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4-H members receive awards
Junior Outstanding 4-Hers are, front row, from left, Hailey Smith and Keira Reynolds. Back row, Barrett McGinness and John Porter Prater.

Over 300 of Warren County’s most outstanding 4-H’ers, sponsors and volunteer leaders were recently honored at the 2017 Warren County 4-H Awards Banquet held at McMinnville Civic Center. Awards were presented to Junior, Junior High, and Senior High 4-H members who have demonstrated outstanding participation and involvement in the 4-H program in the last year. Awards range from 4-H Member of the Year for each age group, Club of the Year, and contest winners to livestock project groups, completed portfolios and 4-H Round-Up Winners.
Some of the 4-H members receiving awards include: John Porter Prater – Junior 4-H Member of the Year; KeyLe Rhea – Junior High 6th grade 4-H Member of the Year; and Hannah Sanders Junior High 7-8 grade Member of the Year. Caroline Brooks was selected as the Senior High 4-H Member of the Year.
Other awards presented included the Top 3 outstanding members in each grade division. Outstanding member awards were presented to Barrett McGinness, Keira Reynolds and Haley Smith. The Junior High 6th grade top members included Jake Mayes, Keaton McGinness and Carl Parris. Top 7-8 grade are Claire Brooks, Will Prater and Jacob Scott. The Senior High top members included Grant Hitchock, Ethan Hitchcock and Emily Pennington.
Participants at State 4-H Congress Attendees were Ethan Hitchcock, Meghan Madewell, Gracie Hubbard and Marynia Harris. Emily Pennington completed her term for 2016-17 Speaker of the Senate. While at Congress, state 4-H winners are selected in the portfolio project areas of leadership and citizenship. Caroline Brooks competed under Level I Leadership.
During the banquet Warren County 4-H inducted eight members into the Tennessee 4-H Honor Club. Those inducted include Erica Cantrell, Clayton Jones, Lauren Mansfield, Jake Mayes, Keaton McGinness, Carl Parris, Marcie Pope and KeyLe Rhea.
Tennessee 4-H All-Stars is the second level in the Tennessee 4-H recognition program for outstanding members. Two members, Marynia Harris and Ethan Hitchcock, were inducted this year.
About 70 clubs meet across the county, with recognition extended to fourth-grade Club of the Year to Kim Curtis’ class from Centertown Elementary; fifth-grade Club of the Year was represented by Jason Moore’s class from Hickory Creek; and finally Mrs. Sparbo’s class from Covenant Academy was selected as the sixth-grade Club of the Year.
This year three individuals were selected to receive the Outstanding Secretary Award: Nevaeh Throckmorton, fourth grade from Eastside; Sydney Matthews , fifth grade from Hickory Creek; and Kailey Williams, sixth grade from Eastside.
Over 200 4-H members were also presented with the Local 100 Percent Award for participating in every local contest held during the school year. Receiving special recognition was Ethan Hitchcock from the Junior Honor Club for his winning 4-H poster. Other 4-H members recognized were Molly Dodd, Conner Smith and Blake Waldron.
This year the piggy bank contest was added to the program. Students were asked to design and build banks from recyclable materials. County winners advanced to the state contest were they were judged online based on creativity, size and functionality. Our county winners are: Callie Roberts, Efren Campos, Gracie Crouch and Caroline Brooks.
For more information on programs offered, contact 4-H agents Shay Davis and Emily Mote at 931-473-8484.