Livingston County 4-H names three Outstanding 4-H Members

Chaundacey Crane-Yackley, Carly Lang, Aydan Low honored

From news reports

Chaundacey Crane-Yackley, Carly Lang, and Aydan Low have been named Livingston County Outstanding 4-H Members for 2021. This is the highest award given for 4-H achievement and overall involvement in the Livingston County 4-H Program.

Chaundacey has been involved in the 4-H Program for ten years. She has participated in a number of 4-H activities including Public Presentations, Produced in New York Food Demonstrations, and the Hemlock Fair. Chaundacey is also an active member 4-H Teen Council – serving in several officer positions during her time in the group.

She has arranged or participated in a number of community service activities, including Livingston County Farm Fest, the Livingston County Safety & Wellness Fair, 4-H Chicken BBQ fundraisers, nursing home activities, and more. During the pandemic, Chaundacey even organized a BBQ fundraiser where she donated almost $3,000 in proceeds to four local organizations.

From left to right: Youth Development Program Coordinator Jenn Schwab, Chaundacey Crane-Yackley, Carly Lang, Aydan Low, 4-H Educator Renee Hopkins, and Youth Development Team Leader Mark Wittmeyer.

Carly has been involved in the 4-H Program for ten years. During her 4-H career, she has been active in several project areas and participated in a number of county events - including Public Presentations, Produced in New York Food Demonstrations, the Hemlock Fair, and the 4-H Livestock Auction. She is active in the Animal Science Program – having shown sheep, goats, rabbits, and cavies. She has been awarded Master Showman for rabbits, cavies, and goats - and received Grand Master Showman in 2021.

During her time in 4-H, Carly has developed into quite a leader. She is an active member of Teen Council (currently serving as the Treasurer) and the 4-H Advisory Council. In addition, she has held several showmanship clinics for younger 4-H members in the Animal Science Program.

Reflecting on her time in the program, Carly said, “Overall, 4-H has been a confidence boosting, life changing opportunity.”

Aydan has been extensively involved in the 4-H program for the last 13 years. He is an active participant in the Animal Science program – having shown rabbits, chickens, and dairy cows at the Hemlock Fair. He has developed leadership skills through his involvement in Teen Council, Teen Exchange, and the Junior Dairy Leaders Program.

Aydan has also graciously donated his time at a number of events – including the Hemlock Fair 4-H Food Tent and Bucket Brigade gardening workshops. He even created two bucket holders (to display the container gardens) for use during the Hemlock Fair.

“4-H has given me the opportunity to take a leadership role and to gain confidence and my own voice while doing it,” he said.

While the Outstanding 4-H Member award is typically given to one individual, this year was unique.

“Every so often we find ourselves with a program bursting with a rich, full, outstanding pool of applicants. This is one of those years and we are thrilled and proud to honor three Outstanding 4-H Members,” said 4-H Educator Renee Hopkins.

To learn more about the Livingston County 4-H Program, which is currently accepting new members, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County at 585-991-5420 | 585-335-1752.