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4-H Holds Honor Brunch for Teens & Leaders

01/27/2012 - On Jan. 21, 2012, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County held a 4-H Honor Brunch to honor 4-H Leaders and Teens for the 2011 4-H year. Approximately 50 4-H leaders, 4-H teens, and guests attended the brunch. All costs of the event were sponsored by the Delaware County 4-H Program through the use of the Carley Memorial Fund.

John Hannum and Emily Roach, 4-H Program Educators and Jerry Merrill, 4-H Program Issue Committee Chairman and a Cornell Cooperative Extension Board of Director Representative, recognized the leaders for their continued support of 4-H youth. 4-H teens were also given certificates and pins for their accomplishments throughout the year.

Six leaders were recognized for their first year accomplishments. Six leaders were recognized for two years of service, ten leaders for three years of service, and four leaders were recognized for four years of service.

Years of recognition are as follows:

5 Years - Dan Strauss, Jeanette Westcott, Linda Bevilacqua, Lisa Nichols, Molly Post, Pearl Strauss, Ruth Lobdell, Shannon Christensen

6 Years - Brinton Muller, Ed Shirkey, Janice Kehr, Jayne Anne Harris, Jennifer Lobdell, Kristin Barron, Michael Stuligross, Terry Hannum

7 Years - Corrine Bishop, Deborah Muller, Nanci Miller

8 Years - Ashley Barnes, Betty Ann Post, Christy Cole, Jill Lutz

9 Years - Emilee Curtin, Emily Brownell, Jim Sickler, Joyce Curtin, Lorie Steele, Mary Jo Horton, Michael Steele, Pam Gladstone, Shannon Kilmer, Theresa Sherman

10 Years Bridget Davis, Penny Bishop, Steve Bishop

12 Years - Betty Scott, Karena Cline

13 Years - Jayne Barnes, Kendra Wiggans, Terri Holdridge

14 Years Michele Shirkey, Nancy Cucciarre-Stuligross

15 Years Amy Kilmer, Lisa Huyck

16 Years - Diane DeDominicis

19 Years Karin Vagts

21 Years - Barbara Hanselman, Greg Graupman, Wayne McClenon

22 Years - Nanette LaTourette, Scott McClenon, Timothy Hess

26 Years Carol Hess, John McClenon, Pam Graupman

29 Years Sandy McClenon

30 Years Nancy Backus

34 Years Nancy LaTourette

35 Years Richard LaTourette

43 Years Mary Lou Faigle

4-H Teen Award Winners 2011

4-H teens realize the importance of filling out and sending in their 4-H Member Record Books. The Trips & Awards Committee evaluated Record Books that were sent in by teens. These dedicated individuals had a difficult job to do, but were extremely successful in making their selections.

The following 4-H teens were awarded "County Champions." They will receive a pin and certificate for their outstanding work in each project or area of interest listed.

Megan Andersen, a member of the Hancock Area 4-H Club for Beef and Public Speaking;

Justine Bishop, a member of Country Bumpkins from Delhi for Dairy, Public Speaking and Photography;

Tristen Bowker, a member of Country Cousins from Hamden for Public Speaking and Gardening & Horticulture;

Mikaelan Cucciarre-Stuligross, a member of Crafty Kids from Walton for Aerospace, Clothing, Dog, Energy Management, Fashion Revue, Photography, Plant Science, Wildlife & Fisheries and Wood Science;

Matthew Gray, an independent member from New Kingston for Dairy and Home Environment;

Kimberly Kehr, a member of Crafty Kids from Walton for Fitness Leadership and Outdoor Education & Recreation;

Quinn Kelley, a member of The Unnamed 4-H Club from Delhi for Poultry and Rabbits;

Brandi Kilmer, a member of Country Cousins from Hamden for Food & Nutrition

Justin Merrill, an independent member from Downsville for Agriculture Dairy

The following awards are given to those 4-Hers who are older and have been enrolled in several project areas. The awards committee considers these 4-Hers the top Delaware County Teens for 2011. The three awards are: ACHIEVEMENT to Justine Bishop, Mikaelan Cucciarre-Stuligross, Matthew Gray, Kimberly Kehr and Justin Merrill; COMMUNITY SERVICE to Justine Bishop, Tristen Bowker, Mikaelan Cucciarre-Stuligross, Kimberly Kehr, Brandi Kilmer; and LEADERSHIP to Justine Bishop, Mikaelan Cucciarre-Stuligross, Kimberly Kehr, Quinn Kelley and Justin Merrill

The following teens will travel to Ithaca, Cobleskill, New York City, or Vermont to see the sights, learn about careers and meet new friends. Teens, when your name is called, please step forward.

The Honor Award Trip to New York City is a cultural trip and selection is based on accomplishment and achievements in 4-H. The winner is: Tristen Bowker

The Agri-Business Career Trip to Cobleskill and the Albany area is awarded to teens who may be interested in a career in Agri-Business. The winners were: Megan Andersen, Quinn Kelley and Brandi Kilmer

The 4-H Career Exploration Trip to Cornell is an opportunity for youth to explore the resources of Cornell University. The three days are a chance to learn about science and technology, check out college life, and develop leadership skills through one of several special programs. The winners are: Stephanie Bishop, Mikaelan Cucciarre-Stuligross, Ryan Howe, and Lorlyn Kilmer, and the Alternates are: Chelsey Kilmer and Isabel Sears-Surface

The Career Exploration Trip to Vermont is a four day/three night stay in Vermont. During this trip you will explore careers and participate in cultural experiences. Some of the highlights will possibly include a tour of the Inn at Essex, Ben & Jerry's, King Arthur Flour, Fat Hat Factory, University of Vermont, Cabot Cheese, and the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. This year's winners are: Megan Andersen, Mikaelan Cucciarre-Stuligross, Matthew Gray and Quinn Kelley, and the Alternates are: Kimberly Kehr and Brandi Kilmer

Senior Achievement Award to Justine Bishop

We are very proud of these 4-Hers for their accomplishments.

At this year's New York State Fair, seven Delaware County 4-H Teen Leaders, helped State 4-H Staff to run the fair program and are receiving a Certificate of Recognition for the fine job they did. Megan Andersen, County Booth; Justine Bishop, County Booth; Stephanie Bishop, Fashion Revue; Nick Hannum, Shooting Sports; Kimberly Kehr, Video; Quinn Kelley, Poultry; and Alexandra Kilmer, County Booth

These teens, along with Janice Kehr and Emily Roach, also helped earn money for the 4-H Teen Council by working the trams for a day at the state fair.

Eighteen 4-Hers were chosen to compete at the District Public Presentation level. The competition was held at the Chenango Forks High School in Chenango Bridge. Everyone did a great job and should be commended on their hard work. Megan Andersen, Kayla Ballard, Maya Beards, Justine Bishop, Stephanie Bishop, Christopher Cerosaletti, Elizabeth Cline, Mikaelan Cucciarre-Stuligross, Rachel Davis, Madison Graupman, Tyler Gregory, Brandi Kilmer, Rachel Maxwell, Abbi Miller, Randall Reinshagen, River Reed, Sky Stankiewicz and Kassidy Wright

The following 4-Hers traveled to Syracuse to present their presentations to the public in the Youth Building at the New York State Fair: Christopher Cerosaletti, Theresa Cerosaletti, Siera Coloney, Rachel MaxwelL and Kayleigh Rotter

Each month 4-H Club Secretaries send in their Club Report to the 4-H office. The following secretary had all 12 reports filed on time in the office: Mikaelan Cucciarre-Stuligross; Crafty Kids of Walton

Each year 4-H News Reporters send in articles to the 4-H office that they had published.

The criteria to become an Honor News Reporter is as follows: 4-H News Reporters must have three news articles published in one year and these articles must be sent to the 4-H office. At least one article must be printed in a newspaper. The other two can be published in school, church or community newsletters or papers, including the Extension Connection. The following have been named Honor News Reporters for 2011: Mikaelan Cucciarre-Stuligross, Crafty Kids from Walton and Molly Lobdell, Del-Bros from Deposit


Eight 4-H clubs filled out and returned their Club Activities Contest forms and have been selected as Honor Clubs. These clubs are being recognized for their outstanding achievements in the 4-H Program:

Backyard Critters, Davenport; Shannon Christensen, Leader

Borderliners, Deposit; Carol Hess, Leader

Crafty Kids, Walton; Nancy Cucciarre-Stuligross, Leader

Kids & Kritters, Masonville; Karleen DuMond, Leader

Little Clovers, Franklin; Donna Machala, Leader

Royal Rockets, Trout Creek; Sandy McClenon, Leader

The Colorful Clovers, Hobart; Stacy Palmatier, Leader

Thistle Be The Best Little 4-H Club, Hobart; Christine Miller, Leader

Cornell Cooperative Extension and National 4-H Week was celebrated during the week of October 2-8. Nine 4-H Clubs set up a Window Display in their home towns to showcase their club and to promote 4-H throughout the month of October. The following clubs are being recognized for their efforts and commitment to the 4-H Program.

Backyard Critters, Davenport; Shannon Christensen, Leader

Country Cousins, Hamden; Deb Muller, Leader

Crafty Kids, Walton; Nancy Cucciarre-Stuligross, Leader

Delaware County Porkies Plus, Trout Creek; Nancy Latourette, Leader

Delaware County Wild & Wooly, Walton; Greg Graupman, Leader

Kids & Kritters, Masonville; Karleen DuMond, Leader

Little Clovers, Franklin; Donna Machala, Leader

The Colorful Clovers, Hobart; Stacy Palmatier, Leader

Thistle Be The Best Little 4-H Club, Hobart; Christine Miller, Leader

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