OSAGE | On Sunday, Nov. 19, more than 250 4-H members and families gathered at the Cedar River Complex Events Center for the annual 4-H Awards Night. Presiding over the event were the 2017-2018 County Council members.

Lisa Emerson, Osage, was initiated as the Mitchell County Honorary 4-H member. Lisa began volunteering in the 4-H program in 2005 serving on the 4-H and Youth Committee in Mitchell County and continues to judge record books, conduct scholarship interviews, and help during judging day at the Mitchell Co. Fair. The initiation was performed by the Stacyville Shooting Stars 4-H Club.

Banner 4-H Club certificates were presented to four clubs: Jenkins Sunshine, Osage Warhawks, Stacyville Shooting Stars, and the West Lincoln Blues. Participation in 4-H activities, completion of the year's work and service to the community are a few of the items contributing to a club's score to qualify as a Banner 4-H Club.

Community Service Awards sponsored by the 4-H & Youth Committee were presented to the following clubs: Jenkins Sunshine, Osage High Towers, Osage Warhawks, St. Ansgar Believers, Stacyville Shooting Stars, and the West Lincoln Blues.

A total of 67 junior achievement awards and 105 intermediate and senior project awards were presented by Kari Schwarting, representing the Mitchell County 4-H Foundation. Members of the Mitchell County 4-H Record Book Task Force evaluated award applications and materials. Task Force members included Audrey Christensen, Lisa Emerson, Karla Jenssen, Carol Mack and Kirk and Linda Phelps.

Top Record Book award winners selected for their superior recordkeeping skills were Nicholas Bork, Chad Eastman, Erik Gerdts, Hannah Koch and Julia Ringhofer.

Overall Senior 4-H Achievement Awards were received by the following 4-H’ers: Agriculture: Chad Eastman, Devan Hackenmiller and Julia Ringhofer; Citizenship: Chad Eastman, Alex Franzen, Devan Hackenmiller, Brecken Huisman and Gillian Johanns; 4-H Experience: Chad Eastman, Chris Eastman, Brecken Huismanand Gillian Johanns; Leadership: Chris Eastman, Sarah Phelps, Julia Ringhofer and Sammi Scharper.

Three Mitchell County 4-H members were announced as winners of the annual all-expense paid North Iowa Chicago Youth Award. Corin Johanns, Sarah Phelps and Sammi Scharper received the award sponsored by the Mitchell County 4-H Foundation and the Mitchell County 4-H & Youth Committee. Winners travelled to Chicago with other North Iowa 4-H’ers over Thanksgiving weekend.

Devan Hackenmiller and Gabrielle Schwarting were awarded the American Youth Foundation’s National Leadership Award in recognition of personal integrity, balanced living and potential for leadership. In addition to a Certificate of Recognition, Devan and Gabrielle received a copy of Mr. Danforth's inspirational book, I Dare You!

Mitchell County 4-H leaders and 4-H & Youth Committee members were honored for their years of service to the 4-H program. The 4-H Award of the Clover is given to volunteers for each five years of service. Donors for the award include the Iowa 4-H Foundation and the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach. Recipients of this year’s award included: 5 Years - Glen Barker, Erin Bremer, Jodi Juhl, Loretta Koch, Kirk Phelps, Jerry Philipp and Mark Ringhofer; 10 Years - Grant Huftalin, Carol Mack and Patti Miller; 15 Years - Deanna Eastman and Marlene Weis. Mitchell County Extension Council members, Kirk Phelps and Karla Jenssen, presented the awards.

Sponsors for the Mitchell County 4-H Award event included the Mitchell County Farm Bureau, Mitchell County Cattlemen, Mitchell County Ag Society and Mitchell County 4-H Foundation & Youth Committee. Donations were also given by Casey’s General Stores and Subway.