Wayne County 4-H honors outstanding members and volunteers at banquet



Contributing writer

ORRVILLE, Ohio — -The recipients of the 2010 Wayne County Excellence in 4-H Award and Meritorious Service Award were recognized Nov. 4 during the annual member and volunteer recognition banquet.

This year, the Excellence in 4-H Award went to Shelbie Aylsworth and Sarah Finney, while Priscilla Sprang received the Meritorious Service Award.


Aylsworth, the daughter of Sharon Aylsworth of Shreve, is a sophomore at The Ohio State University, Mansfield, and is an 11-year member of Springville Cowpokes. She has been a member of Food and Fashion Board, Junior Fair Board, and the awareness teams. Aylsworth has served as a Cloverbud day camp counselor and junior camp counselor and represented Wayne County at Buckeye Leadership Workshop and Citizenship Washington Focus.

Finney, daughter of Mike and Julie Finney of Marshallville, is a freshman at The Ohio State University with the goal of becoming a veterinarian.

She is an 11-year member of Smithie Whiz Kids. She has been a member of Food and Fashion Board, Junior Fair Board, 4-H Advisory Committee and Ohio Teen Conference. This year, Sarah was selected to the State 4-H Fashion Board.

After ten years as a 4-H member, Priscilla Sprang continued her involvement with the 4-H program as a volunteer. Sprang, the recipient of the 2010 Meritorious Service Award, has been a 4-H volunteer for 41 years.

In addition to serving as an adviser with the Clinton Lads and Lassies 4-H club, she has also been involved at the county level as a member of the 4-H Family and Consumer Sciences Committee and the 4-H Extension Advisory Committee.

Named as the 2010 Outstanding Junior Leaders were Ellen Chapman, Anne Beery, Bryce Payne, Tessa Hershey and Zach Noble. The junior leaders were selected based on their involvement in the junior leader program, at the club level and assistance with projects and programs during the year.

Additional honors

During the banquet, special recognition was given to the poultry judging team, which placed first in the state; the avian bowl team, which will be representing Ohio at the national contest in Louisville Kentucky; the dairy management team, which placed first at the Pennsylvania All American; the junior dairy quiz bowl team which placed third in the state; the senior dairy quiz bowl team which will be representing Ohio at the National contest in Louisville Kentucky; the dairy judging teams, which placed first in the junior, intermediate and senior divisions in the state contest; and the horse judging, horse bowl and hippology teams.

County medal awards were presented to Jared Bardell (achievement, leadership), Diane Gress (achievement, dairy), Todd Hinton (achievement), Brandon King (agriculture, horse), Jessie Bair (beef), Cheyenne Musselman (citizenship, rabbits), Trent Young (citizenship), Nicole Berry (clothing, fashion revue), Courtney Dunn (clothing), Emily Douglas (dog care and training), Sara Wolf (nutrition), Logan Meier (nutrition), Baily Hardin (goat, veterinary science), Madison Hardin (goat), David Devore (leadership), Victoria Devore (horse, swine), Andrea Stahl (horse, swine), Eileen Gress (leadership, public speaking), Kendra Young (photography), Theo Derkson (poultry), Logan Hange (poultry), Kayla Owens (sheep), Jessica Gibson (rabbits) and Katie Stull (wildlife and fisheries).


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