4-H awards and Congress

4-H Award winnersFour young people won the highest award given to 4-H members in South Carolina at the state 4-H Congress held at Clemson in July.

The 4-H Presidential Tray awards recognize the top four senior 4-H members (ages 15-19) who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in 4-H leadership, citizenship and project work. Each winner received a 4-H Presidential Tray and a $1,500 college scholarship.

 The winners and their areas of interest are:

  • Amber Ettinger, Kinards – agriculture and animals
  • Jonathan Graham, Summerville – natural resources
  • Stephen Steward, Rock Hill – natural resources
  • Seth Steedly, Moncks Corner – natural resources

Also announced at the state Congress were 12 youth who earned a $500 college scholarship and an all-expense paid trip to the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta in November. To be selected for the National Congress, senior 4-H members submitted a portfolio of their 4-H accomplishments to a committee for judging.

The winners and their focus areas are:

  • Taylor Gallardo, Summerville – leadership and citizenship
  • Robert Gore, Chester – healthy lifestyles
  • Lance Haymaker, North Charleston – leadership and citizenship
  • Sarah Lanier, Charleston – personal development
  • Lauren Masters, Goose Creek – natural resources
  • Chelsea Nichols, Saluda – agriculture and animals
  • David Placko, Summerville – agriculture and animals
  • Larabeth Schurlknight, Moncks Corner – agriculture and animals
  • Lauren Schuster, Indian Land – agriculture and animals
  • Rachael Stansfield, West Columbia – agriculture and animals
  • Christopher F. Sumpter, Jr., Borden – agriculture and animals
  • Timothy White, Columbia – leadership and citizenship

Finally, four delegates were selected to attend the National 4-H Conference held March in Washington, D.C. They were chosen based on their portfolios and interviews. Each earned a $500 scholarship and an all-expense paid trip to the conference.

The winners and their focus areas are:

  • Ashlyn Bassett, Richburg – agriculture and animals
  • Stephen Steward, Rock Hill – natural resources
  • Anna Sue Pinson, Waterloo – agriculture and animals
  • Michael Winningham, Cross – natural resources


For more information: www.clemson.edu/4h/ or Susie Groomes, 864-656-3848, sgrms@clemson.edu.