Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County held the annual 4-H Achievement Ceremony Sunday, Nov. 18 in the auditorium of the Yates County Office Building. 4-H’ers, leaders, parents, and volunteers were honored for their hard work and dedication to the Yates County 4-H program.  Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Stepping Stone Awards are presented to 4-H’ers who have learned a new skill or have stepped out of their comfort zone to try something new. The following 4-H’ers received Stepping Stone Awards:

Marshall Allen, Mickayla Allen, Laura Bagley, Annika Brown, Xavier Burch, Evey Cobb, Brenna Hathway, Greyson Hathway, Kayleigh Hight, Colton Johnson, Gabriel Johnson, Lizzie Lilyea, Leila Martens, Maihue Miranda–Wiltberger, Brisco Smith, Eva Smith, James Smith, Marissa Sorensen, Jett Swearingen, Macey Swearingen, Emilie Thomas, Alexa Wood, Avery Zeigler, and Zoe Zeigler.  

Milestone Awards are presented to 4-H’ers who have used the basic skills they’ve learned and expanded on them to complete more challenging tasks or accomplish long-term goals.  The following 4-H’ers received a Milestone Award:

Laura Bagley, Daytona Bailey, Xavier Burch, Alex Cox, Blaise Cox, Brennan Dailey, Caiden DeMarco, Brenna Hathway, Kayleigh Hight, Keuka Miranda-Wiltberger, Maihue Miranda-Wiltberger, Madaline Smith, Marissa Sorensen, Emilie Thomas, and Alexa Wood.   

National 4-H Week Window Display Winner: The 4-H Project Pilots 

New York State Fair Teen Leader: Brennan Dailey

County Medals: 4-H’ers who have reached a level of mastery in a project area or an area of self-development qualify for a county medal.  These awards are presented after several years of project work that has shown progressive development in a specific project area in which youth have used their head, heart, hands, and health to take their project to a higher level.  The following 4-H’ers received county medals:

• Blaise Cox, Citizenship and Achievement

• Brennan Dailey, Sportsmanship

• Kayleigh Hight, Citizenship

• Laura Bagley, Equine Science and Leadership

Outstanding Volunteersfor the 2017/2018 4-H year included: 

Laura Hight, Trish Bagley, Sarah Bagley, Denise Slocum, Beth Smith, Lisa Wood, Jen Stape, Jim Finch, Dawn Dennis, Lisa Harper, and Charlene DeMarco.     

Special Awards

The Alleen Stewart Memorial Award was created by Alleen’s family to honor her dedication to the 4-H program. This award consists of a plaque and $25 gift certificate to a location of the recipient’s choosing to further support 4-H project work. This award is given each year to three female 4-H’ers who are involved in home environment projects, show leadership in their club and community, have a willingness to try new things, and a desire to be helpful. This year’s recipients were Alexa Wood, Marissa Sorensen, and Zoe Zeigler. 

The Fenton Wager Memorial Award is a plaque sponsored by the Penn Yan Kiwanis Club and is given to a 4-H’er who has shown initiative, follow through, and personal growth as a result of caring for their project animal. This year’s award recipient was Brennan Dailey.

The Dave Eames Memorial Award is a plaque sponsored by the Penn Yan Rotary Club. It is given to a 4-H’er who has been involved in community service and who represents the spirit of “Service above Self.” This year’s recipient was Kayleigh Hight.

The Laura Decker Memorial Award was created by the Decker family to honor Laura, a seven year Yates County 4-H’er. This award is a plaque and is given to a 4-H’er who has shown leadership skills by holding an office in either their club or in Teen Council and has shown remarkable improvement in their public speaking skills. This year the award was presented to Brenna Hathway.

The 4-H Sportsmanship Award is a plaque sponsored by Farm Credit East, ACA. It is presented to a 4-H’er who demonstrates courtesy, enthusiasm, encouragement of others, fair play, and serves as a positive role model for others.  This year the award was presented to Madaline Smith. 

The Friend of 4-H award is sponsored by the Yates County 4-H program to recognize a person or organization who has contributed their time, knowledge, and energy to help our youth grow and learn. This year’s recipient was Ted Cox.  

The 4-H rising star award is sponsored by the Yates County 4-H program. This award recognizes a 4-H member or leader with 1-2 years of experience who has become increasingly involved in 4-H and left a positive and lasting impression on 4-H staff, leaders, volunteers, and members. This year’s recipient was Jim Finch.    

The outstanding 4-h’er of the year award is the highest honor a Yates County  4-H’er can receive and consists of a plaque sponsored by the Yates County 4-H program. This year’s award recipient was Laura Bagley of Penn Yan.

Laura has been a 4-H member for nine years.  She is a member of 4-H Teen Council and Teen Ambassadors and has been involved in areas of animal science, communications, sewing, and shooting sports.  

She has continually demonstrated her abundance of equine science knowledge, outstanding public speaking skills, and talent with multiple disciplines in the show ring.  Laura has taken part in 4-H events and competitions on the county, district, state, and national levels.  She regularly participates in community service work, whether through a club – playing bingo with residents at Clinton Crest, promoting 4-H throughout the county or with her own service work taking part in regular pet therapy visits or assisting with events through Family Life Ministries.

She has completed Teen Leader Training, gone through Your Next Step programming, served as a Capital Days Planning Committee Member, assisted with 4-H Public Presentation Training, is a regular teen in the 4-H Dairy Bar, and often assists with 4-H workshops and events throughout the year.  

Through 4-H, Laura has taken advantage of an abundance of opportunities, displaying strong leadership, sportsmanship, and teamwork, making her more than serving of this recognition.       

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County thanks the businesses, organizations, and individuals whose generous donations helped make 4-H Achievement Night a success: Don Stewart and family, Penn Yan Kiwanis Club, Penn Yan Rotary Club, John and Sarah Decker and family, Farm Credit East, ACA, Lyons National Bank of Penn Yan, Five Star Bank of Penn Yan, Community Bank of Penn Yan, and the Finger Lakes Bank of Penn Yan.      

For details please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 315-536-5123 or visit