Union County 4-H Recognized Youth at Annual Achievement Night Program

— Written By
Kaylyn Gise

Kaylyn Gise, 2017 Outstanding Senior 4-Her

Union County 4-Hers received honors during the recent annual Achievement Night program held at the Union County Agricultural Center in Monroe. This year’s awards banquet celebrated the youth who worked hard in 2016 creating project record books, giving presentations at the county, district, and state competitions, attending various workshops and events, and serving their communities.

The youth and families were welcomed by a keynote message from Union County 4-H alum, Sierra Simmerman who spoke about getting involved with 4-H and how expanding her opportunities helped to make her who she is today. Simmerman is a freshman at NC State University majoring in animal science.

Achievement Night program recognized two inductees of the 4-H Honor Club – Kaylyn Gise and Simmerman. They were inducted at the 2016 NC 4-H Congress. 4-H Honor Club is one of the highest honors a 4-Her can achieve. Membership in the Honor Club is based on service to the 4-H program, leadership, moral standards, 4-H activities and project achievement. Less than one-half of 1 percent of North Carolina 4-Hers are selected for membership each year.

Victoria Bernash

Victoria Bernash, Outstanding Junior 4-Her

This event is also an opportunity to recognize not only the youth but also the volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the program. Union County 4-H recognized Debbie Barnam Campbell of Charlotte, NC for her commitment to NC 4-H program. She was awarded the Achievement Hall of Leadership award at the Volunteer Leaders’ Conference in Raleigh.

Achievement Night concluded with the presentation of awards to the youth. The highlight of the evening is awarding the Union County Outstanding 4-Her in both junior and senior categories. Victoria Bernash, 13, daughter of Christopher Bernash and Lisa Castellano, was awarded the Outstanding Junior 4-Her. Gise, 17, daughter of Mark and Jessica Gise, was awarded the Outstanding Senior 4-Her. Gise also served as the secretary-treasurer for the district and president of her club as well as county teen council.