Somerset County 4-H members and leaders honored
More than 250 people attended the Somerset County 4-H Recognition Banquet Oct. 13 at the Berlin Community Building. The annual event is held to recognize the Somerset County 4-H sponsors and the county winners in the 4-H awards program, as well as to honor local 4-H adult and junior leaders for their volunteer efforts.
The following people received accolades:
• There are six levels of the 4-H Achievement Ladder Awards. The honors encourage 4-H members to participate in a variety of projects that will allow them to gain seven different leadership skills. Members receiving level one — green clover awards: Gabriel Barlow, Abigail Beal, Karleigh Beal, Kinley Dull, Carter Durst, Will Eshleman, Matthew Ferko, Kya Gindlesperger, Brinly Green, Elizabeth Griffith, Abigail Ickes, Nicholas Igou, Gavin Kalp, James Miller, Hannah Mitchell, Zachary Mitchell, Gabriella Montes, Anike Prinkey, Josie Smiley, Caden Snyder, Caleb Snyder, Natalie Trowbridge and Jordan Weigle. Members receiving level two — white clover awards: Caleb Antram, Josiah Antram, Abigail Barlow, Carissa Croner, Braden Durst, Hannah Emerick, Christopher Engle, Gabby Hay, Aidan Kalp, Easton Kalp, Vickie Trotter, Teagan Miller, Silke Prinkey, Miranda Sandy, Tyler Sandy and Kylie Weigle. Members receiving level three — bronze clover awards: Jennifer Countryman, Gracie Eshleman, Emma Ferko, Glendon Griffith, Owen Martz, Daniel Moyer and Abby Shuck. Members receiving level four — silver clover awards: Hunter Cornell, Faith Decker, Chloe Ferko, Isaac Metz, Julie Mitchell, Lindsey Robertson, Cameron Salsgiver, Elizabeth Salsgiver, Jacob Sandy, Allie Zeigler and Austin Zeigler. Members receiving level five — gold clover awards: Jenna Dagostino, Hannah Gaibor, Abigail Knapp and Emma Martz. This year’s level six — diamond clover award winners are Brooke Cornell, William Decker, Kyla Gaibor, and Grace Romesberg.
• The 4-H Spirit Award was presented to Emma Martz.
• Junior outstanding 4-H member awards were presented to Caleb Antram and Emma Martz.
• The AgChoice Farm Credit ACA outstanding 4-H’er awards, intermediate outstanding 4-H member awards, were presented to William Decker and Abby Knapp. Overall outstanding 4-H member awards were presented to Cody Lynch and Kyla Gaibor.
• Four members of the county program were presented with scholarships totaling $6,600. Kate Barron received the Leroy Glessner Memorial, B.J. Maurer, Somerset County Commissioner Gerald Walker, Robert Antram Memorial, Fred Strang Memorial and Riggs Family scholarships. Kyla Gaibor received the Somerset Trust Co., Hemminger Homes, Barbera, Melvin, Svonavec & Sperlazza (Sam Sanner Memorial) and AK Coal Resources scholarships. Alex Hay received the West Central Equipment, Somerset County Beef Producers (Seth Landis Memorial), Frank Reynolds Memorial, Corsa Coal (Luke Popernack Memorial) and Rick Sechler Memorial scholarships. Cody Lynch received the AgChoice Farm Credit, Walter Mahler Memorial, PNC Bank and Seth Landis Memorial Fund scholarships.
• Award of the clover leaders was given to the following leaders for volunteering years of 4-H leadership work: bronze clover, one year of service — Levi Beal, Sherry Berkebile, Sabrina Caton, Carrie Croner, Zabrina Fisher, Autumn Fogle, Mark Friedline, Jenny Plummer, Jade Pyle, Julie Sheeler, Amanda Webreck and Tiffany Weigle. Silver clover, five years of service — Jeannette Coleman, Mandy Emert, Mary Green, Dewey Hagerty and Kayla Hemminger. Gold clover, 10 years of service — Dennis Berkebile, Kaitlyn Coughenour, Bryan Hay, Forrest Ohler, Donald Shinn, Janet Shinn and Vincent Svonavec. Pearl clover, 15 years of service — Elizabeth Kovach, Sherry Lynch, Terry Shaulis, Scott Summits and Keri Weighley. Twenty years of service — Jackie Coughenour and Jeri Williams. Twenty-five years of service — Debbie Miller and Rachael Mostoller.
Anyone interested in joining 4-H or becoming a volunteer leader should contact the Penn State Extension in Somerset County at 814-445-8911.