Grayson County 4-H members and volunteers celebrated the year’s successes and received awards during the annual 4-H Achievement Banquet on Aug. 16 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Sherman. Trey Bradshaw, president of the 4-H County Council, presided over the event with assistance from the incoming council president, Kasey Hamilton, and the other county council officers.
Named as the outstanding adult leaders for 2014 were Ron and Cassie Wilson of the Pioneers of 4-H Club. The Richard Kremer Memorial Outstanding Volunteer award went to Glenda Coulson from the Collinsville 4-H Club and a member of the 4-H FCS Coalition as well as the 4-H Youth Advisory Board.
The Friend of 4-H award went to Texoma Feed & Garden of Sherman, owned by Cadey and Caylan Vickers, 4-H members who, with their family, purchased the business and are working their way through 4-H Entrepreneurship projects. They have promoted the 4-H program through their business advertising, promotions and discounts to youths involved in 4-H and FFA programs.
Hoppers and Friends 4-H was recognized for the members’ outstanding community service projects, participation in events and the club manager’s monthly reports.
Outstanding Record Book awards were presented to Cadey Vickers, a junior member from Pioneers of Texas 4-H, Morgan Bradshaw, an intermediate member from the 4-H Livestock Club, and Kasey Hamilton, a senior member from Collinsville 4-H.
Jenna Roper was recognized as the Junior Rookie of the Year and Jacob Roper earned Intermediate Rookie of the Year honors. Both are from the Pioneers of Texas 4-H club. Jenna also received the Honor Roll Award for the junior division. Jacob Roper was awarded the Intermediate All Star Award.
The Letterman Award went to Caylan Vickers and Walter “Trey” Bradshaw, III.
The Danforth “I Dare You” award is awarded to a senior age 4-H member and this year the recipients were Kasey Hamilton, Collinsville 4-H. and Walter “Trey” Bradshaw, III, 4-H Livestock Club.
The Farm Bureau Leadership Award was presented to Bethanie Holt from the Hoppers and Friends 4-H Club.
The Gold Star award is the highest county 4-H award presented and to receive it a 4-H member must have completed a record book for at least two years, demonstrated leadership, have received either the Danforth or the Farm Bureau award previously and participated in an interview process. The award consists of an embroidered brief bag, a plaque, a pin, their name engraved on a plaque that is displayed at the County Extension Office and a $500 scholarship sponsored by Grayson Collin Electric Cooperative. The recipient for 2014 was Martha Hayes, from the Hoppers and Friends 4-H club. She is the daughter of Drs. Ted and Shannon Hayes of Denison.
The banquet concluded with the 2015 County Council officers being installed and led by the new president, Kasey Hamilton. The officers challenged the members to ignite the 4-H program in 2015 by “sparking leadership and fueling change.”