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Jerseyville, IL 62052
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News Release

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4-H Jersey County 2015-2016 Achievement Program

  The Jersey County 4-H Achievement Program was held on Sunday, November 13 at Farm Credit Illinois in Jerseyville. The hosts for this year’s program were the Jersey County 4-H Ambassadors.

 Benjamin Fessler served as master of ceremonies. The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge were led by Lexi and Will Pelletier. After the pledges, an installation ceremony was held for the 4-H Ambassadors for the 2016-17 year. The officers are: President—Anna Fessler, Vice-president—Sally Reed; Secretary—Hannah Pryor and Treasurer—Ben Fessler.

 The first award presented was the Top Secretary’ Book. This award is judged on neatness and completeness of minutes kept at each meeting. The winning club secretary was Anna Fessler of All American Clovers 4-H Club.  The top treasurer book award is presented for neatness, completeness of information and accuracy of club funds. This year’s winner was Leann Woodring of Jersey Whiz Kidz. The next award was The “I Dare You” award presented to youth who strive to be their personal best and make a positive difference in their schools, youth groups, 4-H clubs and communities.  The recipient this year was Sally Reed of All American Clovers. The next award presented was the Young Leader Award.  This award was established to recognize a youth who has not been in 4-H for five years but has shown leadership abilities. This year’s winner was Cameryn Brown. The Outstanding 4-H Member award was presented to Hannah Pryor. The award is for 4-H members who have been active in 4-H for at least five years and have turned in records.

 The Outstanding 1st Year Member award was presented to Kelsy Carey who excelled in her projects.

 Every year clubs compete in the June is Dairy Month promotion campaign sponsored by Midwest Dairy. This year’s winners placing first, All American Clovers and second Lone Star 4-H club.

 A new award presented this year was the “Bright Futures” award sponsored by Green Leaf, Inc. and Tractor Supply recognizes outstanding youth in 4-H Youth Development Programs. This year’s recipient was Adlai Schetter.

 Members who have completed their 4-H career and are now past the re-enrollment ages are recognized with a pin. Those recognized were: Katie Maag, Ashley Moore, Jamie Moore, Aimee Pelletier, Dylan Torrey, Natalie Stemmler and Kyle Walsh.

The project medals were presented next and were determined by a review of 4-H records. A member can only receive a medal once. Members receiving project medals were: Dog—Emily Maag; Poultry—David Maag; Poultry—Jessica Maag; Leadership—Lexi Pelletier and Food Preservation—Anna Fessler. The Project Blue Awards were also presented. These awards are made when a member continues to do outstanding project work but has already received a project medal. Members receiving project blue awards were for Aerospace—Benjamin Fessler; Beef—Simon Sarginson; 4-H Cooking 401—Benjamin Fessler; Public Presentations—Shannon Strong and Visual Arts—Anna Fessler

 Curriculum Area Medals were awarded by reviewing 4-H records. Animal Science—David, Emily and Jessica Maag; Personal Development—Lexi Pelletier.

 Curriculum Area Blue Awards were presented next and are determined by a review of records of members who have excelled in that project area and have already won the Curriculum Area medal. Animal Science—Simon Sarginson; Engineering & Technology, Benjamin Fessler;  Foods, Nutrition and Health, Anna Fessler and Benjamin Fessler; Personal Development—Anna Fessler and Shannon Strong.

 Cloverbuds were also recognized. They are youth between the ages of 5 to 7 before the start of the new 4-H year. Those recognized were: Lola Reed—All American Clovers; Kiley King—Jersey Whiz Kidz; Covelynn Geisler—Jersey Whiz Kidz; William Lohr—Lone Star and Morgan Fritz—Eastside Farmhands.

 Jersey County has a long history of amazing volunteers. This year Jersey County recognized life- long residents, June and Hugh Moore Jr. They were awarded 4-H Hall of Fame medallions at this summer’s Illinois State Fair.

 Every year clubs compete in the National 4-H Week Window Display contest.  All American Clovers took first place. Their display was located at Grafton Technologies, Inc. The second place winner was Jersey Whiz Kidz 4-H Club. Their display was located at the Hope Chest in Jerseyville.

 The club of the year award was the final award of the afternoon. This award is determined by an application detailing a club’s activities and community service throughout the year. The Jersey County 4-H Club of the Year is the All American Clovers lead by Tiffany and Donna Phillips.  At the conclusion of the program, everyone enjoyed refreshments and having pictures taken in the photo booth.

 For more information about the 4-H program in Jersey County, contact the Jersey Extension Office at (618) 498-2913 and ask for Judy Benz, 4-H Program Coordinator or email



Photo: (Pictured left to right) Hannah Pryor, Sally Reed, Simon Sarginson, Leann Woodring, Anna Fessler, Lola Reed, Natalie Stemmler, Ashlyn Brown, Shannon Strong, Logan Strong and Ben Fessler

Local Contact: Judy Benz, Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development,