2017-05-25 / Front Page

Haugheys, Burriss get top honors at 4-H banquet


Friend of 4-H award winners Tracie and Bob Haughey (front, center) were joined in celebration at the conclusion of the Wilkes County 4-H awards banquet by members of the County Council including (front, l-r) Nicklaus Harkins, Emily Hardy, Ava Wright, the Haugheys, Mark Bryngelson Jr., Jake Tucker, Madison McGaughey, (back) Emma King, McCamy Garrard, Nathan Durham, Nailah Jones, Zach Hill, John Michael Miller, Garston Townsend, Arkayla Merriweather, Brett Tanner, Emily Hopkins, Whitney Dawson, and Levi Durham. Friend of 4-H award winners Tracie and Bob Haughey (front, center) were joined in celebration at the conclusion of the Wilkes County 4-H awards banquet by members of the County Council including (front, l-r) Nicklaus Harkins, Emily Hardy, Ava Wright, the Haugheys, Mark Bryngelson Jr., Jake Tucker, Madison McGaughey, (back) Emma King, McCamy Garrard, Nathan Durham, Nailah Jones, Zach Hill, John Michael Miller, Garston Townsend, Arkayla Merriweather, Brett Tanner, Emily Hopkins, Whitney Dawson, and Levi Durham. For all their individual accomplishments during the past year, 107 members of Wilkes County 4-H were honored with recognition at the club’s annual banquet last Saturday evening at W-WCHS.

The prestigious “Friend of 4-H” award was presented to Bob and Tracie Haughey while Thomas Burriss garnered the Mitchell Willingham 4-H’er of the Year scholarship award. Burriss and Mason Cronic received special recognition as graduating seniors.


Graduating seniors Mason Cronic (left) and Thomas Burriss (right) were given silver platters in honor of their years in the 4-H program. Graduating seniors Mason Cronic (left) and Thomas Burriss (right) were given silver platters in honor of their years in the 4-H program. “I just want to say thank you once more to all of our awesome volunteers, parents, county commissioners, ELS Members, school system personnel, our state 4-H leadership, and financial contributors for making this program possible,” County Agent Audra Armour said. “We could never make it without you.”

Armour also pointed out that the organization has seen significant growth in the past four years. At the 2014 banquet, she said, 47 members were recognized. and since then the program has grown to 107, or “about a 127% increase in just four short years,” she said.

“We increased participation 20 percent from last year,” Armour continued. “We have added a horse club this past year and look forward to seeing it grow. We should be getting our 4-H bus this coming December. Overall, we are currently serving 464 members and our active participation continues to increase. For that I am very grateful.”

Other top awards went to Outstanding Cloverleaf members Jake Tucker and Ava Wright; Outstanding Juniors Garston Townsend, Brett Tanner, and Nathan Durham; and Gold Clover Award winners Mark Bryngelson and Lydia Norman.

To parents and grandparents of members, Armour said, “Each one of your children is blessing to us every day and an asset to the sustainability of this youth program. They have made us laugh, sometimes cry, but overall we enjoy the memories we make with them. This is our future and we must take care of our youth and show them that honesty and hard work can be very rewarding. They are living proof that we can all make the best better.

“I hope you all will leave here tonight with a huge appreciation of this great organization that touches the lives of so many youth throughout our county and state. I encourage each of you to find ways to use your Head, Heart, Hands, and Health to empower the lives that you touch each and every day.”

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