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Pickett, Taylor earn Gold Stars; special awards given to volunteers

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Kasey Taylor and Cassie Pickett of Henrietta received the 4-H Gold Star, the highest honor a 4-H member can earn at the local level, during the Clay County 4-H banquet Saturday night.

It was just two of the 38 awards handed out during the annual event. This year, Clay County 4-H gave three new awards to acknowledge adult volunteers. Nala Chambers of Henrietta was named 4-H Leader of the Year, the Chris and Dee Ann Littlefield family was named 4-H Family of the Year, and Cheryl Klein earned recognition as 4-H Friend of the Year.

Sheila Tucker, who will retire from volunteering with the Petrolia 4-H, was given a special award for her work with Clay County youth.

More than 700 volunteers served the Clay County 4-H in some form during the 2011-12 year, logging more than 3,000 hours. Some 120 Clay County youth are 4-H members.

Officers for the 2012-13 year were installed. They are Cassie Picket, president; Mikayla Graham, vice president; Conner Chambers, secretary; Josey Cleveland, treasurer; Korri Franke, reporter; Skee Burkes, parliamentarian; and Kasey Taylor, recreation officer. District deleagates are Holt Chambers and Kalico Burkes.

Gold Star – Sponsored by First National Bank of Byers and Wells Fargo Bank: Kasey Taylor, 4-H Horse Club, daughter of Steve and Shelly Taylor; and Cassie Pickett, 4-H Horse Club, daughter of Jack and Shell Pickett.

Top Intermediate Silver Star – Sponsored by Davis Funeral Home: Dani Moore, Vashti 4-H Club, daughter of Brenda and Buddy Moore; and Jacobi Reynolds, Henrietta 4-H Club, daughter of Michelle Wofford and John Reynolds.

Top Junior Bronze Star – Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank and First National Bank of Byers: Holt Chambers, Henrietta 4-H Club, son of Robert and Nala Chambers; and Kalico Burkes, 4-H Horse Club, daughter of Dee Ann and Chris Littlefield.

Rookie Awards – Sponsored by Kerr Feed & Grain: Jordan Davis, Henrietta 4-H Club, daughter of Stephen and Rhonda Davis; and Maddie Bitner, Petrolia 4-H Club, daughter of Shawn and Shannon Bitner.

Fashion Show Awards – Sponsored by Farm Bureau of Clay County:

  • Juniors – Maddie Bitner, Petrolia 4-H Club, daughter of Shawn and Shannon Bitner; and Tori Bitner, Petrolia 4-H Club, daughter of Shawn and Shannon Bitner.
  • Intermediates – Dani Moore, Vashti 4-H Club, daughter of Brenda and Buddy Moore; and Jacobi Reynolds, Henrietta 4-H Club, daughter of Michelle Wofford and John Reynolds.
  • Seniors – Nicci Moore, Vashti 4-H Club, daughter of Brenda and Buddy Moore.

Beef Award – Sponsored by Superior Livestock, Leonard Phillips: Skee Burkes, 4-H Horse Club, son of Dee Ann and Chris Littlefield.

Horse Award – Sponsored by Luke Halsell Ranch: Mikayla Graham, 4-H Horse Club, daughter of Scott and Lisa Graham.

Swine Award – Anonymous sponsor: Daniel Koetter, Henrietta 4-H Club, son of Greg and Rachel Koetter.

Rabbit Award – Sponsored by 4-P Dozer, Jack and Shell Pickett: Colin Kollman, Vashti 4-H Club, son of Mary Kollman and David Kollman.

Shooting Sports Award – Sponsored by Birdwell-Clark Ranch: Nicci Moore, Vashti 4-H Club, daughter of Brenda and Buddy Moore.

Poultry Award – Sponsored by Keith Henry: Jordan Davis, Henrietta 4-H Club, daughter of Stephen and Rhonda Davis.

Family & Consumer Science Award – Sponsored by Jim and Cheryl Klein in memory of Maxine Gray: Tori Bitner, Petrolia 4-H Club, daughter of Shawn and Shannon Bitner.

Special Awards

  • 4-H Leader of the Year – Nala Chambers
  • 4-H Family of the Year – Chris and Dee Ann Littlefield
  • 4-H Friend of the Year – Cheryl Klein

4-H Club Managers & Project Leaders

  • Nala Chambers – Henrietta Club manager and Livestock Judging leader
  • Michelle Wofford, Henrietta Club manager and Food Challenger leader
  • Beth Moore, Vashti Club manager
  • Amy Adams, Petrolia Club manager
  • Sheila Tucker, Petrolia Club manager and Shooting Sports Coordinator
  • Cami Franke, Consumer Decision Making leader
  • Lisa Graham, Horse Quiz Bowl leader
  • Shell Pickett, Horse Judging leader
  • Anita Lang, Horse Judging leader
  • Dee Ann and Chris Littlefield neH, Horse Judging leader
  • Robert Chambers, Livestock Judging leader
  • Chris and Penny Riordan, Trap Shooting leader
  • John Grunseich, Rifle and Pistol Shooting leader
  • Brenda Moore, Archer leader

District Record Books – Sponsors: Clay County Commissioners Lindy Choate, Precinct 1; Johnny Gee, Precinct 2; John McGregor, Precinct 3; and A.J. Peek, Precinct 4.

    Seniors

  • Skee Burkes, Range Management, first place, will be judged at state Aug. 8
  • Colin Kollman, Wildlife and Fishery, first, will be judged at state Aug. 8
  • Cassie Pickett, Horse, second
  • Nicci Moore, Consumer Education, second
  • Kasey Taylor, Beef, third

Intermediates

  • Jacobi Reynolds, Consumer and Family Science, first place
  • Conner Chambers, Beef, second
  • Mikayla Graham, Public Speaking, first
  • Joe Moore, Recreation, second
  • Dani Moore, Shooting Sports, first

 Juniors

  • Kalico Burkes, Horse, third
  • Tori Bitner, Consumer and Family Science, first
  • Maddie Bitner, Horse, participant
  • Holt Chambers, Beef, third
  • Jordan Davis, Poultry, third

Korri Franke, Clothing and Textiles, second

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