MEDIA HONORED — From the left, Pat Lee, publisher of the I-O, Hailey Thompson of the Valierian and Ann James of KSEN radio were honored and recognized for their support of 4-H Clubs and their programs at an Achievement Award banquet in Valier on Sunday. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
The county 4-H Clubs held their annual Achievement Day awards program on Sunday in Valier.
Opening the program, Amber Stenson made a special community support recognition presentation to the local media, which she noted, “Have been very good to 4-H over the years and without their support, we would have a very tough time getting the word out about opportunities in 4-H, fundraisers, service projects or any of the other things we need to publicize to the public.”
She went on to add, “Our area newspapers and radio are huge supporters of this program, and without them, our 4-H clubs would not be as successful as they are.”
With that, Pat Lee, publisher of The Independent-Observer in Conrad, Hailey Thompson of The Valerian, and Ann James of KSEN Radio in Shelby were presented with special plaques.
In other awards, Randy Brenteson and Julene Peters were honored and recognized as this year’s Pondera 4-H Outstanding Male and Female Leader of the Year.
Jayleen Harris and Mariah Sheble was recognized for their dedication to 4-H as Outstanding Seniors during their time in high school. It also requires 4-H membership for a minimum of eight years.
Jessica Stenson, Jade Rodriguez and Krystal McDougall were presented with I Dare You awards which is meant for high school members who show special leadership potential.
Nine members received the Clover Achievement award for attending more than 50 percent of club meetings, a county-wide event and completing their record books.
Receiving the award were Dania Jones, Garrett Moritz, Dylan Monroe, Kaden Thomas, Keegan Thomas, JD Wood, Brett Monroe, Kolby Kovatch and Trey Stone.
Emerald Achievement award winners included William McDougall, Malia Curry, Jordan Stoltz and Mariah Stoltz.
Skylar Stenson won the Bronze Achievement award, Krystal McDougall the Silver and Mariah Sheble the Gold. For these awards, the individual has to meet the same criteria as for the Clover Achievement, but each level has added requirements and participation that have to be met.
Participating 4-H clubs included the Cooperative Neighbors, the 4-Leaf Clovers, the Mountain Front, The Sand Rockets and Wingina.
Reta Rae Weisgram was not able to attend, but she was recognized for her 43 years of leadership in the 4-H. Darryl and Julie Gernaat were recognized for having 17 years of service and Jenifer McDougall for 10 years.
Leaders and 4-H members also received certificates and pins marking their time in 4-H and for various achievements.