4-H awards night remembers Ethan McKinney
Douglas County 4-H held its annual Awards Night Program on Oct. 10 with more than 200 in attendance. Members received Year Pins, Project Medals and Portfolio/ Recordbook Awards based on their hard work and commitment to their 4-H program. Volunteers and community supporters were on hand to be honored and to share in the festivities.
The program was dedicated to 10th year 4-H member Ethan McKinney, 15, who lost his fight with bone cancer earlier this year.
At last year’s award’s program, Ethan was master of ceremony.
“During his life, he was truly a shining example of our motto in 4-H ‘To Make the Best Better,’” Organizers said. “Ethan certainly exemplified that motto in all of his endeavors in and out of 4-H, which were many. Ethan was a true role model for other youth through his commitment to excellence, caring for others, service to the community, and activities in raising livestock, music, art, drama, sports, science and more.”
He once said that if he lost his positive attitude and sense of humor than cancer had already won.
Ethan passed the time in the hospital by starting his own charity called “Ethan’s Little Library” to collect new storybooks for other children and youth receiving treatment at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland.
He enjoyed reading stories to the younger kids and giving them free storybooks. This year 4-H members attending 4-H Camp collected new books for his library as a service learning project.
The Award’s Program evening started off with the formal Awards Program which is planned and led by the 4-H Teen Leaders.
Master of Ceremony:
Teen Award’s Night Committee:
Griffin Allen, Liam Allen, Christian Snooks, Trenton Snooks
The evening concluded with door prizes followed by the end of year Power Point presentation with photos and music from the 4-H year (Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016). 4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is a youth development program of the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
A highlight of the night is the announcement of The Portfolio/Recordbook winners. A total of 55 entries were received this year. Portfolios contain ongoing and current years record keeping, essays and photos combined into a specific format. The Kiwanis Club of Carson Valley and 4-H community supporters, spend an entire day judging the books and also sponsor the cash awards for the winners.
On hand to present the awards were Kiwanis’s members President-elect Mike Henningsen, John Adams, Gary Dove, and Steve Lewis.
Cloverbud Portfolio winners (ages 5-8)
Junior Portfolio winners (ages 9-10)
Danica Pinto 1st place tie
Grace Sommers 1st place tie
Joel Nord 2nd place
Jace Radelfinger 3rd place
Intermediate Portfolio winners (ages 11-13)
Lillie McKinney 1st place
Ava Ramsey-Kruse 2nd place
Grady Frensdorff 3rd place
Josh Nord 4th place tie
Cheyenne Williams 4th place tie
Senior Portfolio winners (ages 14 & up)
Corie Nalder 1st place
Leah Ramsey-Kruse 2nd place
Lindsay Carr 3rd place
Friends of 4-H (4-H Community Supporters of 2014-15)
Carson Valley Times
Papa Murphy’s Pizza
Douglas County Parks & Recreation
Joe Benigno’s Tree Service
Carson Valley Inn
Carson Valley Times
Carson Valley United Methodist Church
Larry & Sherry Darling
Douglas County Sheriff’s Dept.
Douglas County Farm Bureau
Full Circle Compost
Kiwanis Club of the Carson Valley
JT Basque Bar & Dining Room
Carl & Marilyn Malkmus
Soroptomist International of Carson Valley
Tractor Supply Company
4-H Members Awards
*member received their Year Pin (To earn a Year Pin the 4-H member must achieve a 75% attendance at meetings, perform community service, participate in fundraising and exhibit at an event)
**member received Year Pin and Project Medal (To earn a Project Medal the member must also complete an extensive Portfolio from their 4-H year)
1st Year Members
2nd Year Members
3rd Year Members
4th Year Members
5th Year Members
6th Year Members
7th Year Members
8th Year Members
9th Year Members
10th Year Members
McKinney, Ethan **
11th Year Members (no 11th year)
12th Year Members
4-H Pet Treat Fundraiser Top Sales Winners
Jenna Garrison, Leonna Hinnant, Cheyenne Williams
4-H Senior High School Scholarship Awardees
Caitlyn Bidart, Douglas VanNest
4-H Project & Program Leadership
Baking Project-Jennifer Hinnant 2yrs.
Beyond Gardening Project-Allison Ramsey 6yrs., Jennifer Hearn 1yr.
Cloverbud Project-Melissa Blosser 3yrs.
Carson Valley Shepherds-Nita Vick 27yrs.
Horse-Karen Stout 1yr.
Resource Leaders-Renee Bidart 12yrs., Judie Fisher-Crowley 1yr., Skyler Zulian 9yrs.
Rabbit Project- Amy Ponsness 1yr., Michon Chandler 1yr.
Year Long Sewing Project-Amy Ponsness 1yr.
Shooting Sports Project-Scott Atkins 3yrs., Tom Crowley 1yr., Jared Harmon, 4yrs., Matt McKinney 10yrs., Joe Nenzel 3yrs., Greg Ponsness 3yrs., Eric Rieman 3yrs., Liam Allen-teen leader 1yr., Rosealee Rieman-teen leader 1yr.
Speaking With Confidence Project-Steve Lewis-20yrs.
Make a Tie & Quilting Projects-Heather Nelson 12yrs., Jill Williams 4yrs.
Teen Leadership Program & Self-Determined -4-H Staff
To learn more about 4-H in Douglas County, call the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension at (775) 782-9960.