Thirty-eight relatives, friends and supporters attended the annual 4-H Achievement Night held Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Anson County Cooperative Extension Center.
The event was held to honor Anson County 4-Hers , 4-H volunteer leaders for their accomplishments over the last year, and volunteer leaders who have given of their time to help with programs in 4-H. Youth and adults were recognized and awarded ribbons, certificates and medals.
Deserving young 4-Hers earned scholarships for club project work. These scholarships, provided through program fundraising efforts, will be used toward 4-H trips, camps and 4-H project area supplies.
This year’s Cloverbud (ages 5-8) project participants were Andrew Martin and Laia Smith-Maxwell.
The junior division (ages 9-10) winner was Kendall Duncan. Junior division (ages 11-12) project winners were Keyshawn Tillman, Cameron Tillman and Quenton Cromartie. Senior division (ages 13-15) project winners were Katherine Brown, LaMia Smith-Maxwell and Alexis Smith. The senior division (ages 16-18) project winner was Na’La Brown.
Katie Edwards and Brown also submitted portfolios, which are three years of project work in one specific project area.
The junior Outstanding 4-Her was Keyshawn Tillman. He has done community service activities from donating supplies and treats for the animal shelter, doing bingo and lunch for seniors, donating supplies to hurricane victims and supplies for the wish list. His leadership activities are being the gold presentation state winner, holding the office of club president, and being the district state bronze, silver and gold project record winner.
“4-H to me is an opportunity to learn new things in an interesting way,” he wrote. “4-H to me is a way for me to connect with all types of people who also enjoy helping everybody.”
The senior Outstanding 4-Her was Katherine Brown. Brown has been in 4-H for 11 years. She has been a teen volunteer for her 4-H club and teen training and assisted with younger 4-H’ers and led teambuilding exercises. Some of her community service activities are volunteering for bingo and crafts with senior citizens, helping with spring and fall paper clover campaigns, donating puppy treats and supplies to the animal shelter and donating supplies to hurricane victims.
“To me 4-H means a lot of different things,” she wrote in her statement. “For one, 4-H means learning there has been a lot of things that I have learned at the hands of 4-H. 4-H can give you many different experiences. Having different social experiences can really help you become a well-rounded person in the end. 4-H has been a very important part of my life and it always has.”
The 4-H volunteer leaders were recognized with years of devoted service to the 4-H program. They were: Quantelya Dumas, one year, Leslie Smith, one year, Natasha Duncan, seven years, Carrissima Martin, seven years, Debra Ratliff, 11 years, Addie Richardson, 12 years, Hannah Dunlap, 16 years, Kim Bennett, 25 years, Betty Garris, 33 years, and Pearl Blount, 34 years. Each leader was given a certificate and a token of appreciation. Two community clubs were recognized for renewing all of their paperwork to receive emerald charter seals in the county. Those clubs receiving charter seals were Eager Beavers 4-H Club and Busy Bees 4-H Club.
Certificates of appreciation were given to volunteers who gave their time during the past year to 4-H in the capacities of teaching a program, judging or helping structure programs. Those individuals were Janine Rywak, Janet Gilreath, Wendy Efird and Marion Young.
The evening was capped off with the recognition of the 2016 4-H Leaders Association officers: Sharon Edwards, president, Kim Bennett- vice-president, Betty Garris, secretary, Hannah Dunlap, treasurer and Debra Ratliff, treasurer-elect. Current officers agreed to serve another year with the exception of treasurer-elect Quantelya Dumas. All officers were recognized and the new treasurer-elect was installed.
For more information on the 4-H program in Anson County, contact Roshunda Terry, 4-H agent with the Cooperative Extension Service at 704-694-2915.