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4-H'ers honored at awards night
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In a red-carpet-themed ceremony Monday night at Newton High School, Newton County 4-H'ers received recognition for competitions they participated in this school year as well as service projects they completed.

A number of students received multiple honors for their participation in club activities and state competitions.

"Newton County 4-H'ers can be seen everywhere doing a little bit of everything," said Ken Galloway, Eastside High freshman and county council senior chair.

Ceremony attendees viewed a slide show highlighting club projects and events throughout the year. This year Newton 4-H'ers collected 598 pounds of pop-tabs in their annual fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House.

Parent and community volunteers were also recognized for their help chaperoning, chauffeuring and cooking, among other things, and received certificates.

"Across the state more than 10,000 volunteers help keep 4-H running," said Mary Lathem, Cousins Middle eighth-grader and county council junior chair.

Doug and Elaine Kimble, Terri's parents and master 4-H'ers, received the night's outstanding volunteer award for 20 years of service. Lathem said they still volunteer for the same events Terri participated in when she was in school.

"If we called it a life-time achievement award, we're afraid they would think they had done enough and quit," Lathem said.

Program Assistant Kim Barnes was awarded for her 10 years of service to the club. After a slideshow illustrating her time with the club, many 4-Her's filed onto the stage and hugged her.

"I don't know what we'd do without her," Galloway said.

The Livestock Team, BB Team, Cotton Bowl and Consumer Jamboree Team and the Poultry Judging Team were all congratulated for competing on a county and state level.

The 2008 Horse Judging Team won first in the state and thereby became Master 4-H'ers. The 2009 Horse Judging Team recently placed third in the state and won a trip to compete at the Southern Regional Horse Championships. In hippology the team placed third and Eastside freshman Morgan Worley placed fifth in the individual judging portion.

Ryan Karp, sixth-grader at Veterans Memorial Middle School, was awarded for placing eighth in the Georgia National Fair Photography Contest.

Fifth-grade Cloverleaf 4-H'ers of the Year are Reid Waters from Oak Hill Elementary, Harrison Wilson from Oak Hill Elementary and Jacob Bledsoe from Woodlee's Christian Academy.

Sixth-grade 4-H'ers of the Year are Jamie Aevaliotis from Veterans Memorial, Lydia Irving from Veterans Memorial and home-school student Andrew Collart.

Junior 4-H'ers of the Year are Cati Aevaliotis, Veterans Memorial eighth-grader, Mary Lathem and Michelle Lewis, Cousins seventh-grader.

Ken Galloway received the Senior 4-H'er of the Year award.

Oak Hill Elementary received the award for elementary school of the year, while middle and high school honors went to Cousins and Eastside, respectively.

The club of the year award went to Ethel Hall's at Oak Hill. Hall's club will be treated to the annual "Mystery Trip" as their prize.