CROWN POINT | Lake County 4-H members and their families celebrated the 2013 4-H Achievement Night during the Lake County Fair. The highlight of the evening was the crowning of the 2013 4-H Royal Ambassadors: Charlie Bayne, son of Charles and Laura Bayne of Cedar Lake and nine-year member of the Saddle and Spurs 4-H Club, and Matt Kresich, son of Joe and Susan Kresich of Griffith and nine-year member of the Griffith Grinners 4-H Club. The Royal Ambassadors were chosen based on candidates’ achievement records, their efforts to promote 4-H in the community, and a ten-minute interview with a panel of judges.
The 2013 Citizenship Ambassador Award was presented to Julie Javorka, daughter of Pete and Laura Javorka of Lansing, IL and six-year member of the Lucky Clovers 4-H Club, in recognition of her 4-H achievement, community service, and citizenship skills. The 2013 Leadership Ambassador Award, recognizing the development of leadership skills through the 4-H program, was presented to Anna Marie Gianni, daughter of Rick and Vicky Gianni of Crown Point and nine-year member of the Saddle and Spurs 4-H Club. These awards were sponsored by Lake County Farm Bureau, Inc., Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, Mary Hulsey, Jean Hulsey, Saddle & Spurs 4-H Club, and Mike & Janet Kraynik.
Annie Kennelly, daughter of Tom and Peggy Kennelly of Cedar Lake and nine-year member of the Hanover Haymakers 4-H Club, was the recipient of the 2013 4-H Livestock Achievement Award, sponsored by the Lake County 4-H Auction Committee. Brandilyn Stockton-Fresso, daughter of Frank Fresso, Jr. and Pam Stockton of Dyer and seven-year 4-H member, was awarded the 2013 4-H Horse & Pony Memorial Award, sponsored by the Lake County 4-H Horse & Pony Committee. Mike Klein, son of Matt and Joan Klein of Dyer and nine-year member of the Brunswick Beavers 4-H Club, received the 2013 4-H Dairy Cattle Memorial Award, sponsored by the Jack and Holgar Thunboe.
The Lake County recipients of the Indiana Farm Bureau Tenure Awards were Garrett Corning of the Shelby Ag 4-H Club and Sarah Reed of the Crown Clovers 4-H Club. These awards were sponsored by the State Women’s Committee of Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. and are based on number of years in the program and number of 4-H projects completed.
Members who had completed ten years in the 4-H program were honored: Eli Ceiga, Prairie Pioneers 4-H Club; Sharon Coleman, Happy Wranglers 4-H Club; Garrett Corning, Shelby Ag 4-H Club; Lynn Galliher, Shelby Ag 4-H Club; Marie Ingebretsen, Saddle & Spurs 4-H Club; Alex Kleine, Brunswick Beavers 4-H Club; Austin McNeill, Eagle Creek Up & At’em 4-H Club; Cody Pate, Riley 4-H Club; and Sarah Reed, Crown Clovers 4-H Club.
The winner of the 2014 4-H Handbook Cover Contest was Julie Javorka. Special recognition was also given to Anna Marie Gianni who was selected as a 2013 Indiana 4-H Horse & Pony Ambassador.