Members of Delta County 4-H Clubs gathered at Cedaredge High School on Saturday, Oct. 20, to celebrate their accomplishments over the past year.
For many, it was their first trip to the stage as they received one-year pins.
For a select few, their years of participation were in the double digits. Earning 10-year pins were Christa Baier, Megan Chermak, Vela Bair, Chelsy Reed and Abby Campbell. Jessica Altman was honored for 11 years in 4-H. Twelve-year members were Kelli Buhrdorf and Arla Nelson, and 13-year members were Nikki Buhrdorf and Ben Gruber.
Adult leaders also were honored for their years of service. Five-year leaders were Karen Henderson, Melonie Ness, Teresa Phelps-Burns, Dan Simpson, Paula Stalcup and Valarie Stucker.
Three leaders earned 15-year pins — Beri Blair, Bill Hunt and Brenda Raley.
Richard Miller was named the 2012 Delta County 4-H Alumni.
Special recognition was given to the shooting sports participants who performed well at state competition. The state muzzleloading team was introduced: Christa Baier, Lucas Baier, Mycala Read, Evan Welt and Andrew Ness.
Participants in the horse program were honored by leaders Teresa Phelps-Burns and Mary Gore, who introduced novice level participants Erica Anderson, Somer Cannon, Kaitlynn Caterino, Cheyanne Germann and Brandy Gresham; Peper Edenbo at Level 1; Abigail Conley, Kaitlyn Sharpe at Level II; Selbi Shenold at Level III; and Samantha Heinze at Level IV.
The highlight of the evening was the special county awards.
The 4-H Club Secretary Award was presented to Mae Anderson of the Rocky Mountain 4-H Club.
Arla Nelson was presented the Animal Science Award. She has been in the 4-H horse project for four years, and enjoys helping beginners with their riding lessons.
Stephane Sidor, a seven-year 4-H member, was honored for Achievement in Individual and Family Resources.
Whitney Harris was honored for Achievement in Leisure Education and Cultural Arts.
Emily Johnson, a fouryear member, earned the Achievement in Natural Resources award.
The award of Achievement in Mechanical Sciences was presented to five-year member Derrek Johnson.
Melanie Osteen was honored for Achievement in Plant Science. The four-year member has participated in the gardening project for four years.
The Achievement in Leadership award was presented to Tyler Simpson. An active member for nine years, Simpson has been the president of his 4-H club for two years, and will serve this year as co-president of the county 4-H council.
Abigail Conley was presented the Citizenship Award, which honors "the quality of an individual's response to membership in a community."
The Danforth "I Dare You" Award is presented each year to challenge younger members to grow in leadership. Shane Anderson is this year's recipient. He is an active member of the Valley View Showman 4-H Club, and participates in community service throughout the year.
Angie Collins, leader of the New Pride of the Valley 4-H Club, was named the 2012 Outstanding Leader of the Year.
Grady Simpson was named the Outstanding Junior Member. He has been in 4-H for three years. During this time he has taken many different projects and has been an active member of the Bell Creek Buckaroos, as well as being active on the county council. He was also a counselor at Clover Bud camp.
Arla Nelson and Tyler Simpson were named the Outstanding Senior 4-H Members. Simpson has been active in 4-H for nine years, and has emerged as a strong leader. He has served as club president for two years, and is the current co-president of the county council. Nelson is a 12-year member, and over the years has served in many leadership roles. She is also active on county council, and has participated in many community and leadership activities.
Clubs earning Certificates of Accomplishment were 4-H Hot Shots, Delta; Bell Creek Buckaroos, Paonia; Best of the West, Cedaredge; Crawford Pioneers, Crawford; Git-R-Done, Delta; Green Acres, Delta; Mountain West Challengers, Delta; New Pride of the Valley, Delta; and Valley View Showmen, Paonia.blog comments powered by Disqus