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By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun—
WELLINGTON – Thirty-eight 4-H members received special awards during a 4-H Awards Recognition Party held Aug. 11 at Pioneer Park.
The party was held later than normal due to conflicts and COVID-19 issues.
“We first presented the Clover Kids with certificates for projects they completed in the 2019-2020 4-H year,” said Extension Program Assistant Tammy Rodriguez.
These attending the event were Ben Peters, David Peters and Jacob Page.
Those not present receiving certificates were Aspen Youngberg, Ava Kate Inman, Barrett Wiebe, Carter Smith, Dixie Thomas, Easton Youngberg, Evelyn Henard, Halle Hedrick, Holden Wischkaemper, Jack Inman, Mikyela James, Quade Mock, Ryker Killian, Seveyah Pena and Wyatt Anglin.
“Those recognized for their first-year accomplishments and receiving a plaque included: Isabella Padilla and Ava Peters,” Rodriguez said. Those not present to receive their plaques were Emma Anglin, Conner Bowen, Haliah Gipson, Anna Henard, Kaycee Martinez, Mallory O Rear, Carter Ouellette, Miles Ouellette, Colt Patterson and Easton Wischkaemper. Youth also accepted 4-H Clover yard signs made by volunteer parent Jonathan Hamby.
County Agent Kenny Patterson then presented plates to the several 4-H members for completing projects during the year: Emma Flores, Cecilia Granadoz, Chy Green, Jeremiah Hamby, Cortlyn McKinley, Bryanna Medel, Celeste Melendez, Christell Melendez, Bailey Page and Hunter Stark.
Those not present receiving a plate included Charlee Bodine, Jake Chandler, Hayes Carter, Jaxon Collins, Anna Granadoz, Ingrid Granadoz, Hunter Hedrick, Kylin Killian, Gracie Lampe, Jacy Lampe, Addy Mock, Elli Ouellette, Tryston O’Rear, Summer Owens, Coyt Patterson, Eliya Pena, Arianna Pena, Natalya Pena, Dani Ponder, Nate Ponder, Creed Riley, Dahmian Salinas, TJ Salinas, Ellie Thomas, Trey Tillman and Carvin Wischkaemper.
Special awards for outstanding 4-H Achievement during the year also were presented: Rookie of the Year – Isabella Padilla
Swine Herdsman – Bryanna Medel
Whiz Bang – Emma Flores
Rabbit Herdsman – Chy Green.
Those not present to receive their special award were Goat Herdsman – Ellie Thomas and Sheep Herdsman – TJ Salinas.
All Around 4-H’er Gold Award went to Chy Green; All Around Silver Emma Flores and All Around Bronze Cecilia Granadoz.
“This year we had three seniors that will be missed,” Patterson said. “Bryanna Medel accepted her special senior token. Not present were Creed Riley and Trey Tillman. Our Gold Star winner for the 2019-2020 4-H year is Dani Ponder who will be a senior at WHS this fall.”
Kent Riley accepted the Distinguished Leader award.
The Friends of 4-H awards went to Collingsworth County Farm Bureau for donating youth enrollment fees and supporting 4-H in so many ways; Capital Farm Credit for donating to the livestock project and supporting 4-H in any way; and Bartlett’s Lumber and Hardware for donating wood and supplies to make the awards.
“Thank you to Wellington State Bank’s Lynn Bartlett for the donation of water this evening and for always helping our youth,” said Patterson. “Thank you to Eva Hamby for offering the blessing and for taking photos. Also, a big thank you goes out to Veronica Gray for providing the delicious cake to help pull off this event. We thank you all so much for helping this program stay strong and for supporting the youth of our community.”
Adult leader certificates of appreciation were presented to Connie Granadoz, Jonathan Hamby, Kristi Hamby and Kent Riley. Leaders not present were Samantha Bohannon, Keli Ponder, Whitney Wiebe and Misty Youngberg.
4-H members, Patterson and Rodriguez expressed their appreciation to all the parents for being so supportive of the 4-H program throughout the year.
“A special thanks to NRCS for allowing 4-H to use their building for club meetings and activities,” Patterson added. “It takes a lot of hard work for 4-H members to be successful, and this was yet another year in ‘Making the Best Better.’”
To join the 4-H programs, contact the Extension Office at 806-447-2313.