The 20 members of the 2013 Lake County 4-H Ambassador Board were honored for their outstanding achievements. | Photo provided
Updated: September 17, 2013 2:03PM
CROWN POINT — A high point of the 2013 Lake County Fair is the 4-H Achievement Night. It is at this time that the crowning of the 2013 4-H Royal Ambassadors takes place.
This year the Lake County 4-H was represented by: Charlie Bayne, a nine-year member of Saddle and Spurs 4-H Club. He is the son of Charles and Laura Bayne of Cedar Lake; and Matt Kresich, a nine-year member of the Griffith Grinners 4-H Club. He is the son of Joe and Susan Kresich of Griffith.
These two young men were voted on by a panel of judges that looked at each candidate’s achievement record, his efforts to promote 4-H in the community, and an individual 10-minute interview with the judges.
The county 4-H club also honored the Citizenship Ambassador, the 4-H Livestock Achievement Award winners, the Indiana Farm Bureau Tenure Awards winners, and the winner of the Handbook Cover Contest. It was a night for honoring those members who have worked hard.
The 2013 Citizenship Ambassador Award was presented to Julie Javorka, a six-year member of the Lucky Clovers 4-H Club that meets in Munster in recognition of her 4-H achievement, community service and citizenship skills. She is the daughter of Pete and Laura Javorka of Lansing, IL.
The Leadership Ambassador Award, recognizing the development of leadership skills through the 4-H program, was presented to Anna Marie Gianni, a nine-year member of the Saddle and Spurs 4-H Club and daughter of Rick and Vicky Gianni of Crown Point. Special recognition was also given to Anna Marie Gianni, who was also selected as the 2013 Indiana 4-H Horse & Pony Ambassador.
Annie Kennelly, a nine-year member of the Hanover Haymakers 4-H Club, was the recipient of the 2013 4-H Livestock Achievement Award. She is the daughter of Tom and Peggy Kennelly of Cedar Lake.
Brandilyn Stockton-Fresso, a seven-year 4-H member was awarded the 4-H Horse & Pony Memorial Award. She is the daughter of Frank Fresso, Jr. and Pam Stockton of Dyer.
Mike Klein, a nine-year member of the Brunswick Beavers 4-H Club, received the 4-H Dairy Cattle Memorial Award. He is the son of Matt and Joan Klein of Dyer.
The two recipients of the Indiana Farm Bureau Tenure Awards were Garrett Corning of the Shelby Ag 4-H Club and Sarah Reed of the Crown Clovers 4-H Club. These awards were sponsored by the State Women’s Committee of Indiana Farm Bureau and are based on number of years in the program and number of 4-H projects completed.
Members who had completed 10-years in the 4-H program were also honored. They were: Eli Ceiga, Prairie Pioneers 4-H Club; Sharon Coleman, Happy Wranglers 4-H Club; Garrett Corning, Shelby Ag 4-H Club; Lynn Galliher, Shelby Ag 4-H Club; Marie Ingebretsen, Saddle & Spurs 4-H Club; Alex Kleine, Brunswick Beavers 4-H Club; Austin McNeill, Eagle Creek Up & At’em 4-H Club; Cody Pate, Riley 4-H Club; and Sarah Reed, Crown Clovers 4-H Club.
The winner of the 2014 4-H Handbook Cover Contest was Julie Javorka.