Wood County 4-H holds awards ceremony

PARKERSBURG — Wood County 4-H honored their 4-H members and volunteers at the annual Awards Ceremony recently at the Butcher Bend 4-H Campground.

The event held Sunday, sponsored by WesBanco, had Wood County 4-H members receive several awards and recognitions for outstanding project work, community service, and leadership in 2019.

Volunteers were recognized for their outstanding service and leadership to the county 4-H organization.

The following awards were given:

Club Excellence Awards — given to clubs that have outstanding treasurer and secretary records:

* American Brushpoppers 4-H Club

* Belleville 4-H Club

* Lubeck Lucky Clovers 4-H Club

* Sand Hill Explorers 4-H Club

* Wood County 4-H Teen Leaders

* Woodchucks 4-H Club

National 4-H Week Club Display Awards — given to 4-H clubs with the best promotional displays at schools and businesses in the area:

* 1st Place: Lubeck Lucky Clovers 4-H Club

* 2nd Place: Belleville 4-H Club 4-H Club

* 3rd Place: Sand Hill Explorers 4-H Club

Other clubs receiving blue ribbons were Fairview 4-H Club, Mineral Wells Lucky Mustangs Afterschool 4-H Club, Woodchucks 4-H Club, Northend Nighthawks

Outstanding 4-H Club members recognizes members nominated by their 4-H clubs for outstanding work. Those members records are then judged for an overall county level honoree in three age categories.

Winners of the county awards were:

Junior grades 3-5

* Male: Jordan Dearth

* Female: Ali Evans

Intermediate grades 6-8

* Male: Evan Kent

* Female: Erin Carmicle

Senior grade 9 to age 21

* Male: Isaac Lent

* Female: Emma Daley

Individual club honorees selected by their club leaders were:

* American Brushpoppers: Grace Hall

* Belleville: Gavin Pigott, Kyra Bell, Josh Steele, Austen Kinzy and Mikala Fling

* Lubeck: Jordan Dearth, Ali Evans, Paul Smith, Erin Carmicle, Brayden Griffith and Emma Daley

* Rebels: Mason Lewis, Hannah Squires, Evan Kent, Laekyn McLaughlin, Devin Sampson and Emily Kent

* Sand Hill: Hattie Brown, Janessa Lewellyn, Lucas L ewellyn and Isaac Lent

* Saulsbury: Bodee Walters, Jordan Riddle, Zane Taylor and Jeremiah Blackwell

* Woodchucks: Andrew Whitlatch, Braylen Barcley, Joshlyn Miller, Noah Forshey and Julia Bland

County Awards and Honors

Project Medals are awarded to members completing two or more years in a 4-H project.

* Isaac Blair — Poultry

* Remington Blair — Poultry

* Kelsey Clegg — Leadership

* Dalton Dearth — Leadership

* Jackson Dearth — Leadership

* Jayden Dearth — Leadership

* Jordan Dearth — Fishing

* Shayanne Dearth — Cooking

* Shayleigh Gard — Cooking

* Jayla Gard — Leadership

* Marissa Hendershot — Sheep

* Collin Lewis — Rabbit & Poultry

* Makalyn Lewis — Poultry

* Miryan Lewis — Poultry

* Alisha Ramme — Woodworking

A Gold Project Pin was awarded to Austin Sponaugle completing two or more years in the Beef project and competing in the state and county visual presentation contests.

The Austin Shawver Master Showman Award was awarded to the top showman who excels in all showmanship categories — beef, swine, sheep and rabbits. For the second consecutive year, this top honor was awarded to Haleigh Kent. She received a traveling plaque, embroidered jacket donated by Shawver Show Pigs, and $500 donated by Wards Farm Supply and Kent Welding.

Helping Hands certificates honor youth ages 5-10 who complete 10 or more hours of community service.

* Hannah Squires

* Lorelei Dent

* Tristyn Squires

Making a Difference certificates honor youth ages 11-15 who complete up to 25 or more hours of community service during the year.

* Bryce Stephens

* Emilee Allison*

* Grace Hall

* Hailey Payne

* Kailyn Anderson

* Kayden Marshall

* Lucas Lewellyn

True Leaders in Service certificates honor youth ages 16 and older who complete up to 50 hours of community service during the year.

* David Barnes

* Haleigh Kent

* Kelsey Clegg

* Noah Richards

* Zach Smith

Prudential Spirit of the Community Awards — The Prudential Award honors young people with Certificates of Merit for outstanding service to their communities. These individuals are receiving the award of merit because of their commendable record of service.

* Whitney Griffith

* Brayden Keeney

Prudential Spirit of the Community Achievement Award — The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honor young people in middle level and high school grades for outstanding volunteer service to their communities. More than a volunteer service award, the Prudential Spirit of the Community Award also looks at innovative ideas and the amount of leadership involved in the community service projects. Winners are chosen at the county level, and those winners represent the county at the state level, and then the state winners advance to national competition.

* Senior — Ambreia Griffith

* Junior — Jayden Dearth

Rising Star awards are given to youth 13 and older who show great leadership potential and excellence in 4-H project and community service.

* Erin Carmicle

* Cate Evans

* Audrey Sundstrom

Teen Leaders who earned their first-year pin were:

* Audrey Sundstrom

* Brayden Keeney

* Bryce Stephens

* Byron Dearth

* Cate Evans

* Cyleigh Sampson

* Dalton Dearth

* Erin Carmicle

* Jackson Dearth

* Jacob Murphy

* Jayden Dearth

* Jayla Gard

* Maddison Lewis

* Savannah Stephens

Achievement in Service honorees were selected based on their 4-H and Teen Leader Community Service:

* Dalton Dearth

* Tessa Prunty

Achievement in Leadership honorees were selected based on their leadership within the Teen Leader Organization:

* Katie Daley

* Cyleigh Sampson

Outstanding Service Awards was awarded to a Teen Leader with an outstanding record of continued service in 4-H and beyond:

* Hope Prunty

Outstanding Leadership Awards were awarded to Teen Leaders who show exceptional leadership within the 4-H organization and beyond:

* Emma Daley

* Mikala Fling

Continuing Service and Leadership awards were given to College-aged 4-H members who have continued to serve the county 4-H well beyond their years as a Teen Leader:

* Brie-Ann Young

* Miranda Reed

4-H Royalty are selected based on their 4-H record, application and references. These individuals represent the 4-H throughout the year at various activities including parades and the county fair.

* JR. PRINCESS: Hannah Lent

* SR. PRINCESS: Rochel Young

* JR. PRINCE: Mason Lewis

* SR. PRINCE: Brayden Keeney

* KING: Wyatt Eaton

* QUEEN: Molly Miller-Garrison

State and National Awards and Honors

In 4-H, members can compete at the State and National levels, and participate in state, national and international leadership conferences. Wood County 4-H was well represented at the State and National levels this year.

State Poster Contest Winners — participants were selected at the local level and competed in state competition. Winning posters were on display at the State Fair of WV.

* Conner Forshey –Junior — Healthy Living

* Josiah Swiger — Junior — 4-H Promotion — General

* Josiah Swiger — Junior — 4-H Promotion — Camp

* Josiah Swiger — Junior — Citizenship

* Alana Willis — Junior — Agriculture

* Austen Kinzy — Intermediate — Agriculture

* Whitney Griffith — Intermediate — 4-H Promotion — General

* Miryan Lewis — Intermediate — 4-H Promotion — Camp

* Jayden Dearth — Intermediate — Healthy Living

* Braydyn Griffith — Senior — 4-H Promotion — General

* Noah Forshey — Senior — Healthy Living

State Dairy Poster Contest winners competed at the county level and then went on for state level competition. All posters were displayed over the show ring at the West Virginia Dairy Cattle Show and Festival in August at WVU Jackson’s Mill.

* Kennedy Stephens — Intermediate — Dairy

* Taya Davis — Senior — Dairy

State Photo Contest winners were on display at the State Fair of West Virginia.

* Taya Davis (1)

* Grace Hall (3)

* Carter McLain (1)

* Paul Smith (1)

* Bryce Stephens (3)

Wood County 4-H had 96 blue ribbon still projects on display at the State Fair of WV. State 4-H Blue Ribbon winners included:

* Noah Forshey won Best of Show at the State Fair of WV for his Know Your State 4-H Project Exhibit. He was one of only a handful of Best of Show winners at the State Level.

* Digital Poster Displays — Kailynn Anderson — Pet Pals, David Barnes — Self Det, Emily Cain — This is 4-H, Ryan Cain — This is 4-H, Hailey Caplinger — Self Det, Kylee Caplinger — Self Det, Erin Carmicle — Cooking, Jayden Dearth — Know Your State, Jordan Dearth — Take the Bait, Shyanne Dearth — Cooking, Ali Evans — Electricity, Jayden Flinn — Pet Pals, Shayleigh Gard — Cooking, Brayden Griffith — Pet Pals, Camryn McLain — Cooking, Joshlyn Miller — Dog, Mackenzie Moles — Outdoor Adventures, Miranda Reed — My Financial Future, Jayla Riddle — Cooking, Jordan Riddle — Cooking, Lilly Sundstrom — Cooking, Josiah Swiger — Bicycling, Alyssa Tennant — Self Det, Myah Tice — Pet Pals, Andrew Whitlatch — This is 4H, Aubry Whitlatch — Cat, Bella Walters — This is 4H

* 4-H Project Exhibits — Kole Biddle — This is 4-H, Lilly Burkey — Kitchen Chemistry, Katlynn Byers — WV Know Your State, Erin Carmicle — My Leadership Journal (6-8) Year 1, Douglas Casto — This is 4-H, Emma Casto — Hiking Trails (Outdoor Adventures 1) Year 2, Emma Daley — My Leadership Portfolio (9-12) Year 1, Katie Daley — My Leadership Portfolio (9-12) Year 1, Byron Dearth — My Leadership Journal (6-8) Year 1, Jayden Dearth — My Leadership Journal (6-8) Year 1, Cate Evans — My Leadership Journal (6-8) Year 1, Mikayla Fling — My Leadership Portfolio (9-12) Year 1, Connor Forshey — This is 4-H, Noah Forshey — WV Know Your State, Colbi French — WV Know Your State, Brady Gains — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Riley Garrsion — Measuring Up (Woodworking 1) Year 3, Preston Heckert — WV Know Your State, Marissa Hendershot — Under Construction (Sewing Expressions 1) Year 3, Cyndall Hiley — WV Know Your State, Brayden Keeney — Self Determined Miscellaneous, Audrey Kent — Under Construction (Sewing Expressions 1) Year 1, Austin Kent — Rockets Away, Janessa Lewellyn — Exploring 4-H/Your Family/The World/Or Arts, Lucas Lewellyn — Tree Identification Year 1, Jordyne Lockhart — Self Determined Miscellaneous, Layne Lockhart — Self Determined Miscellaneous, Carter McLain — Focus on Photography (Photography 1), Laekyn McLaughlin — Tree Identification Year 1, Adriana Morgan — WV Know Your State, Ciera Morrison — WV Know Your State, Aiden Peterson — WV Know Your State, Sidney Roach — WV Know Your State, Peyton Ruth — WV Know Your State, Michelle Sampson — Under Construction (Sewing Expressions 1) Year 1, Mason Sims — This is 4-H, Anna Smith — Self-Determined Leisure & Cultural Education, Paul Smith — Measuring Up (Woodworking 1) Year 3, Audrey Sundstrom — My Leadership Journal (6-8) Year 1, Josiah Swiger — First Aid in Action (Health 1), Josiah Swiger — This is 4-H, Jaxon Thomas — Kitchen Chemistry, Brayden Thompson — Kitchen Chemistry, Samantha Thompson — Under Construction (Sewing Expressions 1) Year 1, Geneva Whitlatch — This is 4-H

* Shane Galland competed in beef livestock shows at the State Fair of West Virginia. Shane placed in the top 10 in Overall Beef Senior Showmanship. With his Replacement Heifer, he placed 2nd in his class and came back in for Grand/Reserve Champion for the Crossbreed Division. His steer also placed 2nd in his market class and came back in for Grand/Reserve Champion in the Middleweight Division.

* Austin Sponaugle and Morgan Wicker recorded virtual visual presentations for the State 4-H Contest and were recognized at the State Fair of WV.

* The West Virginia Sheep and Goat Breeders Association with the support of The West Virginia Department of Agriculture have established funds to assist youth in becoming future West Virginia Shepherds. The intent is to develop starter flocks, develop breeding skills and increase involvement in their abilities of raising breeding sheep and goats. Four $1,000 awards are given to Four individuals between the ages of 9 and 21 years to purchase breeding sheep or goats. Alyssa Tennant of Wood County 4-H was one of the four recipients of this honor.

State Shooting Sports Competitions — State 4-H Air Rifle Championship was held with more than 100 youth participating.

Wood County 4-H Members Overall Individual Placings

Senior Division

* Alyssa Tennant 4th

* Jamie Lambert 13th

* Austin Sponaugle 16th

* Tessa Prunty 29th

Junior Division

* Connor Feick 29th

Mikala Fling, member of Belleville 4-H Club and 4-H Teen Leaders, was selected through an interview process to represent Wood County and West Virginia 4-H at National 4-H Conference in the spring. Emma Daley, member of Lubeck 4-H Club and Teen Leaders, and Mikala Fling both represented Wood County and WV 4-H at Citizenship Washington Focus in July.

Being inducted into the WV 4-H All Stars is the highest honor a 4-H member and volunteer can receive. In 2019, the following 4-H members and volunteers were inducted into the All Stars:

* Mindy Eaton

* Walker Cain

* Olivia Smith

* Zachary Smith

* Mikala Fling

* Kassie Kincaid

* Jill Lewellyn

* Matt Lewellyn

Presidential Service Awards are issued on behalf of the President of the United States to recognize the best in American spirit, and to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service and civic participation. Along with a personalized certificate and pin, recipients receive a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States.

Bronze — youth ages 5-10 with 26-49 hours, teen ages 11-15 with 50-74 hours, and young adults ages 16-25 with 100-174 hours of service in a one-year period.

* Lillian Blair

* Nathaniel Blair

* Janessa Lewellyn

* Collin Lewis

* Madaline Lewis

* Makalyn Lewis

* Mason Lewis

* Remington Blair

* Byron Dearth

* Jayla Gard

* Emily Kent

* Evan Kent

* Maddison Lewis

* Miryan Lewis

* Michelle Sampson

* Alayna Wood

* Jayden Dearth

* Brie-Ann Young

* Emma Daley

Silver — youth ages 5-10 with 50-74 hours, teen ages 11-15 with 75-99 hours, and young adults ages 16-25 with 175-249 hours of service in a one-year period.

* Isaac Blair

* Jaxon Swiger

* Josiah Swiger

* Cate Evans

Gold — youth ages 5-10 with 75+ hours, teen ages 11-15 with 100+ hours, and young adults ages 16-25 with 250+ hours of service in a one-year period.

* Malachi Sindledecker

* Martin Sindledecker

* Erin Carmicle

* Katie Daley

* Jackson Dearth

* Dalton Dearth

* Brayden Griffith

* Whitney Griffith

* Brayden Keeney

* Hope Prunty

* Tessa Prunty

* Cyleigh Sampson

* Austin Sponagule

* Audrey Sundstrom

* Mikayla Fling

* Ambreia Griffith

* Miranda Reed

I DARE YOU AWARD — Also known as the National Leadership Award — recognizes extraordinary young leaders for their character and leadership potential. This year’s I Dare You Award winner was Cameron Marks

Volunteer Service Awards and Honors

4-H volunteer leaders serve in a variety of leadership and volunteer roles including 4-H club leader, camp counselor, fund-raiser, project leader, committee member and chairperson, and more. The following individuals were honored for their long-time service and commitment to the Wood County 4-H program. An Outstanding Volunteer is also chosen each year and recognized at the county and state levels.

5th Year Silver Clover Leader

* Lindsey Anderson

* Stephanie Kent

10th year Gold Clover Leader

* Seth Townsend

15th Year Pearl Leader

* Angela Evans

* Jason Evans

* Tiffany Heddleston

* Amanda Moles

* Angela Thompson

20th Year Diamond Clover

* Myrtle Deems

* Jim Lambert

* Rocky Peck

* Julie Shawver

40th Year Diamond Clover Leader

* Larry Conant

* Nancy Conant

* Bill Leach

45th Year Emerald Clover Leader

* Fred Koontz

* Judy Leach

* Mark Young

50th Year Ruby Clover Leader

* Loretta Elliott has been involved at every level of Wood County 4-H. From organizational leader to camp class instructor to fund-raiser to donor, this volunteer has made a huge impact on the Wood County 4-H Program. Along with her husband Carl, Loretta served as organizational leader of the Bicentennial Woodchucks 4-H Club for several years and the couple were nominated as Wood County’s Friend of 4-H for their financial contributions to the program. Although Loretta’s children and grandchildren have aged out of 4-H, she remains active today as the Woodchuck’s Cloverbud Leader, a position she has held for more than 25 years. Loretta and her family’s commitment to Wood County 4-H has helped build barns at the campground, improve the livestock and 4-H camping programs, and has helped keep a 4-H club strong for decades. This Wood County 4-H All Star is also active in her church and teaches Bible School classes. How! How! to Loretta Elliott who has made a lot of lives better in her 50 years as a volunteer in Wood County.

Outstanding 4-H Volunteer

* Debbie Young has served Wood County 4-H for nearly 14 years on club, county, and state levels. She currently serves as President of the Wood County 4-H Leaders’ Association and has served as secretary. She is a leader with the Fairview 4-H Club, serves on camp planning committees, works as camp counselor at Cloverbud, Younger and Older 4-H Camps. She helps with county fund-raisers, serves on the Livestock Sale Committee, represents Wood County at state events, and is treasurer of the Wood County 4-H All Stars. Debbie Young has truly made a difference to countless 4-Hers in Wood County.

The 4-H program in Wood County is conducted by the West Virginia University Extension Service, Suite 408, Wood County Courthouse.

For information on 4-H, visit the Wood County Extension Web site, www.extension.wvu.edu/wood, or call 304-424-1960.


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