Carroll County 4-H Achievement Program Honors Members
Many individual awards were given out at the annual Carroll County 4-H Achievement Awards program held at Naaman Diehl Auditorium in Mt. Carroll. L to R are Top Club Reporter award – Rachel Scidmore, Chadwick; Izabella Fredericks, Savanna; Top Club Secretary’s Book – Natalie Wilkinson, Chadwick; Top Club Treasurer’s Book – Dena Harridge, Mt. Carroll.
Plaques, certificates, savings bonds, and discs were the highlight of the evening of honoring our Carroll County 4-H members, leaders and clubs at the 2013 Carroll County Achievement Program. Awards given out included: 2013-2014 4-H Ambassadors, Dena Harridge, Emily Suiter and Elizabeth Rath of Mt. Carroll, Mary Francque of Dixon and Emily Legel of Thomson; Best Secretary’s book, Natalie Wilkinson of Chadwick; Best Treasurer’s book, Dena Harridge of Mt. Carroll. Top Club Reporter award went to Rachel Scidmore, Chadwick & Izabella Fredericks, Savanna.
Cloverbud Achievement members were: Carroll Co. Kids – Aubrey Charles, Abigail Schmidt; Chadwick Achievers – Justin Alagodi, Eric Ebersole, Emma Foster, Hannah Foster, Jackson Scidmore and Dylan Wilkinson; Clever Clovers – Nevin Erbsen, Katelyn Fink, Abigale Hollister, Jalen Keim, Isabelle Lego, Ryan Morgan, Jameson Pannkuk, Maxwell & Samuel Pasch, Keegan Strauch, Reid Witt, Morgan Wolber-Cavett; Savanna Smiles Club – Emilee Dykstra, Zoe Fredericks, Abbey Skiles; Thomson Sandburrs – Allison & Dalton Duggan, Elisa Legel. First year Achievement members were – Carroll Co. Kids – William Schmidt; Chadwick Achievers – Reneya Merkel, Briana Wilkinson; Clever Clovers – Delana Erbsen, John Morgan, Jaxson Sturtevant, Gabe York; Milledgeville Hotshots – Brock Dykema; Savanna Smiles – Kirk Hoffman; Thomson Sandburrs – Neva Zach.
Joan Harms of Sterling was honored at the annual Carroll Co. 4-H Achievement Awards program for receiving the 4-H Hall of Fame State Award. Joan has been a 4-H volunteer for 39 years. Shown is 4-H Ambassador Elizabeth Rath presenting Joan with a 4-H afghan.
The “Friend of 4-H” award is given to an individual, business or organization that has donated generously to the 4-H program either on the club or county level. This year’s winners were Carroll County Fair Board, Iben Electric-Gary Iben and The Prairie Advocate News, Lanark.
An important part of 4-H is the member’s records on their projects. This year’s winners were - Best 1st year member, William Schmidt, Mt. Carroll; 8-11 yr olds, Nicki Adolph, Mt. Carroll, Payton Erbsen, Lanark, Abby Merema & Briana Wilkinson, Chadwick; 12-14 year olds, Chase Scobee, Lanark, Natalie Wilkinson, Chadwick; and 15-19 yr olds, Dena Harridge, Mt. Carroll, Emily Legel, Thomson, Jenessa Witt & Sam Woessner, Lanark.
Other individual awards went to: Roger Williams Memorial Top Livestock Judge award to Rachel Badtke, Thomson; Outstanding 4-H Swine Project award to Clare O’Connor of Mt. Carroll; Kenneth Erbsen Memorial Dairy Award to Bailey, & Kimberly Durward, Thomson, Delana Erbsen, Nathan Erbsen & Payton Erbsen of Lanark, LaKin & Riley Getz of Mt. Carroll, Rachel & Regan Scidmore, Chadwick, & Doug Williams, Milledgeville; Illinois Holstein-Friesian Association Award – Delana Erbsen, Nathan Erbsen & Payton Erbsen of Lanark, LaKin & Riley Getz of Mt. Carroll; Harold Yochem Memorial Top Dairy Judge award to Eric Ebersole, Milledgeville; Dwayne Harridge Memorial 4-H Dairy Showmanship Award to Payton Erbsen, Lanark.
First year 4-H members are an important building block of the 4-H program. 1st Year 4-H Achievement Members honored at the annual 4-H Achievement Program were L to R Brock Dykema, Mt. Carroll; Delana Erbsen, Lanark; Briana Wilkinson, Chadwick; & Gabe York, Lanark; presenting the award was 4-H Ambassador Elizabeth Rath. Recipients not pictured are: Reneya Merkel, Chadwick; John Morgan, Jaxson Sturtevant, Lanark; Kirk Hoffman, Savanna; Neva Zach, Thomson.
Club awards were given to Carroll County Kids and Savanna Smiles for Club of the Year; Carroll Co. Kids for Clover Crazy Scrapbook; Standards of Excellence Triple Crown Recognition – Milledgeville Hotshots and Savanna Smiles; Progress Toward Goals Triple Crown Recognition – Lanark Clever Clovers.
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Carroll County 4-H’ers Awarded “I Dare You” Award
The 4-H Cloverbud Program is designed for 5-7 year olds. Cloverbuds take a 4-H project for their age level and get the opportunity to see what the 4-H program is about. 4-H Cloverbuds that were honored at the Carroll Co. 4-H Achievement Program were: L to R 1st row: Dalton Duggan, Thomson; Emilee Dystra, Savanna; Allison Duggan, Thomson; Jackson Scidmore, Chadwick; row 2 L to R Abbey Skiles and Zoe Fredericks, Savanna; 4-H Ambassador Elizabeth Rath; Nevin Erbsen, Lanark; Abigail Schmidt, Mt. Carroll. Not pictured are: Aubrey Charles, Mt. Carroll; Justin Alagodi, Eric Ebersole, Emma & Hannah Foster, Chadwick; Katelyn Fink, Abigale Hollister, Jalen Keim, Isabelle Lego, Ryan Morgan, Jameson Pannkuk, Maxwell & Samuel Pasch, Keegan Strauch, Reid Witt & Morgan Wolber-Cavett, Lanark; Elisa Legel, Thomson.
Rebecca Alexander, member of the Chadwick Achievers, Dena Harridge, member of the Savanna Smiles and Jenessa Witt and Sam Woessner, members of the Lanark Clever Clovers 4-H Club have been awarded the American Youth Foundation’s National Leadership Award in recognition of personal integrity, balanced living, and potential for leadership. The honor was presented by the Carroll County 4-H Program at their award ceremonies held at Naaman Diehl Auditorium on November 10.
The National Leadership Award is presented each year by the American Youth Foundation (AYF) in cooperation with county 4-H programs across the country. The award was first offered in 1941 by the late William H. Danforth, founder of the Ralston Purina Company of St. Louis, who challenged young people to achieve their highest potential and to influence others through lives of service. The award is inspired by the book, I Dare You! written by Danforth, in which he commends the balanced life of mental, physical, social and spiritual development as the backbone of leadership.
In addition to a certificate of recognition each recipient received a copy of Danforth’s inspirational book, I Dare You! and an opportunity to attend AYF’s Leadership Conference located in Michigan.
Best Record Award was given to the following 4-H’ers at the Carroll Co. 4-H Achievement Program, held in Mt. Carroll: 1st row L to R Best Record Book 8-11 yr olds Briana Wilkinson, Chadwick; Payton Erbsen, Lanark; Best 1st Yr Member Record Book – William Schmidt, Mt. Carroll; Back row L to R Best Record Book 12-14 yr olds – Natalie Wilkinson, Chadwick; 8-11 yr olds Abby Merema, Chadwick & Nicki Adolph, Mt. Carroll; 15-19 yr olds Dena Harridge, Mt. Carroll. Not pictured was Chase Scobee, Jenessa Witt and Sam Woessner, Lanark; Emily Legel, Thomson.
Receiving the Dwayne Harridge Memorial 4-H Dairy Showmanship Award at the Carroll Co. 4-H Achievement Program was Payton Erbsen of the Clever Clovers 4-H Club. Presenting the award is Dwayne’s daughter, 4-H Ambassador Dena Harridge.
Receiving the 4-H Club Congress at the 4-H Achievement Program was (L) Rebecca Alexander of Chadwick. Rebecca will be participating in the National 4-H Club Congress trip November 29-December 3 in Atlanta Georgia. Dena Harridge of Mt. Carroll received the Blue Award for being in the top 10% in the state in her 4-H project area.
The Kenneth Erbsen Memorial Dairy Award was presented at the annual Carroll Co. 4-H Achievement Program. This award is sponsored by the Kenneth Erbsen Family to dairy project members that have completed their project. Receiving the award was: Front row L to R Delana Erbsen, Lanark; Regan Scidmore, Chadwick; Payton Erbsen, Lanark; Lakin Getz, Mt. Carroll; Rachel Scidmore, Chadwick; 2nd row L to R Nathan Erbsen, Lanark; Riley Getz, Mt. Carroll and presenting the awards Carl Erbsen.
Friends of 4-H
(L to R) Gary Iben of Iben Electric; Liz Hutchison, President and Julie Ebersole, Secretary representing the Carroll Co. Fair Board; 4-H Ambassador Dena Harridge. Not pictured The Prairie Advocate, Lanark.
The Friend of 4-H award is sponsored by the Carroll County 4-H Federation and has been awarded to several individuals, businesses, and organizations. The basis of selection is county wide service, working with youth, value of their contribution to the 4-H Club Program, how many people did the nominee effect, and continued service. The 4-H Program is please to present this award to this year’s winners - the Carroll Co. Fair Board, Iben Electric-Gary Iben, and The Prairie Advocate, Lanark.
Carroll County Fair Board – has supported the 4-H program through the years since combining with the county fair. Both of our programs have benefited from the improvements made to the fairgrounds, added shows and extra activities made possible by a cooperative effort between the fair board and 4-H. The fair board is a hard working group of volunteers that work all year long to make possible the best positive experience for all families that attend the fair.
Iben Electric – Gary Iben – has supported the 4-H program through his work before and during fair week for with repairs and maintenance for the ice cream stand, our exhibit building and if needed during the 4-H shows. Gary has always been a pleasure to work with.
The Prairie Advocate News has supported the county 4-H program by promoting our activities and news in their weekly newspaper and web site, and highlighting special events or accomplishments. Publisher Tom Kocal and his staff support the youth of the county and all the good things that they do.
We greatly appreciate everything these individuals and businesses do for the 4-H Program and for being a Friend of 4-H.