Friday, December 06, 2013

Boeglin and Littlefield Named Outstanding 4-H’ers of the Year at Newton County 4-H Awards Night; Mike Chestnut Recognized as “Friend of 4-H”

Contact: Jeremy Elliott-Engel, 4-H Youth Development Specialist
Headquartered in Newton County  
Tel: (417) 455-9500

NEOSHO, Mo. -- The 2013 Newton County 4-H Awards Banquet was held Saturday, Nov. 16 in the 4-H Youth Building at the Newton County Fairgrounds.  Over 200 people were in attendance to celebrate the accomplishments of many 4-H members involved with this University of Missouri Extension program.

Over 150 Awards were given to over 80 youth for their accomplishments in public speaking, leadership, community service, club work and regional and state competitions including state shooting sports, state fashion revue, state livestock judging and state public speaking contest.


Representative Bill Reiboldt and Representative Bill Lant helped present the Outstanding 4-H Boy and Girl member awards for 2013 out of all 270  Newton County 4-H members.
This year’s Outstanding Boy is Jacob Boeglin of the Lucky Clover 4-H Club. He is the son of Brian and Amanda Werner, Seneca.

“Jacob is being recognized as Outstanding Boy for Newton County, for his avid involvement in County 4-H Council, Newton County 4-H Teen Council, and serving on the Newton County MU Extension Council.  Jacob travelled to Citizenship Washington Focus this year.  He was a counselor at SW Missouri 4-H Camp and attended Youth Civic Leaders Summit and State 4-H Congress.  In addition to have a hectic travel schedule with 4-H, Jacob has been involved in many community service projects with his club, and Teen Council.  Jacob stands out from the crowd for his quiet willingness to help whenever asked,” said Jeremy Elliott-Engel, a University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth development specialist.


This year’s Outstanding Girl is Cady Littlefield, a member of the Diamond Renegades 4-H Club. She is the daughter of John and Sheila Littlefield, Diamond.

“Cady is our Outstanding Girl for Newton County.  She is currently serving her second term as a Southwest Regional Representative to the State 4-H Council.  This January, Cady spearheaded an fundraising basketball event where she raised $3,200 for two families impacted with Breast Cancer and the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.  She completed a term on the Newton County MU Extension Council and travelled to Washington, D.C. with Citizenship Washington Focus.  Cady helped plan State 4-H Teen Conference and attended State 4-H Congress.  Cady also active with the Newton County Teen Council steps out and makes a big splash, writing press releases, flyers and other media to promote her activities,” said Elliott-Engel.


The outstanding Newton County 4-H’ers (age 8-10) received recognition for their demonstrated leadership and personal growth
3rd place -- Haleigh Pittman, Diamond Renegades 4-H Club
2nd place -- Trey Larson, East Newton 4-H Club
Outstanding Newton County Junior 4-H member is Alex Campbell, Lucky Clover 4-H Club.

The Outstanding Intermediate 4-H’ers are:
3rd place -- Matthew Melton, Lucky Clover 4-H Club
2nd place -- Felicity Bruegel, Lucky Clover 4-H Club
Outstanding Newton County Intermediate 4-H’er, Josh Raben, Diamond Renegades 4-H Club.

Honorees among the senior 4-H members were:
3rd place-- Jesse Shilling from Round Prairie 4-H Club
2nd place -- Senior Winner Greg Vangunda, Lucky Clover 4-H Club
1st place -- Senior Winner Madelaine Giebler, Busy Beaver 4-H Club.


The 2013 4-H scholarship recipients are Daniel Noah, Seneca and Hannah Henady of Joplin.  These $500 scholarships are sponsored by the Newton County 4-H Council.


The Key Award represents youth that have extraordinary achievement in Citizenship, Leadership, and Mastery. Cady Littlefield completed all of the requirements to earn the Missouri 4-H Key Award which is the highest honor that a Missouri 4-H member can receive.


Brianna Werner,  was selected to receive the  A.C. Petty Leadership award which is given to a youth (ages 11-13) who has demonstrated outstanding leadership through 4-H.  Julia Fehring, one of A.C. Petty’s daughters, was on  stage to help present the award.

Arthur (A.C.) Petty was a dairy farmer from rural Diamond who believed in his community and its youth. He was a county dairy leader, past 4-H council president and leader for the Jones Creek 4-H Club. His nine children were all 4-H members and many of his grandchildren participated in Newton County 4-H. After his untimely death in 1972, the Diamond Lion’s club sponsored an award in his memory. It started as a dairy award but the 1990’s it was changed to a leadership award.


Mike Chesnut was selected as Newton County “Friend of 4-H Award.”  Chesnut was selected  for this honor because he supports Newton County 4-H through his role with Arvest Bank.  In the past 5 years, Arvest provided the Newton County 4-H Council with nearly $5,000  to help send 4-H youth to camp, leadership conferences and to Citizenship Washington Focus (a trip to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City).  His support is also felt, with Arvest being a sponsor of both Race of Revolution 4-H 5K runs that started in 2012 .

“The young people of 4-H will eventually become the leaders and producers in this great endeavor we call agriculture. Being involved with the young people of 4-H is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. Now after 34 years in this community I can walk around the grounds during the fair and visit with three generations of folks that  have had 4-H project loans. From grandparents, parents to young folks that now have a  4-H project loan.  That is rewarding and fun.  This is a wonderful honor that has been bestowed to me.  However the honor is with the generations of 4-H folks that continue the hard work and efforts that are involved.  Folks in agriculture demonstrate an unusual strength of spirit.  That is why 4-H is so important,” said Chestnut.

For more information about 4-H please contact the Newton County Extension Center, 601 Laclede, Smith Hall, Crowder College, Neosho, MO 64850, (417)-455-9500 or at


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