EL RENO – The four newest members of Canadian County’s Junior Hall of Fame were honored during the Canadian County 4-H Achievement Banquet.
New inductees Kendal Brunk, Leah Harris, Camryn Thompson, and Kelby Worthington were celebrated during the July 18th banquet at Canadian Valley Technology Center, 6505 E Highway 66.
The Canadian County 4-H Program celebrated another outstanding year of growth and success at the ‘80s-themed gala, which featured neon colors, cassette tapes, boom box décor, and the music of Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and Michael Jackson.
Canadian County 4-H members, families and volunteer leaders stole the show.
Banquet sponsors included AFR Insurance, BancFirst, Banner Co-op, Canadian County 4-H Foundation, and Canadian County’s Home and Community Education clubs.
Canadian County Junior Hall of Fame inductee Kendal Brunk is a member of the Canadian County Tuff Riders 4-H Club. Her project areas are horses, dogs and public speaking. Kendall coordinated a donation/supply drive for Pets & People and initiated the return of the Mabel C. Fry Library’s therapy dog reading program.
Inductee Leah Harris is a member of the Yukon 4-H Club. Her project areas are beef, performing arts, and food and nutrition. Besides being a local 4-H club officer, Leah was selected as Yukon 4-H’s song leader and a member of the cheer squad.
Inductee Camryn Thompson is a member of the Yukon 4-H and Teen Leaders 4-H clubs. Her projects include health, nutrition and culinary work. Camryn is the Yukon 4-H Club’s newly elected president and member of Mustang High School’s band and choir.
Inductee Kelby Worthington is a member of the Banner 4-H Club. She raises and shows cattle and participates in public speaking. Kelby also is a member of the Oklahoma Junior Shorthorn and National Junior Shorthorn associations. Her family has farmed, ranched and raised cattle for over 100 years.
Meanwhile, two major scholarships winners were announced at the July 18th achievement banquet:
$1,000 Susan Meitl Memorial Scholarship – Nate Ninman, Miller 4-H and Teen Leaders 4-H Club.
$1,000 Canadian County 4-H Scholarship – Shelby Harland, Mustang 4-H Club.
Many awards were presented during the 2023 recent Canadian County 4-H Banquet.
Canadian County 4-H Award earners were:
- Banner 4-H – Ella Danielson, Kelby Worthington, Lana Danielson, Makenna Branson, and Morgen Branson
- Mustang 4-H – Brody Garner, Clint Meder, Jordan McBane, Kennidee Keene, and Vesper Stewart
- Piedmont 4-H – Alyssa Nunes and Faith Nunes
- Yukon 4-H – Alexis Hayes, Bridgette Knous, Camryn Thompson, Leah Harris, Lexie Harris, Lydia Harris, and Sadie Laverty
- Canadian County Cloverbuds – Samuel Diaz, Zoey Fanning, Lydia Garner, Lili Haynes, and Ruby Jensen
- Canadian County Tuff Riders – Kendal Brunk, Katie Davis, Kylee Detrick, Addison Dolphin, Aram Martinez, Renato Martinez, Salma Martinez, Jake Vulgamore, and Karsen Young.
Canadian County achievement award winners were:
- Dan Forth “I Dare You” Award – Camryn Thompson and Kylee Detrich
- Horticulture Award – Kylee Detrick, CC Tuff Riders
- Conservation Award – Sadie Laverty, Yukon 4-H
- Safety Award – Kendal Brunk, CC Tuff Riders
- Junior Leadership Award – Morgen Branson, Banner 4-H
- Leadership Award – Kendal Brunk, CC Tuff Riders
- Citizenship Award – Kylee Detrick, CC Tuff Riders
- Achievement Award – Camryn Thompson, Teen Leaders
Junior OHCE (Oklahoma Home and Community Education) Achievement Award recipients were:
Clint Meder, Faith Nunes, Karsen Young, Katie Davis, Kelby Worthington, Leah Harris, Lexie Harris, Morgen Branson, Renato Martinez, and Sadie Laverty.
Senior OHCE Achievement Award recipients were:
Addison Dolphin, Alexis Haynes, Camryn Thompson, Jake Vulgamore, Kendal Brunk, Kylee Detrick, Lydia Harris, Makenna Branson, and Aram Martinez.
Canadian County 4-H supporters were recognized with these awards:
- 4-H Lifetime Volunteer of the Year – Kate Kearby, Canadian County Tuff Riders
- 4-H Volunteer of the Year – Christina Titterington, Mustang 4-H
- Honorary 4-H Member – Mandy Davis
- Distinguished 4-H Alumni: Larry and Mary Peck, Ag Youth Magazine
- 4-H Partner of the Year: Mabel C. Fry Library, Stephanie Askeland
OFFICERS AND MORE
Members of the 2023-24 Canadian County 4-H officer team are:
President Jake Vulgamore, Vice President Makenna Branson, Secretary Kylee Detrick, Reporter/Photographer Camryn Thompson, and Recreation/Song Leader Alexis Haynes.
Members of the 2023-24 Canadian County 4-H Leaders Council are:
President Bandi Oliphant, Vice President Lynda Landrith, Secretary Lora Turner, and Treasurer Rana Seymour.
Members of the 2023-24 Canadian County 4-H Foundation Executive Committee are:
President Tomas Manske, Secretary Niki Fanning and Treasurer Lynda Landrith.
Canadian County 4-H’s graduating seniors were:
- Meah Allison, Mount St. Mary High School
- Frankie Jo Bradshaw, Piedmont High School
- Cale Coffman, Piedmont High School
- Emma Fanning, Epic Charter School
- Kenna Gay, Epic Charter School
- Shelby Hartland, Mustang High School
- Tracey McDonough, Yukon High School
- Nate Ninman, Yukon High School
- Emma Patswald, El Reno High School
- Madison Patswald, El Reno High School
- Austin Reeves, Home School
- Jorja Titterington, Mustang High School
ABOUT THE 4-H PROGRAM
Local, state and federal agencies, area businesses, and other community partners support the Canadian County 4-H program’s objective to offer positive youth development opportunities for youth regardless of their interest areas.
Traditional agriculture-based programs and opportunities in aerospace, computer programming, robotics, nutrition, personal development, and much more are available.
The Canadian County 4-H Program mentors youth by discovering their unique passion or skills, and expanding on those interests to build their confidence, leadership capabilities, and overall civic responsibility to themselves, their peers and their communities.
The Canadian County Cooperative Extension Service supports Canadian County residents in the areas of 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, horticulture, and agriculture.
The team is comprised by Todd Branson and Alexis Graham, 4-H youth development professionals; Courtney Keck, extension horticulturist and master gardener expert; and Donna Stangl-Jung, family and consumer sciences expert.
They are led by Kyle Worthington, agriculture extension professional and county extension director.