|The 84th annual 4-H Recognition for Excellence program was held on November 6 at Lake Storey Pavilion, Galesburg. Logan Bowman, Knox County 4-H Federation President, was master of ceremonies. The Knox County 4-H Federation Board presented the awards.
Receiving the 4-H Meritorious Service award was Amelia Rosenberry for her contributions to the Knox County 4-H program. The Outstanding 4-H Alumni award was presented to Julie King for her citizenship, leadership and career accomplishments following membership in 4-H. King is currently the executive director of the National Railroad Hall of Fame. Don Erickson was honored as the most recent inductee from Knox County to the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame. The Leo and Shirley Hennenfent family was also recognized for receiving the state 4-H Family Spirit Award.
Logan Bowman was honored for selection to National 4-H Congress. The I Dare You Leadership award was given to Valerie Erickson. The award goes to members who excel in personal development as well as leadership. The award is sponsored by the Oneida Nite Owls Association for Home and Community Education.
The Top 4-H Club award for the past year was presented to the Walnut Grove Progressors, led by Christi Main and Keith and Jean Ann Erickson. The award is sponsored by the Knox County Farm Bureau. Walnut Grove Progressors also was awarded a state award in Community Involvement and Global Understanding as well as the Membership Award for the most new members. County recognition for work in Community Involvement and Global Understanding went to the Wataga Trailblazers, led by Diane and Pete Holmes.
Project achievement medals were given to Kristin DeSutter in achievement; Matthew Geitner in food, nutrition and health; and Luke North in plants and soils. County project Blue Awards for continued excellence were presented to Mary Lynn Bowman in achievement, animal sciences, food, nutrition, & health, home & family, and personal development; Anne Geitner in home and family and food, nutrition and health; Logan Bowman in achievement, food, nutrition and health and plants & soils; Kristin DeSutter in personal development; and Luke North in engineering and technology.
Awards were presented to the following younger (ages 8-11) 4-H members for excellence: Abigail Winbigler, Elizabeth Stowe, Emma Jimenez, Breanne Norton, Elena Jimenez, Madelyn Main, Justin Hoben, Christopher North, Hannah Libby, Gabe Witherell, Bethany Main and John DeSutter.
Ten year 4-H member service awards were presented to Brian Nelson, Tiffany Lundeen, Natalie Malone, Kasi German, Keith England, Sarah Hall, Hannah Nelson, Paul Terpening, Emily Emerick, Brooke Saline, Amanda Brown, Kristin DeSutter, Sally Erickson, Rachel Hager, Lynnae Grandin, Kenneth England and Kara Bollivar.
Jordan Newell received the Corn Project award sponsored by the Knox County Corn Growers Association. Horticulture Awards sponsored by Prairieland Gardeners were presented to Kayla Shreeves, best floriculture exhibit and Brooke Anderson for best horticulture exhibit.
Clothing awards for the top 15% were Mary Lynn Bowman, Amanda Rollins, Sylvia Eaves, Lindsey Nelson, Madison Flack, Anne Geitner and Hannah Bradshaw.
Club officer awards were presented to Valerie Erickson, Secretary; Madyson Bowen, Treasurer; Anne Geitner, Reporter and Sylvia Eaves, Historian.
Laura Beardsley and Kristin DeSutter were presented with the Knox County 4-H Premier LCP award.
First year members receiving the standards of excellence for their first year in 4-H were Evan King, Cassie Grawe, Noah Bledsoe, Kyla Bledsoe, Angus Carlson, Hannah Sunderland, Elizabeth Stowe, Madelyn Main, Bryce Hazen, Brett Goss, Merrisa Brown, Emma Jimenez, Nicholas Robinson, Taylor Nelson, Samantha Roberts, Baily Stegall, Abby Stranger, Thomas Schwieter, Liam Buchanan, Josh Ryner, Max Snell, Alexandria Paradis, Amanda Bair, Harly Bagwell, Cheyanne Dierickx, Miranda Adams, Brooke Anderson, Matt Ferry, Megan Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Dustin Kasser, Lucas Kasser, Robbie Axline, Gordon Foley, Nathan Haynes, Hannah Hawkinson, Jadyn Malesker, Ashley Morgan and Bridget Morgan.
4-H youth development is the educational outreach program for University of Illinois Extension, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Urbana-Champaign.
Walnut Grove Progressors was recognized as the Top Club, Membership Club Award and a state award in Community Involvement and Global Understanding. Leaders are Keith Erickson, Jean Ann Erickson, Valerie Erickson (President) and Christi Main.
Valerie Erickson, Walnut Grove Progressors, named with the I Dare You Leadership Award for personal development and leadership.
Club Officer Awards were presented to Annie Geitner, Delong Livestock for Reporter; Valerie Erickson, Walnut Grove Progressors for Secretary; Sylvia Eaves, Henderson Aggies for Historian. Not present was Madyson Bowen, 4-H Spinners for Treasurer.
(Story and photos courtesy Knox County 4-H)