4-H Yard sign

2021 Achievement Night Awards

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Friend of 4-H Awards

The Annual Steuben County Friend of 4-H Award recipients were selected from a list of nominees throughout Steuben County and are presented to an individual and a business who have excelled in their dedication to the Steuben County 4-H Youth Development program through the years and have earned the respect of 4-H members, families and leaders, as well as the community.

Friend of 4-H Individual
This individual was nominated for her consistent and reliable support of the Steuben County 4-H Program. As a volunteer and supporter of the program for nearly 15 years, she and her daughters, have been a huge asset to the dog obedience and public speaking programs. Any time she has been called on for support, weather it is with dog obedience classes, judging for the dog program or public speaking, helping run the County Fair Dog Show, or to evaluate records, she has willingly taken on the task. Additionally, her 5 years of service and input on the 4-H Program Committee has helped guide and support the 4-H Program and Staff. It is with great pleasure to present this year’s Friend of 4-H Individual award to:

Laura Eckler

Friend of 4-H Business

This business has been a silent supporter of the Steuben County 4-H Program for many years. They have continuously donated their building and space for various 4-H Clubs and County Events over the last several years. Despite being a small community-based group, they have graciously offered their space for minimal cost, often simply requesting supplies in exchange. Their generosity is greatly appreciated and it is with much gratitude that we award this year’s Friend of 4-H Business Award to:

Friends of Howard

Behind the Scenes

This award is presented to a deserving 4-H member that has done a lot of work “Behind the Scenes” and may not have received recognition. This is not only for work done at the County Fair but throughout the 4-H project year.This year’s recipient has been working “behind the scenes” in the dog, rabbit, poultry and shooting sports programs. Receiving the award this year is:

Julianna Patrick 

I Dare You” Leadership Award

William Danforth was a successful businessman who dared young people to achieve their highest potential to influence others through lives of leadership and service. As a civic leader, he helped found the American Youth Foundation in 1925. The belief then as it is today is that each individual can make a difference. He was delighted to see talents developed and potential fulfilled. His challenge to all was to “be your own self and at your very best all of the time”. The “I Dare You” Leadership Award recognizes those who, with little encouragement, are ready to see themselves as leaders. We hope that the 4-H program instills this same challenge to 4-H members. This award is presented to:

Morgan Cheney – Harmonyville

Julianna Patrick – Country Critters

Outstanding 4-H’er Award
Each year, youth are recognized as Outstanding 4-H Members. This year’s award recipient has embodied the 4-H motto “To Make the Best Better” through clearer thinking, greater loyalty, larger service and better living as they have grown in the 4-H program. This year’s award is presented to:

Cheyenne Murat – Independent
Maeve Robarge – Blue Ribbon Roundup


Jenny Groen
4-H/Youth Program Leader
(607) 664-2576

Last updated November 30, 2021