Warren County 4-H Honors Achievements

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PITTSFIELD, Pa. – The Warren County 4-H program celebrated the accomplishments of the volunteers and members on Nov. 12. A drive-in program held at the Warren County Fairgrounds offered an opportunity to highlight achievements in the abbreviated program year.

(Photo courtesy Jennifer Grooms, Warren County 4-H. Cherakee Moonbeam and Nora Schroeder of Pleasantville, poses with her award for accurate and detailed record keeping. Nora is a member of the Desperados 4-H club located in Grand Valley.)

With the shortened 4-H program year, a new award was offered for youth to demonstrate how they have stayed positive through the Sign of the Times. Bryceton Maille of Pittsfield received the leadership award for Sign of the Times for his expanded participation and demonstrations to support his club, county, and project growth.

Madison Sleeman of Russell received the communications award for Sign of the Times with her continued promotion of the 4-H dairy and swine program. Community service Sign of the Times recognized Evelyn Ongley, of Pittsfield, for her hard work.

Club members completed project books detailing the activities and record keeping required for the program year.

Congratulations to Kaitlin Sleeman of Russell for her record keeping skills in the Ham Handlers 4-H club. Kaitlin received the project book trophy for a second year in a row. Nora Schroeder of Pleasantville took home the trophy for her complete and thorough horse project records.

Additional members were recognized with pins in the following areas: Beef: Kael and Lamech Albers of Corry, Katie Downs of Bear Lake, and Marissa Sweeney of Frewsburg, NY; Goat: Hadley Green of Cherry Creek, NY, Shay Reilly of Spring Creek, Isaac and Katharine Smith of Youngsville; Horse: Zoe Atkins of Warren, Arlene and Esther Boisvert of Youngsville, Ryleigh Bowers of Warren, Katie Downs, Mackenzie Gates of Corry, Samantha Hulings of Kane, Bryceton Maille, Evelyn Ongley, Kacy Peters of Titusville, and Dustin Rose of Corry; Pets: Audrey Miller of Corry; Photography: Katie Downs; Rabbit: Erica Cobbe of Sugar Grove, Brittany Dutchess of Russell, Ava Jenkins of Youngsville, and Huntley LaVigne of Sugar Grove; Sheep: Amie and Kenzie Lindvay of Russell; Swine: Caleb Ace of Sheffield, Kahlynne May of Youngsville, Madison Sleeman, Katharine and Isaac Smith; and Vet Science: Erica Cobbe and Gretchen Wiler of Youngsville.

(Photo courtesy Jennifer Grooms, Warren County 4-H. Isaac and Katharine Smith received their project book pins and Bronze Clover Awards for their 2019-2020 program year. They are members of the Ham Handlers, Multi-Species Club, and Warren County Teen Council.)

The Pennsylvania State 4-H Clover award program encourages 4-H members to engage in a variety of projects and activities, in addition to enabling members to acquire the seven Leadership Life Skills.

Eleven members completed the first level, green, and include: Dalton, Isabella, and Samantha Greer of Titusville, Esther Boisvert, Erica Cobbe, Samantha Hulings, Amie and Kenzie Lindvay, Evelyn Ongley, Shay Reilly, and Kaitlin Sleeman. Huntley LaVigne completed the white level award. Six members completed the bronze level and include: Katie Downs, Nevaeh Gamble of Corry, Bryceton Maille, Isaac and Katharine Smith, and Madison Sleeman.

Bryceton Maille is the first to complete the Silver Clover Award. The award program supports members in their development of seven leadership life skills: Decision Making and Problem Solving; Getting Along with Others; Learning to Learn; Managing; Understanding Self; and Working in Groups.

(Photo courtesy Jennifer Grooms, Warren County 4-H. Taking home the Sign of the Times leadership award, Bryceton Maille was also recognized for the 300 plus hours of Recreational Riding with a personalized jacket. He is the first Warren County 4-H member to complete the Silver Clover Program Award which encourages members to try new projects and activities while building the seven leadership life skills of Decision Making and Problem Solving; Getting Along with Others; Learning to Learn; Managing; Understanding Self; and Working in Groups.)

Several 4-H Horse members and cloverbud members participated in the Recreational Riding project. Members tally the number of hours they work with their project animal. Once members reach 50, 100, 200, 300, etc. awards are provided.

Three cloverbud members reached 100 or more hours in the 2019-2020 program year. They included: Avery and Nora Morton of Spartansburg, and Alaina Ongley of Pittsfield. They received helmet covers and drawstring bags with the 4-H Recreational Riding logo. Alaina accumulated over 200 hours and received a saddle horn bag with logo. Additional members recognized through the Recreational Riding program included Wyatt Dalrymple of Columbus, Katie Downs, Bryceton Maille and Evelyn Ongley.

Many Warren County 4-H volunteers celebrated their first year through their 40th year of supporting club programming. The 4-H program does not exist without dedicated volunteers to provide leadership to the seventeen clubs in the county. Congratulations to first year leaders Casey Courtney, Jaycob Courtney, Amanda Ongley and Cynthia Rutsky. Fifth year leaders: Rodney Curtis, Stephannie Hulings, and Kristy Turner.

Three 10-year leaders: Sherry Anderson, Rebecca Downs, and Jolene Ferrie. Fifteen years of volunteering with the Pittsfield Bronc Busters, Heather Eckstrom and with the Sanford Saddles & Spurs, Diana Maille.

Twenty years: Carrie Ludwick and Sherry Moore. Twenty-five years to Barbara Emahizer of Pittsfield Bronc Busters, Cheryl Hummel of the Desperados, and Melinda Johnson of the Udder Club.

Thirty years as the organizational leader of the Desperados, Connie Tenney received her ruby clover pin and certificate.

The Shamrock Sheep have been led by the McMillen family for the last 40-plus years with Pat McMillen. She is joined by her daughter in law Pam McMillen with thirty years of volunteer service and Pat’s son, Dale, with thirty-five years of volunteerism. Thank you to all leaders that Make the Best Better in Warren County 4-H.

The program concluded with a capnote speech from Pennsylvania 4-H State Council member, Audrey Ferrie of Warren. Audrey is completing her final year in the 4-H program as Vice President of Operations for the State Council. She is the first Warren County 4-H member to be elected to the prestigious Council.

Click here to learn more about the Warren County 4-H program. 4-H in Pennsylvania is coordinated by Penn State Extension through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 4-H programs are open to all boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 18 regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or disability.