SAINT AUGUSTINE – Family and friends of St. Johns County 4-H members recently gathered to celebrate achievements of 4-H youth and to recognize major benefactors.
Benita and Jimmy Boyd were each recognized with a plaque of appreciation for their past and future support, as they have recently documented a generous gift in each of their estate plans that will create an endowment to support the St. Johns County 4-H Program.
In addition to this generous support, the 4-H Program also recognized other major benefactors from this past year with a community plaque, displayed at the Extension Office including benefactors John and Darlene Morton, Putnam St. Johns County Farm Bureau, Freddie Thomas Family, Janet Koehler, St. Johns County Fair Association, Inc., Nettie Ruth Brown, St. Johns County Horse Council, Pilot Club of St. Augustine, Hutson Companies, L.L.G., Mathew Brown, and St. Johns County Cattlemen’s Association.
The awards ceremony began under the leadership of 4-H County Council President Miguel Bermeo and County Council Vice President, Henry Keating. Of the 385 youth enrolled in 4-H Clubs, 96 4-H members from 20 4-H Clubs were recognized for their 4-H project work, membership years, and level of 4-H participation. This year 93 4-H record books were submitted by 4-H youth showing life skills learned through their involvement in a variety of 4-H project areas that included: Public Speaking, Aerospace, Embryology, Forestry, Marine Ecology, Horse, Environmental Education, Leadership, Clothing/Textiles, Community Service, Rabbits, Fishing, Swine, Dairy Cow, Camping, Horticulture, Potato Project, and Floral Design.
Fifty-seven 4-H members were also recognized for their completion of Clover Awards based on their level of participation in a variety of 4-H activities and number of completed record books, making them eligible for scholarships to be used toward 4-H summer camps totaling $1,705 in camp scholarships.
Special awards went to Taylor Garns who received the Justine Fernandez Memorial Scholarship to attend the UF Horsemanship School and to Maci Cerasale who received a scholarship from the St. Johns County Horse Council to attend the UF Horsemanship School. 4-H Demonstration scholarships went to Emett Peterson (Zoo Plankton) who received the Freddie Thomas Memorial Scholarship and Nick Wiswedel (Oyster Gardening) who received the Boyd Scholarship to attend 4-H University. A.J. Kulpa also earned a Boyd Scholarship to attend 4-H University for his outstanding leadership in horticulture education.
Graduating seniors and their parents were recognized and the 2017 St. Johns County 4-H college scholarships were awarded. The scholarship committee, Dr. Danita Thomas Heagy, Darlene Morton and Greg Dunn, recognized scholarship winners for their outstanding leadership, citizenship, character and involvement in the 4-H Program. A.J. Kulpa was awarded the Darlene and John Morton Scholarship ($750) and the 4-H Centennial Scholarship ($500). Jeremy Smith was awarded the Darlene and John Morton Scholarship ($750) and the Nettie Ruth Brown Scholarship ($500). Emmalani Peterson received the 4-H Marine Ecology Scholarship ($100) sponsored by 4-H volunteer Janet Koehler.
OTHER SPECIAL GUESTS
Additional special guests included Assistant County Administer Joy Andrews, Commissioner Jeb Smith, Commissioner Paul Waldron, UF/IFAS District Director Dr. Tim Momol, UF/IFAS Director Florida Friendly Landscaping Esen Momol, UF/IFAS Director of Development Cody Helmer, County Extension Director Tim Wilson, Senior Forester Greg Dunn, and representatives from the St. Johns County Cattlemen’s, Pilot Club of St. Augustine, Poinsettia Garden Club, St. Johns County Horse Council and the St. Johns County 4-H Association.
The event concluded with recognition of the 2016-17 County Council officers, installation of the 2017-18 officers and a slide show covering the past year’s events.
Interested in learning more about the St. Johns County 4-H Program? Plan to attend the 4-H Enrollment Kick Off on August 24th from 4pm to 6pm at the SJC Extension Office at 3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine, FL. For program information or to enroll, please go to http://stjohns.ifas.ufl.edu/4-H.shtml . 4-H is for youth ages 5-18, as of September 1st of the current year. Please call the 4-H Office at 904 209-0430 if you have questions about the 4-H Program or if you are interested in becoming a 4-H volunteer.
4-H and all programs and related activities sponsored for, or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations.
4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. As one of our nation’s oldest, yet most current organizations, 4-H is reaching millions of young people with positive youth development opportunities.