4-H Recognition Event held

4-H Recognition Event held 4-H friends, members and leaders were recognized at the annual Clay County 4-H Recognition Event on Sunday, Nov. 16 at the 4-H Center in Vermillion.

The Clay County 4-H Leaders Association recognized two individuals and two businesses for their support and cooperation to the Clay County 4-H Program. Receiving Friends of 4-H awards were Harlan Schott, Joseph Kvigne, Community First National Bank and Jones' Food Center. Ron Thaden was recognized for meritorious service.

4-H Alumni Award were awarded to Jeanne Mayer, Deb Sokolowski and Joe Sokolowski.

First year leader award was presented to Julie Fallan of Meckling Livestock 4-H Club.

Clover Awards were presented to Will Kennedy and Leslie Nelson � 5 years; Lars Aga and Iris Rydell � 10 years and Kris O'Connor for 15 years.

Ten members were recognized as graduating members. They were Megan Griffith, Jennifer Lindblom, John Lindblom, Sarah Lias, Dean Miller, Katie Miskimins, Evan Peterson, Angela Rydell, Chris Rederick and Amanda Aga.

The South Dakota 4-H Foundation recognized the Jolly Juniorettes and the Clay County Cubs 4-H Clubs with the South Dakota 4-H Club Campaign Certificate.

State 4-H horse show awards were presented to JoAnna Strom and Katie Sokolowski.

The 2003 4-H conference scholarship sponsored by the Dillon Estate Fund and the Clay County 4-H leaders association was presented to Tony Hubert.

4-H sweepstakes awards, sponsored by the Clay County Youth Trust Fund and the Clay County 4-H Leaders Association, were awarded to the following members:

Personal development: Beginner Kelsy Fallan, Junior Emily Holoch and Senior Kyle Hubert; Home economics: Beginner Kelsy Fallan and Junior Emily Holoch; and Agricultural: Beginner Chad Peterson, Juniors Andy Peterson and Shannon Jepsen and Senior Nick Peterson.

Shooting Sports Sweepstakes, sponsored by the Clay County Sportsmen Club, were presented to Chelsey Cahoon, beginner archery; Garrett Jepsen, junior archery; Taylor Jensen, beginner BB gun; Shannon Jepsen, junior BB gun and Cody Cahoon, senior BB gun.

Horse Sweepstakes, sponsored by the Vermillion Saddle Club, were presented to Beginner Dana Nelson, Junior Adrianne Logue and Senior Sarah Plate.

The Outstanding Horse Award in memory of Joe Millette and sponsored by Margaret Williams and Frank Schieber, was awarded to Sarah Plate.

The Farm Bureau award for participation in leadership, citizenship and safety was presented to Senior Hannah Nelson.

A personal development award was presented to Ellen Miller. Kyle Hubert received the achievement award and the key award was presented to Ellen Miller. Kyle Hubert received the achievement award and the key awards were presented to Emily Miller and Amanda Aga.

4-H members recognized for top sales in the annual fruit sale promotion were Hope Lindstrom, Kaia Nelson, Michaela Hawley, Casey Carlson and Adrianne Logue.

Best secretary's record book award was awarded to Kate Renner, a member of the Coyote Cubs 4-H Club. The Clay County 4-H Leaders Association sponsors this award.

The following 4-H members received high point beginner, junior and senior judging school participation awards: Beginner FCS � Jana Bye, Junior FCS � Shannon Jepsen, Senior FCS � Theresa Ring; beginner rabbit � Landon Peterson, senior rabbit � Kelsey Peterson; beginner visual arts � Kelsy Fallan, junior visual arts � Garrett Jepsen, senior visual arts � Kyle Hubert; beginner livestock � Molly Hansen; beginner photography � Kelsy Fallan, junior photography � Kelly O'Dea, senior photography � Colette Joy; beginner horticulture � Landon Peterson, Junior Horticulture � Shannon Jepsen, senior horticulture � Kelsey Peterson.

Youth-In-Action awards for individual participation in County Contests were awarded to Ellen Hanson for beginner fashion revue, Ashley Ouellette for junior fashion revue, Theresa Dendinger for senior fashion revue, Kelsy Fallan for beginner demonstration, Emily Holoch for junior demonstration and Emily Holoch for junior demonstration, Emily Holoch for junior demonstration and Emily Miller for senior demonstration. Kelsy Fallan received the beginner special foods award, Ashley Ouellette received the junior special foods award and Theresa Ring received the senior special foods award. The senior public speaking award was presented to Emily Miller. These awards are sponsored by Clay County CFEL, Farm Bureau Insurance, JoAnn's Fabric and Four Seasons Fabric.

Ten individuals and nine judging teams placed in the top the at the 2003 South Dakota State Fair judging contests. Team awards were sponsored by Hanson Aerial Spraying, Bob's Amoco, Choice Pharmacy, Sydell's, Dr. and Mrs. Richard Knutson, Pressing Matters Printing, Inc., Tigert Art Gallery and the Clay County 4-H Leaders Association.

Top ten individuals were Kelsey Peterson � senior rabbit; Garritt Jepsen � junior crops; Theresa Ring � senior photography and senior visual arts; Kelly O'Dea � junior visual arts; Chad Peterson � beginner photography; Chelsey Cahoon � beginner livestock, Shannon Jepsen � junior horticulture; Luke Heine � junior livestock and Kelsy Fallan � beginner crops.

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The top ten team members participating in said contests were junior visual arts � Kelly O'Dea, Garrett Jepsen, Ashley Ouellette, Shannon Jepsen; junior crops � Garrett Jepsen, Ashley Ouellette, Sara Bye; junior livestock � Luke Heine, Shannon Jepsen, Kyle Lindstrom, Stacy Bottolfson; beginner photography � Chad Peterson, Kelsy Fallan, Jana Bye, Megan Bottolfson; beginner crops � Kelsy Fallan, Landon Peterson, Jana Bye; senior photography � Theresa Ring, Colette Joy, Nick Peterson, Kyle Hubert; and junior horticulture � Shannon Jepsen, Alex Peterson, Sara Bye and Ashley Ouellette.

The S.D. Soybean Research and Promotion Council presented Kelsy Fallan with a $15 cash prize for using soy in her entry at the State Special Foods Contest.

Second year member awards, sponsored by the Clay County 4-H Leaders Association, were presented to Chelsey Cahoon, Meghan Gylfe, Stephanie Taylor, William Mart, Sara Mayer, Brett Bancroft, Alicia Coenen, Taylor Geu, Madeleine Taylor, William Mart, Sara Mayer, Brett Bancroft, Alicia Coenen, taylor Geu, Madeleine Pace, Chris Mart, Nick Mart, Tanner Mart and Pearl Gaidelis.

First year members were recognized by their club leaders: Taray Solomon, member of the Burbank Feeders; Noelle Ballard, a member of the Cat's Meow 4-H Club; Dean Christensen of the Clay County Cubs; Cody Olson and Garrett Olson, members of the Clay County Go Getters; Amber Walker of the Country Gals and Guys 4-H Club; Jeanette Conway and Robyn McLaury of the Dog Club; Ellen Hanson, Katie Hanson, Michael Lieberman, Austin Krier, Randy LaMie, Rosalyn LaMie, Brody Stone, Katie VanBalen and Amanda Zalud, members of the Jolly Juniorettes 4-H Club; Jerry Ensminger, Joshua Gomez, Sarai Gomez, Kiera Kintigh and Dana Nelson, Lucky Trailblazer members; Elizabeth Bye, Allison Heine, Brianna Herrick and Melissa Moe, members of Meckling Livestock; Kelly Amundson, Jordyn Carlson, Zane Jensen and Kyle Weiss, Members of the Shooting Sports 4-H Club; and Melissa Hessman, Landon Peterson, Samantha Smith and Kyle Stockland, members of the Young Producers 4-H Club.

Ten youth were recognized for completing the Cloverbud 4-H Program. They were Kara Brodsky, Kylie Kuiper, Kelsie Leikvold, Claire Richardson, Crimson Scott, Ashley Sorensen, Joseph Swanson, Raleigh Sykes, Cassie Waage and Megan Zimiga.

The Helping Hands award, sponsored by the Marshall Lundquist and Cliff Miller Memorial fund, was awarded to Laura Aga and Patrick Morrison.

The Clay County Youth Trust Fund 2003 4-H Scholarship was awarded to Dean Miller and Jennifer Lindblom.

The outstanding 4-H Club award, sponsored by Community First National Bank, was presented to first place winner, Meckling Livestock � Sheri Ouellette, Julie Fallan, Scott Jepsen and Tim Heine, leaders. Second place was awarded to Coyote Cubs � Joe and Jeanette Hubert, leaders. The community service club and traveling plaque, sponsored by Vermillion Civic Council and Community First National Bank, was presented to the Meckling Livestock 4-H Club. second place was awarded to the Jolly Juniorettes 4-H Club led by Cyndi Dendinger and Colleen Speakman.

The Meckling Livestock 4-H club also won the 4-H promotion award.

4-H project medals were awarded in the following areas to local members:

Third year pin � Kelsy Fallan and Ashley Ouellette.

Fifth year pin � Emily Holoch.

Beef � Chad Peterson.

Clothing � Annie Carlson.

Citizenship � Emily Miller.

Dog � Adrianne Louge.

First Aid � Kelsy Fallan and Hannah Nelson.

Foods & Nutrition � Kelsy Fallan, Megan Bottolfson, Sara Bye, Chad Peterson and Stacy Bottolfson.

Food Preservation � Theresa Dendinger.

Home Living � Ashley Ouellette, Chad peterson, Laura Aga.

Horticulture � Garrett Jepsen.

Leadership � Amanda Aga.

Photography � Emily Holoch.

Poultry � Shannon Jepsen.

Small Pets � Emily Holoch.

Sheep � Luke Heine.

Swine � Adrianne Logue, Brett Logue, Daniel Sokolowski, Chad Peterson, Gerrit Heine.

Visual Arts � Stacy Bottolfson, Jennifer Bye, Kelsy Fallan, Chad Peterson.

Fashion Revue � Theresa Dendinger, Emily Miller, Amanda Aga.

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