LOCAL YOUTH RECEIVE STATE 4-H AWARD – Brianna Downey, Evelyn Hill, Brin-Leigh Hoisington, Silas Kohler, Julia Luallen, Kendall Wild

The 2024 Ohio 4-H Achievement Awards were presented earlier this month at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus. Local 4-H members received the following awards.

Brianna Downey from Canal Winchester won the Horse Achievement Award. Downey, 18, has been a member of the Rough Riders 4-H Club alongside her horse, Harley, for nine years. She shows in multiple classes and has received awards at the Fairfield County Junior Fair and many state events. She was also a four-year member of the Junior Leaders. She is currently a senior at Groveport Madison High School and is the daughter of Elizabeth McGrady and Patrick Downey.

Evelyn Hill from Lancaster won the Health and Safety Achievement Award. Hill, 17, has been a 4-H member in Fairfield County for seven years. She has taken a multitude of health-related projects and is currently serving as an Ohio Health Hero and the State Outreach Committee Chair on the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council. She is a junior at Lancaster High School and hopes to study biochemistry as a pre-med track to pursue a career as an ER Physician. She is the daughter of Jessica Hill, James Martin, and Jason Hill.

Brin-Leigh Hoisington from Baltimore won the Leadership Achievement Award. Hoisington, 15, has been a 4-H member in Fairfield County for seven years. She is a camp counselor, a Junior Fair Board Member, and has had success at the Ohio State Fair, winning a clock trophy for her workforce preparation project. Hoisington is currently a freshman at Liberty Union High School and is the daughter of Ryan and Amber Hoisington.

Silas Kohler from Lancaster won the Dairy Achievement Award. Kohler, 15, began his 4-H career as a Cloverbud. He has shown dairy cattle, dairy feeders, and hogs, is a camp counselor, and recently attended the National 4-H Dairy Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a freshman at Liberty Union High School and is the son of Jeremy and Hannah Kohler.

Julia Luallen from Pataskala won the Clothing and Textiles Achievement Award. Luallen, 18, has been a part of Fairfield County 4-H for ten years. She has achieved many awards at the county and state level for various sewing projects. She is a camp counselor, a member of the Fashion and Nutrition Board, and attended Sea Camp last summer. She plans to attend college in the fall to pursue a degree in occupational therapy. She is the daughter of Scott and Misty Luallen.

Kendall Wild from Canal Winchester won the Environmental Science Achievement Award. Wild, 14, began her career as a Cloverbud eight years ago. She has taken numerous STEM projects, which includes the area of environmental science, shows alpacas, and was the recipient of the Julie Miller Memorial Award at the 2023 Ohio State Fair. Wild also participates in the state demonstration contest and is a member of her county’s Junior Leaders, as well as Fashion and Nutrition Board. She is an eighth grader at Bloom Carroll Middle School and is the daughter of Christopher and Tiffany Wild.

Ohio 4-H Achievement Awards are presented annually to individuals for outstanding work in their project area. The evening was hosted by the Ohio 4-H Foundation, with 29 youth receiving 2024 honors.

Ohio 4-H is the youth development program of Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. In 2023, over 156,000 Ohio youth participated in clubs, groups, and special interest programs.

Silas Kohler – 2024 Ohio 4-H Dairy Achievement Award Winner

Kendall Wild – 2024 Ohio 4-H Environmental Science Achievement Award Winner

Julia Luallen – 2024 Ohio 4-H Clothing and Textiles Achievement Award Winner

Evelyn Hill – 2024 Ohio 4-H Health and Safety Achievement Award Winner

Brin Leigh Hoisington – 2024 Ohio 4-H Leadership Achievement Award Winner

Brianna Downey – 2024 Ohio 4-H Horse Achievement Award Winner

 

Fairfield County 4-H Achievement Awards

4-H members who completed the Ohio 4-H Achievement or Junior Achievement Forms were recognized on April 11th at the Fairfield County 4-H Achievement Awards Program. Scholarship winners were also announced and recognized. A sincere thank you to Fairfield Federal for their continued sponsorship of this awards program. A big thank you to the Fairfield County Commissioners, Senator Tim Shaffer, and Representative Kevin Miller for providing certificates to our members. And a special thank you Commissioner Fix, Commissioner Levacy, Commissioner Fix, Senator Shaffer, and Representative Miller for attending this event!

Thank you to our scholarship donors: Fairfield County 4-H Advisory Committee, Basil Garden Club, Fenstermaker Family, Park National Bank, Kiwanis Club of Lancaster, and Feeder Creek Veterinary Services.

Additionally, we would like to thank our trip sponsors: Sewing Shefs 4-H Club, KKEZ 4-H Club, OK and Judy Schurtz, Justin Marteney Memorial Shooting Sports Education Camp Fund, OSU Endowment Interest Fund, 4-H Advisory Committee and the Bertha Wilson Trust.

For photos from the event, click here. Congrats to all and keep up the great work!

For a complete listing of 2024 awards: 2024 Achievement Banquet Program and 2024 Scholarship Awards

State 4-H Achievement Awards Announcement – Fairfield County Results!

Congrats to the following teens who will be recognized for their State 4-H Achievement awards at our Fairfield County 4-H Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 11th, 2024!

The following individuals are STATE AWARD WINNERS in their respective project area and will be invited to attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta Georgia this fall! Additionally, they will be recognized with other state winners from across Ohio at the State 4-H Achievement Banquet in June.

  • Brianna Downey – Horses
  • Evelyn Hill – Health & Safety
  • Brin Leigh Hoisington – Leadership
  • Silas Kohler – Dairy Cattle
  • Julia Luallen – Clothing & Textiles
  • Kendall Wild – Environmental Science

The following individuals are FIRST ALTERNATES to the State Achievement Award winners:

  • Brin Leigh Hoisington – Swine
  • Emma Huntwork – Family Life & Child Development
  • Lydia Jones – National Dairy Conference
  • Gus Swinehart – Woodworking

The following individuals are SECOND ALTERNATES to the State Achievement Award winners:

  • Kaitlyn Stonerock – Citizenship & Community Service
  • Dominic Woods – Mechanical & Engineering Science
  • Katelyn Wynkoop – Alpacas/Llamas

Congrats to all! Keep up the great working maintaining your 4-H records which open the doors to many county, state, and national 4-H opportunities.

Fairfield County 4-H Alum, Tiffany Wild featured in the Ohio 4-H Foundation’s Faces of 4-H

Each month, we highlight an Ohio 4-H alum who has an amazing story to share—from their personal experience in 4-H to how they have given back to the program. This month, we feature Tiffany Wild, associate professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University and a proud alumna of Fairfield County 4-H.

Read more about Tiffany’s 4-H story here.

Wild receiving her achievement award for consumer science.

Wild receiving her achievement award for consumer science.

Fairfield County 4-H Scholarship Application – due 1/12/2024

2024 Fairfield County 4-H Scholarship Application –  for High School Seniors and those in College. If you have questions or want more information, please contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu or 740-277-4625.  Please download the form for the interactive pdf to work.

Priority will be given to those who are current seniors and/or have not received this scholarship previously. Scholarship recipients must be enrolled in the Fairfield County 4-H Program in 2024 AND complete at least ONE 4-H project before receiving this award. Fairfield County 4-H Scholarships are due in paper copy to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2024. An additional copy of your Ohio 4-H Achievement Form must also be turned in with your scholarship application.

Additional scholarship opportunities can be found on our Fairfield County Extension website under Older Youth Opportunities or visit previous Fairfield County 4-H blog posts.

Junior Achievement Award Applications (ages 9-13) due 1/12/2024

Fairfield County Jr. Achievement Form (pdf)  (Paper copy is due to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2024).

For 4-H members ages 8-13 as of January 1, 2024 to complete.  This form provides a start towards completing the Ohio Achievement Record form.

There are three levels of awards:  White Clover for members in the first and second year, Green Clover for members in their third and fourth years, and Gold Clover for members in the fifth and sixth year of Traditional 4-H.

The cover letter may be found here.

Example Jr. Achievement Form

Ohio 4-H Achievement Award Forms (ages 14-18) due 1/12/2024

For youth 14-18 as of January 1, 2024 interested in applying for state & county achievement/merit awards (Beef, Clothing, Leadership, etc.), county trips (Sea Camp, Leadership Camp, etc.), National Dairy Conference, Ohio Township Award, etc. Please use the current version of the form and please use Microsoft Word to edit. DO NOT open/edit in Google Docs!

Ohio 4-H Achievement Form (2024 Form- Word document- Please download to complete)

2024 Achievement Form Instructions – PLEASE READ!

Ohio Achievement Form Suggestions – Achievement form section suggestions can by found by reviewing this form.

State Resource Page

Paper copies of your Ohio 4-H Achievement Form are due to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 12th, 2024. Member should turn in a paper copy of this for for each state opportunity, project area, and trip selected on the cover page.

Questions can be directed to Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu.

Save the Date: December 14th for our Achievement Form Workshops

Be recognized for all you do in 4-H! It all begins with keeping great records of your 4-H accomplishments! Save the date of December 14th for upcoming workshops! Details are in the flyer posted below.

Younger 4-H youth (ages 9-13 as of 1/1/2024) are encouraged to start completing your Junior Achievement Form. Junior Achievement Awards will be awarded in April 2024!

Older 4-H youth (ages 14-18 as of 1/1/2024) are encouraged to explore the many teen opportunities available to them when they complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Form including: County Merit Awards, College Scholarships, County Trip Awards, Outstanding 4-Her Award, State Achievement Awards – and perhaps earning a trip to National 4-H Congress! County Merit Awards, Scholarships, and Trip Awards will be awarded in April 2024!

Be recognized for all you do in 4-H! Members ages 8-13 should complete the Junior Achievement Form!

Fairfield County Jr. Achievement Form (pdf)  (Due January 12, 2024) For 4-H members ages 8-13 as of January 1, 2024 to complete.  This form provides a start towards completing the Ohio Achievement Record form.  There are three levels of awards:  White Clover for members in the first and second year, Green Clover for members in their third and fourth years, and Gold Clover for members in the fifth and sixth year of Traditional 4-H.

The cover letter may be found here.

Example Jr. Achievement Form

Hard copies of the 2024 Fairfield County Jr. Achievement Forms are due Friday, January 12th at 4:00 p.m.

4-H Teen Opportunities, Award Forms, and Recognition (youth ages 13-18 as of 1/1/2024)

Attention Teens! Do you want to be a camp counselor? Junior Fair Board Member? Junior Leader? Outstanding 4-Her? Scholarship or Trip Award winner? Do you find yourself asking “How do I get to do that?” We suspect that as you have gotten older you have started to look for new and exciting things where you can be involved. Read on… 4-H has special opportunities for teens only where YOU can play a part!

There are many exciting opportunities that await you as a teenager in the Fairfield County 4-H Program. Soon, 4-H members who will be ages 13-18 as of 1/1/2024 will receive a survey link emailed to them. This survey is an invitation for you to let us know what you are interested in learning more about. Read all about these opportunities, mark which ones you are interested in and we will follow up with making sure you have the correct forms, applications, and information to proceed to the next steps!

The opportunities in awards, trips, scholarships and more available to teens in the 4-H program are incredible. Don’t miss out on learning more and getting involved! Most of these opportunities are open to 4-H members ages 14 and up as of January 1st. There are also a few opportunities for youth ages 13 as of January 1st. Some of these activities require completion of special forms while others just involve asking for more information. Regardless of what you are interested in, be sure to give us a call if you need more information or would like some help with the necessary forms.

If members and parents would like a little extra assistance in preparing their records, feel free to call or email Leslie (740-277-4625) at cooksey.25@osu.edu or Aubry (740-277-4626) at fowler.443@osu.edu.

We encourage you all to broaden your 4-H experience and try something new. We think you’ll find many new friends and much more fun ahead!

Additionally, we invite youth who will be ages 13-18 as of 1/1/2024 to attend the Achievement Form Workshop on Thursday, December 14th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Extension Office / Ag Center.