Annual ‘4-H Celebration’ includes awards
The annual Milam County 4-H Celebration held on Sunday at the Thorndale Firemen’s Hall was the kick-off to National 4-H Week. The 4-H Celebration is a time for 4-Hers, leaders and sponsors to be recognized for achievements and support. It is also a time for 4-Hers and non-4-Hers to learn about new projects and activities while having fun with youth from around the county. The 4-H Celebration was attended by over 200 people.
“4-H Green and Growing” was the theme of the Celebration. Jacob Pedroza a Thorndale 4-Her submitted the winning slogan for Milam County 4-H activities for 2011-2012 year.
The celebration started with award presentations to recognize 4-Hers on accomplishments and supporters for assistance given to 4-H. Hailee Fisher, county council chairman served as the mistress of ceremonies with council officers, leaders and supporters presenting awards.
Top awards given to 4-Hers were the Gold Star, Silver Star, Bronze Star and I Dare You Awards. These awards can only be received one time in a 4- Her’s career. To apply for these awards, 4-Hers must submit a complete record book and go through an interview process to be selected for these awards.
GOLD STAR—The Gold Star Award is the top county award given to senior 4-Hers. The winners were Madeline Kostroun, Natasha Ramthun and Tyler Vrazel. All three 4-Hers are Cameron 4-H members. Madeline is daughter of David and Jennifer Kostroun. Natasha is the daughter of Ricky and Jocelyn Ramthun. Tyler Vrazel is the son of Gary and Marlene Vrazel.
The three Gold Star winners received recognition from the Cameron Chamber of Commerce when Samantha Marrs, Chamber President presented plaques to the winners. Jay Beckhusen presented a $100 check to each Gold Star winner from their sponsors: Milam County Farm Bureau, Milano Livestock Exchange, and M&M Farm Supply. Recognition certificates from State Representative John Carter were also presented by District Judge, John Youngblood. SILVER STAR—The Silver Star Award is the top county award given to intermediate 4-Hers. The winners were Julia Harwell and Patrick Dean. Julia is a Cameron 4-Her and Patrick is a Rockdale 4-Her. The parents of the winners are: David and Tricia Harwell and James and Susan Dean. Marek- Burns-Laywell Funeral Home provided the Silver Star Awards.
BRONZE STAR—The Bronze Star is the top county award given to junior 4-Hers. The winners were Gracen Dach and Kassidy Hundle from the Cameron 4-H Club and Kaylee Jackson and Jacob Barron from the Thorndale 4-H Club. Their parents are Michael and Kim Dach, Melvin and Janet Hundle, Larry and Priscilla Jackson and Jeff and Cheryl Barron. The Bronze Star Awards were sponsored by and presented by County Judge, David Barkemeyer.
‘I DARE YOU’—The I Dare You Award is a leadership award given to senior 4-Hers. The winners were Emily McCoy of Rockdale 4-H, Devin Fisher of Thorndale 4-H and A.J. Harwell of Cameron 4-H. Their parents are John and Yvette McCoy, Terry and Bethany Fisher and David and Tricia Harwell.
FIRST TIMERS—The Celebration continued by recognizing First Time State Winners. As a first time state award winner, 4-Hers receive a jacket from a local sponsor. Here are the winners:
Neeraj Bhakta son of Neil and Yaminie Bhakta of Cameron. Neeraj won first place Junior Team at San Antonio Livestock Show Consumer Decision Making Contest. His sponsor is Anderle Lumber Company represented by David Bolivar.
Heath Hollas son of Gery and Theresa Hollas of Cameron. Heath won first place team for the Junior Consumer Decision Making Contest at San Antonio Livestock Show. His sponsor is Buckholts State Bank represented by Kimberly Dach.
Calla Vinton daughter of Jerry and Renee Vinton of Gause. Calla won first place team for the Junior Consumer Decision Making Contest at San Antonio Livestock Show. Her sponsor is Cameron Cleaners and Circle S BBQ represented by Sam Berry.
Seth Vinton son of Jerry and Renee Vinton of Gause. Seth won first place Hunter Decision Making and first place 3D Archery at the Shooting Sports State Games. His sponsor is Ideal Poultry represented by Jay Beckhusen.
Nathan Newlin son of Justin and Jessica Newlin of Rockdale. Nathan won first place Air Pistol at the Shooting Sports Extravaganza. His sponsor is Rockdale Federal Credit Union represented by Bethany Fisher.
Corey Preusse son of Brian and Diane Preusse. Corey won first place Pistol Silhouettes at the Shooting Sports State Games. His sponsor is Rodenbeck Farm & Ranch represented by Trey Felton.
OTHER AWARDS—Also recognized were the following repeat first time winners:
Chandler Barton, Jarrett Beckhusen, Patrick Cobb, Connelly Cooper, Colton Coufal, Gracen Dach, Patrick David, Sterling Faulkner, Devin Fisher, Kellie Foster, Jaxon Hayles, Kelton Hooker, Hannah Hux, Kaylee Jackson, Garrett Korenek, Collin Kostroun, Madeline Kostroun, Cheyenne Lee, Elaine Luckey, Emily McCoy, Evan McCoy, Cheyenne McWilliams, Taylor McWilliams, Lane Prazak, Natasha Ramthun, Paxton Reisner and Karl Woelfel. COUNTY ACHIEVEMENTS
Clover Novice Award— Connor Barton, Kyrene Jackson, Gabriel Ramthun, Garrett Reed.
Honor Roll Award—Jacob Barron, Chandler Barton, Gracen Dach, Kassidy Hundle, Kaylee Jackson, Rebecca Kostroun, Jacob Pedroza.
All Star Award—Julia Harwell, Danielle Pedroza, Ethan Krumnow.
Letterman Award—Devin Fisher, Alan (A.J.) Harwell, Collin Kostroun, Madeline Kostroun, Emily McCoy, Evan McCoy, Natasha Ramthun.
Calendar drawing contest
Beginners—Katelyn Trowbridge, first; Kyrene Jackson, second; Robert Miller, third.
Juniors—Kaylee Jackson, first; Kassidy Hundle, second; Abbigail Miller, third.
Intermediates—Kellie Foster, first; Caitlen Garcia, second; Andrew Stolte, third.
Seniors—Emily McCoy, first.
Cameron— Chandler Barton, Colby Barton, Connor Barton, Jarrett Beckhusen, Gracen Dach, Alan (A.J.) Harwell, Julia Harwell, Kassidy Hundle, Collin Kostroun, Madeline Kostroun, Rebecca Kostroun, Gabriel Ramthun, Natasha Ramthun, Tyler Vrazel.
Gause— Cameron Cooper, Connelly Cooper, Jaxon Hayles, Kendall Lee, Garrett Reed, Katelyn Trowbridge, Calla Vinton, Seth Vinton.
Rockdale— Patrick Dean, William Dean, Ethan Krumnow, Elaine Luckey, Emily McCoy, Evan McCoy.
Shooting sports—Kellie Foster.
Thorndale—Jacob Barron, Devin Fisher, Kaylee Jackson, Kyrene Jackson, Danielle Pedroza, Jacob Pedroza.
Top leaders, supporters
Cameron—Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, top supporter; Tricia Harwell, Tricia Harwell, top leader.
Shooting sports— New Salem Extension Education Association and National Rifle Association, top supporter; Sara Goeres, top leader.
Rockdale— New Salem Extension Education Association, top supporter; Rebecca Luckey, top leader.
Thorndale—Kevin and Bonnie Lindig, top leaders.