Achievement Celebration Salutes Area 4-H'ers
- By Allison Emily Smith
East Bethel--The Orange and Washington County 4-H Achievement Celebration, Oct. 21, recognized 4-H'ers for their accomplishments in project work as well as club leadership roles.
The afternoon also included presentations by several 4-H members on their 4-H experiences and a cupcake competition. Emcees for the annual event, held at the Middle Branch Grange Hall in East Bethel, were Hayden Howe and Kaleb Thornton, both from South Royalton and the Clever Clovers 4-H Club.
A candle lighting ceremony closed out the festivities. 4-H'ers chosen to lead the ceremony were Jordan Bombard, Duxbury; Hayleigh Howe, South Royalton; Scout Kamorowski, South Royalton; Keenan Thygesen, Tunbridge; and Lizzie Vaughan, South Ryegate.
Presenting talks on the highlights of their 4-H year were Ken Beaupre, Orford, New Hampshire, and Kodi Dyke, Piermont, New Hampshire (National Shooting Sports Championships); Samantha Beaupre, Orford, New Hampshire (Teen Leadership Weekend); Emma Cushman, Barre (The Equine Project at the Big E); Gabe Howe, Tunbridge, and Tyler Slack, Bethel (National Dairy Conference); and Peter Thornton, South Royalton (Citizen Washington Focus).
Earning leadership pins were officers of the Clever Clovers 4-H Club: Morgan Caron, Tunbridge (dairy project secretary); Zachary Johnson, Tunbridge (vice-president and reporter); and Adalene Nolin, Corinth (sewing project secretary). Northern Winds 4-H Club member receiving recognition were Emma Cushman, Barre (president); Emma Zimmerman, Northfield (secretary); and Madison Zimmerman, Northfield (vice-president).
Seventy-nine participation certificates were awarded to recognize work in specific projects. Certificate of excellence recipients fulfilled the requirements for a certificate of participation but also did project work outside the club level. Recipients were:
- COMMUNICATION ARTS: Hayden Mabey, South Royalton
- COOKING: Zoey Wheeler, Randolph
- DAIRY: Morgan Caron, Tunbridge Amanda and Joey Ferris, Braintree; Leah Rogers, Randolph; Tyler Slack, Bethel; Elizabeth Waterman, Thetford Center
- FOOD AND NUTRITION: Adam Messier, Braintree
- HORSE: Emma and Madison Zimmerman, Northfield
- POULTRY: Julia Howe, Tunbridge; Adalene and John Nolin, Corinth
- SHOOTING SPORTS: Aden Cushman and Julian Mercy, both from Barre
- WORKING STEER: Julia Howe and Miles Lawrence, both from Tunbridge
Medals were awarded to 4-H'ers who previously earned a certificate of excellence in their project area, were enrolled in that project for a minimum of two years and participated beyond the club level. Recipients included Ken Beaupre, Orford, New Hampshire (shooting sports); Jordan Bombard, Duxbury (horse); Amanda Ferris, Braintree (clothing and textiles); Sheyenne Miller, Randolph (clothing and textiles and food and nutrition); Kate Reilly, Middlesex (horse); Alexis Taylor-Young, South Royalton (communication arts); and Keenan Thygesen, Tunbridge (dairy).
Continued achievement awards were presented to 4-H'ers who had previously received a medal and have continued to achieve in that project. Receiving this award were Emma Cushman, Barre (horse); Amanda and Joey Ferris, Braintree (working steer); Samantha Flint, Brookfield (clothing and textiles); Eliza Mabey, South Royalton (communication arts); Adam Messier, Braintree (clothing and textiles); and Krystin Skoda, Randolph (working steer).
Several 4-H'ers took part in a cupcake competition either as individuals or with their club. In addition to the cupcakes that were judged, each entrant also provided additional cupcakes for a dessert social.
Awards were presented to the following:
- Most creative flavor combo: Joey Ferris, Braintree
- Most delicious (texture, flavor, moisture): Emma Cushman, Barre, and Emily Tabor, Tunbridge (tie)
- Best decorations and construction: Emma Cushman, Barre
- 4-H Spirit Award (best use of the 4-H colors, green and white, and 4-H clovers): Scout Kamorowski, South Royalton
- Most original: Julia Howe, Tunbridge
- Most creative flavor combo: Topsham Pony Pals (Amy and Lizzie Vaughan, South Ryegate)
- Most delicious (texture, flavor, moisture): Upper Valley Bullseyes Club (Ken and Samantha Beaupre and Alex Daisey, all from Orford, New Hampshire; Kodi Dyke, Piermont, New Hampshire)
- Best decorations and construction: Upper Valley Bullseyes Club (Ken and Samantha Beaupre and Alex Daisey, all from Orford, New Hampshire; Kodi Dyke, Piermont, New Hampshire)
- 4-H Spirit Award (best use of the 4-H colors, green and white, and 4-H clovers): Middle Branch 4-H Club (Dani Flint, South Royalton; Samantha Flint, Brookfield; Andrew and Sophia Fors, Leah Rogers and Charles Young, all from Randolph; Lori Graham, Braintree; Arden Riesterer, Bethel; Elizabeth Waterman, Thetford Center)
Use of the hall was courtesy of the Middle Branch Grange. For more information about the 4-H program in Orange and Washington Counties, contact Allison Smith, University of Vermont Extension 4-H educator, at Allison.Smith.firstname.lastname@example.org.