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Top Manatee County 4-H’ers recognized during 56th Annual 4-H Awards Program

PALMETTO -- Top Manatee County 4-H’ers were recently recognized at the 56th Annual 4-H Awards Program held at the Manatee Civic Center, attended by more than 250 people.

Awards were presented for Outstanding Overall 4-H Member, Horseman of the Year, Conservationist of the Year, Spring Gardening, Outstanding Record Book, Outstanding Project Study, and Lamp of Knowledge.

Receiving the Outstanding Overall 4-H Member Awards: Chloe Bunyak (Junior - ages 8-10 years); Casey Wingate (Intermediate - ages 11-13 years); and Samuel Byers and Zachary Quattlebaum (Senior - ages 14-18 years). These awards were sponsored by Clements Surveying Inc., of Palmetto, and the local 4-H Foundation.

Horseman of the Year awards went to Lonnie Weis (Junior/Intermediate Division) and Tabetha Lex (Senior Division). The Horseman of the Year award is presented each year to an outstanding equestrian who has the highest number of participation points. Criteria included participation in club meeting, clinics, shows, and doing community service. This award was sponsored by the Manatee County 4-H Horse Committee. Samuel West was named Conservationist of the Year. This award is presented each year to an individual who is enrolled in an agricultural related project and has participated in soil judging or the Conservation District Speech Contest. This award was sponsored by the Manatee County Soil and Water Conservation District.Kristi Vole was named the Spring Gardening Contest winner with Samuel Byers placing second. This award was sponsored by Come See Come Sav.

Outstanding Record Book Awards went to Anna Bunyak and Clay Wingate (Junior - ages 8-10 years), Isabella LaVassaur (Intermediate - ages 11-13 years), and Savanah Byers (Senior - ages 14-18). These awards were presented for excellence in record keeping, neatness, and scope of reporting. This award was sponsored by DuWet Custom Pools and Spas.

More than 65 4-H members (ages 11-18) received project pins for outstanding accomplishments in their project study.

Receiving project pins were: Beef – Bailey Burdick, Margaret Duryea, Zachary Quattlebaum, and Casey Wingate; Beef Breeding – Genaveve Henson, Alyssa Johnson, Courtney Wingate, Haley Yancey, and Cara Zeveney; Citizenship – Megan Hardy; Clothing – Madelyn Barron and Avery Kotlarczyk;

Dairy – Rachel Elek, Hunter Fioretto, Michael Fioretto, and Haley Weltzien; Dairy Goat – Melinda Carter, Rachel Herriman, Kayla Hickey, and Francesca Marrero; Dog – Alysa Chapman, Trenton Ginter, Abigel Hendrickson-Boyd, and Zoe Zimmermann; Entomology and Bees – Samuel Byers;

Gardening – Kristi Vole; Hog & Ham/Swine – Stephanie Brouwer; Horse – Ariel Affolter, Sierra Oliver, Yajaira Segura, and Tiffany Winters; Horse Judging – Briana Bronson; Horticulture/FNGLA – Natalie Almeter, Rachel BonAmi, Elanie Mason, and Marisa McElhiney; Land Judging – Jesse West and Samuel West;

Livestock Judging – Robert Brouwer; Meat Judging – Kirstin Duryea, Isaiah Masengale and Zachary Masengale; Marine Science – Quinn Carrington; Pet Pals – Savanah Byers; Photography – Karley Holbrook, Isabella LaVassaur, and Lindsay Swaby; Poultry – Melissa Ackaway and Audrey May;

Public Speaking – Kaylee Betts and Dalton Burton; Rabbits – Brittany Brewington, Breanna David, Brittany Roosa, and Isabel Taylor; Swine – Kayla Clayton, Liza Harpley, Nicole Lewis, and Laci Vole. These project pins were sponsored by several national donors and the local 4-H Foundation.

Youth (ages 8-10) with outstanding general project study were eligible to receive the Lamp of Knowledge pin. Receiving Lamp of Knowledge pins: Anna Bunyak, Chloe Bunyak, Kylee Graham, Annie Hecker, Annabel Henson, Ashley Lewis, Taylor Powers, Ava Small, and Clay Wingate. These pins were sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton.

4-H is the youth development program of the University of Florida Extension IFAS and the Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service. 4-H is open to any youth between the ages of 5 - 18 without regard to race, color, sex, handicap, or national origin. For more information on 4-H youth programs, call 941-722-4524.