On Jan. 10, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County hosted the 2013 4H Awards and Recognition Banquet. This year’s banquet had 100 people in attendance and started off with a homemade ziti dinner. The banquet is organized every year to recognize the achievements of Madison County 4Her’s. Those who attend are awarded for community service, 4-H projects, leadership and how they bring 4-H into their everyday lives.
First, clubs are recognized for club projects and community service. This year, Natures Workers 4-H Club won both the Creative Club Project Award and the Outstanding Club Community Service Award. Honorable mentions were given to Lincklaen Shamrocks for Creative Club Project and Spurs and Spokes for Outstanding Club Community Service. Jessica Omans, the club leader of Natures Workers, went home with the 2013 We Love Our Leaders Award as well.
Other awards included the 4-H Spirit Award, recipients included: Ethan Baker, Will Groetz, Hanna Keppler, Tommy McIntosh, Tatiana Nowakowski, Erich Omans Jr., Sean Smithers and Elizabeth Zachow. As well as the Project Encouragement Award, with recipients Sean Smithers in sewing, Will Groetz in creative arts, Ethan Baker in woodworking, Erich Omans Jr. in fish/aquatics, Matthew Eisenhut and Elizabeth Zachow in diary and Juliana Rudd and Hayley Patane in horse.
For Junior awards, Shelby Curtis won the 4 Leaf Clover Award. Project Achievement Award recipients were Terry Omans in public presentations, Alyssa Russel in horse, Alison Eisenhut, Sarah Loucks and Jonathan Reale in dairy. The Junior Achievement Award recipient was Noah Skeele. Jennie McIntosh won the 4H Explorer award.
The M.G. Adams award is given in memory of Mr. Adams, the “Dean” of livestock in New York State. The recipients for the M.G. Adams award were Katelyn Bloss and Hope Doney.
Junior Leader was awarded to Morgan Cotter, Shelby Curtis, Sasha Demenezes, Maria Groetz, Ashley Kent and Mya Walters.