Annual 4-H recognition night held

Ariana Loucks of Mayfield is being recognized for winning the largest sunflower head in the Fonda Fair 4-H Pumpkin and Sunflower Contest sponsored by the Fulton-Montgomery Master Gardeners. (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 in Amsterdam, according to a news release.

The 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. The 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.

∫ Each year the Fulton-Montgomery 4-H Program also recognizes two junior and two senior members for their outstanding work and participation throughout the 4-H year. The youth who were recognized as Outstanding Junior Fulton-Montgomery 4-H members are Jocelyn Bates of Gloversville and Illyria Escher of Fultonville.

Bates is a fifth-year member of the 4-H program and a current member of the Community Gals and Guys 4-H Club. She is active in many project areas, including sewing, food preservation, arts and crafts, fine arts, woodworking, needlework, gardening, first aid, community service and more. Outside of 4-H, she enjoys reading and writing. She plans to become an author.

Phillip Johnson of Amsterdam and Michelle Joyce of Fultonville are high school seniors who received their 4-H graduation cords with Cornell Cooperative Extension staffer Georgia Dutcher in the background. Seniors missing from the photo are Hayden Casler of Canajoharie, Keegan Darrow of Fultonville, Kelly Donovan of Northville, Adam Feagles of St. Johnsville, Benjamin Littrell of St. Johnsville, Garret MacIntosh of Amsterdam and Stephen Peters of Amsterdam. (Photo submitted)

Escher is a third-year 4-H member and a member of the Creative Minds 4-H Club, of church she was vice president. She is active in many project interests, including food and nutrition, arts and crafts, expressive arts, beekeeping, herbs, gardening, photography, community service and public speaking. Outside of 4-H she is involved in Future Farmers of America at Fonda-Fultonville Central School, fishing, Odyssey of the Mind, theater productions, dance and music.

∫ Youths who were recognized as Outstanding Senior Fulton-Montgomery 4-H Members are Evelyn Fessenden of Sprakers and Sarah Keehan of Fultonville.

Fessenden is an eighth-year member of the 4-H program and a member of the Lucky Green 4-H Club. Her project areas include rabbit, poultry, goat, hippology, horse, sewing, creative arts and crafts, fine arts, community service and more. She is reportedly eager to learn and always willing to lend a helping hand at any 4-H function that she attends. Outside of 4-H this youth is involved with their local Girl Scout troop and events at the Ephratah Recreational Center.

Keenan is a 10th-year member of the 4-H program and the Mohawk Valley Midnight Riders 4-H Club. She has been most active with dairy, rabbit, expressive arts, arts and crafts, food and nutrition, and community service projects. She has a love for dairy cattle and theatre arts. Outside of 4-H she is active in her high school drama club and marching band. Additional awards included the James Canary Sr. Memorial Award and the Dawn Agnes Memorial Award.

∫ The James Canary Sr. Memorial Award 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. Keenan was this year’s recipient.

Outstanding Fulton-Montgomery 4-H Members 2018-19 are shown, from left, Evelyn Fessenden of Sprakers, Jocelyn Bates of Gloversville, Illyria Escher of Fultonville, Sarah Keehan of Fultonville. (Photo submitted)

∫ 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–a youth that embodied the same traits as Dawn Agnes. Fessenden was this year’s recipient.

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. Youths learn about public policy and meet state government legislators and representatives. This year’s recipients were Allen Booth of Amsterdam, Jenna Nelson of Amsterdam, Cody Korona of Amsterdam and Veronica Shults of Gloversville. The alternate was Alyssa Colletti of Fultonville.

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 Escher, Emily Griffin of Fultonville, Keehan and Caitlin Shipley of Gloversville. The alternate was Liam Donde of Mayfield.

In addition to the aforementioned award trip winners, three teens have been awarded trips to attend the 2020 4-H Career Explorations Program as part of the Teen Focus Assistant Planning Committee. These recipients are Fessenden, Michelle Joyce of Fultonville and Megan Dion of Mayfield.

Three generations of 4-H are shown, from left, Carolyn DeBlock, Marge DeBlock and Elaina Wells. Marge DeBlock of Fort Plain was recognized for 60 years of service to 4-H. (Photo submitted)

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 is held at SUNY Cobleskill and includes visits to several diversified agribusinesses. This year’s recipients were Heather Gulick of Fultonville, Elizabeth Magai-Townsend of Fultonville, Acadian Oare-Dellinger of Ames and Natalie Reed of Broadalbin. The alternate was Maegann McSpirit of Gloversville.

The 4-H 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 Phillip Johnson of Amsterdam and Annamarie VanValkenburgh of Fonda.

Recognition was also added this year for youth that exhibit in the 4-H non-animal show at the Fonda Fair. The non-animal shows consist of project classes in a diverse set of project areas. These project classes are grouped into four main project areas–horticulture and plant science, science-engineering-technology-environmental education, arts (visual, creative and fine), and consumer and family sciences. Recognition was given to one youth with the best display of entries in each of the project areas:

∫ Best display of horticulture and plant science went to Amelia Hoag of Canajoharie, an award sponsored by Richardson Brands Company.

∫ Best display of science, engineering, technology and environmental education was given to Dion, an award sponsored by Linda Stevens in memory of Craig Stevens

∫ Best display of visual, creative and fine arts went to Shannon Dening of Fultonville, an award sponsored by Say It With Signs Engraving.–Best Display of consumer and family sciences was given to Bates, an award sponsored by Richardson Brands Company.

Adult volunteers were also recognized for their years of service to the 4-H program. Special recognition is given to volunteers who have reached certain enrollment milestones such as first year, five years, 10 years and so on. Below is a list of volunteers that received special recognition. –First-year recognition: Pala Chatwin of Fultonville, Jacob Cressy of Fultonville, Courtney Dellinger of Canajoharie, Dakota Donde of Mayfield, Amanda Fairbanks of Mayfield, Jennifer Galough of Tribes Hill, Dennis Haggerty of Johnstown, Rebecca Martineau of Amsterdam and Victoria Subik of Fonda.

∫ Fifth-year recognition: Erika Beam of Sprakers, Tammi Beck of Gloversville, Amber Bell of Amsterdam, Rebecca Countermine of Amsterdam, Haleigh Dutcher of Jordanville, Amanda Gogis of Pattersonville, Erika Gogis of Pattersonville, Matt Gogis of Pattersonville, Sarah Jakeman of Canajoharie, Chanda King of Gloversville, Doug Pechtel of Fultonville, Annika Sams of Broadalbin, Arica Smith of Fort Plain, Michael Smith of Fort Plain and Deborah Yacobucci of Palatine Bridge.

∫ 10th-year recognition: Martin “Gus” Joyce of Fultonville, Keletha Keehan of Fultonville and Breanne Riehl of Broadalbin.

∫ 15th-year recognition: Charlene Busch of Johnstown, Beth Claes of Ephratah and Bill Claes of Ephratah.

The following were recognized for 20 years or more of outstanding service to the Fulton-Montgomery 4-H program: Agnes Rodd of Amsterdam — 21 years; Terri Phillips of Pattersonville — 22 years; Jennifer Phillips of Amsterdam — 22 years; Debbie Sams of Broadalbin — 23 years; Tamara Healy of Johnstown — 24 years; Elma Phillips of Pattersonville — 24 years; Kathleen Page of Esperance — 25 years; Cheryl Andrist of Mayfield — 27 years; Sheryl Johnson of Amsterdam — 27 years; Betty Kilcullen of Canajoharie — 29 years; and Georgia Dutcher of Mayfield — 34 years. Lastly special recognition was given to Marge DeBlock of Fort Plain for 60 years of service.

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. Visit 4-H online at www.ccefm.com or on Facebook at “CCE Fulton-Montgomery.” People may visit the office Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 20 Park St., Room 202, Fonda, NY 12068.


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