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October 19, 2013

4-H’ers honored at banquet

ENID, Okla. — The 2013 Garfield County 4-H Achievement Banquet was held Oct. 13 at the Hoover Building. The theme this year was “Waves of Change — Oceans of Opportunities.”

The highlight of the afternoon was the naming of the Senior Hall of Fame Award, which was awarded to Nicholas Denker, of the Pioneer-Pleasant Vale 4-H Club. Denker attended Pioneer High School and is a freshmen at Oklahoma State Univer-sity. He is the son of Randy and Pam Denker, of Enid.  

With this award, Denker received a $500 scholarship, a plaque and a traveling trophy sponsored by the Herbert-Conner Family of Fairmont. His picture will be displayed in the Garfield Co-unty Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Center.

The speaker for the afternoon was Ricki Schroeder, from Kremlin-Hillsdale and a former Garfield County 4-H’er. He is state 4-H president. He also was given the honor of being the State 4-H Hall of Fame winner for 2013.

Garfield County Farm Bureau, represented by Gary Johnson, presented the $500 4-H Senior Achievement Scholarship to James Olmstead, of Kremlin-Hillsdale.

P&K Equipment sponsored the First Year Record Book Award T-shirts. The award winners were Mandi Fuksa, Pioneer-Pleasant Vale; Aliya Choitz, Drummond; and Natalie Haggard, Kremlin-Hillsdale.

Garfield County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, represented by Desi Milacek and Judy Anglin, presented the Outstanding First Year Record Book Award to Aliya Choitz, of Drummond 4-H.

Lanora Donahoo sponsored the Outstanding Achievement Record Book Award and presented $150 to Ricki Schroeder, of Kremlin-Hillsdale 4-H Club. Dennis Schoenhals, of Farm Credit of Enid, sponsored $150 each for the Outstanding Citizenship and Leadership Record Book Awards. The leadership award went to Nicholas Payne, of the Pioneer-Pleasant Vale 4-H, and the citizenship award was given to James Olmstead, of Kremlin-Hillsdale 4-H.

The new county officers were recognized at the banquet. New officers are: president, James Olmstead; vice president, Nicholas Payne; secretary, Blake Gabriel; reporter, Madison Deeds; recreation leader/song leader, Carter Postier; and executive, Hannah Fuksa. Officer pins were sponsored by American Farmers and Ranchers Mutual Insurance and presented by Lanora Donahoo.

Garfield County Trust Authority sponsored the fair awards. Junior high individual in crops judging went to Montell Meyer, of the Christian Clovers 4-H Club. Others participating were Jayden Dillon, Nicholas Payne, Morgan Meyer, Aaron Gabriel, Madison Postier and Jordan Carter. Senior high individual in crops judging was Carter Postier.

The first-place junior consumer judging individual was Morgan Messall. First-place senior consumer judging individual was Hannah Fuksa. Others participating in consumer judging events were Isabella Powell, Madison Postier, Aaron Gabriel, Caleb Hatch, Alexis Peeper, Morgan Meyer, Brianna Deeds, Leland Powell, Aliya Choitz, Kaitlyn Booth, Lakin Todd, Tanner Butcher, Jayden Dillon, Bree Kisling, Montell Meyer, Mandi Fuksa, Madison Deeds, O’Ryan Hatch and Bailey Hatch. The Drummond team of Morgan Messall, Aliya Choitz and Alexis Peeper was the high-point team. The senior consumer judging team of Hannah Fuksa, Nicholas Payne, Aaron Gabriel and Carter Postier was the high senior team. The team of Alexis Peeper, Morgan Messall, O’Ryan Hatch and Aliya Choitz placed third at the State Fair, and the team of Jayden Dillon, Montell Meyer, Morgan Meyer and Caleb Hatch placed fifth.

Brianna Deeds was presented an award for being the outstanding exhibitor. She had the most placing exhibits including judging contests and livestock show. Bailey Hoeltzel, of the Kremlin-Hillsdale 4-H Club, was the top collector of donations in Garfield County for the Ronald McDonald House, and he received an iPod.

Garfield County 4-H also held its annual cookie dough fundraiser, and the high salesperson was Dayla Anderson, Kremlin-Hillsdale.

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Biddle, of McDonalds of Enid, sponsored the meat science awards. The junior award went to Bailey Hoeltzel, and the senior meats science award went to Ricki Schroeder. The awards were determined by the highest accumulative scores of the county, district and state contests. Receiving certificates for participating in the meat science project and contests were Ricki Schroeder, James Olmstead and Bailey Hoeltzel.

 The outstanding junior record books were submitted by Morgan Messall, Alexis Peeper, Brianna Deeds and Montell Meyer. The Outstanding Junior 4-H member this year was Morgan Messall. She is a fifth-year member from Drummond 4-H Club. Her award was sponsored by Garfield County Farmers and Ranchers Insurance and presented by Lanora Donahoo.

The senior blue award record book group consisted of Ricki Schroeder, Kremlin-Hillsdale; Nicholas Denker, Blake Gabriel and Aaron Gabriel, Carter Postier, Hannah Fuksa and Nicholas Payne of Pioneer-Pleasant Vale; and James Olmstead, of Kremlin-Hillsdale.

Being a member of the Oklahoma 4-H Key Club is prestigious as it represents the top 10 percent of 4-H’ers across Oklahoma. James Olmstead and Carter Postier were presented pins at Roundup as they are the new Oklahoma Key Club members.

4-H trips was were awarded at the banquet. The Citizenship Washington Focus trip was presented to Carter Postier and Blake Gabriel, of Pioneer-Pleasant Vale. The Denver Western Roundup Conference in January was presented to Nicholas Payne, James Olmstead and Aaron Gabriel.

Garfield County Rural Rotatory Club, represented by Tom and Jane Denker and Elmer and Judy Anglin, presented its leadership award to James Olmstead, of Kremlin-Hillsdale.

 Clover awards are based on participation and involvement in 4-H activities. There are different orders of clover awards for different levels of participation. Green Clover Awards were given to Isabella Powell, Jordan Carter, Natalie Haggard, Leland Powell, Kaitlyn Booth, Tanner Butcher and Taryn Rhodes. Bronze Clover Awards were given to Aliya Choitz, O’Ryan Hatch, Nicholas Payne, Mandi Fuksa, Caleb Hatch and Bailey Hoeltzel. Silver Clover Awards were given to Morgan Messall, Madison Postier, Nicholas Payne, Alexis Peeper, Brianna Deeds and Madison Deeds. Gold Awards went to James Olmstead, Aaron Gabriel and Blake Gabriel. Double Gold Award went to Carter Postier.

The Danforth I Dare You awards were presented to Carter Postier, of Pioneer-Pleasant Vale, and James Olmstead, of Kremlin-Hillsdale.

Each year Garfield County 4-H presents the Friend of 4-H Award to people or organizations who help the 4-H program. This year’s recipients were Karen Schimon and Sheri Baumgardner, of Chisholm Trail Expo Center.

For information on the 4-H program, call Garfield County Extension Center at 237-1228.

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