Huron County 4-H hands out annual awards
BY DENNY SCOTT
Earlier this month the Huron County 4-H Association held its annual awards ceremony for 2020, though there were only two clubs held throughout the year.
Due to COVID-19, there were fewer clubs than normal, but the Hensall Hikers and the Lucknow Beef Club were able to move forward through Zoom meetings and achievement days.
In front of Blyth Community Memorial Hall on Dec. 12, leaders handed out the year’s awards.
The Darrell Bergsma Award, sponsored by Bergsma, is presented to the 4-H member who showcases dedication and was presented to Mercedes Prout. She also won the Secretary Book Award, sponsored by the Huron County 4-H Leaders’ Association based on neatness, consistency and completeness. She also had the second-place book and second-place junior project book.
Lily Shapton won the Press Reporter Award sponsored by The Citizen for the top press reporter book. Shapton also won the Hill and Hill Limited Award, presented to the high junior judge at the virtual judging competition and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Award, sponsored by the bank’s Huron County branches, for top overall judge at the judging competition.
The Don Pullen Award, donated by Pullen, was awarded to Tyler Murray for earning the highest points in the year. Murray also won the Murray Cardiff Citizenship Award, donated by Cardiff’s family to be presented to the top all-round member in Huron County who best exemplifies the goals and aims of 4-H.
Frank Schaefer was awarded for earning the first-place Secretary Book Award donated by the Huron County 4-H Leaders’ Association. Schaefer also had the third-place novice project book.
Halle Barton received the first-place novice project book prize.
Molly Groot had the first-place junior project book and the second-place press reporter book, the award for which is donated by The Citizen.
The Dodds Century Farm Gate Sign Award, sponsored by the Dodds family for the top gate sign in Huron County, was presented to Lauren Bos, who also had the second-place senior project book. Bos also received the Hill and Hill Award for high senior judge in the Huron County virtual judging competition and a graduating member award and certificate from Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson.
The Brandon Metske Heart and Soul 4-H Memorial Award, presented in memory of Metske to a member of the Lucknow Beef Club, is awarded to a member who lives on a farm and has a keen interest and passion for the beef industry, alongside a strong work ethic, active 4-H involvement and who is pursuing a future in farming. The award was presented to Alycia Coultes.
Andrew Metske was awarded for having the highest junior points in the Lucknow Beef Club. He also received the Huron County Beef Producers Award, which is donated by the organization and presented to the first-year beef club member with the highest score. Metske also received the Ben Lobb MP Award, donated by Lobb, which is presented to the member who submits the top essay on the topic “What 4-H has meant to me as a member in Huron County.”
Megan Metske was awarded for having the second-place intermediate project book.
Emily Bieman was the first-place winner with her intermediate project book. Bieman also received the Stan Jackson Award which is presented to the Huron County Beef Club member with the highest points and the High Intermediate Award for her performance at the Huron County Judging Competition. Bieman also received the Lucknow Beef Club Award for highest points by a senior member and awards for completing 36 and 42 clubs.
Kaleigh Long received the Warden’s Novice Award, donated by former Huron County Warden Jim Ginn, which is presented to the novice 4-H member obtaining the highest first-year score. Long also received the C&M Transport Award for the first- or second-year Lucknow Beef Club member with the highest score.
Grace Theophilopoulous received the Life Skill Awards - Outstanding Member Award as well as finishing third place in the junior project book grading.
The Life Skill Awards - Best Lives up to the Motto Award was presented to Alex Trick.
Bennett Jervis finished second palace in the junior project book competition.
The Hensall District Co-op Londesborough Branch Award, sponsored by the branch, for top novice judge at the Huron County judging competition went to Daniel Wareing.