Celebrating 4-H Achievements
February is synonymous with so many things: Heart Health Month, Black History Month, President’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day – and Randolph County 4-H Achievement Night! This is the time we as a 4-H staff get the chance to really acknowledge the hard work and dedication of 4-H families and community support of 4-H programming across the county. This year’s event took place on Friday, February 15 at First Presbyterian Church in Asheboro. We threw in some 4-H entertainment as well to truly make it dinner and a show.
After a delicious spaghetti dinner catered by the fabulous Ruth Pugh, we opened the night with entertainment by some of our talented 4-H club members. We had pianists Bryant West, Rachel Osborne and Nicholas Paschal along with saxophonist Mackenzie Koenig who also performed a solo. Miss Alessandra Necoechea shared her voice as well for a lovely solo. The SHARE 4-H Club delivered a beautiful and moving expression of dance. How do you follow that you ask? Well, you give recognition to those who truly make a difference!
This year our Friends of 4-H Award recipient is Sigmund Platt of Randolph County Schools for the support and collaboration of the 21st Century Community Learning Grant. The afterschool and summer programming offered through this grant really paired well with what 4-H is all about!
In memory of Kristina Jarrell, a former member of the Happy Heifer 4-H Dairy Club, an award is presented each year to a young person who has the spirit that Kristina had for 4-H. This year’s recipient is Miss Mickey Jo Grubb of the Holy Cows 4-H Club.
The Sig McCain 4-H Volunteer Leaders Award was established to pay tribute to a special volunteer that has given so much time and effort to 4-H throughout the past year. This award was presented to Angie Chapman of the Country Kids 4-H Livestock Club.
Our special night was filled with awards and accomplishments. Another great way to honor 4-H club members and volunteers is through recognition from local officials. This year North Carolina House of Representative Pat Hurley, Asheboro Mayor David Smith and Randolph County Manager Richard Wells shared special words with our 4-Hers and presented honors. The following is a listing of those honors: 4-H Record Books were turned in by Will Goodwin, Preston Long, Grayson Roberts, Shenandoah Osborne, Zoe Roberts, Garrett Allred, Riley Goodwin, Hayden Thomas, Kaley Allred, Jesse Osborne, Avery Goodwin, Mackenzie Koenig, Rachel Osborne, Kaeli Chapman, Evan Gunter, Joshua Allred and Laura Allred. Miss Laura Allred was presented with a silver medal for her 4-H Cumulative Record Book and Mr. Joshua Allred received a gold medal. Will Goodwin earned -Cloverbud Achievement, Avery Goodwin – Green Clover Achievement, Riley Goodwin – Green Clover Achievement, Joshua Allred – Gold Achievement Certificate and Laura Allred – Achievement Medal. We also recognized some 4-H members who were nominated by their clubs for continued growth and service in 4-H: Wyatt Yow Super Sharp Shooting Stars, Faith King-Happy Heifer Dairy Club, Will Cox – Country Kids Livestock Club, Antonio Chavez- 4-H Future Stars, Emma Cheek – SHARE, Demarkus Shelton –Ramseur Afterschool Club, Matthew Odom -Holy Cows, Katharyn Eller – Ramseur Afterschool Club, Tabor Baughan-Happy Heifer Dairy Club, Kimberly Chapman –Country Kids Livestock Club, Eric Walden -Ramseur Summer Fun, Berenice Franco – Southeastern Randolph Middle School Summer Fun , Laura Jane Allred –Happy Heifer Dairy Club, Cori Hicks- Randleman Outdoors 4-H Club, Angel Simpson – SHARE and Bryant West –SHARE. Our 4-H Leaders are the foundation that supports the 4-H youth and our entire club programming. The following 4-H leaders were recognized for their outstanding service: Kristy Goodwin – Happy Heifer Dairy Club, Marjie Grubb – Holy Cows, Kathryn Simpson – SHARE, James Long -Country Kids Livestock Club, Adriana Paschal – 4-H Future Stars.
Kudos to all who have supported 4-H programming throughout this past year and for those who have benefitted from 4-H in some way, I hope you will pay it forward. There really is no better way to share your appreciation!
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Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Jody Terry at 336-318-6000 or email@example.com or fax – 336-318-6011 or in person at the Randolph County Extension Office at least 10 days prior to the event.