"Matagorda County 4-H recognizes accomplishments of youth, adults" By Aaron Sumrall, PhD County Extension Agent Agriculture & Natural Resources

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4-H: Matagorda County 4-H recognized the efforts and accomplishments of members and leaders during the annual recognition banquet held July 31. Award winners in no particular order include Cheryl Saha, Scollie Saha, Karly Brown, Slade Saha, Brooke Vandenbergh, Madilyn Spale, Avery Kubecka, Mallory Grimes, Shelly Grimes, Kim Sliva, Jodi Spalek and Amy Kubecka.

   As the 4-H year draws to a close, Matagorda County 4-H recognized the efforts and accomplishments of members and leaders during the annual recognition banquet at the Bay City Civic Center July 31. 
   The 4-H program is a dynamic youth development organization offering in excess of 30 projects in which youth can learn, lead, and demonstrate what was learned through competition. 
   Youth excelling in the 4-H program are also eligible for scholarships from the local to international levels.
   The base of the Matagorda County 4-H program is leadership and community service. Youth are encouraged to participate in projects of their choice and include leadership and community service throughout. 
   Matagorda County 4-H members are active in almost every project offered, with many advancing project learning to state, national, and international levels.
   During this year’s banquet, 4-H members were recognized for project accomplishments, achievements, and dedication to Matagorda County. 
   4-H members receiving project awards were Makayla Alford, Karly Brown, Anisa Cronett, Grace Gibbens, Iralynn Gibbens, Kaitlyn Gilbert, Mallory Grimes, Jed Harper, Dylan Henry, Spencer Hogg, Savannah Huffman, Ansley Kubecka, Ty Kubecka, Avery Kubecka, Braden Kucera, Tanner Ryman, Cheryl Faith Saha, Gavin Saha, Slade Saha, Matthew Shockey, Hannah Sliva, Victoria Sliva, Shawn Sneath, Colton Spalek, Kaylee Spencer, Clayton Stuhrenberg, Lanae Tucker, Brooke Vandenbergh, and Rylee Vandenbergh. 
   The Star awards are the highest-level county awards that a 4-H member can receive in their age division. 
   In addition to outstanding accomplishments in their projects, 4-H members must show growth in those projects combined with significant impacts in community service and leadership and complete a record book. 
   The Bronze Star is the highest county award a 4-H member can receive as a junior member. 
   The 2018 Bronze Star recipients were Cheryl Saha and Scollie Saha. 
   The Silver Star award is for outstanding intermediate 4-H members and this year’s recipients were Slade Saha and Karly Brown. 
   The Gold Star award is for senior-level 4-H members who excelled in 4-H efforts in all areas, meeting elevated requirements and giving back to younger 4-H members and their county. 
   The 2018 Gold Star recipients were Madilyn Spalek and Brooke Vandenbergh. 
   The I Dare You award is a superior leadership award going to an individual who repeatedly demonstrated outstanding efforts in leadership - both in and out of 4-H. This year’s recipient was Mallory Grimes. 
   The Outstanding Agricultural Production Award goes to a 4-H member who took the skills and lessons learned in 4-H and put them to practice in agriculture.
   The award yearly goes to a senior-level 4-H member. This year it went to Avery Kubecka. 
   The 4-H adult leaders annually award scholarships to deserving graduating seniors who met and exceeded the necessary guidelines. 
   Scholarship funds come from Matagorda County residents supporting fund-raising efforts. 
   The 2018 scholarship recipients were Adam Smith, who will study mechanical engineering at TAMUCC, and Clayton Stuhrenberg, who will study engineering at TAMU in College Station. Both were accepted to their perspective schools.
   The 4-H program would not function without the tireless army of dedicated adults serving in roles to include managers, project leaders, coaches, and so much more. 
   This year, 4-H recognized Shelly Grimes and Kim Sliva as outstanding Friends of 4-H. 
   Matagorda County 4-H Managers of the Year were Jodi Spalek from El Maton 4-H, and Amy Kubecka from Round Up 4-H Club.

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