Diane Prather: 4-H Achievement Night 2010 — part 1

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Diane Prather

Moffat County’s Annual 4-H Achievement Night, recognizing the many accomplishments of 4-H members for 2010, took place Nov. 5 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

4-H members were able to pick up completion certificates, livestock record books, and picture trophies (for Grand Champion winners). Packets of such items were placed in boxes, names in alphabetical order, at the back of the pavilion.

Fifty-four first-year members alone finished their projects and found certificates and first-year pins in their packets.

Makayla Goodnow was the MC for the evening’s awards program.

Some 4-H members have been dedicated to the program for a number of years, and pins were given out during the awards program to mark certain years.

Receiving pins for five years of membership were: Riley Allen, Weston Brady, Elijah Dixon, Amanda Ellgen, April Etheridge, Alexi Goodnow, Imelda Hernandez, Jesse Kurtz, Andrea Maneotis, Veronica Mead, Sadye Morgan, Sarye Morgan, Casey Nations, Molly Nations, Kaitlyan Reed, Brady Springer and Justin Willems.

The following were recognized for eight years in 4-H: Crystal Green, Dakota Lee, Chelsea Mead, Wyatt Oberwitte, Ashleigh Santistevan, Faith Santistevan and Emily Wellman.

Nine-year members honored were: Miranda Blomquist, Nathan Chapman, Jerica DeLong, Austin Lee, Abbie Reid, Aaron Shaffer, Whitney Wilde, Breanne Willshire and Brittany Wiseman.

Call Camblin, Terra Rieser, Bryanne Runnion and Ashley Summers were recognized for being 10-year members. Eleven –year members were: Chelsee Camblin, Makayla Goodnow, Karissa Maneotis, Nate Moon, Stetson White and Jessica Wiseman. And, Krista Shaffer received recognition for being a 12-year member.

Nine 4-H members completed the year as junior leaders. They learned and developed leadership skills and helped and mentored younger members in their project areas.

Junior leaders receiving pins were: Austin Lee, Jessica Wiseman, Cheyenne Ossen, Dakota Lee, Emily Wellman, Faith Santistevan, Imelda Hernandez, Kayla Hall and Makayla Goodnow.

There can be no 4-H program without volunteers who give their time and effort to help members. They donate many hours to the program, including late nights and early mornings.

Recognized were the following leaders: First-year: Sarah Bacon, Holly Bosley, Michelle Dugan, Ron Geary, Melinda Gili, Philip Johnson, Brittni Kawcak, Jimmy Kurs, Alvin Luker, Stephanie Pearce and Richard Seniff.

Recognized for five years as a leader was Steve Sloan.

Dave Summers has been a leader for 10 years, and Jody Lee and Joanne Roberson for 15 years. And, serving as leaders for 20 years are Pat and Betty Ann Duzik.

Presenting all of the above awards was Paula Duzik.

The Outstanding 4-H Leader is an award that is selected by the Moffat County 4-H Program.

Pat and Betty Ann Duzik, this year’s recipients, have put in countless hours, leading the Cloverbuds program and teaching leathercraft, small engines and veterinary medicine.

They have also volunteered their time over the years to take projects to the State Fair. What an incredible 20 years.

The Duziks received their award from 4-H Agent Alisa Comstock.

Comstock also presented the Outstanding 4-H Member awards. Each year, one or two members are selected to receive this award. This year’s recipients were Emily Wellman and Makayla Goodnow.

The Wow Award was new to this year’s awards program. Conceived by Comstock, the award honored 4-H members who, in Comstock’s words, “knocked my socks off with sportsmanship.” The five recipients of this year’s special award were: Brice White, Dakota Lee, Amber Snare, Tabitha Snare and Shea Snare.

Outstanding General Projects awards were presented by Linda Pinnt. They honored Grand Champion and Reserve Champion in each section at Completion Day during the Moffat County Fair.

Honored in animal science were Junior Reserve Champion Brittnee Meats and Intermediate Junior Champion Brittany Wiseman.

Honored in natural resources were Junior Champion Grant Wade; Junior Reserve Champion Karina Bosley; Intermediate Champions Mark Nava and Jesse Kurz; Senior Champion Dakota Lee; and Senior Reserve Champion Chelsea Mead.

Honored in consumer science were Intermediate Reserve Champion Brooklyn Barber and Senior Champion Emily Wellman.

Honored in communication, art and leisure sciences were Junior Champion Jaycee Prather; Junior Reserve Champion Tyler Simon; Intermediate Champion Summer Ossen; Intermediate Reserve Champion Gabriel Dixon; Senior Champion Will Pilgrim; and Senior Reserve Champion Will Pilgrim.

And, there are still more award results. These will be continued in Part II, next week.

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