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News Release

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4-H Achievement Night Recognizes Members and Volunteers

4-H Achievement Night was held Friday, Nov. 10 at the American Legion Hall in Carlinville. Over 200, 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 represented at this event. Members and their families enjoyed a pulled pork dinner, picture slideshow presentation, and fellowship prior to the awards ceremony.


Individual 4-H Awards were awarded as follows: Best Secretary Book: Saralynn Joiner and Allison Rosentreter of Carlinville, Josiah Schuette and Rachel Wolff of Shipman,; Best Historian: Alex Behme and Braley Wiser of Carlinville, Darcy Cummings of Standard City, and Emily Wolff of Brighton; Best Treasurer’s Book: Ella Clevenger of Hettick, Lexi Hester of Worden, Garrett Comerford of Carlinville, and Karli Yotter of Bunker Hill; Best Scrapbook Pages: Alex Behme and Braley Wiser if Carlinville; Best Reporter’s Book: Luke Wolff of Bunker Hill, and Sam Wolff of Brighton.


4-H Cloverbuds members age 5-7 who were in attendance and recognized during this program were Michael Barber, Marissa Box, Reagan Comerford, Maycee Hampton, Payton Harding, Wyld Gilmore, Carter Joiner, Ashlyn Killam, Paige Roberts, Sydney Wilson, Ben Schuette, 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: Cadeyn Box, Anna Cloninger, Cara Winningham, Blake Killam, Brady Roberts, Sophie Rull, Braley Wiser, Ellie Wilson, Josiah Schuette, Paul Kibe, Mylee Ribble, Madalyn Dugan, and Annalise Bunt.


The Outstanding 4-H Member Award was presented to two top 4-H members who have exceled in the 4-H program over their 4-H career. Taylor Wills of Lucky Birds 4-H Club in Carlinville was selected for this top honor. Taylor is the daughter of Shelly and Scott Wills of Carlinville. The second recipient of this award was Rachel Wolff of Bunker Hill Livewires 4-H Club.  Rachel is the daughter of Michelle and Charlie Wolff of Shipman. 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.


Dylan Rosentreter of Carlinville and Ariana Coan of Staunton were awarded the Outstanding 4-H Home Economics Member Award for their advanced project work in family and consumer science project areas.


Tyler Behme of Carlinville was awarded the Outstanding Technology Member Award for his advanced project work in computer programming and video.


Austin Pence of Palmyra was awarded the Outstanding Visual Arts Member Award for his advanced project work in visual arts.


Haleigh Hester and Lydia Fulton of Worden were awarded the Outstanding Leadership Member Award for their outstanding project work and strong leadership qualities.


The Outstanding 4-H Agriculture Member was presented to two individuals this year. Emily Wolff was selected for her project work in rabbits and beef. Jerod Brown of Gillespie was awarded for his dedication to agriculture as proven by his 4-H project work in swine, beef, and tractor. One of the Ag awards was given in honor of Bryan Huff who unexpectedly passed away this year. Bryan was an eleven year 4-H member and had a passion for 4-H and working with poultry and goats.


Ariana Coan of Staunton was honored with a pin for her service as 4-H Federation President for 2016-17.


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 2017 is Hyler Pence of Palmyra.


The Edith Adele Karnes Award is given this year to a 4-H member who strives to better themselves and values higher education. An application and an interview process was completed in order to be eligible for this award tonight. This award is based on financial need, 4-H accomplishments, essay questions, and school and community background. The recipient will receive $200 award to help with education costs.

Dayse Velasquez of Carlinville was the recipient of this award. She is the daughter of Rolando and Monica Velasquez and currently attends Western Illinois University.


The Adam Heyen Memorial Award was established this year to honor the life of 4-H member Adam Heyen of the Shipman Clovers. Adam passed away in May from injuries sustained in an ATV accident. Adam loved life, his family, 4-H, FFA, Southwestern High School, and the great outdoors. The recipient of this award will receive $200 to help with education expenses. This award is given to a 4-H member who values hard work and education. This award is based on financial need, 4-H accomplishments, and community involvement. The recipient of this award was Emily Wolff of Brighton. Emily is the daughter of Tim and Tammy Wolff. She is a Southwestern High School graduate and currently attending SIU-E.


The William McAllister Award was created to encourage 4-H members to pursue education beyond the high school level.  Mr. McAllister passed away this past May, so this award was extra special this year and helps to carry on his legacy and love for education. Recipients are chosen for their academic achievements, community involvement, 4-H accomplishments, and financial need.  The 2017 McAllister Scholarship was awarded to Mackenzie Wolff of Brighton. She is the daughter of Tammy and Tim Wolff.  Mackenzie is an eleven year 4-H member of the Brighton Farmhands   4-H Club and is currently enrolled at SIU-E.


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 Hyler Pence of Palmyra. Hyler is the son of Merle and Kim Pence. Hyler is currently enrolled at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield.



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 Tyler Behme of Carlinville, Haleigh Hester of Worden, and Isabelle 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 two Outstanding 4-H Service Awards were presented. The first award went to Prairie Farms of Carlinville (Plant Manager-Pat Callahan) for the dedication and support to 4-H. The second award went to Peggy Hampton, Youth Development Educator, University of Illinois Extension for her service working to educate our youth through 4-H.


Suzi Humphreys of Chesterfield, former leader of the Chesterfield Champs and Clever Clovers, was awarded with the Macoupin County 4-H Hall of Fame Award. Humphreys is an advocate for 4-H and continues to volunteer as our 4-H Art Club instructor.


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 Jeff Behme of Carlinville.


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. Three clubs received the Outstanding Club Award they were Bunker Hill Livewires, Crazy Clovers (Carlinville), and Fantastic Fours (Carlinville).  Northwestern Green Machines were awarded with the State 4-H Club Award for their community service efforts during 2016-17.


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.

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4-H Rookie of the Year Award Winners at 4-H Achievement Night 2017  (Front: Blake Killam, Ellie Wilson, Annalise Bunt, Brady Roberts, Mylee Ribble, Cara Winningham, Anna Cloninger, Braley Wiser (Back) Cadeyn Box, Paul Kibe, Madalyn Dugan, Josiah Schuette, Sophie Rull

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