Mineral County 4-Hers recognized their best and brightest at the annual achievement banquet highlighting a year of service.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
Mineral County 4-Hers recognized their best and brightest at the annual achievement banquet highlighting a year of service.
“If I had to rate 4-H I would give it a 10 out of 10,” said Helen McCarty, spirit of younger camp. “It’s fun but it keeps kids busy.”
Emma Pancake, who received the Heart H at older camp, agreed saying, “4-H Camp is the best but we can make it better that is what we do.”
The program began as clubs were recognized for the service and promotion of the 4-H program including Agricolae, Goalseekers, Klover Krusaders, Mountaineer, Pony Express and Reeses Mill Pathfinders.
Sally Orbin was recognized with the 2016 Friends of 4-H Award for her work with Pony Express Club.
Leaders and volunteers make the 4-H program possible and many leaders reached milestones in their careers.
Marty Evans was recognized for 35 years of service, Pam Ickes for 10 years and Don Collage, Mark Conrad and Frankie Quesenberry for five years each.
Marking their first year were Julie Burns, Mike Garland, Rebecca Garland, Sarah Goldizen, Lori Hall, Melanie Hesse, Steven Kimble, Cindy Piraino and Amy Rice.
“We have a lot to celebrate tonight,” said Vera Page as 4-Hers were recognized for their project work with an array of gold medals.
Top honors went to Skylar Lane, Zach Lay and JT Rice who were nominated by their 4-H club as proven leaders for the I Dare You Award.
 “You have a four-fold life to live,” said William Danforth, who created the 4-H I Dare You Award in 1941 urging young people to achieve their highest potential and to influence others through lives of leadership and service.
“The I Dare You Leadership Award challenges emerging young leaders to become more than they imagined,” said Mineral County Extension Agent Margaret Miltenberger as she recognized this year’s recipients.
Skylar Lane has been an active member of the Reeses Mill Pathfinders 4-H club for nine years where she has served in a variety of roles
“Skylar is a member you can count on for 4-H club activities and who completes her 4-H club projects,” said Miltenberger adding that she also has served as a junior camp counselor and has taught a variety of classes including dance.
At the state level, she has attended dance weekend for many years. Locally she has volunteered with the STEM Festival and is committed to her school work and school activities.
Zach Lay of the Pocahontas 4-H Club has been an active 4-Her for eight years and is known for his participation.
“Zach loves county 4-H camp and has served as a junior camp counselor and has helped to teach a variety of classes including science and robotics,” Miltenberger said.
Zach has attended State Teen Leader and Charting Weekend and Older Members Conference. He is a volunteer with the STEM Festival, a good student and an Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts of America.
JT Rice is a seven year member of the Sunnysider 4-H Club and is active with 4-H Teen Leaders.
JT also loves county 4-H camp serving as a junior camp counselor and helping with camp planning.
“JT has volunteered with SuGo robotic tournaments, WeDo robots and he was on the 2012 FLL team. He represented WV at the National 4-H Film Festival in Kansas City,” added Miltenberger.
JT has attended State Teen Leader and Charting Weekend, volunteered with the STEM Festival and is active with theater.
This year’s recipients received a copy of the book by Danforth based on living a four-fold life by developing the opportunities of ones head, heart, hands and health.