4-H Program Awards Outstanding Youth and Adults

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Catie Durbin proudly accepts her 4-H Jacket from Stephanie Minton, 4-H Program Assistant, which was earned based on her accomplishments in the county program.

4-H members, adult volunteers, parents and community supporters were in attendance on Saturday evening for the Annual Currituck County 4-H Achievement Program. Youth and adults who achieved excellence in club work, and service to their community were recognized for their efforts.

A Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Wendy Roberts of Shawboro for her outstanding service. Raju Uppalapati, owner of VBL Technologies in Powells Point, was recognized as the At-large Volunteer of the Year for his dedication and service to the 4-H Backpacks for Kids Program. Susan Hamlin, a 2ndGrade Teacher from Griggs Elementary School, was recognized as an Outstanding 4-H School Enrichment Volunteer.

Currituck County’s 4-H Leaders were awarded special recognition for the work they do with 4-H club members in Currituck County. Pictured left to right: Trish Rippin, Lisa Robey, Gale Durbin, Daphne Hauser, Sandy Conner, Georgia Kight, Wendy Roberts, Trish Phillips.

Volunteer Awards were presented to individuals and businesses who have donated funds or services to the 4-H Program in 2012:  These include:  Don & Sue Austin, Kim & Michael Ward, Elizabeth Sager, Coinjock Ruritan Club, Rick Taylor/Bingo Equipment Service, Gary & Barbara Leach, Manly West, Gretchen & Jason Keeter, Dawn & Timothy Manley, Bob & Debra Williams, Anita & Jonathan Poston, Cynthia & Mark Overman, K.D. McClellan, Providence Baptist Church, Dorothy Grandy/The Rose Tree, Poplar Branch Baptist Church, TowneBank of Currituck, Coinjock Baptist Church, Hadley Twiddy, Carlton Smith, Jr. , Roger Crafe, Barbara & Alfred Marzetti, Mary Kreisel, Currituck Club Ladies Nine and Dine, John Harris, Corolla ECA Club, Raju Uppalapati/VBL Technologies, Carolyn & William Gilliam, Wes Liverman/K.I.C.Z. Maintenance, Emily Alford, Margaret Edwards, Roland Smith, St. Katherine Drexel Catholic Church, Charles & Cathy Morris, J’s Auto Cleaning Service, Blackwater Electric, Joseph & Nancy Bostaph, NC Community Foundation, Glenn & Sandra Roberts

The Sand Spurs 4-H Club, lead by  Trish Rippin, was named 4-H Club of the Year for 2012.

Project record books are compiled by 4-H’ers to record accomplishments they have made in a particular subject matter. The Best Project Book winners for 2012 were:


9-10 Year Olds

Best Animal Science, Victoria Kirkpatrick

Best Environmental Science, Amy Wilkins

 Best Science & Technology, Zechariah Crawford

 Best Healthy Lifestyles, Jacob Stone

11-12 Year Olds

Best Animal Science, Jordan Starcher

 Best Environmental Science, Kayla Wilkins

 Best Consumer & Family Science, Abigail Rippin

Best Communication Art-Jonathan Stone

Best Science & Technology-Jonathan Stone

Best Healthy Lifestyles-Titus Kirkpatrick

13-15 Year Olds

Best Animal Science-Victoria Robey

 Best Science & Technology-Mitchell Kreisel

Best Environmental Science-Jamie Hauser

16-18 Year Olds

 Best Animal Science-Ridge Roberts

Best Science & Technology-Ridge Roberts

Best Plant Science-Ridge Roberts

Best Leadership-Alexis Gray

Outstanding 4-H Members of the year were selected because of overall outstanding achievements in the 4-H program for 2012. Youth recognized were:

Alexis Gray, Abigail Rippin, Dalton Hauser and Victoria Kirkpatrick

Catie Durbin, daughter of Gale Durbin of Moyock, received her official 4-H jacket, based on cumulative points earned for her 4-H work.

Youth interested in joining 4-H or adults interested in volunteering your time to share knowledge and skills with youth should contact Extension Agent, Ellen Owens at the Currituck Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension, 120 Community Way, Barco,, NC  27917, 232-2262, OR ellen_owens@ncsu.edu.