Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County's 4-H youth gathered at the Stockton Fire Hall on Nov. 9 to celebrate the youths' achievements. There were approximately 150 attendees. The event was emceed by Lori Cornell.
The youth who successfully complete the programs they are enrolled in receive certificates of completion. These are earned by completing the program requirements, which include items such as community service, keeping records, attending shows, attending informational meetings, and/or competing in public speaking. There were approximately 475 certificates of completion awarded this year to the youth.
The 47 Stepping Stone awards presented recognized 4-H'ers of any age for having taken on a new challenge, overcoming an obstacle, stepping beyond familiar territory, or demonstrating a positive attitude such as cooperation, patience, or compassion.
4-H Issue Leader Emily Kidd presents Erma Jean Wolcott of the Stockton Panther Paws, an Award for “Most Enthusiastic Cloverbud.”
Thirty-nine Milestone awards were presented to recognize 4-H'ers for demonstrating continual growth, perseverance and extra effort.
Twenty-three County Medals were awarded to 4-H youth who have worked in a project area for a minimum of three years and have achieved some level of mastery. The following youth received County Medals in 2013:
Sarah Osborne, Beef Committee-Beef; Justin Dye, Dairy Committee-Dairy; Abigail Jantzi, Dairy Committee-Dairy; Megan Clark, Dog Committee-Dog; Amanda Swanson, Dog Committee-Dog; Abigail; O'Brien, Goat Committee-Goat; Anna Talbot, Goat Committee-Goat; Ashley Crandall, Horse Committee-Horse; Kendra Hockran, Horse Committee-Horse; Billy Eskeli, Poultry Committee-Poultry; Matthew Overend, Falconer, Sheep Committee -Sheep; Steven Overend, Falconer, Sheep Committee-Sheep; Elizabeth Comstock, Panama, Swine Committee-Swine; Makayla Keefe, Ashville, Swine Committee-Swine; Steven Overend, Falconer, Clothing and Textiles Committee-Clothing & Textiles; Kendra Dorman, Sinclairville, Stockton Panthers Club-Clothing & Textiles; Elizabeth Comstock, Panama, Harmony Haystackers-Creative Crafts; KendraDorman, Cassadaga Stockton Panthers-Food and Nutrition; Holly Crandall, Sinclairville, 4-H Office-Junior Leadership; Kendra Hockran, Bemus Point, 4-H Office-Leadership; Alyssa Crandall, Sinclairville, 4-H Office-Leadership; Jacob Lesch, Fredonia, Canadaway Club-Photography; Braden Lesch, Fredonia, Canadaway Club-Public Presentations
Stanley W. Weeks of Jamestown established a $10,000 endowment fund with the Chautauqua County Region Community Foundation for the specific purpose of providing monetary awards to young people involved in the Chautauqua County 4-H Program. The awards were given to two 4-H members who have made a significant accomplishment in Horticulture, Conservation, Animal Science or Agricultural Engineering. Andrew Miller and Timothy Manning each received approximately $500 in scholarship from the Stanley Weeks Fund.
The 4-H Youth Development Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County. CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.