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4-H enjoys an active year
Many honored during banquet
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Christian Woodall, center, hugs mother Rosanne as they talk with friends Thursday before a 4-H Club awards ceremony at Haw Creek Elementary. - photo by Autumn Vetter

One of Forsyth County’s largest youth organizations honored its members Thursday night.

During a banquet at Haw Creek Elementary School, Forsyth County 4-H’ers were recognized for their achievements during the 2011-12 school year.

4-H is a youth club sponsored by the Georgia Extension Service, which provides a range of activities for students in fifth through 12th grades.

“Today we are united in celebrating 4-H’er achievements of the past year,” said Alyssa Pawlik, vice president of the Forsyth 4-H senior council.

“In a world where many children have few resources to build a future, we are thankful for the dreams, hopes and plans that have been nourished in the community of this club.”

During Thursday night’s event, which drew about 250 people, Natalie Fisher, president of the senior council, received two scholarships.

“It’s awesome and was totally unexpected,” Fisher, a junior at Forsyth Central High School, said of winning both the L.E.A.D. Scholarship and the Scot Born Memorial Scholarship.

The L.E.A.D. Scholarship is presented to an outstanding 4-H participant based on his or her commitment to the club and school leadership.

The Scot Born Memorial award is based on similar criteria and is given each year by United Way of Forsyth County in memory of Born, who served as a 4-H staff member before passing away in 1995 due to heart problems.

Among Fisher’s 4-H activities during her eight years in the organization are district project achievement, in which students research and present a speech on a specific topic, and horse quiz bowl and judging teams.

Fisher said she’s learned much through the horse activities.

“I love all the horse stuff,” she said. “Hippology and horse judging have helped me a lot at home with my horses. I’m like, ‘I know what that is.’”

Scott Hansard, owner of Hansard Insurance, also presented six savings bonds to 4’H’ers of the Year: Taylor Edwards, Fisher, Rebecca Grieco, Dusty Haney, Judson Meadows and Pawlik.

Graduating seniors Lauren Anderson, Laura Turner and Tori Hall each received special recognition for their years in 4-H.

Students also took home awards for participation in 4-H’s many activities, including: cotton boll and consumer judging; forestry field day; horse quiz bowl; horse judging and hippology; and wildlife judging.

Several others were recognized for county and district project achievement, and rifle, BB-gun and archery teams.

Also during the event, 4-H staff, sponsors and program volunteers were honored.

Emily Harris, extension agent, thanked parents and other volunteers for their service to the organization’s activities and clubs.

“We have the most wonderful, wonderful coaches who all care a lot about the kids,” she said.