4-Hers, volunteers recognized on Achievement Night

Published 12:18 am Thursday, March 23, 2023

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On Friday, March 3, Davie County 4-H hosted the annual 4-H Achievement Night with the theme of “Around the World.”

This annual event allows for community members, 4-Hers, and 4-H volunteers to be recognized for all of their work the past year. It’s also a chance to come together as a 4-H community to celebrate the program and to network with one another.

“4-H is a great youth-focused program and oftentimes families only sign their children up for one club or camp and only go to that one part of our program. Events like 4-H Achievement Night allow members of different clubs and programs to interact with one another and see what all the 4-H Program offers,” said Danny Lough, Davie 4-H agent.

The Friend of Davie County 4-H Award went to Lone Hickory Arena for its commitment and support of the Yadkin-Davie 4-H Youth Livestock Show and the Farm Animal Day second grade field trip. The arena has been a huge supporter of these programs that teach youth more about agriculture.

The 4-H Volunteer of the Year Award went to Davie County Livestock Agent  Phil Rucker for his work with youth for the past 30 years. Phil has mentored and led several youth livestock judging teams, created a Farm to Table Summer camp for youth to visit local farms, and heads the Yadkin-Davie 4-H Youth Livestock Association and Show.

The 4-H Club of the Year Award went to the Davie 4-H Fishing Club for its engagement with 4-H youth, organization, and commitment to working with our community and 4-Hers. Club leaders James and Jody Hall and their son and president Max Hall, received the award for the new club. This was the first year of the club but it welcomed more than 32 youth.

A special award and recognition was given to Nelson Cowden and Tom Cowden 4-H Youth Shooting Sports Club for 10 years of 4-H club work. Tom Cowden 4-H Youth Shooting Sports Club welcomes nearly 100 youth annually and teaches firearm safety and skills.

Savannah Ivey was awarded the Davie County 4-H Senior Scholarship of $300 to go towards continuing education after high school. Savannah has worn many hats in 4-H including starting her own 4-H Club (The Spice of Life 4-H Club), attending 4-H Congress, and serving as County Council President and Vice President.

Savannah is going to attend Appalachian State University in the fall. In addition to the check, Savannah also received 4-H Graduation Cords that she hopes to wear during her high school graduation in May.

Leah Frick won the “I Dare You” 4-H Award for her active involvement in 4-H programs throughout the year. Leah participated in a host of activities including District Teen Retreat, 4-H Poultry Show, served as 4-H County Council Secretary, and participated in 4-H Presentations, making it all the way to State 4-H Presentations with her talk on Great Depression glassware.

Other 4-H Awards and achievements included Project Record Book winners, a 4-H Art Showcase, and Graduation Cord Ceremony.

“It was a great night and a wonderful way to recognize our 4-Hers,” Lough said.