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News Release

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Macoupin County 4-H Achievement Night Highlights Success of Members, Volunteers, and Supporters

4-H Achievement Night was held Friday, Nov. 4 at the American Legion Hall in Carlinville. Over 180 4-H members, their families, and special guests attended the awards presentation. There are currently thirteen 4-H clubs in Macoupin County and all clubs were in attendance to support the 4-H program. Members and their families enjoyed a pulled pork dinner, picture slideshow presentation, and a photo booth activity prior to the awards ceremony.


Individual 4-H Awards were awarded as follows: Best Secretary Book:Victoria Hester of Worden and Nathan Cauley of Bunker Hill; Best Historian: Anthony Joiner and Lexie Casey of Carlinville and Logan Helling of Bunker Hill; Best Treasurer’s Book: Dylan Rosentreter of Carlinville, Katelyn Barber of Chatham, and Allie Helling of Bunker Hill; Best Scrapbook Pages: Anthony Joiner of Carlinville and Mackenzie Wolff of Brighton; Best Reporter’s Book: Karli Yotter of Bunker Hill, and Emily Wolff of Brighton.


Some 4-H Cloverbud members, which are 4-H members age 5-7, were in attendance and recognized during this program. Those members recognized were Cara Winningham, Madalyn Quarton, Payton Harding, Reagan Comerford, Wyld Gilmore, Carter Joiner, and Abigale Landes .


Rookie of the Year Awards were presented to the following youth for going above and beyond basic expectations of the 4-H program during their first or second year in 4-H: Caleb Cloninger, Samantha Fulton, Summer Carol, Logan Helling, Luke Wolff, Garrett Comerford, Kylie Cobb, Matthew Eldred, Elyse Eldred, Maycee Hart, Chloe Fellin, Baylee Landes, and Alex Behme.


The Outstanding 4-H Member Award was presented to two top 4-H members. Hyler Pence of the Clover Cadets 4-H Club was one of the members selected for this honor.  Hyler is from Palmyra and is the son on Merle and Kim Pence. Lydia Fulton of the Green Genes was the second recipient of this award. Lydia is the daughter of Lucinda and Bob Fulton of Worden. Members are selected based on participation in the local club, project enrollment, exhibits, participation in programs, leadership, community activities, support of 4-H, and 4-H honors.


Anne Robbins of Bunker Hill was awarded the Outstanding 4-H Home Economics Member for her advanced project work in food and nutrition, health, visual arts, and sewing and textiles.


The Outstanding 4-H Agriculture Member was presented to two individuals. The first award winner was Rachel Wolff of Shipman for her project work in sheep, goats, and poultry. Nicholas Spencer was the second selection and he was awarded for his dedication to agriculture as proven by his 4-H project work in swine, crops, and horticulture.


Hyler Pence received the Building on Excellence Award.  Building on Excellence is presented to 4-H members who score 90 or above on the Macoupin County 4-H Member Record for the first time. Members who receive this award have excelled in project area growth, leadership, 4-H activities, and community activities.


Rachel Wolff of Shipman was honored with a pin for her service as 4-H Federation President for 2015-16.


The William McAllister Scholarship was created to encourage 4-H members to pursue education beyond the high school level.  Recipients are chosen for their academic achievements, community involvement, 4-H accomplishments, and financial need.  The 2016 McAllister Scholarship was awarded to Dylan Rosentreter.  He is the son of Greg and Carol Rosentreter.  Dylan is a ten year 4-H member of the Lucky Birds 4-H Club and is currently enrolled at Lewis and Clark Community College for Automotive Technologies.


The Robinson Scholarship is given in honor of Paula Robinson. Paula was the County Director for 35 years in Macoupin County. When she retired in 2010 this scholarship was established.  Members must complete an application and take part in an interview to be eligible for this award. The recipient of this year’s scholarship was Meghan Wolff of Shipman. Meghan is the daughter of Charlie and Michelle Wolff. Meghan is an eleven year 4-H member and is currently enrolled at Lewis and Clark Community College.


The Carney Memorial Leadership Award was established in memory of Greg Carney. As a lifetime member in the Macoupin County 4-H Program, Greg developed many leadership qualities that helped him excel in life. The Carney Family has donated a monetary gift of $50 for this award.  The Leadership winner for 2016 is Mackenzie Wolff of Brighton.


The Electricity Award, given by the Energy Education Council (EEC), was awarded to Anthony Joiner of Carlinville his 4-H project work in Electricity.


The William Danforth Foundation presents the “I Dare You” Award to young people who are willing to strive for high honors in leadership and community service.  This year’s winners were Taylor Wills of Carlinville and Emily Wolff of Brighton.


Each year the Macoupin County 4-H program honors an individual or group who have supported the 4-H program through time and effort.  This year the Outstanding 4-H Service Award was presented to Auburn Ambulance Service.


Alice Tebbe of Mt.Olive, former leader of the Mt. Olive Badgers, was awarded with the Macoupin County 4-H Hall of Fame Award. Tebbe is an advocate for 4-H and continues to volunteer on committees and help out whenever needed.


The 4-H Alumni Award is presented to adults who were once 4-H members and who have returned their knowledge and skills in continuing contribution to their community.  This award is based on citizenship, leadership, career accomplishments, and personal influence of a 4-H nominee’s life. This year the 4-H Alumni award was given to the late Bob Reiher of Carlinville. Bob’s wife Lori accepted this award on his behalf. Bob was a nine year 4-H member of the Lucky Birds and as an adult gave back to 4-H for many years by volunteering his time, knowledge and energy as a 4-H general show judge. He made a positive impact on so many youth and Macoupin County 4-H will continue to honor his memory.


Macoupin County 4-H Foundation Board members who are retiring this year were recognized during this program. Those members recognized were Carol Rosentreter and Dayse Velasquez of Carlinville and Ron Lloyd and Sharon Hays of Girard.


Several club awards were given during the program. Awards were based on club’s educational programs, community service, and fun events reported on the annual club report. Four clubs received the Outstanding Club Award they were Clover Cadets (Girard), Crazy Clovers (Carlinville), 4x4 (Gillespie), and Bunker Hill Livewires.


In addition to our County Achievement Night, many clubs will hold their very own local achievement recognitions to distribute various awards to members for their project work and club participation.  4-H members are to be congratulated for their efforts to enhance learning through 4-H project work and for helping make their community and world a better place through community service.


If you would like more information about the 4-H program, you can contact the University of Illinois Extension at 217-854-9604.

Local Contact: Kate Harding, Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development,