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4-H Awards

Awards are available to each and every 4-H member in McKean County

McKean County 4-H Awards

There are awards available to each and every 4-H member in McKean County who demonstrates outstanding work or excels as a club member, officer, or teen leader.

The following are awards presented annually by the 4-H Development Committee and McKean County 4-H Program.

Award applications are in the folder at the end of this page.

General Awards:

Educational Awards:

The 4-H Development Committee awards scholarships annually to high school seniors who have graduated as well as current college students. There are two specific applications for the two scholarships.

  • 4-H Educational Awards for current 4-H members - Members must be currently enrolled in 4-H and have been a 4-H member of McKean County for at least 3 years.
  • 4-H Alumni/Volunteer Leader - Applicants must be a McKean County 4-H alumni and/or a current 4-H volunteer leader who has assisted or been involved with the McKean County 4-H program for at least 3 years.

Outstanding Member Award

Presented to a 4-H member each year who demonstrates traits of being an outstanding 4-Her. Leadership, dedication, 4-H activities, and project completion are considered. Interested members must be at least 15 years of age and have completed 3 years of 4-H project work. Applications, including a recommendation from a 4-H leader, must be submitted by September 1 of the current year. Applicants will be required to present a brief speech to the 4-H Development Committee. The award winner will give a speech at Achievement Day. The award winner will receive an embroidered 4-H jacket and a $50 Visa card. This is a one time only award.

Outstanding Project Work Awards

Awards are presented to the member with the best blue ribbon project in each project category (with the exception of Animal Science projects - which qualify for other awards). Exceptional projects are those with the highest score from the judges at the McKean County Fair.

Blue Ribbon Club Award

4-H Clubs are all eligible to receive these prestigious awards. There is no limit to the number of blue ribbons that can be presented. Clubs may also be awarded red or white ribbons according to their overall score. All aspects of the 4-H program are part of these awards: the number of members completing projects, members and leaders participating in training opportunities, camps, fundraisers, and local, regional, or state 4-H events. The more active you and your club are, the higher your club score will be. So get out there and strive to be the next Blue Ribbon 4-H Club!

4-H Dedication Awards

Awards are presented annually to members who complete 11 years of 4-H membership. Members must have fulfilled membership requirements each year. You can join 4-H when you are eight years old and are finished as a member when you are 18. These members have been part of the 4-H program the maximum time allowed.

Sylvia Finlan Adult and Teen Leadership Awards

These awards are presented to one adult and one teen leader annually. Recipients are individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities through their 4-H experiences and have given back to the 4-H program as an outstanding leader.

4-H Records Awards

These awards are presented to the high scoring projects completed by club secretary, treasurer, and club scrapbook. Winners are presented with 4-H items suited to their officer duties.

Animal Science Awards:

Dairy Management Awards

4-H Dairy Leaders nominate a Junior and Senior management award recipient. These awards go to members who demonstrate outstanding project work and exceptional care of their animals throughout the project year.

Rabbit / Cavy Management Awards

Rabbit and Cavy Leaders select a winner for outstanding project work and outstanding animal care they demonstrate for members carrying both Rabbit and Cavy projects.

Horse Program Awards

Challenge Trophy

The Challenge Award is the highest honor for a McKean County 4-H horse member. The Horse Club leaders select a winner. To be eligible for the Challenge Award you must be 15 years of age. The Challenge Award has been part of the McKean Co. 4-H Horse Program since 1976. 

Most Improved Senior & Junior Awards

Horse members who have been active members for two years are eligible to apply. Senior applicants must be ages 15-18; Juniors ages 11-14. Application requires the member to answer several essay questions about how 4-H has helped them improve as an individual and submit the horse management chart. Winner of award is decided from applications submitted to the Horse Advisory Committee. 

Rookie Awards

All 4-H horse members are eligible for these awards during the first two years after they join. There is a Rookie Boy and a Rookie Girl award each year. Winners are chosen from all eligible members. Some considerations are 4-H spirit, participation, and project completion. Winners of awards are chosen by the Horse Advisory Committee. There is no application required.

Northwest Savings Bank Award

This award is presented to the highest scoring participant in the Grooming and Showmanship Classes at the 4-H Horse Show during the McKean County Fair. Award is a horse cooler presented by and sponsored by a local bank.

Round Up Awards

Several additional awards are presented to horse members who excel during the annual Horse Round Up show held in July.

Nadine Dunn Grooming & Showmanship Award

The Nadine Dunn Award is presented in memory of Nadine Dunn, a former leader, to the overall highest scoring competitor in Grooming and Showmanship classes.

Adrienne Angel Award

The High Point English rider is presented with the Adrienne Angell Memorial Award, which is in memory of Adrienne Angel who was a former 4-H member.

Livestock Awards:

Beginners Livestock Challenge Award

This award goes to one outstanding first or second year member in each of the four species: Beef, Sheep, Swine, and Goat. Winners are selected by the Livestock Committee awards sub-committee.

Livestock Fitting and Showmanship Awards

These awards are presented to the overall Grand Champion Fitters and Showpersons from the McKean County Fair in each of the livestock species: Swine, Sheep, Beef, and Goat.

Cheri Detrick Memorial Award

This award is presented annually to a graduating, final year 4-H member who is chosen by their peers. Member must have been part of the 4-H livestock program and demonstrated leadership, a positive attitude, and set a good example for younger members. All graduating livestock members are eligible.

Rate of Gain Awards

Presented to a member showing and selling a market animal in of the four species: Beef, Sheep, Swine, Goat. Winner must have had their market livestock animal weighed at tagging date and must have attained the highest rate of weight gain from tagging date until Fair weigh-in date. Animal must not go over the maximum weight limit stated in the Livestock Guidelines. There must be two or more animals in the species to be eligible to compete for Rate of Gain

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Due September 1. This award is for alumni and/or volunteers who have been involved with the McKean County 4-H program for at least 3 years and are currently enrolled full-time in post-secondary studies.

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Due September 1. The 4-H member must have graduated from high school and been involved with the McKean County 4-H program for at least three years. The successful applicants will receive the award upon presentation of proof of enrollment in the college of their choice.

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Due September 1 (May only be won once). Youth must be at least 15 as of January 1st of the current year to apply for this award; a portion of the application must be completed by the club leader. The applicant must be prepared to give a three minute speech to the Development Committee, and the recipient of the award is expected to present the speech during the Achievement Award program.

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The Challenge Award is the highest honor for a McKean County 4-H horse member. Applications are due October 1 of each year.

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Horse members (ages 11-14) who have been active members for two years are eligible to apply. Winner of award is decided from applications submitted to the Horse Advisory Committee. Applications due on October 1 of each year

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Horse members (15-18) who have been active members for two years are eligible to apply. Winner of award is decided from applications submitted to the Horse Advisory Committee. Applications are due on October 1 of each year