County Extension Agents Donnie Montemayor and Kelsey Hill recognized 20 club managers and presented them with gifts for their efforts in organizing and leading the 12 Bee County 4-H Clubs.
Roxanne Porter honored the First Year Ambassadors Megan Gaitan, Ryan Beck and Cuatro Schauer. Completing another year are Allison Porter, Eric Taylor and Jace Rothlisberger, Calli Barber, Mary Larakers. New Ambassadors to the program Kayla Ready, Rebecca Ready and Zachary Mortensen.
Lisa Baker and Mike Barber presented awards from the Beeville 4-H Horse Committee shows. Jacob Gonzalez - Pee Wee Speed Champion, Sydney Baker - Junior Speed Champion, Lane Rothlisberger - Senior Speed Champion, Mathieu Mortensen - Pee Wee Performance Champion, Katriena Ables - Junior Performance Champion, Maddie Rodgers - Senior Performance Champion, Zachary Mortensen - Senior Performance Reserve Champion, and Calli Barber - Participation Award.
Auturo and Ami Gaitan presented awards for the SMACS 4-H Club. They recognized outstanding youth Amanda Vasquez, Abby Silva, Andres Gaitan, Megan Gaitan, Whitlee Whitlow and Marissa Rodriguez. Also outstanding adult volunteers Sandra Vasquez, Maggie Rodriguez and Krystal Whitlow.
Certificates were awarded to Pre 4-Hers that completed a record book for this year. Mathieu Mortensen, Andrew Wessels, Esequiel Ortiz III, Anissa Gaitan and Megan Meyer all received an award.
Year pins and project pins were then presented to 4-Her’s completing a record book. In order to receive a project pin, 4-Her’s must have received a blue ribbon on their recordbook at the county level. Receiving year pins and project pins were Madelyn Rodriquez, Makayla Meyer, Paul Wessels, Sarah McFall, Thomas Meyer, Brandon Loya, Felicia Ortiz, Melody Meyer, Zachary Mortensen, Marissa Rodriguez, Andres Gaitan, Megan Gaitan, Emily Head, Ryan Beck, Victoria Ford, Cuatro Schauer, Lane Rothlisberger, Rebecca Ready, Mary Larakers, Kayla Ready, Will Stridde, Allison Porter, Jace Rothlisberger, Calli Barber and Roberta Rosales.
The Recordbook completion award was presented to the SMACS 4-H Club, for having the highest percentage of completed recordbooks turned into the Extension Office, based on the club’s total enrollment.
One of the most prestigious awards of the evening was the Friend of 4-H Award. The recipients of this award are nominated and chosen by 4-H members, leaders, parents and club managers. The Friend of 4-H Award recognizes an organization or individual that has made exceptional contributions of time, money or other support to the Bee County 4-H Program. This year’s recipient was Jim Crumrine.
The next set of awards presented were the Bronze and Silver Star awards and are the highest award junior and intermediate 4-Her’s are awarded. The Bronze Star award was presented to Madelyn Rodriquez and Makayla Meyer and the Silver Star awards were presented to Melody Meyer and Marissa Rodriquez.
The Audrey Bellows award was presented to Cuatro Schauer, Rebecca Ready and Kayla Ready in honor of longtime Home Demonstration Agent Audrey Bellows. The Extension Educators Association of Bee County presented a $250 scholarship to Allison Porter. Calli Barber received the $250 Mildred Radar Scholarship. The Danforth “I Dare You” Award was presented by Commissioner Stasny to Mary Larakers and Victoria Ford.
The final award given of the night was the Gold Star award. This award is the highest award any 4-Her can receive at the county level. This award was presented by Commissioner Olivares to Jace Rothlisberger and Roberta Rosales.
Donnie Montemayor was recognized by the Bee County 4-H program for the 10 years of dedication to the program.
The evening concluded with an installation ceremony for the new Bee County Council officers.
For more information on the 4-H program in Bee County, call 362-3280, or come by the Extension office in Dougherty Building at 210 E. Corpus Christi St. in Beeville.