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MANSFIELD -- The Richland County 4-H program held its annual 4-H Honor Program on Sunday, Nov. 14.

Recognition was given to 4-H members, adult volunteers and "friends" of the Richland County 4-H program. The top 4-H member honors were given to Member-of-the-Year recipients: Sarah Smith (Shelby), Deborah Crouch (Mansfield), Ross Kuhn (Mansfield) and Colton Boyer (Lucas).

The Outstanding Service to 4-H Awards, given to 4-H advisors on the basis of excellence in 4-H volunteer leadership on the club and/or county level, were presented to: Jeff Secriskey, Jessica Steele and Janice Secriskey (all of Mansfield).

Meritorious Service to 4-H awards, given to special friends (non-member and non-advisor) of the 4-H program were presented to: Richland County Senior Fair Board and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Mansfield Post.

Four teen leaders were recognized with the Outstanding Junior Leader Award for outstanding leadership and service to the county 4-H program. Honorees included: Alexa Fulk (Bellville), Cadence Fairchild (Shelby), Ross Kuhn (Mansfield) and Madison Parks (Shelby).

Two of these teen leaders were recognized with the Junior Leader Merit Award as the top teen leaders in the county for exceptional leadership and service. The honorees were: Cadence Fairchild and Alexa Fulk.

The Camp Counselor Recreational Leadership Award is presented to a select group of 4-H camp counselors who have demonstrated outstanding recreational leadership during the county 4-H camping programs. These counselors have motivated campers and gone the extra mile to get campers involved in various forms of recreation and social development.

Six honorees were recognized for this achievement in 2021: Marissa Circosta, Alexis Eldridge, Alexa Fulk, Ross Kuhn, Connor Ladd, and Sierra Schaffer 4-H members receiving recognition for outstanding officer books/scrapbooks included:


GOLD: Julia Auck, Wild-n-Free 4-H

Honorable Mention: Makayla Spoerr, Next Generation 4-H

Honorable Mention: Jacob Harrison, Ring Raiders 4-H


GOLD: Ashton Crider, Ring Raiders 4-H

Honorable Mention: Amber Harry, Next Generation 4-H


GOLD: Hailey Eldridge, Ring Raiders 4-H

Honorable Mention: Kassie Kleman, New Edition 4-H


GOLD: Lily Cline, Next Generation 4-H

Health and Safety

First place – Katie Crider, Ring Raiders 4-H

Honorable Mention: Carson Secriskey and Gracie Rodman, Richland Round-Up 4-H

Recreation Leader

1st place: Leah Adkins, Ava Harrison and Aleigha Hissong, Ring Raiders, 4-H

Honorable Mention: McKinnley King and Claire Shaw, Freedom Wranglers 4-H

Honorable Mention: Shelby Bays, Next Generation 4-H

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GOLD: Kaley Bowman, Blue-Gold 4-H

Honorable Mention: Audrey Wolford, Country Champions 4-H


Honorable Mention: Mahsii Gamble, Wild-n-Free 4-H

Honorable Mention: Conner Miller, Muddy Creek Clovers 4-H

Honorable Mention: Cayden Burns, Ring Raiders 4-H

All 4-H clubs have the opportunity to attain the gold, silver banner or bronze award distinction based on officer reports, project completion, member attendance, public speaking participation, health and community service activities, parent/family involvement, member/advisor training and community awareness/promotion.

The Silver Banner club award was given to the Richland Round-Up and Ring Raiders (both of Shelby) 4-H Clubs. The Bronze Banner Club Award was presented to the Next Generation (Mansfield/Ashland) and New Edition (Shelby/Plymouth) 4-H Clubs. Honorable Mention recognition went to Wild-n-Free 4-H (Mansfield).

There were 43 youngsters honored as recipients of the county’s 59 county medal awards.

These awards are given for outstanding project and/or activity achievement. The 2021 recipients and the category(ies) won:

Carson Abbott – Leadership, Public Speaking

Julia Auck - Citizenship

Shelby Bays – Personal Development & Health, Sheep

Katrina Beer - Rabbits

Tanner Beer – Poultry

Billi Bickers - Goats

Kaley Bowman – Achievement, Public Speaking, STEM

Colton Boyer – Leadership

Wyatt Bunnell – Pet Care

Carson Cook - Swine

Mariah Cook – Goats, Sheep

Nicole Cook - Beef

Reece Cook – Goats

Jace Craner - Swine

Ashton Crider - Citizenship

Deborah Crouch – Dog Care & Training

Isaiah Crouch - Rabbits

Luke Eckenwiler – Family Life, Personal Development & Health

Hailey Eldridge – Citizenship, Safety & Safety Education

Sawyer Eshelman – Public Speaking

Cadence Fairchild – Agriculture, Swine

Cailey Fairchild – Poultry

Alexa Fulk – Achievement, Citizenship, Leadership

Kaitlyn Gerhart – Food & Nutrition

Kade Gowitzka - Beef

Ross Kuhn – Leadership

Connor Ladd – Leadership

Kathryn Lindenberger – Family Life

Grace Mayer – Family Life

Adalie Miller - Horse

Finlay Rowlands – Rabbits, Veterinary Science

Lane Schuster - Swine

Abigail Secriskey – Achievement, Food & Nutrition, Wood Science

Carson Secriskey – Achievement, Food & Nutrition, Natural Resources

Gabrielle Smith - Photography

Sarah Smith – Achievement, Poultry

Payton Stover – Clothing & Textiles

Emma Tingley – Horse

Cheyenne Sumler – Dog Care & Training

Sarah Turner – Family Life

Arica Uplinger – Family Life

Michael Vogt - Poultry

Cody Wolford – Gardening & Horticulture

4-H members in attendance were given recognition for completion of their 4-H project year. The Richland County 4-H Committee presented membership pins to youth with 10 or more years of membership:

10-year 4-H members: Karsyn Blust, Cadence Fairchild, Sofia Johnson, Ashley Markley, Kelsey Snyder, Billi Bickers, Colton Boyer, Landon Bricker, Jace Craner, Amber Harry, Ava Heimlich, Ross Kuhn, Kathryn Lindenberger, Wyatt McConkie, Crystal Murphy, Emma Procker, Alivia Strouth, Arica Uplinger, Geordan Wheitner, Shelby Zimmerman

11-year 4-H members: Allyson Cook, Deborah Crouch, Aubrey Hoffman, Connor Ladd, Natalie Reynolds, Caroline Tilton

12-year 4-H members: Carson Abbott, Nicholas Carpenter, Brandon Lewis, Alyssa Markley

13-year 4-H members: Ambur Arnold, Brooklyn Blust, Nicole Cook, Kayla Evans, Riley Fackler, Emma Fesler, Alexa Fulk, Savanna Harriman

14-year 4-H members: Summer Davis, Kade Gowitzka

Adult volunteers were recognized for their years of service to the 4-H program. Special awards were given to advisors with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 or more years of service:

Five years of volunteer service: Faith Abbott, Carrie Au, Jenny Beverage, Carol Dennison, Andrew Newton, Nicola Stone

Ten years of volunteer service: Kelly Snyder, Angie Swackhammer

Fifteen years of volunteer service: Cary Craner, Stacy Craner, Eileen Eisenhauer, Jayme Kilgore

Twenty years of volunteer service: Jessica Albert, Amy Bays, Jodi Blust, Patty Fackler, Gene Kirkpatrick

More than 30 years of service: Cathy Gardner (37 years), Diana Kelley (38 years) and Glen McLaughlin (44 years).

Colton Boyer and Alexa Fulk, retiring 4-H members, served as Master and Mistress of Ceremonies.

Sponsors for the 2021 Honor Day Program included: Grant Milliron/Milliron Industries, OSU Extension - Richland County, Villard Educational Grant Fund and the Richland County 4-H Committee.


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