Butler County honors outstanding 4-H work


BUTLER, Pa. – Butler County 4-H volunteers, members, and their guests attended the annual Achievement and Recognition Banquet held recently to recognizes leaders and members for their accomplishments during the past year and for their contributions to 4-H programs.

Heidi Phillips of Pulaski was honored as the 2001 Butler County Friend of 4-H. Presented annually to a member of the community, this award recognizes the support provided to the 4-H program by exceptional individuals and businesses.

Club leaders recognized for their years of service included William DeHart of Evans City who has completed 15 years as a volunteer.

Recognized for five years were Elaine Ambuster, Diane Cockroft, Beth Fishel, and Carol Weaver, Butler, and Louis Boyle, Evans City; and for ten years, Cheryl Abbott and Norman Abbott, Slippery Rock; Gary Benninger, West Sunbury; Patricia Rassau, Sarver; and Alvin Vogel, Evans City.

Member awards. In the awards ceremonies for 4-H members, Eric Drake, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Drake of Slippery Rock was recognized as outstanding junior member for Butler County. Elizabeth Radke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Radke of Cranberry Township was honored as the outstanding intermediate member. Outstanding senior 4-H member recognition went to Jenna Cornibe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Cornibe of Butler.

Project work. Twenty-two 4-H club members received awards for outstanding project work in 2001. For livestock projects they were Elizabeth Radke, horse; Melissa DeHart and Melinda Kramer, dairy; Krystle Foertsch and Sandy Hosack, beef; Eric Drake and Debbie Drake, sheep; Amy Metrick, Kaci McKinnis, and Tara Drake, swine; Jessi Kummer and Jenna Cornibe, rabbits; Christina Reffner and Crystal Reffner, small animal; Zachary Schwartz and Julie Brennan, goats.

Also recognized were Shannon Hartman foods; Jocelyn Fishel and Janice Brennan, clothing; Amy Kramer, plant science; Rachael Markovitch, general family living; and Matthew Sheppeck, in the all other projects category

Project books. Members recognized for the quality of their 4-H project book were Melinda Kramer, dairy; Tara Drake, beef; Kaci McKinnis, sheep; Rebekah Dunn, swine; Julie Brennan, small animal and goats; and Amy Metrick, plant science.

Grange awards. Pomona Grange life skill development awards went to Kayla Protzman, Melinda Kramer, Julie Brennan, Debbie Drake, Kati Dunn, Tara Drake, Jocelyn Fishel, Amy Metrick, Christina Reffner, Shannon Hartman, Jenna Cornibe, Rachel Markovitch, and Crystal Reffner.


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