Cooke County 4-H club members were honored for their achievements Saturday night at First United Methodist Church. The theme of the evening was “Jewels of the Tropics.”

The Cooke County 4-H Achievement Banquet recognizes 4-H members, club managers, leaders, volunteers, community, civic and Extension Agents each year for outstanding contributions to the 4-H program.

Randi Reed, Garin Taylor and Ryan Zimmerer, 2005 Gold Star 4-Hers were mistress and masters of ceremonies for the event.

Anita Thayer of Texoma Cattlewomen presented three awards in the category of beef dishes. The Junior award went to Stephanie Pitzinger of Red River Jr. 4-H Club. Era 4-H club member Stephen Wallace took home the Intermediate award and the Senior award went to Kelly Laux of Lindsay Senior 4-H Club.

LeeAnn Spears recognized high achievers in the State Roundup. In the Fashion Show division, Ryan Zimmerer of Red River Senior 4-H club and James Miller also of Red River Senior 4-H received awards.

Awards for the Educational Presentation went to Kelly Laux of Lindsay Senior 4-H club, Claudia Spears of Era 4-H club, Hay Ray Spears also of Era 4-H, and Erin Wyrick of Lindsay Senior 4-H club.

The Shooting Sports winners were Abby Purdy of Red River Senior 4-H club, Jonathan Zimmerer of Lindsay Senior 4-H, Justin Smithson from Red River Senior 4-H, and Alex Matson of the Sharp Shooters 4-H club.

An award for fashion design went to Victoria Vogel of Lindsay Senior 4-H club.

Claudia Spears of Era 4-H, Hay Ray Spears of Era 4-H and Ryan Zimmerer of Lindsay Senior 4-H club all received an award in the area of photography.

Drama awards went to Abby Purdy of Red River Senior 4-H, Kara Purdy, Red River Senior 4-H, Garin Taylor or Red River Senior 4-H, Joshua Zimmerer, Red River Senior 4-H club, and Ryan Zimmerer, Red River Senior 4-H.

In the Dairy Judging category, the winning team of Abe Fuhrmann, Muenster 4-H, Crystal Fuhrmann, Muenster 4-H, Erin Wyrick, Lindsay Senior 4-H, and Garin Taylor of Red River Senior 4-H will go on the National 4-H Roundup in Wisconsin in the fall.

Ryan Zimmerer, Red River 4-H received a $10,000 Walrath Scholarship.

Constable, Precinct 1 Terry Gilbert presented the outstanding Junior and Intermediate awards.

Outstanding Junior was Jill Walker of Valley View, 4-H club.

Outstanding Intermediates were Stephen Wallace of Era 4-H club and Melanie Plemons of Red River 4-H.

Jewels of 4-H were presented by Assistant County Attorney Nancy Manning.

One year Emerald awards went to Sara Childs, Red River Junior 4-H, Michaela Kern, Midnight Mustangs 4-H, Kendall Pearce, Era 4-H, Stephanie Pitzinger of Red River Junior 4-H club, and Daniel Sawers of Midnight Mustangs 4-H.

The Ruby Award winners who have put in five years of 4-H service and activities were Victoria Blessing of Red River 4-H, Jennifer Pitzinger of Red River 4-H, Molly Pitzinger of Red River 4-H, Kelli Reed of Lindsay 4-H, and Stephen Wallace of Era 4-H.

Ten year diamond 4-H members recognized were Randi Reed of Lindsay 4-H, Garin Taylor of Red River 4-H, Ryan Zimmerer of Red River 4-H.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards were handed out by Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4 John Roane. The winners of these awards were Claudia Spears of Era 4-H for The Linus Project and Jonathan Zimmerer of Lindsay for Keep Lindsay Beautiful.

County Judge Bill Freeman presented the Leadership Awards.

In the Intermediate division, Stephen Wallace of Era 4-H and Whitney Taylor of Red River 4-H received awards.

Winners in the Senior division were Claudia Spears of Era 4-H, Garin Taylor of Red River 4-H, Jonathan Zimmerer of Lindsay 4-H and Joshua Zimmerer of Red River 4-H.

The Extension Education 4-H scholarship was presented by Extension Education Council Chairman Susan Richardson. Stephanie Schumacher of Era 4-H club received a $500 scholarship. Jonathan Zimmerer of Lindsay 4-H received a $500 scholarship and Joshua Zimmerer of Red River 4-H received an endowed NCTC scholarship.

Rudy Paclik and Donna Corcoran, extension leadership advisory board members presented the Randal Paclik Memorial Scholarship to Lindsay 4-H club member Jonathan Zimmerer.

Retired FCS Agent Evelyn Yeatts presented the Yeatts and Rosenbaum Scholarship in the amount of $500 to Claudia Spears of Era 4-H club.

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 Dorthy Lewis presented the Helping Hands Awards. In the Junior division, Madison Pearce of Era 4-H took home the award. Benjamin Zimmerer of Lindsay 4-H was awarded the Intermediate award. And the Senior level award went to Claudia Spears of Era 4-h club.

Tonya Davis, County Attorney presented the Bronze Star Award to Lindsay 4-H club member Benjamin Zimmerer.

Lewis also presented the Silver Star Awards to Victoria Blessing of Red River 4-H and Stephen Wallace of Era 4-H.

Roane presented the Danforth “I Dare You” Award. These awards went to Alyssa Smithson of Sharp Shooters 4-H club, Jennifer Pitzinger of Red River 4-H club and Kelly Laux of Lindsay 4-H club.

Kenneth Sicking of Cooke County Farm Bureau presented the Farm Bureau Scholarship. Winners of the scholarship were Hay Ray Spears of Era 4-H and Joshua Zimmerer of Red River 4-H.

District Judge Janelle Haverkamp presented the Gold Star awards to Claudia Spears of Era 4-H and Jonathan Zimmerer of Lindsay.

The 2005 Gold Star Picture Presentation to Parents by First State Bank was presented by Ag. Extension Agent Wayne Becker. The 2005 Gold Star 4-H members were Garin Reed, Randi Reed and Ryan Zimmerer.



Phyllis Griffin, CEA and 4-HYD said “It was a wonderful evening. I want to show my appreciate for the people who decorated. They worked all day Thursday.”

She said Denise Pearse, Kelli Walker, Deanna Pitzinger and Marci Puckett did an excellent job with the decorating.

She also said Puckett, who designed and made the twelve surf boards had help from her sons Chris and Stephen and that Kelli Walker’s daughter Jill helped decorate the tables.

“Rhonda Smithson helped get the palm trees fixed up,” she added.

Griffin said the food was planned and prepared by Jackie and Albert Zimmerer.

The crew who worked at the church on Saturday was made up of LeeAnn and Alan Spears, Nancy Bullock, Denise Pearse, Adam Zimmerer and Beth Thurow.

“And I want to give a special thanks to the First United Methodist Church for allowing us to use their beautiful facilities. They were so gracious to let us in (to decorate) on Thursday. I just want to say thanks to everybody who helped make it such a wonderful memorable evening,” she said.



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