Each year one deserving 4-H’er is awarded the Laura Janson Sportsmanship Award. This award is a traveling trophy that is given in memory of Laura Janson. It is awarded to a 4Her who shows the same qualities as Laura did, not only in 4-H but in everyday activities. They need to be a friend, a leader and an encourager, happy and honest, always extend a helping hand, always has a smile, works extremely hard in everything and always gives 100 percent. This year the Laura Janson Sportsmanship Award recipient was Haley Demenezes.
Senior Achievements were awarded to Sasha Demenezes in horse projects, Ashley Kent in sewing projects, Emerson Brothers in creative arts, Autumn Skeele in community service projects, Aubrey Skeele in public presentations projects, Janeen Reale in diary projects, Morgan Cotter in horse communications projects, Mya Walters in woodworking projects, and Maria Groetz in cooking and baking projects.
Also in Senior Awards was Matthew Reale with the Millard Thayer Award, Alanna Parker with the Deacon Doubleday Memorial Award, Erica Reale with the Danforth Leadership Award and Marissa Davies receiving the Senior 4 Leaf Clover Award.
4H Trip Scholarships are also awarded to juniors and seniors. This included Capital Days, a trip to the State Capital to learn about history and government. This was awarded to Matthew Reale and Autumn Skeele. The Career Explorations Trip is a three day program at Cornell University to learn about campus life, department programs and meet other 4-H’ers from across the state. The Career Explorations Trip was awarded to Aubrey Skeele and Maria Groetz.
The last awards are for the Honors 4-H Education Trip Scholarships. 4Her’s are rewarded a $40 scholarship to aid them in attending an educational trip of their choice, including: Teen Winter Weekend, Dairy Discovery, STARR, Animal Crackers, Standardbred Camp, Cornell Career Explorations or more. The Scholarships were awarded to Katelyn Bloss, Emerson Brothers, Shelby Curtis, Marissa Davies, Haley Demenezes, Hope Doney, Alison Eisenhut, Ashley Kent, Jennie McIntosh, Terry Omans, Erica Reale, Janeen Reale, Jonathan Reale, Alyssa Russell, and Noah Skeele.
The 4-H youth development program provides opportunities for all youth ages 5 to 19 to participate in innovative, fun programs through which they develop life skills.
4-Her’s learn valuable skills, have fun, make new friends, solve problems, earn awards, practice citizenship, develop leadership abilities and make a difference in their communities.
For more information about the 4-H Youth Development Program in Madison County contact the 4-H Office at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County at 684-3001 or visit madisoncountycce.org.