By Jacki Bardole
Adams County 4-H held its annual awards program Nov. 17 in the Southwest Valley High School Auditorium, to recognize the accomplishments of 4-H members and adult volunteers during the 2012-2013 4-H year.
Senior members (grades 9-12) who turned in a record book were eligible to win a major award in one or more of five different categories. Each of these awards accompanies a $50 prize from the sponsoring organization. Sydney Maynes won three of these awards; the Danforth, I Dare You award sponsored by Green Hills Produce and Craft Association, the Agriculture award sponsored by the Rural Development Committee of the Adams Community Economic Development Corporation and the 4-H Leadership Award sponsored by Adams Community Chamber of Commerce.
Ashley Boswell won both remaining awards, the KCSI Achievement Award sponsored by KCSI Radio of Red Oak and the Citizenship Award sponsored by the Adams County Senior Citizens.
The following project awards were given to Junior (4-6th grade) 4-Hers: Destiny Seyler: Ag and Natural Resources (Outdoor Adventures); Alisha Seyler: Self-Determined; Anna Inman: Bottle-Bucket Calf, Horse and Pony; Isabelle Inman: Bottle-Bucket Calf, Clothing, Food and Nutrition; Emily Lauer: Citizenship, Photography; Dayton Cobb: Clothing; Aubrey Boswell: Communications, Home Improvement, Horticulture, Visual Arts; John Seyler: Health, Shooting Sports, Woodworking; Connor Shipley: Poultry, Sheep, Swine; Hailee Trichel: Rabbit; Brooklyn Sonntag: Sewing and Needle Arts; Morgan Shuey: Market Beef, Dog, Horse and Pony. Shuey also won the award for Best Overall Junior Record Book.
The Intermediate project awards were given to the following 7th and 8th grade 4-Hers: Cody Birt: Home Improvement, Sheep, Swine; Jerad Shires: Horse and Pony; Morgan Cline: Poultry; Christian Silva: Visual Arts; Oakley Goodvin: Photography. Goodvin also won the Best Overall Intermediate Record Book award.
The Senior project recognition was given to the following 9-12th grade 4-Hers: Amanda Seyler: Poultry; Ashley Boswell: Clothing, Communications, Dog, Food and Nutrition, Horticulture, Small Pets, Visual Arts; Sydney Maynes: Market Beef, Home Improvement, Photography, Sheep, Swine, Woodworking. Maynes was also the winner of the award for Best Overall Senior Record Book.
Aubrey Boswell was selected as the winner out of the field of 13 entries for the award of Outstanding First Year Record Book. She was also awarded Outstanding First Year 4-H member for outscoring the other six first year 4-Hers who applied for the award.
Barb Fuller presented awards for Safety Education in Shooting Sports. John Seyler and Grant Riley received awards for Shotgun-Year One. Riley was also recognized for participating in the State Shotgun Shoot where he finished 10th.
AK-SAR-BEN herdsmanship and livestock carcass awards were given to 2013 AK-SAR-BEN exhibitors Cody Birt-Market Swine received blue in herdsmanship and blue in the swine carcass contest. Birt also placed 1 blue and 1 purple in the live show. Dustin Lund and Garrett Stalcup -Market Beef received blue for herdsmanship. Lund also received blue in the carcass competition. Jerad Shires, Garrett Stalcup and Teagan Lundquist-Breeding Beef all received blue for herdsmanship.
Outstanding 4-H Club was awarded to the Prescott 4-H Workers under the leadership of Michelle Birt, Marnie Cline and Tonya Inman. Prescott 4-H workers were also awarded for Community Service for the following community service activities: a new member cook-out, 4-Hers for 4-H donation, family potluck, planted flowers, supporting the food pantry, Rotary BBQ, Poet dinner, providing pop at Septemberfest, Barrel Race foodstand, cookies and ice cream for ice cream social at the fair, cakes for cake auction at the fair, Color walk, Vacation Bible Schools and Youth Group.
Happy Go Lucky Club was awarded for community service projects including: clean-up in Central Park, Christmas cards for the nursing home and Country Haven, painting the 4-H building restrooms, putting on a talent show at the nursing home, food drive and cookies for the ice cream social at the fair and for the 4-H awards program.
Jasper Specialists Club participated in the following community service for which they received an award: Meals on Wheels delivery, Christmas caroling, 4-Hers for 4-H donation, having a float in the Lighted Parade, cookies for the ice cream social at the fair and for the 4-H awards program and for providing cakes for the cake auction at the fair.
Carl Kings and Queens 4-H club was recognized for the following community service projects: providing cookies for the ice cream social at the fair and the 4-H awards program, providing cakes for the cake auction at the fair and the 4-Hers for 4-H donation.
Joyce James representative of the 4-H Endowment Fund presented $10 to each of the 31 4-H members who turned in a record book. Recipients were: Cody Birt, Carlie Breaud, Kenzie Britten, Ashley Boswell, Aubrey Boswell, Morgan Cline, Chance Cobb, Dayton Cobb, Oakley Goodvin, Anna Inman, Isabelle Inman, Emily Lauer, Aspen Lundquist, Sydney Maynes, Drake O’Briant, Aleshia Seyler, Alisha Seyler, Amanda Seyler, Andria Seyler, Destiny Seyler, John Seyler, Connor Shipley, Danna Shires, Jerad Shires, Morgan Shuey, Christian Silva, Grace Silva, Jacey Smith, Brooklyn Sonntag and Hailee Trichel.
Outstanding club officer’s books were awarded to the best record book in each officer category. A $10 prize accompanies this award. The Prescott 4-H Workers won all three categories, which include: Secretary’s book (Anna Inman) Treasurer’s Book (Ryan Allison) and Historian’s Book (Anna Inman).
Chris Nelson recognized the retiring members of various committees. Those retiring from the youth council are Madison Shuey, Melissa Winkler, Taylor Cobb, Audra Bartenhagen and Kelsey Anstey. Kathy Bozwell, Marvin Baker and Corie England all retired from the Youth and 4-H/FFa Fair Committee.
All leaders of Adams County 4-H clubs were recognized including: Glen Winkler and Jamie Stargell of Carl Kings and Queens; Lisa Konecne and Tina Boswell of Happy Go Lucky; April Maeder, Scott and Karin Shuey of the Jasper Specialists; Michelle Birt, Marnie Cline and Tonya Inman of Prescott 4-H Workers; Kathleen and Marvin Baker, horse project leaders; Dave and Barb Fuller, Corey Barton, John Grossnickle, Leeman Nelson and Travis Paul—Safety Education in Shooting Sports; Linda Adams, dog project leader and Dawn Shuler and Jill Shuler for Clover Kids. Additionally, Tina Boswell was given the Silver Clover pin for five years of service and Scott and Karin Shuey were each given the Gold Clover pin for their ten years of service as club leaders.
Awards given to adult volunteers recognizing both former 4-H members and non-members for their time and effort supporting the Adams County 4-H program were presented. The Honorary 4-H Alumni Awards were given to former Jasper Specialist and president of the Adams County Fair Committee, Gary Goldsmith and former Prescott 4-H Worker and County Fair Beef Superintendent Craig Stalcup. Rod Fleharty, chairperson of the Adams Community Rural Development Committee was honored as the Friend of 4-H. Also, Jim Curtis was recognized for his induction into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame for his support of the Adams County 4-H Youth for the past 50 years.
The awards program ended with a ceremony installing the members of the Youth Council for the 2013-2014 4-H year. These members are Kelsie Kinman, Jade Wilbourne, Morgan Cline, Sydney Maynes, Jade Petersen, Stephanie Shuler, Cody Birt, Ryan Allison, Morgan Shuey, Bryson Rhamy and Payton Thomas.
For more information about the Adams County 4-H program, contact Bonnie Chafa, County Youth Program Coordinator, or Chris Nelson, Adams County Extension Program Coordinator, at 603 7th St in Corning or by calling (641) 322-3184.