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Adair County 4-H’ers earn special honors

Published: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 10:46 a.m. CDT

GREENFIELD — McKenna Davenport of Adair and Merritt Caviness of Greenfield were challenged to take advantage of the opportunities that life provides as they were presented the prestigious Danforth Awards during the Adair County 4-H Awards Day program. Davenport and Caviness are high school seniors.

Anna Horn of Stuart and Lisa Marnin of Greenfield received achievement awards.

Agriculture awards went to Heath Downing of Creston and Joe Huntington of Orient.

Hank Bohling of Greenfield earned the Golden Apple Award for Food and Fitness.

Merit awards were presented to Christine Gross of Fontanelle; Hannah Yount, Sam Marnin and Noah Cooper, all of Greenfield; and Ryan Jensen of Bridgewater.

A group of high school 4-H’ers were recognized for outstanding leadership. Shelby Soper of Adair was recipient of the Ak-Sar-Ben Leadership award. Emily Huntington of Orient and Matt Evans of Bridgewater received leadership awards.

Ten 4-H’ers were honored with 4-H Spirit Awards. Spirit Awards are presented to any age 4-H’er who has gone above and beyond to make the 4-H pledge a reality. Ellan Clay of Adair; Skyler Rawlings, Storm Hoadley, Zayden Rawlings, Lauren Huff, Isabella Rubio, Paisley Kintigh and Jennifer Holliday, all of Greenfield; and Morgan Smith and Alyssa Christensen of Stuart were presented with specially-designed medallions to mark this honor. Union State Bank of Greenfield and Bridgewater are the local sponsor of the 4-H Spirit Awards.

President’s Volunteer Service Awards were presented to 23 Adair County 4-H’ers for their community service work during the past year. The national program encourages youths to give back to their community through volunteer work. Each honoree receives a certificate signed by President Obama and a specially-designed pin. The local program sponsor is Union State Bank of Greenfield and Bridgewater.

Gold award recipients were Hank Bohling, Julia Eshelman, Dakota Hughes and Riley Lonsdale, all of Greenfield; Ashlyn Kralik of Orient, McKenna Davenport and Maggie Maas of Adair, Cody Jacobson of Fontanelle and Kysa Downing of Creston. Youths 15 years and older were required to volunteer at least 250 hours to earn the Gold Award, while younger members had to log a minimum of 100 hours.

Silver honorees were Jennifer Holliday of Greenfield and Brad Baudler of Fontanelle. The silver award is reserved for youths who volunteer a minimum of 175 hours if they are 15 years and older or 75 hours if they are younger than 15.

Bronze awards were presented to Halee Wallace and Chisum and Heath Downing, all of Creston; Matthew Noland and Hannah Jorgensen of Adair; Tyler Ford, Rachel Jacobson and Matt Evans, all of Bridgewater; Storm Hoadley and Zayden and Skyler Rawlings, all of Greenfield; and Alyssa Christensen of Stuart. Bronze honorees gave a minimum of 100 hours for older members and 50 hours for younger members.

Aaron Kralik and Emily Huntington, both of Orient, were local honorees for volunteering at least 50 hours of community service.

Hank Bohling received a certificate of excellence from the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Award program for his outstanding volunteer service with the Holiday Mail for Heroes project.

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