In Case You Missed It: Awards Banquet Re-Cap

Last week, Nassau County 4-H had our annual awards banquet. This event is always so much fun and a great chance to celebrate the successes of all of our 4-H youth, volunteers, and families over the last year! If you weren’t able to make it, take a look below at a few pictures from the event and check out who our award winners were for this year.

4-H’er of the Year – Emma Norstrem

Emma posing with her horseEmma was awarded 4-H’er of the Month in December. Emma consistently challenges herself to learn about a variety of subjects through 4-H and not just within her equine specialty. She participates in multiple clinics, workshops, summer camps, and various competitions including this year’s County and District Events and the Area B horse show. Even when times are challenging for her she keeps a smile, positive attitude, and works even harder. She possesses wonderful teamwork skills and excellent character. Emma also unofficially mentors other members and ensures that everyone is well-behaved and in a positive mood. She is a dedicated Hippology member who is engaged, reliable, and enthusiastic. We can count on Emma to go above and beyond in every activity she participates in. Emma has had an impressive year filled with an evident amount of personal growth. She will undoubtedly have continued success as a county leader. Congratulations on becoming our 2017-2018 4-H’er of the Year!

2017-2018 4-H’ers of the Month

October – Carter Higginbotham

November – Dallas Tackel

December – Emma Norstrem

January – Bailey Woodle

February – Madison Maynard

Youth receiving their awards
Emma Norstrem, Bailey Woodle, and Dallas Tackel receiving their 4-Her of the Month awards


Youth Project Book Awards

Project books are a chance for 4-H members to demonstrate mastery of a subject area over the course of a year. These books are submitted and graded each year by agents. Youth can receive awards for completion of project books or progress made toward their goals.

  • Kai Laurendine: progress made for three project areas: Love a Horse, Scratching the Surface, and What’s Hoppening
  • Kee Laurendine: progress made for both Head, Heart & Hooves and Testing Your Wings and a blue ribbon for outstanding completion of Rams, Lambs, and You
  • Emily Pilcher: blue ribbon for completion of Giddy Up and Go
  • Raelin Tew: a blue ribbon for completion of Under Construction


Youth Standards For Excellence

The Standards for Excellence give youth a chance to strive towards being the best they can be. Requirements for this award include completing project books, leading demonstrations, teaching others, serving as a club officer, and participating above the county level. Kody Barger received the Silver Clover award!

Youth conducting awards ceremony
County Council President and Vice President, Kinley Hall and Katie Gates, helping conduct our award ceremony

Club Standards of Excellence

The Standards of Excellence showcase clubs that go above and beyond in numerous aspects over the last 4-H year. Next Generation, Bugging Out, and Nassau County Young Riders all received the EMERALD standards of excellence award which is the highest level!

Volunteer Awards

The Club Leader of the Year award is for an outstanding club leader who is dedicated to the success of their youth as 4-H’ers and members of their communities. This year’s Club Leader of the Year is Dawn Barger from Bugging Out 4-H Club.

The Volunteer of the Year award is for a dedicated, hardworking volunteer who serves 4-H in many capacities. This year’s Volunteer of the Year award is TC Sweat.

Along with great volunteers, 4-H is fortunate enough to have a wide variety of community partners who help with everything from donating supplies to sponsoring youth to go to camp. Our 2018 Outstanding Community Partner is Liberty Landscaping.

Dawn Barger, Club Leader of the Year
Dawn Barger, Club Leader of the Year
2018 Outstanding Community Partner, Liberty Landscaping
2018 Outstanding Community Partner, Liberty Landscaping

Club Leader Recognition

Barnyard N Beyond, Eddie and Sherrie Hall

Bryceville Country Kids, Sandra Arowood and Lisa Comer

Bugging Out, Dawn Barger and Shirlene Griffin

Callahan Country Kids, Wanda and Karl Simmons

Hilliard Back 40, Karen and Bo Salis

Marine Ecology and Photography, Laura LaRoche

Nassau County Robotics, Doug and Lisa Gates

Nassau County Young Riders, Patti Walker and Melissa Laurendine

Next Generation, Amanda Thien and Carrie Hatton

Sunshine Crew, Paulette Kirkland and Jessi Maynard

Town and Country, Alicia Vickers and Meghan Repoff

Enjoying some fun and games at the all-star banquet
Enjoying some fun and games at the all-star banquet




Posted: July 2, 2018

Category: 4-H & Youth, Clubs & Volunteers

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