4-H participants reap rewards for achievements

"We have some outstanding 4-H members here," Ann Franklin, agriculture and natural resources agent with Colorado State University's Cooperative Extension office, said. "The 4-H model is making the best better, and our slogan this year was 'No goals, no glory.' "

There were a lot of goals for the 4-H kids this year, and a lot of glory Saturday night as achievement awards were handed out at the Moffat County 4-H Achievement Night program.

The 2001 Fair Royalty presided Junior Queen, Jessie Moon; Junior Attendant, Kaycee Stagner; Senior Queen, Kacey Snowden; and Senior Attendant, Amber Ott as Jake Haskins and Devin Roberson were named Outstanding 4-H Members and Starla Durham was named Outstanding 4-H Leader.

According to Franklin, the 4-H program is strong and active because of the willingness of adult volunteers who give their time to the program. Durham has volunteered for many extra activities for seven years, has participated in and led many different projects, and has served as a Leader Advisor for the 4-H Council. Haskins and Roberson were chosen as Outstanding Members by the 4-H Council Advisors and the Extension Staff. They both have been actively involved in the 4-H program, not only in their 4-H clubs, but with county activities as well. They have been involved with the fourth grade ag day and county-wide workshops, and have been involved in a range of projects in which they have excelled. They have been willing to help other leaders or Junior Leaders with programs.

4-H is the youth education branch of the Cooperative Extension Service, a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Each state and each county has access to a County Extension office for both youth and adult programs, with members ranging in age from five to 21.

4-H starts on a club level, then moves on to a county, district, state, national and international level. The program offers a wide range of projects, programs and activities throughout the year, and each exhibit entered at the county fair receives a ribbon award purple, blue, red, white, or participation, according to the judging. Premiums are usually given and some projects advance onto state level. Parents, volunteers, community leaders, and Extension staff share their time and talents with 4-H youth. Franklin serves as a leadership coordinator.

Other single award winners were:

Libby Stetson, Supreme Market Beef Award; Amanda Haskins, Homegrown Market Beef Award; Treva Tyler, Supreme Market Lamb Award and Breeding Sheep Award; Lacey Green, Supreme Market Swine Award; Jake Haskins, Breeding Beef Award; Courtney Grandbouche, Outstanding Dog Exhibitor; Kacey Snowden, Outstanding Horseman Award; Chelsey Schnackenberg, Moffat County Cowbelles Champion Breeding Award; Frankie Stetson, Club Treasurer Book Award; and Amanda Haskins, Homegrown Market Beef Award and Homegrown Market Steer Award.

Each year a senior and junior 4-H member are selected to receive the Morris Powell Memorial Outstanding Livestock Member awards. This year recipients were Lacy Green for Senior and Libby Stetson for Junior. Criteria for this award includes helping others, club and county activity participation, showmanship scores, rate of gain scores, carcass contest scores, record book scores and breeding project participation.

Producer's Choice Awards went to Sarah Kawcak, Champion Intermediate; Stetson White-Shepardson, Champion Junior; Jessica Hogue, Pen of Two; and Producer's Choice Presentation Awards to Sarah Kawcak, Champion Intermediate; and Jessica Hogue, Champion Junior.

The Livestock Skil-a-thon Award is a new activity and provides 4-H members with the opportunity to test their knowledge on all species of livestock, horses and rabbits. A total of nine different tests were given over several months and the winners this year were Jessica Snowden, Junior; Doyle Moon, Intermediate; and Jake Haskins, Senior. Outstanding Exhibitor Awards went to Rance Moon, angus; Ari Osborn, poultry; and Derrick Thompson, rabbit.

The Moffat County 4-H Foundation presents a traveling trophy each year to the 4-H club or FFA chapter that exhibits best during county fair exhibits in several criteria, including keeping pens and alleyways clean, keeping animals fed and watered, displaying sportsmanship, and cooperating with others. This year the Herdsman Award went to the Maybell Rustlers 4-H Club.

Numerous other awards were presented. For a complete list, contact Franklin in the Extension office, 824-9180.

The four-leaf clover, emblem for the 4-H Club, stands for Head, Heart, Hands and Health. The head for thinking critically and solving problems, the heart for respecting self, others, the environment and communicating, the hands for preparing for a career and serving others, and health for choosing healthy lifestyles and managing change and challenges. Ann Franklin said Saturday night's program demonstrated the dedication and talent Moffat County 4-H kids have.

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