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CRIVITZ — Marinette County 4-H held its annual Achievement and Recognition Day Nov. 17 at the Crivitz Village Hall. It is a day to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of 4-H members and leaders from the past year. The day started off with a 1 p.m. potluck followed by the awards presentations. The welcome was given by Aimee Elkins, Extension Marinette Oconto Counties 4-H Program Coordinator. Lisa Witak, Marinette County 4-H President, was emcee. Helping to distribute the awards was this year’s royalty, queen Alexandria Broderick and princesses Sydney Dunkes and Sierra O’Mary. Host clubs for this day were the Golden Opportunity 4-H Club and Middle Inlet Moonshiners 4-H Club.

Some of the special awards given:

■ Austin VanDeWalle, Beaver Four Leaf Clover 4-H Club, received the James W. Crowley 4-H Dairy Leadership Award. Criteria for this award is that the member has excelled in the 4-H Dairy project in 2018-2019; has an outstanding record of involvement and accomplishments in the 4-H Dairy project; and is a good representative of Marinette County 4-H Dairy Project. VanDeWalle was chosen by his peers for this award. As a county winner, he received a commemorative, engraved medallion and a chance to compete for state recognition including a scholarship. The Crowley award is one of Wisconsin 4-H’s most prestigious awards. It is handed out to a small percentage of the hundreds of 4-H Dairy program participants each year. Many past state recipients of this award have gone on to be leaders in the Wisconsin dairy industry.

■ Trophies for Rookie Boy and Rookie Girl are given for outstanding achievement in overall club work for a first-year member. Receiving the special recognition was Ava Rhode, from Forever Green 4-H Club; and Brayden Klimek, with Merry-Go-Getters 4-H Club.

■ Olivia Schramm, Kountry Kids 4-H Club, received the Golden Clover Award. This is a county-level award that recognizes a 4-H member who has been an active leader in the club and at the county level.

■ Alexis Witak, Merry-Go-Getters 4-H Club, received the Outstanding Youth Leader Award which recognizes a county 4-H member who has demonstrated excellent leadership skills in their work at the 4-H club, county or state level.

■ Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes a 4-H volunteer for their outstanding efforts in volunteer service through the 4-H Program. The recipient of this award is Kari LaCount, 4-H adult volunteer with Kountry Kids 4-H Club and current treasurer of the Marinette County 4-H Leaders Association.

■ The Community Servant Award was given to Kountry Kids 4-H Club as a 4-H group who demonstrated exemplary service to their community.

■ The Lifetime Volunteer Award winner went to Suz Deschane, club leader for Middle Inlet Moonshiners 4-H Club. This award recognizes a 4-H volunteer who has had a positive impact on 4-H and 4-H youth for more than 10 years and who demonstrates exemplary service to 4-H while promoting service through volunteerism as both an opportunity and a privilege.

■ Sal’s Foods of Wausaukee was chosen to receive the Friend of 4-H Award which recognizes a volunteer, group or organization who demonstrates exemplary service to and support of 4-H. This award is sponsored by the GreenStone Farm Credit Services.

■ The Alumni Award was presented to Jessica Markiewicz, of Beaver Four Leaf Clover 4-H Club. This award recognizes former 4-H members who have made significant contributions of time or talent to the county 4-H program and its members.

One of the highlights of the day, was recognizing two leaders with several years of volunteer service to Marinette County 4-H. Anne Biernasz, Kountry Kids 4-H club leader, was presented with a 35-year sapphire pin and T-shirt. Ember Rickaby, Golden Opportunity 4-H club leader, was recognized for her 50 years as an adult volunteer in 4-H with a 50-year ruby pin and engraved clock to mark this special milestone.

Other awards and recognition included appreciation to the general club leaders and current Board of Directors; recognition of members and adult volunteers who attended state and national events; 4-H High Achievement awards; outstanding 4-H club, club secretary and club scrapbook; Golden Books; 5th and 10th Year Project Achievement Awards; 4-H graduates; Cloverbuds who completed special record books; members doing completion records; clubs creating window displays for June Dairy Month and National 4-H Week; project awards to 4-H members chosen through completed record books; leader/member recognition for special events or leading special projects; members and leaders serving on various committees; and, adult volunteer leaders being recognized for first, fifth, and tenth years, in addition to the 35- and 50-year leaders mentioned prior.

For more information about Marinette County 4-H or this event, people may call the Extension Marinette County 4-H office at 715-732-7514.