Madison County 4-H recognized its members and their successes with their 66th annual banquet at the Madison County Fairgrounds last Monday.
“The kids have worked so hard all year,” said Leslie Lazenby, who is in charge of 4-H and Youth Development for the Madison County Extension Office. “It causes other kids to see the ones that win the big awards and can drive them to work harder. It is also good for our sponsors to see all that the kids are doing. But overall, it is about the kids. It is about giving them the honor they deserve because they work hard.”
Many 4-H members were given awards in certain categories and received a certificate recognizing their accomplishments.
“The banquet was the largest it has ever been to my recollection,” said County Extension Agent Chadd Caperton. “We served 110 plates, handed out 44 awards including 10 belt buckles that were sponsored by local businesses and families. It was only made possible through those donations.”
Capital Farm Credit donated funds that allowed the organization to recognize and award their club leaders with monogrammed jackets.
The list of sponsors reads as follows: Capital Farm Credit, Mr. Billy Wilson and Family, Standley’s Feed and Seed, Prosperity Bank, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Samuel, Mr. and Mrs. John Hardy, Normangee State Bank, The Bank of Madisonville, Mr. Ellwood Barrett, The Williams Family, KMVL Radio, Dr. Denise Easterling, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Drake and Jarrett’s Meat Services.
Photos of the award-winning 4-H members from the banquet are provided on page 12.
But the students were not the only part of 4-H awarded for their hard work. Last week, Leslie Lazenby received the Superior Service Award for County Support Staff (County Level). There is only one recipient awarded across the entire state each year. There are 12 districts and each can only submit two nominees, which are picked from hundreds of hopefuls. She was nominated for the award by Caperton.
“It was pretty cool,” said Lazenby. “(Caperton) is great and he believes it is important to honor those who work for him.”
“(Lazenby) has had a positive influence on the community of Madison County in many ways and through many programs,” said Caperton in his nomination. "Her passion for youth, agriculture and education continues to drive her positive influence today.”