior Ambassador Alternate is: Tiffany Parker of Millville 4-H Club.
The 2013 Junior Ambassadors are: Allie Renfro, of Millville 4-H Club, said that “4-H means giving you an opportunity to try new things and making new friends.” Allie had completed three years in 4-H. Her main projects are cake decorating, scrapbooking, floriculture and public speaking. Her parents are Shari and Jonathon Renfro of Richmond.
Shane Leakey, of Millville 4-H Club, said that “4-H is a place to learn from others and that it also gives you a chance to teach others. Overall, 4-H is helps me to become a better person in my community. Shane has been in 4-H for five years with his main projects being: beef and welding. His parents are Kim and David Leakey of Richmond.
The Junior Ambassador Alternates are Julia Reynolds of Lawson 4-H and Jacob Steele of Clever Clovers 4-H.
2013 Friends of 4-H: Ray County 4-H presents this award to individuals or businesses that have given of their time to the 4-H program in an extensive manner. The 2013 recipient is: Sherri Murray of Lawson.
The I Dare You Award was presented to Kaitlyn Zimmerman of Clever Clovers 4-H.
Top County Record Book Awards went to Kaitlyn Zimmerman, Zach Stewart, Jacob Steele and Ashley Stewart, all of Clever Clovers 4-H, with each receiving the 4-H Project Award.
Outstanding Member Awards for 8-13 year olds were awarded to: Ashley Stewart of Clever Clovers 4-H, Julia Reynolds of Lawson 4-H, Blake Logsdon of Guys and Gals 4-H Club, Jacob Steele of Clever Clovers and Zach Stewart of Clever Clovers 4-H Club.
Clover Kids Awards for 5-7 year olds went to: Trent Logsdon of Guys and Gals 4-H Club and Pete O’Connor of Dale-Patton 4-H Club.
Club Officer Awards: Outstanding club officer books were presented to: Secretary — Zach Stewart of Clever Clovers 4-H Club; Treasurer — Sadie VanHooser of Lawson 4-H Club; Reporter — Colby Anderson of Olde Tyme 4-H Club and Historian — C.J. Dana of Millville 4-H Club.
State Public Speaking: Allie Renfro of Millville 4-H represented Ray County at in the Intermediate Division of State Public Speaking.
State Horse Judging: The Ray County Senior Horse Judging Team placed 8th at State. Members of the team were: Emily Henderson and Aaron Shank, of Guys and Gals 4-H and Sadie VanHooser of Lawson 4-H.
The Junior Horse Judging Team placed 8th and team members were: Vivian Kincaid and Lyssa Green of Guys and Gals 4-H Club and Emily Henderson of Orrick 4-H Club. Vivian Kincaid was 8th high individual in the Junior Division.
State Horse Hippology Awards: Senior Hippology Team placed 3rd at state. Team members were: Emily Henderson of Guys and Gals 4-H, Kaitlyn Zimmerman of Clever Clovers 4-H. McKenzie Hayson of Lawson 4-H, Madalyn Mussey of Olde Tyme 4-H and Sadie VanHooser of Lawson 4-H. Overall High Individuals: Emily was 7th and Kaitlyn was 9th.
The Junior Hippology Team placed 8th at the State Contest. Members were: Cote Polly, Hannah Winters, Abbie Perry all of Olde Tyme 4-H, and Jacob Steele of Clover Clovers 4-H.
State Horse Bowl: The Ray County Senior Horse Bowl Team placed 4th at state. Emily Henderson of Guys and Gals 4-H was 8th high individual overall.
4-H Move Across Missouri Awards: Missouri 4-H Fitness Awards went to: Geena Black, Grace Black, Jenifer Black, Jesse Covet, Wyatt Covey, Ben Dana, CJ Dana, Carissa Davis, Jayla Jones, Sophia Jones, Genevieve Keighly, Kim Leakey, Shane Leakey, Carson Luther, Rhonda Luther, Madalyn Mussey, Tiffany Parker, Jacob Steele Jodi Stewart, Noah Wagner and Hannah Wagner.
The top individual award went to: Shane Leakey of Millville 4-H and the top team award went to Millville 4-H Club.
State Fashion Revue Awards were awarded for Clothes You Make: Senior Division: Tiffany Parker of Millville 4-H Club, Intermediate Division: Megan Stewart of Lawson 4-H Club and Junior Division: Julia Reynolds of Lawson 4-H Club. Tiffany received the 1st place in the Senior Cotton Award. Julia received 1st place in the Junior Division.
State Shooting Sports Honors: Ray County 4-H members that placed in the top 20 at the State Shooting Sports Contest were: Corey Dempsey of Clever Clovers 4-H in Senior Shotgun, Carlos Lopez, Jr. of Olde Tyme 4-H in Intermediate Air Pistol, Andrew Schubert of Olde Tyme 4-H Club in Senior Compound Archery and Savannah Anderson in Senior Smallbore Pistol.
Missouri State Fair Demonstration Awards went to: Zach Stewart and Ashley Stewart of Clever Clovers 4-H Club.
Club Seals were awarded to the top 4-H clubs in Ray County: Gold Seals – Clever Clovers, Dale-Patton, Guys and Gals, Lawson, Millville and Olde Tyme and Silver Seals to Central and Orrick.