4-H Achievement Night Recap

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Caldwell County 4-H’s annual Achievement Night celebration was held February 4,  2022 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.

The evening opened with a brief welcome and then the flag salute and 4-H pledge  were led by Moranna and Wilson Deal. Moranna Deal is currently serving as our West District 4-H Vice President.

County Activity Day Awards

In the spring of 2021, three Caldwell County youth earned awards at our local County Activity Day and beyond for their presentations and public speaking. 

  • Wilson Deal earned gold at the county level for his public speaking entry about goal-setting. 
  • Peyton Denning earned gold at the county and district level for his open class presentation on saxophones.
  • Addison Duncan also earned gold at the county and district level. Then at the state competition, she earned silver for her presentation on the hay making process.

Addison Duncan poses with her certificate at the 4-H Achievement Night.

Results from Project Records

Project records are a written account of project work done in an area during the year. They serve as both a record and a tool for reflection. An excellent record is well-organized, containing details about what a young person learned and how that individual grew through their experiences.

Lilly Pearson and Ryan Simms were recognized for completing mini project records. Mini project records are another reflection tool for 4-H projects and an introduction to regular project records.

In the animal science category, Shelby Ford completed a Cloverbud project record. In the 8-10 age category, Peyton Taylor received gold. In the 11-12 age category, Eli Dillon earned gold and also reached the standard of excellence for his record. 

For ages 13-15, Jordan Mitchem placed gold, Addie Dillon placed silver and Ellie Shuping placed bronze. Jordan and Addie will be our district entries. All three also achieved the standard of excellence.

Members of the Livestock 4-H Club pose together at the 4-H Achievement Night.

Next, Eli Dillon’s project record in the area of science and technology received a gold county award and a notation for standard of excellence.

In the personal development and leadership area, Keaton Benfield was a gold award recipient for ages 8-10 and Addie Dillon was a gold recipient for ages 13-15 with a notation for standard of excellence.

Finally, Peyton Denning’s communications and expressive arts project record earned gold with a notion for standard of excellence, and Zöe Smith completed a project record in the healthy lifestyles project area.

Portfolio Award

In animal science, Emily Shuping earned gold for her project portfolio.

Junior Leaders

Junior Leaders apply in the spring to participate in a unique summer program focused on leadership and personal development. These teens assist with Summer Exploring by facilitating activities and helping younger members feel welcome at programs. Along the way, they often build confidence in themselves and their abilities.

In 2021, nine teens completed their summers as Junior Leaders in good standing, meaning they exhibited responsibility, reliability and cooperation in their role.

2021 Junior Leaders:

  • Emma Combs
  • Moranna Deal
  • Malachi Schwartz
  • Ellis Waitz
  • Zoey Canham
  • Landon Trinks
  • Alexa Cole
  • Lilly Pearson
  • Peyton Denning

Peyton Denning poses with his certificate at the 4-H Achievement Night.

40 Hours of Service

Zöe Smith, Jackson Corea and Ava Tugman were recognized for their completion of the 40 Hours of Service program in 2021. From January to July, each member logged 40 hours of service. They made dog toys for a pet rescue and Valentine’s Day cards for seniors. Other service projects included picking up trash at Redwood Park and delivering food with Soul Good ministries among many others.

Zöe Smith poses with her certificate at the 4-H Achievement Night.

4-H Senior

During our achievement programs each year we like to honor those in their final year of 4-H, our 4-H seniors. This year we had one 4-H senior spotlight.

Emily Shuping is the daughter of Rebecca and Todd Shuping, and a member of the Livestock 4-H Club. She will graduate from Robert L Patton High School this spring, and has been accepted to NC State and University of Mount Olive for Agribusiness and Accounting.

Club Recognition

Baton Elementary Bear Paws 4-H Club

In 2021, Baton Elementary Bear Paws 4-H Club, started with an all-new group of fourth and fifth-grade members, exhibited a booth at the Caldwell Agricultural Fair and decorated pumpkins for a school reading night.

The club’s re-chartering application was approved for 2022 at the gold level. The Bear Paws 4-H Club also won a pizza party as part of the 2022 enrollment contest.

Cooking 4-H Club

In 2021, the Cooking 4-H Club navigated the challenge of having club meetings without being able to cook; learned food and personal safety protocols when they were able to cook at meetings again; and tested recipes for spaghetti sauce, stir fry, macaroni and cheese and many other foods.

The Cooking 4-H Club’s re-chartering application was approved for 2022 at the gold level.

Members and leaders of the Cooking 4-H Club pose together at 4-H Achievement Night.


Livestock 4-H Club

In 2021, theLivestock 4-H Club welcomed new members and helped one another become better showmen through competition and encouragement. They also learned about animal care through hands-on demonstrations.

The Livestock 4-H Club’s re-chartering application was approved for 2022 at the gold level. Members and leaders of the Livestock 4-H Club pose together at 4-H Achievement Night.

In 2021, the 4-H Saddle Club had members place in the state’s online Horse Bowl contest, improved their equine knowledge through activities such as identifying parts of English and Western saddles and they celebrated the holidays in style, riding in the Sawmills Christmas parade and helping with Holiday Crafts

The Saddle Club’s re-chartering application was approved and they are receiving a gold seal.

Members and leaders of the 4-H Saddle Club pose together at 4-H Achievement Night.