, Kingston, NH

December 5, 2013

4-H Awards

Carriage Towne News

---- — RAYMOND - The contributions and accomplishments of Rockingham County’s 4-H youth members and adult volunteers were recognized at the annual County Recognition Night held recently at Raymond High School.

The 4-H Head, Heart, Hands, and Heart awards were presented to four outstanding 4-H members who embodied the spirit of each award.

Jack Muench of Fremont was presented with the 4-H “Head” Award. Meunch is a first-year member of the 4-H Peppermint Ponies where he has served in a variety of leadership roles including meeting leader. His hard work as Stable Manager at the County Horse Show, assisting with pony rides at Tractor Supply Co.’s fundraising, and acting as a Junior Camp Counselor at summer horse camp earned Meunch this year’s award.

Sam Drake of Nottingham, a member of the 4-H Rockingham Roosters, earned this year’s 4-H “Heart” Award for his demonstrated care for people within the 4-H community and beyond, his concern for animals and the natural environment. At this year’s Stratham Fair, Drake earned the title of Coop Master for his diligent care of the club’s display and his poultry, and his interaction with fair visitors.

Christine LaMoré of Newmarket, a member of the Next Step Teen Club, was awarded the 4-H “Hands” Award. LaMoré has tirelessly volunteered for various 4-H projects, including fundraising for and participating in a service learning trip to Dominica. She is dedicated to her club’s activities and recruitment. Her pledge of service to others provides a model of the 4-H Hands value.

Jackie Johnson of Brentwood was the recipient of this year’s 4-H “Health” Award. Johnson won this year’s award after much dedicated care to her ailing horse, Doc. She willingly provided all the care recommended by the veterinarian, even waking up in the middle of the night. Her devotion to improve the horse’s health is exemplary to all 4-H members.

The Junior 4-H’er of the Year Award was presented to Sarah Sidut of Brentwood. This award recognizes a 4-H member with an impressive record of achievement and a very well rounded 4-H experience. Sidut is club secretary of the Rockingham Roosters club.

She represented New Hampshire at the Big E in action exhibit and speech competitions. Additionally, Sidut took home first place in the Junior Novice division of this year’s Southern New England 4-H Poultry show at the University of Connecticut.

Anya Vogel of Raymond was recognized with the Dare Mighty Things Award. The award celebrates an older 4-H member who is moving on from the program, recognizes their achievements, and challenges the member to be a leader and to take risks while moving to life’s next stage. Vogel is an active member of two 4-H clubs, the Raymond Redtails and the Next Step Teen Club. She participated in a service trip to Dominica this past summer where she was “leader for a day.” Vogel challenges herself to connect with others and step out of her comfort zone to “make the best better.”

The UNH Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development program brings positive learning experiences to New Hampshire youth between the ages of five and 18 through afterschool activities, camps, teen conferences, and other events and activities aimed at expanding knowledge and encouraging community engagement and leadership. For more information, visit