What does it take to succeed in 4-H? Ask the 2016 Idaho County Achievement Award winners who were recently announced.
Junior winners are Ryan Alter, Aliyah Pineda and Chloe Rowland. In the intermediate category are Aidan Acton, Oliva Klapprich and Paige Lindsley. Senior honorees include Nicole Blackmer, Te-Moak Charley, Rachel Kelley and Hope Mcintire.
According to Idaho County 4-H director Susie Heckman, during the year, club leaders keep track of all of the members’ activities, giving points for their participation.
“Club leaders submit their top point earners to the 4-H Extension office at the end of the 4-H year,” she explained. “The top point earners from all of the 4-H clubs in the county are given to the 4-H Program Council and the 4-H Achievement Award winners are selected.”
Heckman said the purpose of the achievement award is to recognize 4-H’ers who exemplify the goals of the Idaho County 4-H Program. Emphasis for the award includes overall achievement, leadership and citizenship.
“My favorite thing about 4-H is that it offers many opportunities for kids of all ages, and while you are doing 4-H, you can participate in activities like speech competitions,” said Ryan Alter of White Bird. She is the daughter of Steve and Rebecca Alter and has been in 4-H for four years. She is a member of Rough Riders and Barnyard Beastiles 4-H clubs.
“I have learned that trying new things isn’t as bad as it seems. It can be interesting to try new things. I did Horse Bowl this year and I loved it,” Alter added.
Aliyah Pineda of Grangeville is the daughter of Jeff and Tesse Pineda and Ashley Thompson. She has been a member of the Hold Your Horses 4-H Club for six years.
“My favorite thing about 4-H would have to be the experiences that you get every time you give a demonstration, complete your record book, or give back to your community through community service,” Pineda said. “4-H also helps kids realize the importance of hard work — it helps teach you responsibility. 4-H has helped me become more confident as a student and as a person it helps me try to make the best better.”
Chloe Rowland is the daughter of Brent and Tara Rowland of Cottonwood. She is a member of Cottonwood Saddliers 4-H Club where she has been a member for five years, two of those as a Clover.
“4-H has taught me teamwork skills, and I have also learned that not everything goes perfectly,” she said. “I like to be a leader and I like responsibility. When you try hard and do your best, good comes from it.”
Aidan Acton is the son of Willy and Suzanne Acton of Grangeville. He is a member of Lively Livestock 4-H Club where he has been for six years, starting as a Cloverbud.
“I like the social aspect of 4-H,” he said. “I have met many of my best friends through the program. I usually do lots of projects, and this year I did horse, dog, chicken and pig. But my favorite project this year was I got to train a wild mustang through 4-H with two of my club members, and we had a lot of fun!”
“I like having fun with my friends and learning new skills in my projects. I like having the responsibility to get my projects done. It is fun to learn about different things that I can do to help others,” said Olivia Klapprich of Cottonwood.
She is the daughter of Heath and Tara Klapprich and has been a member of the Cottonwood Saddliers 4-H Club for seven years.
Paige Lindsley of Grangeville is the daughter of Russ and Heidi Lindsley. For the past seven years she has been a member of 4-H and is in two clubs: Hold Your Horses and Barnyard Beastiles.
“My favorite thing about 4-H is how it encourages not just being responsible for an animal, but responsibility, leadership and kindness,” she said. “I’ve learned that I can really be good at something if I put in the effort and the time to work at something. I also learned that I can get over my anxiety with the practice I get to speak in front of people for demonstrations and as 4-H Club president.”
Nichole Blackmer is the daughter of Jeff and Sharon Blackmer of Grangeville. She has been a member of Hold Your Horses 4-H Club for nine years.
“My favorite thing about 4-H is the opportunities it offers to experience new things and all of the life skills it teaches,” she said. “I have learned that when I put my mind to something, I can achieve anything.”
Te-Moak Charley is the son of Chance and Mary Charley of Kooskia. He has been in 4-H for eight years and is a member of the Clearwater Valley Go Getters 4-H Club.
“My favorite thing about 4-H is raising sheep and helping younger members get involved in 4-H,” he said. “I have learned a lot about how to raise both hair and wool sheep. It was interesting to learn all of the differences between the two breeds.”
“I believe that 4-H is an excellent way for young people to get involved in their community and learn responsibility by keeping records and taking care of livestock,” Charley added.
“My favorite part of 4-H is meeting and learning new things,” said Rachel Kelley, daughter of Mark and Debbie Kelley of Grangeville. She has been in 4-H for 10 years and is a member of the Rough Riders 4-H Club.
“I have learned there are times when I feel like I can’t do something or complete a project because it feels overwhelming,” Kelley said. “But if I stick with it, I’ve learned I can accomplish good things. If I work hard and continue to practice, it pays off. I have also learned that sometimes going out of my comfort zone has great rewards.”
Hope McIntire of Cottonwood is the daughter of Daniel and Leslie McIntire. She is a member of Greencreek Active Workers 4-H Club where she has been involved for nine years.
“My favorite thing about 4-H is the opportunities it gives you to make new friends, become a better person and feeling accomplished,” she said. “Becoming a good role model is important because sometimes there are young kids who look up to you. Some things don’t go your way, like your steer not having a good day in the show ring, but try not to get discouraged because you can keep giving your best.”