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Posted: May 10, 2014 9:33 p.m.

4-H’ers and volunteers honored at 57th annual banquet

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Cloverleaf 4-H member Mitchell Witcher (center) honored graduating seniors Liz Simpson, Bradford Porter and Michelle Lewis at the banquet by winning a standing ovation from the silent auction for them in honor of their impact on his 4-H career thu...

While 4-H in Newton County turns 110 this year, and Cooperative Extension celebrated a century of service just this week, it was the last nine years of those organizations being celebrated at the 4-H banquet recently.
Some celebrated their first year in 4-H, while others celebrated graduation after up to nine years of service, leadership and citizenship.

Cloverleaf 4-H members can be as young as first grade in some livestock projects, and end at the sixth grade.
Outstanding Cloverleaf winners were Nicole Galloway and Anna Bates, both of East Newton Elementary, Shae Cannon of Grace Christian Academy, and Mitchell Witcher of the Newton County Theme School.

Silver Clover winners for fifth grade were Addison Andrews, Jevonte Henry, Haleigh Milligan, Katelyn Milligan and Salimah Ziyad of Oak Hill; Belle Benton of Mansfield; Caroline Culbertson, Chase Osborn, Cole Rowland and Mackenzie Stevens of East Newton; and Clark Holder of home school.

Sixth grade Silver Clover winners were Jane O’Toole of Cousins Middle and James Neph of home school. Bronze Clovers were Scott Evritt and Joseph Bickel of Cousins Middle and Bryson Braswell and Maggie Camfield of Newton County Theme School.

Junior members are in the seventh and eighth grades. Outstanding Junior 4-H winners were Kayla Garner of Liberty Middle, Audrey Holder and Jacob Dibble of home school, and Anastasia Cannon of Grace Christian Academy.

Junior Silver Clover winners were TJ McCaustland and Matthew Dibble, both of home school.
Bronze Clovers went to Cyann Owes of Indian Creek Middle and Alyssa Pierce and Mackenzie Jay of Liberty Middle.
Senior 4-H members are in high school. Recognized as Outstanding Senior 4-H’ers were MaKenzy McCord of home school and Kacie Gartner of Newton High.

The William H Danforth “I Dare You” leadership award was presented to Bradford Porter of Newton High, and the Citizenship Award was given to Flannery Peay of home school and Kara Gartner of Newton High.

Rookie of the Year awards were earned by Grace Smith and Chelsea Turner of Newton High.

Silver Clover winners at this level were given to Michelle Lewis of Eastside and Patrick Dibble and Will Holder of home school.

Bronze Clover Senior winners were Mallori Johnson and Solange Lord of Eastside High and Jayla Porter of Newton High.

Cloverleaf clubs which meet during or after school also compete for club points each year.

Top points are awarded for completing projects in the classroom as well as at county and district competitions. Students and teachers also earn points for other 4-H competitions, service projects and club meetings.
The number five club this year was Ms. Almand’s class at East Newton. Ms. Ivey’s East Newton c class earned the fourth spot.

Oak Hill clubs swept the top three, with Ms. Benton in third, Mr. Harper in second and Ms. Dowdy taking the top spot for 2013-2014.

Oak Hill also earned their tenth consecutive “School of the Year” trophy for cumulative points over the school year.
4-H adult volunteers, teachers, donors and other supporters were also recognized during the evening.

Volunteers recognized with special honors were Jamie McCord, Sandra Gartner, Earnest Nichols, Tim Cannon and Katie Cannon.

Donor of the year honors went to the Piedmont Cattlemen’s Association, represented by President Earnest Nichols.

The banquet also marked the beginning of summer, and registration for all summer programs including Health Rocks Day Camp, a photography contest, pumpkin and watermelon contests, and overnight camps are now open.
Discount Six Flags and White Water passes are also on sale at the 4-H office.

Call 770-784-2010 for more information about 4-H and summer activities.

Terri Kimble Fullerton is a Newton County 4-H Agent through UGA Cooperative Extension. She can be reached at tkimble@uga.edu.

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