HENRY — University of Illinois Extension Marshall-Putnam honored 4-H’ers from throughout Marshall and Putnam counties to celebrate a year of hard work, leadership and dedication to personal growth during an award ceremony on Nov. 3 at the Henry Presbyterian Church.
The award level is determined by how many experiences the member completes in each dimension. The four dimensions are participation, community service, leadership and project learning.
Project Achievement winners receive a bronze medal, Service Achievement winners receive a silver medal and Leadership Achievement winners receive a gold medal.
Bronze Clover Awards go to youths who complete at least one experience in each of the four dimensions. Silver Clover Awards go to youths who complete at least two experiences in each of the four dimensions, and at least two of those experiences must be at the county level or beyond. Gold Clover Awards go to youths who complete four experiences in each of the four dimensions, and at least two of those experiences must be beyond county level.
The Marshall-Putnam 4-H members who earned the Bronze Achievement award were: Henry Guys & Gals — Connor Anderson, Alan Haskins, Jackson Knisley and Taylor Rowe; PC Progressors — Mikenna Boyd, Molly Boyd, Jacob Brown, Sarah Johnson and Kendra Story; Lostant Leaders — Cadence Breckenridge, Phoebe Kammer and Piper Kammer; Saratoga Leadaways — Lillian Lindstrom, Waylon Lindstrom and Benjamin Meachum; Bennington Go-Getters — Kaitlyn Palm and Lucas Palm; and Steuben Rangers — Kaitlyn Schaer and Kiryn Schaer.
The Marshall-Putnam 4-H members who earned the Silver Achievement award were: Henry Guys & Gals — Samantha Nauman; PC Progressors — Elijah Brown, Isabella Brown, Sophia Brown, Marley DeWolfe, Nick Mattern and Ayden Serrine; Lostant Leaders — Salina Breckenridge, Cohen Urbanowski and Annabel Vincent; Bennington Go-Getters — Brady Palm; and Steuben Rangers — Catherine Bond.
The Marshall-Putnam 4-H members who earned the Gold Achievement awards were: PC Progressors — Olivia Brown, Kade Gensini and Cassie Johnson; Henry Guys & Gals — Ryan Carlson; Saratoga Leadaways — Athena Lindstrom; and Bennington Go-Getters — Cassidy Palm.
The Marshall-Putnam 4-H members who earned the Effort award were: Grace Anderson; Steuben Rangers — Anna McGlasson; and Lostant Leaders — Lilly Breckenridge, Paige Kammer and Jackson Miller.
Junior leaders were also recognized. Club leaders select the members who stepped up during the year to mentor younger youths and help in the club setting. Recognized were: Henry Guys & Gals — Connor Anderson, Ryan Carlson, Isabella Gaspardo, Alan Haskins, Jack Knisley and Elizabeth Knuckey; PC Progressors — Molly Boyd, Olivia Brown, Cassie Johnson, Nick Mattern, Eli Postula and Isaac Wujek; Lostant Leaders — Salina Breckenridge; LW Achievers — Jenna Eilts and Jerrica Kull; Saratoga Leadaways — Jonathan Downey, Heidi Harrison, Tristen Harrison and Athena Lindstrom; Steuben Rangers — Christina Wier and Michaela Wier; Bell Plain Hustlers — Gracie Vinyard; and Wenona Highlighters — Justin Janssen, Laura Jaquet, Luke Jaquet, Collin Morris, Nate Morris, Cami Pucek, Paul Ryan and Michaelene Testin.
In addition to the Experience awards, there were also special awards and honors that were presented. Each club is supposed to turn in their secretary books for judging. One secretary receives the honor of Outstanding Secretary for the Year. This year’s outstanding secretary is Michaela Wier of the Steuben Rangers. Her name is on a plaque in the Marshall-Putnam Extension office.
Record books are a very important part of 4-H. It gives the members an opportunity to reflect on their yearly work and helps develop written skills for all the records they will need to keep in their life. The junior Best Kept Record Book winner was Samantha Nauman of Henry Guys & Gals. The judge had a very difficult time choosing only one senior level winner. The senior Best Kept Record Book winner was Michaela Wier of Steuben Rangers.
4-H would not be possible without the hard work of volunteers and leaders. Those recognized for milestone years were: Bill and Brady Imel, one year; Beth Palm, five years; Lori Toepper, 20 years; and Dick Hahn, 35 years.
The Spirit Stick is a favorite of the members. Each club presents a skit or sings songs to show their 4-H spirit. Creativity and group involvement is the key to winning the Spirit Stick. It was a tough competition with original songs, costumes and a game show. This year’s winner was the Lostant Leaders with their reenactment of a club meeting.
The evening ended with refreshments from the host clubs, Henry Guys and Gals and Saratoga Leadaways.