DeKalb County 4-H recognizes volunteers, members

The annual DeKalb County 4-H Recognition Night was held for volunteers and members on Nov. 18 at the Center for Agriculture in Sycamore.

“This evening is done as a way of recognizing our 4-H members and volunteers for their accomplishments and time during this past year,” Nicole Groezinger, 4-H program coordinator in DeKalb County, said in a news release. “We have many 4-H members that completed their record books and did great things during this past 4-H year, and we wanted to recognize them for a job well done. We also have over 100 4-H volunteers that have dedicated anywhere from one year to 61 years to the 4-H program that we wanted to say thanks to.”

Listed below are the names of some of the 4-H members who received special recognition during the evening:

• Outstanding 4-H Secretary Book: First place, Sydney Walter of Green Meadows; honorable mention, Deloris Drendel of Genoa Prairie Gems

• Outstanding Treasurer Book: First place, Benjamin Mahan of Green Meadows; honorable mention, Cody Sell of Malta Mustangs

• Bob Brown Award for Leadership and Citizenship: Tom Limberis of DeKalb Choreboys & Choregirls

• The I Dare You Award: Sydney Walter of Green Meadows

• Overall Outstanding Record Books:

Aubrey Szymanski, 8, DeKalb Choreboys & Choregirls

Cole Gudmunson, 9, Somonauk Haymakers

Lilyanna Dean, 10, Parke Victory

Benson Gudmunson, 11, Somonauk Haymakers

Reagan VanderBleek, 12, Tilton Park Clovers

Sydney Walter, 13, Green Meadows

Jaedyn Slutz, 14, Green Meadows

McKenna Dayhuff, 15, Somonauk Haymakers

Jarrod Pritchett, 16, DeKalb Choreboys & Choregirls

Tyler Heinisch, 17, Kingston Juniors

Volunteers are what makes the 4-H program work, and here in DeKalb County the organization is fortunate to have many dedicated and caring adults to serve as role models. One of the greatest qualities of the 4-H program is its ability to give youth the opportunity to have a positive relationship with a caring adult, and this can definitely be done through the local 4-H clubs and their leaders.

This year’s Outstanding 4-H Volunteer award went to Dawn Cook from the Malta Mustangs.

The 4-H Alumni Award went to Bill Kuhn, who serves as the 4-H Fair Superintendent for the Sheep and Goats.

This year’s recipient of the Outstanding 4-H Supporter Award went to the DeKalb Public Library.

The DeKalb County 4-H program also recognized other volunteers for their year(s) of service with 4-H.

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