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News August 1, 2017  RSS feed

2016-17 Leon County 4-H Awards Banquet

By Sherry Matney


These Buffalo 4-H adults received recognition. Amanda Harter, Julie Utmore, Carolyn Ferguson, Andrea Freeman, Jennifer McGill, Mike Port, Ruth Rodell, John Rodell. These Buffalo 4-H adults received recognition. Amanda Harter, Julie Utmore, Carolyn Ferguson, Andrea Freeman, Jennifer McGill, Mike Port, Ruth Rodell, John Rodell. Leon County 4-H held its 2016-17 Awards Banquet on Monday, July 31, 2017 at the First Baptist Church Centerville. Husband and wife team, Richard Parrish and Laura Petty, both Leon County extension agents, organized the event and it appeared to come off without a hitch.

President James Rodell began the program by welcoming guest and explaining the procedure for dinner. Incoming Secretary Gatlynn Johnson led the invocation. Incoming Vice President did an outstanding job singing The National Anthem and Callie Harter led the pledges.

Following a dinner of chicken spaghetti, salad and desserts, various Council members presented awards. Rodell acknowledged the five clubs that make up the Leon County 4-H, that being Buffalo, Center- ville, Leon, Normangee and Oakwood.


Leon County 4-H President James Rodell, flanked by Council members welcomed guests and directed the event. Leon County 4-H President James Rodell, flanked by Council members welcomed guests and directed the event. Member Year Pins were the first awards being presented and the largest group was the 1st year group. 4-H Shooting and Archery Awards were next with 11 recipients. Buffalo’s Jake Cadenhead took the Leon County Archer of the Year Award.

Individuals who kept their 4-H Recordbooks throughout the year were also awarded. Sixteen students received this award.

Each club had Adult Volunteers and Managers who were recognized and several individuals were given the Friend of 4-H Award.

Leon County Judge Byron Ryder was on hand to present the following awards: 4-H Rookie award, Quannah Dudley, Centerville; 4-H Bronze Star Award, Travis Barrett, Normangee; 4-H Silver Star Award, Caroline Dudley, Centerville;

4-H Gold Star Award, Nathan Barrett, Normangee and Zoie Stevens, Oakwood; Courage to Change Award went to Zoie Stevens, Oakwood; and Leadership Award went to Annika Stevens, Oakwood.



4-H Vice President Anthony Banda did an outstanding job singing The Star Spangled Banner. 4-H Vice President Anthony Banda did an outstanding job singing The Star Spangled Banner.

Eighth grader Callie Harter shows off her pin for keeping a record book on her apiculture or “Bee keeping” project. 
Sherry’s Shots Eighth grader Callie Harter shows off her pin for keeping a record book on her apiculture or “Bee keeping” project. Sherry’s Shots

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