The Morgan County Extension Office recently held their annual 4-H Achievement Night Awards Banquet at the Morgan Middle School. It was an evening of celebrating and recognizing the accomplishments of Morgan County 4-H members, as well as the many hours of service of our volunteer leaders! The evening was hosted by Nicole Reed, Morgan County 4-H Coordinator, Alisa Hardman, 4-H Assistant, and Amanda Christensen, Extension County Director. Also instrumental in presenting the evening’s program was Cecily Clark, State 4-H Ambassador. The program opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-H pledge led by Rachel Eddington and Belle Mecham.
Alisa Hardman began the night by recognizing 4-H youth leadership. She introduced the Jr. and Sr. Teen Councils. Lily Mecham, Jr. Teen Council President, recognized the contribution of Jr. Teen Council Members: Chloee Clark, Vice President, Belle Mecham, Secretary, Carissa Haddock, Service Leader, and Paitlee Dorius, Activity Leader.
Rachel Edgington, Sr. Teen Council President, recognized the contributions of Sr. Teen Council Members: Sierra Moser, Vice President, Rachel Peterson, Secretary, Emma Payne, Service Leader, and Cecily Clark, Activity Leader.
Nicole Reed recognized Morgan County Horse Ambassadors Tiffany Chappell, Sr. Horse Ambassador, Paysen Carter, Int. Horse Ambassador, and Kambree Turner, Jr. Horse Ambassador. State 4-H Horse Show Qualifiers recognized were Melanie Bybee, Sierra Christiansen, Paysen Carter, Traven Carter, Tiffany Chappell, Owen Clark, Peyton Farnsworth, Carissa Haddock, Cienna Noss, Ashlyn Noss, Jenasi Noss, Ali Pentz, Summer Rich, Clayton Sanders, Kambree Turner, Tosha Turner, Brecklynn Shupe, and Kamry Wardell.
Amanda Christensen recognized the State 4-H Ambassador, Cecily Clark, who represents the 4-H program in public relations roles and promotes 4-H with youth and the general public. She also helps to coordinate and conduct State 4-H events and promotional activities. Last summer, Cecily participated in a two-week cultural exchange program with 4-Her’s in Finland. She went with a group of 4-H youth from Utah and Wyoming. She was immersed in the Finnish culture by learning about their customs and traditions and touring the country.
Nicole Reed next introduced Sawyer Skidmore, State 4-H Healthy Living Representative. Sawyer had the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. this fall for the Healthy Living Habits Grant Training that was sponsored by Walmart. She learned how to facilitate healthy living activities on a smaller scale. Sawyer recognized all 1st Year
Alisa Hardman recognized all 10-year 4-H members and presented awards to Aspen Francis, Freddi Jayo, and Bryce Nye.
4-H Leader, 1st year service awards were presented by Nicole Reed to several leaders this year. Sherie Carter volunteers as a horse project leader and is on the horse council; Matt Fry volunteers at 4-H summer camps and afterschool programs; Nancy McMillan volunteers as a horse project leader and is on the horse council; Justin Pentz volunteers as a beef project leader and is on the livestock council; Shay Rich volunteers as a horse project leader; Kaeleen Rowser volunteers as a horse project leader; Craig Shupe volunteers as a swine project leader and on the livestock council; and Ryan Skidmore volunteers to be an adult chaperone at state 4-H events.
Nicole Reed presented the 4-H Leader, 10-year service award to Geni Rowser. Geni has been involved with the 4-H program for most of her life. As a youth, she was very active in the horse program. She also participated in cooking, leatherwork, and leadership projects. Before becoming a full-fledged leader, she was a junior leader. For the last ten years, she has been serving as a horse project leader. She has also served on the horse council in various positions. For the past two years, she has served as the councils show secretary and was recently re-elected to this position for the third year in a row. Geni is a great example of a 4-H alumna who is passing along all she learned in her youth to make an impact on youth in our community today.
4-H Leader, 20-year service award was presented to Kelly Carter by her daughter Emily Carter. Kelly has been leading youth for the past 20 years in every project but livestock and bees. She loves getting to know the youth that she works with and helping them to develop lifelong skills. She also enjoys going to Leadermete to meet new leaders and to learn new skills. Kelly is a great leader and is one that is always learning something new and sharing what she has learned.
Nicole Reed presented the 4-H volunteer award to Geni Rowser who has been a 4-H horse leader for the past 10 years. In that course of time, she has reached over 80 youth. Geni has a great love and passion for the horse industry. She loves teaching kids how to ride horses and is always encouraging new youth and adults to join the program. This past year she also helped with the process of turning our youth council members into 4-H Horse Ambassadors. Geni continues to find ways to improve our horse program by keeping it fun and educational. Geni will also be honored at the State 4-H Awards Banquet.
Nicole Reed presented the 4-H youth volunteer award to Cecily Clark. Cecily was one of the original junior teen council members and has helped recruit and encourage others to join 4-H. She has been a leader on a state level helping to plan, organize, and carry out multiple state camps and events. She has taught leadership & teamwork workshops to Morgan County teen and junior teen councils. She has served as a healthy living TRY team leader and has taught the 4-H afterschool youth program. Cecily will also be honored at the State 4-H Awards Banquet.
Nicole Reed introduced Melissa Platt, owner of Morgan Valley Crafts, who is this year’s recipient of the 4-H Doorknob Award. This award recognizes individuals or businesses who have “opened the door” for the 4-H program. Morgan Valley Crafts has provided the 4-H program with quality, cost efficient printing and excellent customer service.
The final award of the evening, 4-H Family of the Year, was presented by Nicole Reed to the Cale and Lisa Clark family. Cale & Lisa and their four kids, Owen, Adison, Hallie, and Bella have each been instrumental in the 4-H program. Congratulations on being this year’s 4-H Family of the Year.