Meigs 4-H members recognized for achievement

Sentinel staff report

May 16, 2014

POMEROY — Six Meigs County 4-H members submitting outstanding 4-H achievement records in competition for county and state awards were accepted for consideration.

According to Michelle Stumbo, Meigs County’s 4-H educator, achievement records capture the whole scope of a member’s activities and experiences in 4-H and in the community as well. One judge describing the applications as a hard choice when judging all the youth applications commenting that “Meigs County is headed in a good direction.”

Each county can submit a nominee and an alternate for state level awards in one of 25 categories based on their project work and interests. This year, Meigs County 4-H was represented in 12 categories: Citizenship & Community Service, Clothing & Textiles, Dairy, Family Life & Child Development, Food & Nutrition, Health & Safety, Leadership, Personal Development, Poultry, Rabbits, Swine and Veterinary Science.

The following teens were chosen as alternates from Meigs County 4-H — Tyler Barber of Coolville for Dairy. Abigail Houser of Middleport for Clothing & Textiles, Food & Nutrition, Citizenship & Community Service, and Family Life & Child Development. Sarah Lawrence of Racine for Personal Development. Shawnella Patterson of Rutland for Leadership.

Meigs County 4-H is represented by the following teens who were selected as the county nominees: Tyler Barber for Food & Nutrition and Veterinary Science; Abigail Houser for Personal Development, Rabbits, Leadership, Health & Safety and Poultry; Sarah Lawrence for Clothing & Textiles, Citizenship & Community Service, and Family Life & Child Development; Shawnella Patterson for Swine; and Laura Pullins of Long Bottom for Dairy.

Youth completing Achievement Records can also be nominated for several state honors, and Meigs County was well represented in the following categories: Ohio Township Association Local Government Award, State Junior Fairboard and National Dairy Conference Representative. Abigail Houser was the Nominee for both the OTA Local Government Award and State Junior Fairboard. Tyler Barber was also nominated for State Junior Fairboard. Taylor Parker of Racine and Laura Pullins were nominated as National Dairy Conference Representatives. Laura Pullins, who is a member of the Meigs County Better Livestock Dairy 4-H Club, was named the Second Alternate to represent the state of Ohio at the National Dairy Conference.

The teens will be honored in the Junior Fair Awards Program at the Meigs County Fair. For those younger members who are thinking of opportunities that may be available to them in the future, Stumbo encouraged them to start early.The Extension Office offers a workshop or help days in November/December each year to help put the finishing touches on the forms that will be due in early 2015. Information is available on the program is available from Stumbo at 992-6696 or aet