4-H Council held its annual awards

Friday, December 7, 2007
Receiving the Clover of Excellence award, Front row: (L-R) CeCe Raffo, Alexia Jolley, Savannah Oliver, Sophie Raffo, Travis Brian, Rachel Whaley Back row: Justin Barron, Caitlin Tindell, Connie Nichols, Caleb Whaley

The Marshall County 4-H Council held its annual awards and family night banquet Nov. 29 at Church Street Church of Christ. The banquet recognized the contributions of the youth of Marshall County and bring the families together for a night of celebration.

According to the National Council of 4-H, the purpose of the program is to advance the 4-H youth development movement to build a world in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change.

The 4 H's stand for "head to clearer thinking, heart to greater loyalty, hands to larger service, and health to better living for my club, my community, my country and my world."

The core values and mission of the 4-H council are to promote science, engineering, and technology; healthy living; and citizenship. 4-H is located in all 50 states, U.S. territories, and military installations throughout the world. The Marshall County 4-H council has more than 1,150 members and serves the entire school district.

The newest extension agent of the University of Tennessee Extension in Marshall County is Trent Jones, who graduated from Tennessee Tech with an agricultural degree and recently moved from Cookeville to Marshall County.

Jones said, "The job was open and I moved here because I like the area and the community was very welcoming. There is a lot of involvement with 4-H in Marshall County and I like the small community. I am here to promote the mission and values of 4-H and help the youth of this county to build life skills and leadership skills."

The other extension agents that represent Marshall County are County Director Ricky Skillington and Sondra Ganus-Apple. The administrative assistant at the College Street location in Lewisburg is Sheila Hobby.

There were more than 50 winners of the Golden Clover Award. The award recognizes members for active and outstanding participation.

Winners of the Horizon Award were Jessica Terry, Samantha Reese, Claire Garrell, Kiyoko Puca, Sara Nevison, Casey Hill and Haley Stacey. The Horizon Award, the second highest level of recognition, is presented to participants based on participation and interest in 4-H work.

Receiving the Clover of Excellence were CeCe Raffo, Alexia Jolley, Savannah Oliver, Sophie Raffo, Travis Brian, Rachel Whaley, Justin Barron, Caitlin Tindell, Connie Nichols and Caleb Whaley. The Clover of Excellence is the highest award given and is given based on participation in contests, activities and events throughout the 4-H year.

On hand for the ceremonies was District 65 state Rep. Eddie Bass, a lifetime member of the 4-H club.

Bass, who has been a member of 4-H since fourth grade, recently allocated $2,000 dollars to both the Marshall County and Giles County 4-H councils.

Bass said, "I don't think there has been a stronger supporter of 4-H than myself.

I started in the fourth grade and have met people from all walks of life during my time in 4-H. I believe in 4-H and its values. 4-H teaches children to compete and how to interact with other people.

It also teaches them the art of public speaking and there is just so much they can do with what is available through the 4H program. They can get out as much as they are willing to put into it."