Among 13-year 4-H members honored for their tenure in the program are, from left, Brenna Rock of Joyful Jets; Alivia Addis accepting on behalf of her brother Blake of the Blue Angels 4-H Club; Justin Heitkamp of Canine Capers; and Madyson Hess of Versailles Busy Beavers. (Linda Moody photo)

4-Hers earn kudos at awards program

GREENVILLE—Numerous members were recognized for their achievements in Darke County 4-H Thursday night at the Radiant Lighthouse Church.

Rhonda Williams, 4-H Youth Development extension educator, as well as various members of the 4-H Committee, recognized the honorees and presented them with their honors.

Recipients included those who won trophies and rosettes for state fair competition; quite a number of 4-Hers who have recorded 10, 11, 12 and 13 years in 4-H; and the presentation of four scholarships.

Also helping in their first official duty as fair royalty were this year’s recently crowned king and queen, Jayden Hicks and Mariah Kreusch, who passed out the trophies and rosettes for the county’s state fair competition winners, which were listed in another article appearing on Darke County Now this week.

Ten-year members recognized were: Alex Dircksen, Allee Grimme, Andrew Wuebker, Ariya Wickham, Ashlyn Zimmer, Brianna Fellers, Brooke Anderson, Clay Bergman, Cory Bergman, Dalton Swank, Elizabeth Earwood, Ha’Mylee Wright, Hannah Kendig, Harley Hanes, Hayden Miller, Jackson Shellhaas, Jacob Schmitmeyer, Jamie Hemmelgarn, Joshua Armstrong, Katlin Gross, Kierra Reichert, Kobe Petitjean, Kricket Petitjean, Landon Perry, Levi Rehmert, Logan Hines, Mac Littlefield, Maggie McGlinch, Mollie Case, Molly Clark, Natalee Swallow, Saige Fellers, Seth Fearon, Sophia Aultman, Tanner Printz, Taylor Wagner, Trey Rammel, Troy Woodbury, William Bohman and William Wenning.

The following were 11-year members who were honored: Levi Barga, Hunter Biddlestone, Braeden Bohman, Anna Brewer, Elizabeth Brewer, Emily Delzeith, Asa DeMange, Greg Dircksen, Luke Drew, Kobe Epperly, Alexandria Foureman, Laney Fourman, Tyler Grow, Bailey Haworth, Lydia Heeter, Carson Heitkamp, Caden King, Lydia Knepshield, Tyler Kress, Mariah Kreusch, Addison Marker, Alexis Morrison, Trevor Muhlenkamp, Alyssa Noggler, Audrey Noggler, Grant Pohlman, Lauren Porter, Haylee Potter, Amelia Price, Hailee Rehmert, Torie Richards, Ben Ruhenkamp, Joe Ruhenkamp, Sarah Savoy, Adi Schmitz, Marissa Shook, Haley Smith, Kennedy Stachler, Rorie Stump, Jerrod Teegarden, Carley Timmerman, MacKenzea Townsend, Madison Townsend, Trenten Trobridge, Alexis Wilcox and Kiersten Wilcox.

Cited for 12 years of membership were: Alexis Barhorst, Alison Byram, Amos Weimer, Austin Rismiller, Caleb Trobridge, Cooper Bucklew, Dalton Hesson, Dylan Ackley, Emily Wright, Emma Barga, Jesse Lavy, Jocelyn Hoggatt, Kara Strait, Katie Weiss, Kaydee Campbell, Kylee Freeman, Larissa Foureman, Luke D. Rammel, Madison Warner, Meredith Littlefield, Naomi Hathaway, Nathan Wright, Tyler Dirksen, Tyler McKinniss and Wyatt Rammel.

Thirteen-year awards went to: Blake Addis, Brenda Rock, Carrie Rhoades, Dawson Petitjean-Cress, Gregory Bohman, Isaac Gulley, Jacob Dirmeyer, James Penny, Justin Heitkamp, Laura Wuebker, Lizzy May, Luke Brinksneader, Madelyn Fearon, Madyson Hess and Maggie Weiss.

Mary and Bruce Williams, parents of the late Lori Williams, who was active in 4-H, is in their 24th year of presenting scholarships in her memory to qualifying nursing students. This year’s winners were Saige Fellers of Top Notch 4-H Club while Raylea Richards received the advanced scholarship.

The 4-H Committee awarded its two $1,000 scholarships to Kylee Winner, a member of Jackson Friendship 4-H Club, and Justin Heitkamp of Canine Capers.

Shown during the presentation of the Lori Williams Memorial Scholarship are from left, Lori's mother Mary; Raylea Richards, this year's advanced scholarship recipient; Saige Fellers, the other recipient; and Lori's father, Bruce. (Linda Moody photo)
Jennifer Richards, of the 4-H Committee, on the right presented $1,000 scholarships to Justin Heitkamp and Kylee Williams at the awards program. (Linda Moody photo)
Gracelyn Harter, in foreground, received two trophies for state fair competition in 4-H Around the Globe and for Mentoring: Leadership in Action from the 2022 King Jayden Hicks and Heidi of the 4-H Committee at Thursday night's awards program. (Linda Moody photo)
Darke County Now Staff - Linda Moody - Staff Writer

Linda Moody / Staff Writer

I am a Darke County native living in the Ansonia area with my son. I have been in journalism 50+ years and enjoy what I do.

Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ or 937-337-1955.

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