Cape May Court House – The Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program held its annual Awards Ceremony to celebrate the 2021 – 2022 accomplishments of their youth members and adult club leaders during a family picnic on November 6, 2022, on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
Linda Horner, 4-H Program Coordinator said, “We look forward each year to bringing our 4-H family together to celebrate the accomplishments of our 4-H youth members and our adult volunteers.”
Over 200 4-H members and leaders were recognized during the 4-H Awards Ceremony with a total of 161 awards presented. At minimum, each 4-H member who completed the last 4-H year, which ended August 31, 2022, received an achievement pin or a certificate.
2022 Outstanding 4-H Members Caitlin Schaffer and Amelia Worthington served as emcees for the awards ceremony. Among 4-H youth who were honored during the program were 11 Cloverbuds who “moved up” to 4th grade and to regular 4-H membership. These members included Charlotte Benson, Grayson Budd, J.J. Carr, Avery Fine, Brynn Gaynor, Julianna Kelly, Selah Pitcock, Molly Richards, Leah Schalick, Elouise Worthington, and Natalie Yank-Parsons.
The following regular 4-H members who earned prestigious county medals for excellence this year included Arabella AitHaddad: Foods & Nutrition-1st Year, Alexa Anaya: Mentorship-1st Year, Lola Barry: Visual Arts 1st Year, Jude Campbell: Entomology & Bees-1st Year, Lilly Carr: Leadership-1st Year and Shooting Sports-1st Year, Nora Conover: Clothing & Textiles-2nd Year and Horse-3rd Year, Gavin Coughlin: Entomology & Bees-1st Year, Maddy Doto: Leadership-1st Year, Kaitlyn Flynn: Entomology & Bees-1st Year, Jewels Frederick: Community Service-1st Year, Emma Gotwols: Leadership-1st Year and Shooting Sports-1st Year, Eddie Hoover: Public Speaking-1st Year, Mentorship-1st Year, and Shooting Sports-1st Year, Rainbow McAtee: Herpetology-2nd Year and Leadership-1st Year, Nathaniel McCrone: Personal Development-1st Year, Kate Mihal: Mentorship-1st Year, Autumn Richards: Public Speaking-1st Year, Caitlyn Schaffer: Horse-2nd Year, Elizabeth Schalick: Horse-1st Year, Sylia Snyder: Entomology & Bees-1st Year, Jacob Torres: Personal Development-1st Year, Yadiel Torres: Performing Arts-1st Year and Amelia Worthington: Public Speaking-1st Year, Leadership-2nd Year, and Shooting Sports-1st Year.
Adult volunteers make contributions of their time and expertise throughout the year by leading 4-H clubs, serving on advisory boards such as the Cape May County 4-H Foundation, Inc., judging contests, caring for the 4-H fairgrounds, and running the 4-H Fair. Club leaders are acknowledged with special pins and certificates every five years. First year recipients in 2021-22 were Bob Andrzejczak, Trisha Andrzejczak, Nicole Arcuri, Ryan Gotwols, Trinity Hamann, Siobhan Larkin, Melissa McAtee, Lauren Miller, Marta Padula, Daniel Richards, Brittney Schroeder, Barbara Simmerman, Bill Simmerman, and Bill Wilson. Fifth-year honorees included Carolyn Richards, Kim Simpkins, Joyce Stokes, Allen Stokes, and Rhiannon Worthington. All volunteers received thanks and an appreciation gift.
Horner concluded, “Without the dedication of our adult volunteers, the 4-H program would not exist. I am very grateful to the many wonderful adult members of our Cape May County 4-H community.”
In addition to awarding recognition to current youth and adult members, 4-H welcomed 17 new club leaders and over 40 new youth members to the program. Three new clubs have also begun, including Foxwood Friends, Gaming Innovation Lab and Seaworthy Stables 4-H Clubs.
The 4-H program is grateful to Mr. Nick DiRenzo, of Westside Meats, who donated hamburgers and hotdogs for the occasion and members of the 4-H foundation, who helped set up and cook for the awards event.
If you would like to learn more about the programs offered by the 4-H Youth Development Program in Cape May County, please call 609-465-5115, ext. 3605, visit our website at capemay.njaes.rutgers.edu or follow us on Facebook at Cape-May-4-H.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.