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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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