Senior executive officer Jack Lowery presided over the program. Special guests included Pat Strange from United Way of Greater Chattanooga, and Dr. Roger Bo Ryles, state 4-H leader from Athens. The families of the 4-Hers were also recognized for their support of the program.
Junior executive officer Tyler Edgeman led the American pledge. The guest speaker was Ryles. He spoke about his experiences in 4-H and how 4-H can help others to achieve success. Special performances were made by Cloverleaf District winner Bryanna Fuquea, who sang Fireflies, and Senior District winner Jack Lowery, who performed Danny Boy.
Walker 4-H staff Casey Hobbs and Sheila Lowery presented 4-Hers with certificates and project pins for their participation in many projects over the past year. The projects included the lamb club, beef heifer project, chicken project, wildlife food plot contest, poultry judging, project SAFE BB gun team, cloverleaf District Project Achievement, and junior/senior District Project Achievement. Walker County 4-H Council members helped with the awards.
New this year was the induction of Cloverbud 4-H members (grades 1-4). Cloverbuds that received honors were Chandler Green, Dalton Green, Nicholas Parrish and Gunnar Williams. Cloverbud leader Tyler Edgeman presented the Cloverbud awards.
Awards were presented to BB team members who received high scores and improved most over the past year. Project SAFE certified coaches helped in the presentation of certificates.
Attendance ribbons were given to those 4-Hers that came to all community/Cloverbud club meetings during the past year. Those 4-Hers included Garrett Bradley, Dalton Green, Logan Edgeman, Chase Horne, Tyler Edgeman, Dusty Horne and Chandler Green.
Walker County Extension coordinator Norman Edwards presented the award for the 4-H Lamb Project Record Book Contest which is an optional area of competition available to those individuals showing lambs. Dalton Green took third place in the first and second-grade division of this statewide contest.
Fourth-place ribbons were also given to members of the Walker County poultry judging team and a fifth-place ribbon was given to Junior member Logan Edgeman for placing fifth at the area competition.
The Local Leadership in Action award was presented to Tyler Edgeman. The process focuses on leadership engagement by the 4-Her.
Recognition was also given to Jack Lowery, State Congress third-place finisher in the Performing Arts-Other Instrumental project.
After completing the new Georgia 4-H Certified Teen Leader Training program, 4-Hers Jack Lowery and Emily Knight received formal certificates for completing the program.
Walker 4-H agent Hobbs presented special awards to the 4-Hers and volunteers. The 4-H volunteers received a certificate of recognition, a volunteer lapel pin and a monogrammed folding chair. These volunteers included Betts Berry, Mark Cordle, Lorrie Edwards, Carla Green, Keith Green, Kim Headrick, Russell Headrick, Jason Hobbs, Bill Rhyne Jr. and Shirley Spear.
Carla Green was also named the 2006-07 4-H Volunteer of the Year.
Member of the Year awards were presented to outstanding 4-Hers in each age group. The Cloverbud Outstanding 4-Her of the Year for first through fourth grades went to Dalton Green. Logan Edgeman, Logan Edwards and Chase Horne received the Cloverleaf Outstanding 4-Her of the Year award for the fifth and sixth grades. The Junior Outstanding 4-Her of the Year for seventh and eighth grades went to Dusty Horne. Meagan Bradley, Jack Lowery, Emily Knight and Melissa Swanson earned the Senior Outstanding 4-Her of the Year awards for ninth through 12th grade, and Tyler Edgeman received the award for 2006-07 4-H Member of the Year.
Special recognition was also given to graduating seniors Emily Knight and Annie Shattuck, both LaFayette High School graduates. Each was presented with certificates and 4-H alumni lapel pins. They both completed eight years in the Walker County 4-H program.
Norman Edwards awarded Emily Knight, a LaFayette High School graduate, the $500 Jane Greene Memorial 4-H Scholarship. The honor commemorated her years of dedicated service to Walker County 4-H. Knight is serving as a Jekyll Island 4-H Camp counselor this summer.
The program concluded with the annual County Council ceremony. The County Council is comprised of upcoming seventh through 12th-graders from all Walker County, Chickamauga and home schools. The council selected the 2007-08 board of directors, but any junior or senior 4-Her may serve on one of three committees Community Service, Programs and Activities, or Promotions. The council will begin its meetings in August, and will meet once per month to discuss Walker County 4-H.
Members of the 2006-07 County Council were given certificates to thank them for their hard work during the last year. Those members included Sierra Cordle, Amy Headrick, Dusty Horne, Ashley Perez, Emily Knight, Jarad Heimer, Meagan Bradley, Melissa Swanson, Tyler Edgeman and Jack Lowery.
Returning members included Meagan Bradley, Tyler Edgeman, Jarad Heimer, Dusty Horne, Jack Lowery, Ashley Perez, Melissa Swanson, Sierra Cordle and Amy Headrick. New members included Amber Painter, Eric Balthazor, Logan Edgeman, Logan Edwards, Chase Horne and Kati Swanson.
Members of the 2007-08 council board of directors were also inducted into their offices during the ceremony. New officers include Jack Lowery, Logan Edwards, Meagan Bradley, Tyler Edgeman, Dusty Horne, Ashley Perez and Melissa Swanson.
To conclude the program, Junior adviser Dusty Horne led the 4-H pledge, after which a slide show of the last year was presented and refreshments were served following the program.
The 4-Hers that were recognized included Jess Aldridge, Montana Aldridge, Adrianna Anderson, Rhett Anderson, Eric Balthazor, Katelyn Barnett, Brooke Bennett, Noah Blevins, Garrett Bradley, Meagan Bradley, Andrew Brooks, Marquise Bryant, Amanda Burnett, Shelby Butler, Vivian Cagle, Jesse Campbell, MiKayla Carroll, Derrik Chamlee, Desiree Clark, Kendall Cochran, Colton Cooper, Sierra Cordle, Colby Daniel, Erika Davis, Kimberly Davis, Brittany Dilbeck, Logan Edgeman, Tyler Edgeman, Devin Edwards, Logan Edwards, Kayla Fossett, Bryanna Fuquea, Jamie Gall, Andrew Gilbert, Britton Gilbert, Will Gilbert, Amber Gilbreath, Chandler Green, Dalton Green, Tyler Hamilton, Abbey Hannah, Clint Haslerig, Justin Haslerig, Amy Headrick, Krista Headrick, Daulton Hegwood, Jarad Heimer, Mclane Hicks, Casey Hill, Tucker Hill, Kayla Hix, Chase Horne, Dusty Horne, Olivia Hornik, Kurt Ingram, Andrew Johnson, Emily Knight, Katie Knight, Alex Lamontagne, Amber Leming, Kyle Logan, Emily Lombardi, Dusty Lowery, Jack Lowery, Wayne Manning, Zane McDaniel, Jessie McDaniels, Nick McGrath, Tristan McGrath, Courtney Mitchell, Draven Murphy, Trevor Norris, Amber Painter, Nicholas Parrish, Ashley Perez, Hannah Pitts, Brianna Powell, Paige Reeves, Tanner Scott, Hilary Sharp, Annie Shattuck, Ashlee Shattuck, Brandon Shattuck, Josh Skates, Justin Skates, Tyler Smith, Austin Suddeth, Kati Swanson, Melissa Swanson, Courtney Thompson, Douglass Tinker, Matthew Tinker, Ben Townsend, Sarah Turner, Clayton Underwood, Jonathan Waid, Travis Wallin, Tyler Wardlaw, Elisha Weber, Andrew Weiss, Bethany Willets, Beau Williams, Gunnar Williams, Aaron Wimpee and Daniel Witt.
The 4-H program emphasizes leadership, citizenship, public speaking, community service and life skill preparation for students ages 6-19. Guidance is provided by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension staff and volunteers.
For more information about 4-H, call (706) 638-2548 or visit www.ugaextension.com/walker.
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