Wakonda area 4-H’ers receive awards

Wakonda area 4-H'ers receive awards
Sunday, Nov. 20, area 4-H clubs gathered together one more time in the Clay County 4-H center in Vermillion. They were all here for one thing, to receive awards that they had compiled through out the 4-H year in various activities they competed in.

One such club was the Young Producers 4-H Club of Wakonda, lead by Nadeen and Chuck Peterson and Joan Miller.

Josie Huber received a first year member pin while Ivan Barnett, Cody Guether, Mackenzie Huber, Alex Nelson and Cody Wager received second year member pins, respectively. Sam Smith and Kyle Stockland both received a larger clover on which they keep pins and project medals, similar to what High School student get for their letters, as they are third year members.

Pearl Gaidelis received a $15 cash award for purple ribbon on a State Fair public presentation regarding to financial management sponsored by First Bank & Trust of Brookings.

Andy Jensen received awards for placing 10th in the state for senior horticulture judging. The photography judging team placed fifth out of 25 teams, sponsored by Choice Pharmacy of Vermillion. He also received a gold medal for the team placing first, sponsored by State Fair Commission. His Youth in Action Award was for Public Speaking entitled "What Beef Taught Me."

Patrick Morrison, a junior at Wakonda High, received a plaque for placing third overall for Senior Horticulture, a plaque for Reserve Senior poultry showmanship, and a gold medal for the horticulture team placing first at State Fair. He did a demonstration about cooking for his Youth in Action Award.

The Senior Horticulture judging team placed first out of 20 teams; members on the team were Andy Jensen, Andy Peterson, and Patrick Morrison.

Brittany Rederick received her Dog Project Medal.

Emily Miller earned her Fashion Review Youth in Action award, as well as her Illustrated Talk award. Graduating members from Young Producers were Emily Miller, Nick Peterson and Jeanie Stockland.

Morrison also talked about his week long trip to Washington DC. He told everyone about almost getting shot trying to take a picture of the Majority Leader's door. Luckily he didn't get shot, but he said it was fun just the same.

There were also a few High Point Judging School participants from the Young Producers. Patrick Morrison received an award for Family and Consumer Sciences while Andy Jensen took the Horticulture High Point. Both awards were sponsored by Glenwood Township.

The Dillion/Jolley 4-H Conference Scholarship went to Andy Peterson and was sponsored by the Clay County 4-H Leaders Association. Peterson also received the Agriculture Senior Sweepstakes Award. Chad Peterson took the junior award.

Members also received bracelets that are similar to the "Livestrong" bracelets. The bracelets' message is"4-H � Head-Heart-Hands-Healthy."

The Young Producers also had Junior Leaders helping. Andy Jensen was the event emcee. Amy Luxem and Patrick Morrison were hosts and hostesses welcoming and handing out programs to the families coming to watch.

All in all the Young Producers have lived up to their name this year, producing countless awards. Good luck to all Clay County 4-Hers on the up and coming year.

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