The theme for this year’s banquet was “Texas 4-H, A Picture of Leadership” with each table decorated with historic 4-H pictures. “The 4-H Banquet is the highlight event for 4-H members across the nation.
“This event commends and recognizes members and leaders on accomplishments. It’s an event I look forward to planning all year. I am proud of all the winners this year,” said Matt Bochat, Bee County Extension agent. “A big thanks goes to the committee consisting of Jody Brown, Becky Daughtry, Candance Kovar, Ester McFall, Patricia Rutkowski, Cynthia Tapia, and Krystal Whitlow for planning the event.”
4-H Council officers and managers were recognized along with Clover Kids and Record Book winners. Paul Jaure, Texas Parks & Wildlife Ranger, was presented with the 2013 Friend of 4-H Award for his support of the Bee County 4-H Shooting Sports Fishing Tournament at Choke Canyon. Ester McFall was awarded outstanding Female 4-H Leader. Chuck McCameron, longtime Shooting Sports 4-H Club manager, received the Outstanding Male 4-H Leader.
Incentive Award winners included: Trenton Dragon, Beef; Whitlee Whitlow, Goat; Kayla Rutkowski, Rabbit; Sarah McFall, Sheep; Zachary Mortensen, Horse; Austin Brown IV, Shooting Sports; Amanda Vasquez, Poultry; Rose McGuill, Clothing & Textiles; and Bethany Keener, Traveling Trophy (Science & Technology). The Bee Kountry Kids 4-H Club was the winner of the Record Book Award.
The Rising Star Award (first year member) was given to Addie Brown and Brandon Kovar. Bronze Star Award (Jr. members age 8-10) winners included Matthew McFall and Addie Brown. The Silver Star Award (Intermediate member age 11-13) winners were Dani Alvarado and Kayla Rutkowski. Zachary Mortensen was the winner of the Texas Extension Educators Scholarship in the amount of $250. Mortensen was awarded the Mildred Rader Memorial Scholarship also for $250. The Danforth “I Dare You” Leadership Award went to Trenton Dragon. Austin Brown IV was the winner of the Audrey Bellows Award.