Randolph County 4-H celebrates

4-H Camp Pioneer in Beverly was the setting for the annual Randolph County 4-H Year Kickoff and awards program on last week.

Randolph County WVU Extension Agents Amanda Johnson and Ronnie Helmondollar and 4-H Leaders Association President Mary Warner gave the welcome. Pledges were led by Leila Matthew and John Stanley, last year’s outstanding 4-Hers. Members of the 4-H Teen Leaders Organization presented the invocation.

Awards and recognition committee chair Dawn Swecker announced the Outstanding 4-H Leader Award as going to Jayme Gongola, volunteer leader of the Hi Fi 4-H Club. Gongola received an engraved pen and pencil set and a leadership pin in memory of Annie Wood, the original recipient of the honor and leader of Ski Hi 4-H Club, Gongola’s home club. She also was recognized as the 2013 West Virginia 4-H Outstanding Leader and presented a marble paper weight. Teen leaders Katie Harris and Billy McCauley received the Outstanding 4-Her Award. Swecker recognized Andy and Susan McCauley, leaders of the Teen Leaders Club, as the 2012 West Virginia 4-H Outstanding Leaders and presented them with a marble paper weight.

This year’s 4-H charter members, Steven Demyan, Hannah Gongola, John McCauley and Larel Teter, were recognized by Jaime Swecker, president of the county Pinwearers Association. Barb Teter, past chief of the West Virginia 4-H All- Stars, introduced newly inducted 4-H leaders Tina Bennett, Lori Daniels, Amanda Johnson, Linda Mullenax, Sharon Riggleman, Debra Schmidlen, Melinda Warner and 4-H member Jonathan Swecker. Cynthia Carr was recognized as this year’s outstanding Randolph County 4-H All-Star.

Johnson recognized Patrick McKay and Dakota Pritt as 4-H Ambassadors to Citizenship Washington Focus; Hannah Currence, Steven Demyan, Billy McCauley and Larel Teter as 4-H Dance Ambassadors; WVU Extension Day at the Legislature 4-H Ambassadors Cameron Broschart, Billy McCauley, John McCauley and Dakota Pritt; and West Virginia State Fair and State 4-H Camp


Barb Teter, Larel Teter, Shay Teter, Beth Kleckner and Cindy Carr were recognized for their support of the Outspoken for 4-H Bike Ride event.

This annual fundraising bicycle ride supports and promotes West Virginia 4-H and West Virginia’s State 4-H Camp at WVU Jackson’s Mill. Carr rode in memory of 4-H member Danielle Raines, raising funds to support renovations at Camp


West Virginia House of Delegates member Bill Hartman presented West Virginia Blue Books to 4-H members who served as pages in Charleston. Those included: Tristen Dumire, Ryan Gum, Hannah Haddix, Cameron Kalar, Sarah Johnson, Alyssa Sutton and Summer Turner.

During this event, the Leaders Association recognized 4-H members for excellence in project areas and club work. In addition, volunteer leaders were honored for years of service, and 4-H club awards were presented.

Project pins and certificates of excellence, respectively, were presented by Amanda Johnson to 4-Hers receiving the highest scores in their chosen project area. Winners in the plants and animals category were: gardening and horticulture – Jonathan Swecker; dogs – Malory Roberts and Brooklyn Shreve; cats – Haleigh Riggleman and Destiny McCauley; and pets – Jonathan Swecker and Nakeisha Henline.

In communication arts, Destiny Brown earned the photography pin and a certificate went to Kylee Knight. For consumer and family sciences, Destiny Brown took home the pin and Heidi Daniels the certificate. Jonathan Swecker was the forestry pin winner in the environmental stewardship area and Nakeisha Henline earned the certificate. In healthy living, Bethany Brown won the healthy living and the food and nutrition pins. Food and nutrition certificates were awarded to Alisha Arbogast, Emily Arbogast, Trinity Beane, Gabryele Bedford, Liam Gongola, Sarah Johnson, Courtney McGee, Haleigh Riggleman, Johanna Riggleman, Morgan Rizzio and Mykaila Shreve.

Taylor McKinnie was the recipient of the pin in the personal development area. Cayla Collett won the leadership pin and Megan Broschart was awarded the certificate. The achievement pin for This is 4-H was presented to Michael McCauley and certificates to Emily Arbogast, Chase Bedford, Gabryele Bedford, Katelyn Fike, Garrett Gibson, Austin Lanham, Emily Lanham, Ethan Lanham, Autumn Martin, Jaden Pritt, Mallory Roberts and Brenlyn


Pin recognitions in science and technology included Shane Martel for his aerospace project, with certificate awarded to Hayden Long and Jonathan Swecker, the veterinary science pin.

Receiving blue ribbon certificates were Tracey Matthew, hiking; Sarah Riggleman and William McCauley, self-determined; Chase Bedford, Alainah Johnson, Alexis Hare, and Madison Wymer, Six Easy Bites; Liam Depp, This is 4-H; and Audrie Dyer, vegetable gardening.

Livestock awards were presented by Helmondollar and committee chair Melissa Turner. Jonathan Riggleman earned the beef pin and certificates went to Summer Turner, Jonathan Swecker, Johanna Riggleman, Brooke Floyd and Laura Hempel. The goat pin was presented to Dakota Pritt and certificates to Katelyn Fike, Johanna Riggleman and Jonathan Riggleman. Jonathan Swecker received the sheep pin and Alexa Cunningham, Katie Harris, Mason Kimbleton, Megan Raines, Summer Turner and Devon Ours were awarded certificates. Tracey Matthew placed first in poultry and was the pin recipient. Earning the certificate were Katelyn Fike, Katie Harris and John Beale. The swine pin winner was Hannah Daniels, and certificate winners were Leila Matthew, Ethan Lanham, Emily Lanham, Austin Lanham, Warner Gibson, Heidi Daniels, Alisha Arbogast, Emily Arbogast and Dakota Pritt. The equine pin was presented to Alayna Collett with certificates awarded to Jeyna Collett and Mikayla Copenhaver.

Johnson recognized 4-H volunteer leaders for continuous years of service with certificates and pins. These awards included: 5th Year Silver Clover – James Bibey, Kelly Bibey, Gina Teter, Wendy Copenhaver, Lori Daniels, Roxane Hare, Marsha McAtee, Sharon Riggleman, Zachary Teter and Debbie Ware; 10th Year Gold Clover – Patricia Collett, Sherri Collett, Randall Elza, Christina Harper, Dana Jenkins, Robert Lowther, Jonathan Pingley, John Robinson, Elizabeth Shahan, Melissa Walters, and Matthew Warner; 15th Year Pearl Clover – Brenda Swecker and Marvin Warner; 20 Years Diamond Clover – Mike Kerns and Jane Pingley; 25th Year Emerald Clover – Larry Jones, Linda Jones and Elizabeth Pritt; 30th Year Ruby Clover – Joe Godwin. First-year clover certificates were presented to Melanie Campbell, Catherine Chua, Philip Chua, Heather Cox, Michelle Depp, Megan Pingley, Michelle Putnam, Brenda Riggleman and Johnny Swecker.

The outstanding club officer awards included: Secretary – Madison Collett of Mount Vernon Colonials; Treasurer – Hannah Daniels from Ski Hi; and Reporter – Heidi Daniels of Ski Hi. Camp committee chair, Sheila Johnson, introduced 4-H camp chiefs and sags. State Fair winners and participates of state 4-H events and camps were also recognized.

Johnson announced the outstanding 4-H clubs, attendance, and project completion awards. The green club award was presented to Gilman Seneca, Leading Creek and Mabie Mountaineers. The white club award went to Harman High Climbers and Mountain Eagles. The recipients of the blue club award were High Riders, Lucky Leaf Livestock, Meadow Grove, Mount Vernon Colonials, Ski Hi and Teen Leaders. This year’s club of excellence award went to the Hi Fi club for the third year in

a row.

Clubs with highest project completion were Hi Fi, first place; Lucky Leaf Livestock, second place; and Mount Vernon Colonials, third place. The first-place club attendance award went to Hi Fi, second place to Lucky Leaf Livestock and third place to Meadow Grove. The best decorated table award, celebrating 150 years of West Virginia statehood, went to Ski Hi 4-H club.

The Friends of 4-H Award was presented to individuals and organizations within the county in recognition of their contributions to 4-H club programming. Barb Teter recognized Jordan Hayes, Beverly Fire Department, Newlon’s International, and Elkins Fordland for donating supplies for the Outspoken for 4-H Bike Ride. Mountain Vernon Colonials 4-H club recognized Hazel Wood, Helen Ratzer, Debbie Gowers, Fastenal Company for their continued support to their club. The Teen Leaders club thanked the Isaac Walton League, Forest Festival, Barb Douglas and Boyd Badgett for supporting their fundraising efforts. The town of Montrose received recognition for their support of the Meadow Grove club. Ski-Hi 4-H Club thanked the Tygarts Valley Lions Club for their continued


David Bowers, Randolph County 4-H Foundation representative, presented the “I Dare You” award which recognizes 4-H’ers who strive to be their personal best, lead well-rounded lives, and shows outstanding qualities in leadership and service. Larel Teter, John McCauley, and Cayla Collett were the 2013 recipients of

|the award.

Johnson recognized Davis Health System, Randolph County 4-H Leaders Association and the awards and recognition committee members, Dawn Swecker-Chair, Kelly Bibey, Jane Pingley, Nathaniel Pingley, Belinda Robinson and Jaime Swecker for making this year’s awards banquet and program a success. “Our 4-H program would not be possible or successful without our volunteers, 4-H members and families, and community support.”

Clubs still are welcoming youths of any age between 9 and 21 for the 2013-2014 program year. There are no financial or academic requirements to be met – all they need is a love for fun and an inquiring mind! Randolph County also offers Cloverbuds, a special program catering to 5- to 8-year-olds.

For more information, contact the Extension Office at 32 Randolph Avenue, Suite 102, Elkins; email Amanda.Haller@mail.wvu.edu; find us on Facebook at Randolph Countywv-extension; visit the website at randolph.ext.wvu.edu; or phone the office at 304-636-2455.