Outstanding 4-H members recognized at ceremony night

Named 2018 outstanding Fulton-Montgomery 4-H members are, from left, Jennifer Keehan, a senior; Katie Joyce, a senior; Georgiana Angus, a junior; and Shannon Dening, a junior. (Photo submitted)

AMSTERDAM — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Fulton and Montgomery Counties recently held its annual 4-H Youth Development Program member and volunteer recognition night at the Elks Lodge.

This ceremony is held to recognize the hard work and achievements of 4-H Youth. Additionally, it is to recognize the commitment and dedication of our adult volunteers. Its volunteers help implement programming and foster youth development through clubs, workshops and 4-H events.

4-H youth are recognized for their achievements in project areas and overall success in the 4-H year. Recognition is decided from each youth’s 4-H record book. The 4-H record book is a journal of the individual’s entire 4-H experience and shows what the youth has learned from year to year.

Youth who were recognized as outstanding junior Fulton-Montgomery 4-H members are Georgiana Angus of Gloversville and Shannon Dening of Fultonville.

Angus is a sixth-year member of the 4-H program and a current member of the Horse Lovers Unlimited 4-H Club. She is active in project areas, including horse, hippology, arts and crafts, and community service. Angus has participated in horse and hippology events, having advanced to the state 4-H hippology contest in August.

Dening is a second-year 4-H member with many project interests, including food and nutrition, arts and crafts, clothing and textiles, science and technology, community service, poultry and public speaking. She is a member of the Creative Minds 4-H Club. One of Shannon’s highlights from the 4-H year was qualifying to attend the regional 4-H public presentations where she received a blue award for public speaking.

Its youth being recognized as outstanding senior Fulton-Montgomery 4-H Members are Katie Joyce and Jennifer Keehan, both of Fultonville.

Joyce is a 12-year member of the 4-H program and has experience in many project areas. Some of these project areas include beef, sheep, swine, rabbits, poultry, horse, community service and horticulture.

She is a member of two local 4-H clubs: Kickin’ Country Clovers 4-H Club and Aries 4-H Club. She has held multiple club officer positions within both clubs and has been active in community service projects with her fellow club members. Joyce has a love for livestock and is active in showing both in and out of 4-H. She breeds and shows Red Angus beef cattle, Tunis sheep, Duroc swine and New Zealand rabbits.

Keehan is a nine-year member of the 4-H program and has been involved in a variety of 4-H projects throughout her time in 4-H. She has been most active with her dairy, beef, rabbit, poultry, swine and community service projects.

She is a current member of the Mohawk Valley Midnight Riders 4-H Club and has previously belonged to the Kickin’ Country Clovers 4-H Club. Keenan has a love for her Brown Swiss cattle and the dairy project. She is the current Montgomery County Dairy Princess and a state 4-H Junior Dairy Leader.

Additional awards included the James Canary Sr Memorial Award and the Dawn Agnes Memorial Award.

Keehan received the James Canary Sr Memorial Award, which is sponsored by the Opalka Family of Fort Johnson and is given to a youth with a love of agriculture and a passion for the dairy cattle project.

Joyce has received the Dawn Agnes Memorial Award is given in memory of Dawn Agnes who was a respected club leader of the Udderly Amazing Dairy 4-H Club in the Fulton-Montgomery 4-H Program. The award is sponsored by the Kickin’ Country Clovers 4-H Club and given to a youth that possesses a love for agriculture and a desire to mentor others–youth that embody the same traits as Agnes.

Each year the Fulton-Montgomery 4-H program awards youth the opportunity to attend one of four statewide 4-H events. The four events are 4-H Capital Days, 4-H Career Explorations, the New York State 4-H Agricultural Business Career Conference and 4-H State Teen Action Representative Retreat.

4-H Capital Days is a two-day event in the state capital of Albany. The youth learn about public policy and meet state government legislators and representatives. This year’s recipients were Darby Fessenden of Sprakers, Shawna Darrow of Fultonville, Keehan, and Michelle Joyce of Fultonville. The alternate was Bridget Fessenden of Sprakers.

4-H Career Explorations is a program offered at the Cornell University Campus in late June. It is an experience for youth to explore career options and experience college life. This year’s recipients were Evelyn Fessenden of Sprakers, Veronica Shults of Gloversville, Kate Yestremski of Amsterdam and Cole Nelson of Amsterdam, leadership – teen focus assistant. The alternate was Jenna Nelson of Amsterdam.

The New York Agricultural Business Career Conference is awarded to senior 4-H members who have an interest in careers in agriculture and related businesses. The event’s purpose is to help at SUNY Cobleskill and includes visits to several diversified agribusinesses. This year’s recipients were Megan Dion of Gloversville, Michael Putnam Jr of Amsterdam, Garret Gottier of Amsterdam, and Annamarie VanValkenburgh of Fonda. The alternate was Carolyn Littrell of St. Johnsville.

State Teen Action Representative Retreat is a three-day event held at the state fairgrounds in April. 4-H teens come together from across the state to participate in three days of leadership skill building activities, networking opportunities and fun. This year’s STARR trip winners are Hailey Briggs of Fultonville, John Cressy of Fultonville, Katie Joyce of Fultonville and Jennifer Keehan of Fultonville.

The evening was full of friends and fun. Those in attendance enjoyed a potluck dinner and the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Fulton and Montgomery Counties’ annual meeting was held at the completion of the 4-H recognition ceremony.

The 4-H youth development program is for youth ages 5 to 18 and focuses on experiential learning and leadership skills. 4-H offers programming in a variety of areas from livestock to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Adults are also welcome to become volunteers for the program. Volunteers can enroll in several positions, depending on how involved they would like to become. For more information on the program and enrollment materials, call (518) 853-2135 or email Kyle Yacobucci, 4-H Club coordinator for CCE Fulton-Montgomery at ky292@cornell.edu. Interested people may also visit 4-H online at www.ccefm.com or on Facebook at CCE Fulton-Montgomery. If anyone would like to visit the 4-H office, it is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m., located at 20 Park St., room 202, Fonda.

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