Top 4-hers honored at The Great Darke County Fair


GREENVILLE —Four young leaders and a scholarship were awarded Thursday morning at the Darke County Fair. OSU Darke County Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Rhonda Williams presented the youth during a ceremony held prior to the Parade of Champions at the Grandstand.

Molly Hunt (daughter of Brian and Teresa Hunt) of Genesis 4-H, won the Outstanding 4-H girl award. She is a 2017 Greenville Senior High School graduate and a freshman at The Ohio State University.

“I was so shocked but this is like one of my goals from when I was a little kid so this is really important to me. 4-H has been my life for the past four years, well 11 years, but the last four years 4-H has blessed my life in every way and this is a showing that everything in 4-H has been worth it,” said an excited Hunt.

Matt Slyder (son of Jeff and Julia Slyder) of Ansonia Animal 4-H won the Outstanding 4-H Boy award. He is a member of Ansonia Animal 4-H and attends Mississinawa Valley High School.

“I didn’t think I had a chance of getting this until next year and I honestly thought a different person in our 4-H Club was getting this. I was surprised to get this…” said Slyder.

Fast Insurance Agency in Versailles, sponsors the Outstanding 4-H Boy and Girl awards each year. According to Annette Bucher, her grandfather Melvin Fast began the tradition of giving the awards when she was a child.

Nathan Mueller (son of Dan and Sherry Mueller), a senior at Ansonia High School and Miami Valley CTC, and Lauren Heitkamp (daughter of Brian and Michelle Heitkamp), a 2017 Versailles High School graduate and a freshman at IU East, were named Outstanding Jr. Leaders, an award presented each year by Deo Miltenberger, in memory of his wife, JoKay.

“The award goes to a young lady and young man who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities,” said Williams.

Junior Fair Queen Shelby Manning, a 2017 Mississinawa Valley graduate, was the recipient of the Sarah Whittaker Memorial scholarship for a minimum of $3,000 through the Darke County Foundation. She is a member of the Livestock in General 4-H Club. Alan Whittaker presents the award each year on behalf of his daughter Sarah.

“…Congratulations to all of our youth,” said Williams.

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Christina Chalmers|The Daily Advocate Molly Hunt of Genesis 4-H, daughter of Brian and Teresa Hunt, won the Outstanding 4-H Girl award Thursday at the Darke County Fair. She is a Greenville Senior High School graduate and a freshman at The Ohio State University. She is seen here sponsor Annette Bucher from Fast Insurance.
http://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/08/web1_DSC_0032-1.jpgChristina Chalmers|The Daily Advocate Molly Hunt of Genesis 4-H, daughter of Brian and Teresa Hunt, won the Outstanding 4-H Girl award Thursday at the Darke County Fair. She is a Greenville Senior High School graduate and a freshman at The Ohio State University. She is seen here sponsor Annette Bucher from Fast Insurance.

Christina Chalmers|The Daily Advocate Matt Slyder of Ansonia Animal 4-H won the Outstanding 4-H Boy award Thursday at the Darke County Fair. He is a member of Ansonia Animal 4-H. He is seen with sponsor John Bucher from Fast Insurance.
http://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/08/web1_DSC_0027-1.jpgChristina Chalmers|The Daily Advocate Matt Slyder of Ansonia Animal 4-H won the Outstanding 4-H Boy award Thursday at the Darke County Fair. He is a member of Ansonia Animal 4-H. He is seen with sponsor John Bucher from Fast Insurance.

Christina Chalmers|The Daily Advocate Lauren Heitkamp was recognized as an Outstanding Jr. Leader Thursday at the Darke County Fair. Morgan Heitkamp, her sister, accepted the award on her behalf. She is seen here with sponsor Deo Miltenberger.
http://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/08/web1_DSC_0026-1.jpgChristina Chalmers|The Daily Advocate Lauren Heitkamp was recognized as an Outstanding Jr. Leader Thursday at the Darke County Fair. Morgan Heitkamp, her sister, accepted the award on her behalf. She is seen here with sponsor Deo Miltenberger.

Christina Chalmers|The Daily Advocate Junior Fair Queen Shelby Manning, a 2017 Mississinawa Valley graduate, was the recipient of the Sarah Whittaker scholarship. She is seen here with sponsor Alan Whittaker.
http://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/08/web1_DSC_0021-1.jpgChristina Chalmers|The Daily Advocate Junior Fair Queen Shelby Manning, a 2017 Mississinawa Valley graduate, was the recipient of the Sarah Whittaker scholarship. She is seen here with sponsor Alan Whittaker.

Christina Chalmers|The Daily Advocate Nathan Mueller, a senior at Ansonia High School and Miami Valley MVTC, was recognized as an Outstanding Jr. Leader Thursday at the Darke County Fair. He is seen here with sponsor Deo Miltenberger.
http://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/08/web1_DSC_0023-1.jpgChristina Chalmers|The Daily Advocate Nathan Mueller, a senior at Ansonia High School and Miami Valley MVTC, was recognized as an Outstanding Jr. Leader Thursday at the Darke County Fair. He is seen here with sponsor Deo Miltenberger.