GREENVILLE - Despite some inclement weather, the awards for 4-H, junior fair and FFA, were passed out to deserving exhibitors. However, the Parade of Champions was canceled for this year.
Most of the awards were presented in front of the Grandstand and, as inclement weather moved in, the venue was changed to the Youth Building where the rest were handed out.
Top awards this year went to (Outstanding 4-H Boy and Girl) Lucas Chrisman, son of Jay and Brenda Chrisman, and Emily Walters, daughter of Jeff and Kathy Walters; and (Outstanding Junior Leaders) Catey Fisher, daughter of John and Amanda Fischer and Andrew Wright, son of Mark and Melissa Wright. Fast Insurance Agency of Versailles, represented by Annette and John Bucher, sponsored the Outstanding 4-H Boy and Girl award once again, and Deo Miltenberger was on hand to again presented the Junior Leaders award in memory of his wife, the late JoKay Miltenberger.
Chrisman is a recent graduate of Franklin Monroe High School and Miami Valley CTC, is now attending Sinclair College and is a member of the Tailwaggers 4-H Club and Walters is a 2014 Ansonia High School graduate, a freshman at The Ohio state University and is a member of the Grade A Kids 4-H Club. Fischer is a 2014 graduate of Ansonia High School, a freshman of Findlay and a member of Ansonia Animal 4-H Club, while Wright is a senior at Arcanum High School and a member of the Friendly Farmers 4-H Club.
Also highlighted during the awards program was the annual Lori Williams scholarships. Her parents, Bruce and Mary, were on hand to present the award to Sarah Osterloh, with her sister Rachael accepting; Michaela Wright, with her brother Andrew accepting; and Dylan Hesson. The girls’ scholarships were valued at $500 and Hesson’s at $1,000.
The Darke County 4-H Committee scholarships this year went to Thomas Shaw and Emily Walters.
Awards were also presented to 10-, 11-, 12-, 13- and 14-year 4-H members, as well as the state fair honorees.
“We sent 80 youth to the Ohio State Fair this year and brought back four clock trophies, 10 Outstandings of the Day and one Superior,” stated Rhonda Williams, 4-H educator and county director for the Extension Office, Ohio State University, before awards were handed out by this year’s royalty.
Numerous FFA awards presented before the move was made to the Youth Building, and the top Shop, Crop and Horticulture recipients were; (Horticulture) Danielle Hesson and Emily Ruhenkamp, both of the Versailles FFA; (crop) Madison Stachler of Mississinawa Valley FFA/CTC and MacKenzie Stump, Ansonia FFA; and (shop) Dylen Price of Tri-Village FFA, recipient of both the grand and reserve trophies.