November 15th has come and gone and I have survived yet another BIG milestone on the 4-H calendar, The Awards Banquet.
Several things happen during the Awards Banquet. The first is that a new County Council is installed. The County Council is made up youth in grades 9-12, who are willing to donate at least 1 hour per month to attend a meeting and plan activities for all county 4-H'ers. This year the County Council is made up of returning members Colby Behrens, Katie Cedar, Zane Young, and Haley Mummert We would also like to welcome some new members to the County Council. They are Marshall Stief, Austin Whited, Bailey Gaydo, and Madyson Kelley. I must say I am most excited to work with this group of young people. They all have some wonderful ideas and so much enthusiasm, I think you will be seeing and hearing a lot more of Cherokee County 4-H.
Some of the most important awards awarded at the Ceremony on Sunday were the "Special Awards." In order for a 4-H'er to be considered for one of these "Special Awards", they must have first completed a record book or filled out an award application. They must also be at least a sophomore in high school, had 3 or more years of 4-H club work, demonstrated leadership beyond the local club level, and met the guidelines of the specific award.
Citizenship -- Amber Neisius of the Tilden Tillers
Ak-Sar-Ben -- Katie Cedar of the Cavaliers
I DARE YOU Leadership Award-- Amber Neisius and Sarah Henderson of the
Outstanding Junior Record Books -- Kaitlyn Goth of the Tilden Tillers, Kassidy Pingel of Mill Creek Valley, Kyle Morgan of the Stockmen, and Sydney Woltman of the Cavaliers
Best Intermediate Record Book -- Devin Lux of the Tilden Tillers
Best Record Keeping Trophy -- Katie Cedar of the Cavaliers
We also awarded some very special adult recognition awards Sunday afternoon. They include:
Partner in 4-H: Cherokee County Pork Producers
Honorary 4-H'ers: Tracy and Denise Kraft
4-H Leader of the Year: Becky Whited of the Tilden Tillers