University of Illinois Extension serving Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper Counties
Main Office (Effingham County)
1209 Wenthe Drive
Effingham, IL 62401
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Branch Office (Clay County)
223 W Railroad St
Flora, IL 62839
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Branch Office (Fayette County)
118 N. Sixth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
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Branch Office (Jasper County)
Newton, IL 62448
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Clay County 4-H members put months of work up for display and evaluation June 15-16 during the annual Clay County 4-H Show. The members exhibited food, clothing, art, science, health, community, and natural resource projects at the Community of Christ Church in Flora.
Volunteer judges evaluated each 4-H project against a score sheet which tested not only the craftsmanship of the project, but also the knowledge of the 4-H member during the conference judging time. Local volunteer judges included Sam Kessler, Allen Ritter, Alford Stewart, Roberta Biggs, Valinda Rowe, Patti Jenkins, Margie Dettmer, Rebecca Hubele, Marcy Fechtig, Sandy Thomas and Jeanne Harbin who donated their service to assist the 4-H members improve their project work.
In addition to their A or B rating, members were eligible for several awards. One "Best in Class" (BC) exhibit was selected in each project division of the show. Those projects then competed for overall "Best of Show" (BS) trophies in the 10 major project categories. Members who were at least 10 years of age by Sept. 1, 2011 could compete for the right to exhibit at the state fair (SF). A new "Superior" (S) ribbon was added this year for judges to award at their discretion for any project they felt was exceptional in quality.
The list of those members receiving special awards, including the project area for the award and the type of award are listed below:
Devon Beccue: Visual Arts Nature (S) (BC) (SF), Photo 2 Action (S) (BC) (SF); Samantha Briscoe: Photo 2 Action (S); Breanne Buerster: Sewing I Non clothing (BC) (SF), Food Preservation (BC) (SF), Illustrated Speech (BC) (SF), Health I (S) (BC) (SF); Tyler Buerster: Woodworking IV (BC), Sportfishing II (BC) (SF); Miranda Campbell: Journalism I (BC); Brady Clark: Visual Arts 3-D (BC); Cole Dial Visual Arts Metal (BC), Woodworking I (SF Alt), Cooking 101 Coffee Cake (S) (BC) (SF), Cooking 101 Cereal Bars (S) (BC);
Jonathon Dial: Welding (SF Alt); Max Duquaine: Aerospace 2 Rockets (S) (BC); Lawson Erwin: Junkdrawer Robotics I (BC), Computer Intro (BC); Elizabeth Fulk: Welding (SF Alt); Seth Fulk: Visual Arts Paper (S), Woodworking III (S) (BC) (BS) (SF); Braxton Gullidge: Cooking 401 Sponge Cake (S) (BC) (SF); Breanne Gullidge: Natural Resources I (BC), Citizenship II (BC) (BS) (SF), Vet Science I (BC) (SF Alt), Cooking 201 Cheese Muffins (BC), Leadership I (S) (BC) (SF), Sewing II Non clothing (S) (BC) (BS) (SF);
Bryce Gullidge: Forests of Fun (BC) (BS) (SF), Woodworking II (S) (BC) (SF), Cooking 301 Sweet rolls (S) (BC) (SF); Breanna Hinton: Photo 1 Stories (BC), Visual Arts Clay (S), Video Public Service (S) (BC) (SF), Cooking 201 Nut bread (BC), Small Pets (BC); Johnathon Hinton: Visual Arts Clay (S), Vet Science III (S) (BC) (SF); Chase Kanitz: Woodworking I (S) (BC), Electricity I Simple Switch (S) (BC) (BS);
Courtney Kramer-McKinney: Entomology (BC); Olivia Luzadder: Photo 2 Event (BC); Lauren Lybarger: Visual Arts Heritage Arts (S) (SF), Photo 3 Still Life (BC); Shelby May: Photo 3 Editing (S) (BC) (SF), Visual Arts Chalk/Carbon (BC); Madison McGee: Health I (S); Kadie Pierson: Cooking 101 Cookies (S) (BC), Outdoor Meal (BC); Kaitlyn Pruitt: Visual Arts Heritage Arts (S) (SF), Cake Decorating 2 (S) (BC);
Mollie Pruitt: Visual Arts Heritage Arts (SF), Visual Arts Heritage Arts (SF); Clinton Rauch: Collections (S) (BC) (BS), Cake Decorating 3 (S) (BC) (BS), Cooking 401 Focaccia Bread (S) (BC), Cooking 301 Dinner rolls (S) (BC) (SF); Elizabeth Rhodes: Sewing II Garment (S) (BC), Cooking 201 Scones (BC); Mallie Robinson: Visual Arts Paper (S) (BC), Visual Arts Clay (S) (BC), Visual Arts Glass/Plastic (BC);
Sydney Rudolphi: Visual Arts Heritage Arts (S) (BC) (BS); Tonya Smith: Visual Arts Paper (S), Visual Arts Fiber (BC), Cake Decorating 1 (S) (BC), Sewing I Garment (BC); Paige Spitzner: Visual Arts Paper (S), Scrapbooking (S) (BC); Peyton Spitzner: Photo 1 Focal Point (BC); Devin Sullens: Welding (S) (BC) (SF);
Madison Thompson-McKinney: Tractor I (BC) (SF); Paige Van Dyke: Cake Decorating (S), Cooking 101 Coffee Cake (S); Faith Welty: Interior Design 1 (BC) (BS) (SF); Cole West: Welding (SF), Formal Speech (BC) (SF); Max West: Electricity I Electric Motor (BC); Kaycee Wilson: Photo 1 Editing (S) (BC) BS (SF), Visual Arts Wood (BC); Chloe York: Visual Arts Nature (SF), Electricity 2 Switch (S) (BC), Microwave Magic Fudge (BC).
The Odds 'N Ends 4-H Club was also selected to exhibit at the state fair for its intercultural club display.
Lauren Lybarger and Clinton Rauch were each presented a $500 college scholarship during the awards program. The Owen Henry Scholarship rewards 4-H members who excelled in leadership, project work and community service during their 4-H careers. The award was presented by Earlene Henry, wife of the late Owen Henry for which the award is named. Funds for the scholarship were raised by activities of the 4-H club members and leaders.
Source: Judy Mae Bingman, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, firstname.lastname@example.org