Jackson County Youth Honored at 4-H Achievement Night

MURPHYSBORO, Ill.— Achievement night is an opportunity to recognize 4-H club members and volunteers for all of their accomplishments. This year’s event highlighted some of the youth in our community for the work they have done over the past year.

Officer Awards

The President’s Award and Vice President’s Award is given to members who take on the responsibility of a leadership role within their club.

Those honored with the President’s Award for their club included Kylie Bean, Madison Bennett and Elizabeth Froemling. Those honored with the Vice President’s Award for their club were Charlie Pierson, Ryleigh Richelman, Shealee Swisher and Sam Trammell.

The Secretary’s Award was given to Madison Bennett, Adreanna Edgar, Kallie Heavrin, Landon Hindrichs and Shealee Swisher. The Treasurer’s Award was given to Antwuan Dean, Amber Gass, David Grau, Megan Grey, Greta Snyder and Brayden Wilson.

Recreation Awards were given to Parker Hindrichs, Maddie Pulcher and Sam Trammell and Rylee Fisher received the Reporter Award.

Club Leader Recognition

Adult volunteers and leaders were recognized for their part they plan in making Jackson County 4-H programs and clubs a success. Honorees included Kelli Bean, Nicole Davis, Jackie Gass, Nickie Heins, Mary Huseman, Kelly Jones, Amanda Lowery, Rick Pierson, Carmetha Rice, Michelle Shelton, Luke Stegmann, Sharon Swisher, Jacqui Trammell, Jearl Trammell and Wei Zhang.  The volunteer that was inducted into the Jackson County 4-H Hall of Fame was Sharon Swisher.

Outstanding Recognition

Outstanding leaders were recognized for stepping up and taking on additional responsibilities, helping with 4-H Federation and county activities. Youth recognized were Kylie Bean, Madison Bennett, Amber Gass, Isabella Huseman, Levi Lowery, Maddie Pulcher, Greta Snyder, Shealee Swisher, Sam Trammell and Brayden Wilson.

Kylie Bean and Brayden Wilson were recognized for being 4-H week leaders. Madison Bennett received the Most Dedicated 4-H Member Award, Elizabeth Froemling was named Most Inspiring 4-H Member and Shealee Swisher was named 4-Her of the Year.

Youth that received outstanding member recognition were James Akins, Kylie Bean, Madison Bennett, Brianna Carnes, Adreanna Edgar, Isaac Fredrickson, Amber Gass, Belle Huseman, Lance Lowery, Levi Lowery, Maddie Pulcher, Blayke Richelman, Ryleigh Richleman, Everett Snyder, Greta Snyder, Shealee Swisher, Sam Trammell and Brayden Wilson.

Experience Awards

The Experience Award offers recognition for members who participate in activities and events throughout the program year. Members are recognized for their experience in the areas of participation, leadership, community service and project learning. Shealee Swisher received the Excel Award in leadership. Other awardees included:

Bronze Medal Winner- Lucas Bigham

Silver Medal Winners- Kylie Bean, Isaac Fredrickson, Lance Lowery, Maddie Pulcher, Everett Snyder, Greta Snyder and Brayden Wilson.

Gold Medal Winners- James Akins, Madison Bennett, Brianna Carnes, Adreanna Edgar, Amber Gass, Belle Huseman, Levi Lowery, Blayke Richelman, Ryleigh Richelman, Shealee Swisher and Sam Trammell.

Three members were selected to receive a $150 scholarship to be used at 4-H camp, Illini Summer Academies or any other youth leadership conference within the next year. Scholarship recipients included Amber Gass, Isabella Huseman and Maddie Pulcher.

Project/Activity Awards

Three members received project awards.  Charlie Pierson received the Shooting Sports Award while Blayke Richelman and Ryleigh Richelman received the Dairy Award.

Activity award winners were Amber Gass, Maddie Pulcher and Isabella Huseman.

Additional awards included monetary awards for clubs that participated in the window display contest during 4-H week. Winners included Somerset Clovers (first place), Carbondale Clovers (second place) and Campbell Hill Cherokees (third place).

Four individuals were also awarded the Rose Lipe Memorial Award. Awardees were Kylie Bean, Brody Fisher, Danielle Snyder and Sam Trammel.


The youngest members were also recognized for their participation in 4-H. Jackson County Cloverbuds are Allie Ayres, JuJu Ayres, Titus Beckman, Chloe Brown, Ariah Canaley, Caleb Fredrickson, Millie Fulk, Caleb Gao, Jonathan Grau, Julie Heins, Kaylin Heins, Alta Hindrichs, Ruth Jones, Kenzie Klaus, Lance Lowery, Jaylah Maynor, Zaina Milton, Madeleine Myers, Iyona Newell, Lola Pierson, Karsyn Pucher, Carlee Robertson, Carter Swisher, Hannah Swisher, Jackson Throgmorton and Marriah Trammell.

4-H empowers young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. Through 4-H, youth complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and citizenship in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Who do you know that could benefit from 4-H? Join today at: https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/join-4-h

News Source: Becky Needham, (618) 687-1727, bneedham@illinois.edu

News Writer: Heather Willis, (618) 357-2126, hdwillis@illinois.edu