4-H Youth News

Rockingham County 4-H Activities Day at UNH - 4-2-14

DURHAM - Through 4-H, young people in New Hampshire learn new skills and serve their communities each year. 4-H members from Rockingham and Strafford counties recently showcased the public speaking, presentation, and life skills gained from their experience in 4-H at an Activities Day held at the Thompson School of Applied Science on the UNH campus.

"This is a great public speaking event for youth and it has grown this year to have over 100 exhibits. Youth love the opportunity to speak about what they have learned and their passions. Many have been practicing with their parents and club members, and at the event, they are before a room of judges and peers.

It is great to see so many youth willing to challenge themselves to do what is considered one of life's most stressful events, speaking in public.  The skills they practice now will last a lifetime," said Joe Drake, 4-H Program Coordinator in Rockingham County.



Olivia Wood, second from left, of the Raymond Redtails 4-H Club, shows participants how to make rainbow bands at her County Activities Day exhibit.

The next event is 4-H State Activities Day, to be held Saturday, May 31 at the University of New Hampshire. 4-H members from Rockingham County who qualified to attend the June event follow in four categories:

Public Speaking: Katarina Vogel of Raymond - Machu Pichu, Sarah Siudut of Brentwood - Saving America's National Treasure, Elizabeth Gaffney of Dracut, MA - Stress Relief & Stress Triggers of the Horse Life, and Jackie Johnson of Brentwood - Endless Knowledge of an Equestrian.

Action Exhibits: Anna Haber of Raymond - Basic Fencing Footwork, Peter Haber of Raymond - The Basics of Pen and Ink Drawing, Anya Vogel of Raymond - Making Crystals, Katarina Vogel of Raymond and Anastasia Farinola of Hampton Falls - Tree of Life Jeopardy.

Demonstrations: Keelin Berger of Epping - Horse Organs vs Human Organs, Sarah Siudut of Brentwood - Cleaning Your Horse Tack, James Vogel of Raymond - Dinosaurs 101, Patrick Marcoux of Brentwood - Tapping Maple Trees, Maggie Kenter of Kingston - Musical Freestyle, Julie Getchell and Margaret Langenfeld of Methuen, MA - How to Shoot a Foul Shot, and Kayla Murphy of East Kingston - Horse Digestive System.

Photography: Benjamin Thayer of North Hampton - Sunrise at Great East Lake, Worth the Wait, Riley Johnson of East Kingston - Wild Grazing Goats, Rebecca-lyn Liebfried of Brentwood - Light and Shadows.

The UNH Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development program brings positive learning experiences to New Hampshire youth between the ages of five and 18 through afterschool programs, camps, teen conferences, and other events and activities aimed at expanding knowledge and encouraging community engagement and leadership. For more information on 4-H clubs and programs in Rockingham County, call (603) 679-5616 or visit bit.ly/RockCty4H.

Rockingham County 4-H Awards Members and Volunteers - 11-21-13

The contributions and accomplishments of Rockingham County's 4-H youth members and adult volunteers were recognized at the annual County Recognition Night held recently at Raymond High School.

The 4-H Head, Heart, Hands, and Heart awards were presented to four outstanding 4-H members who embodied the spirit of each award.

Jack Muench of Fremont was presented with the 4-H "Head" Award. Meunch is a first-year member of the 4-H Peppermint Ponies where he has served in a variety of leadership roles including meeting leader. His hard work as Stable Manager at the County Horse Show, assisting with pony rides at Tractor Supply Co.'s fundraising, and acting as a Junior Camp Counselor at summer horse camp earned Meunch this year's award.

Sam Drake of Nottingham, a member of the 4-H Rockingham Roosters, earned this year's 4-H "Heart" Award for his demonstrated care for people within the 4-H community and beyond, his concern for animals and the natural environment. At this year's Stratham Fair, Drake earned the title of Coop Master for his diligent care of the club's display and his poultry, and his interaction with fair visitors.

Christine LaMoré of Newmarket, a member of the Next Step Teen Club, was awarded the 4-H "Hands" Award. LaMoré has tirelessly volunteered for various 4-H projects, including fundraising for and participating in a service learning trip to Dominica. She is dedicated to her club's activities and recruitment. Her pledge of service to others provides a model of the 4-H Hands value.

Jackie Johnson of Brentwood was the recipient of this year's 4-H "Health" Award.
Johnson won this year's award after much dedicated care to her ailing horse, Doc. She willingly provided all the care recommended by the veterinarian, even waking up in the middle of the night. Her devotion to improve the horse's health is exemplary to all 4-H members.

The Junior 4-H'er of the Year Award was presented to Sarah Sidut of Brentwood. This award recognizes a 4-H member with an impressive record of achievement and a very well rounded 4-H experience. Sidut is club secretary of the Rockingham Roosters club.

She represented New Hampshire at the Big E in action exhibit and speech competitions. Additionally, Sidut took home first place in the Junior Novice division of this year's Southern New England 4-H Poultry show at the University of Connecticut.

Anya Vogel of Raymond was presented with the 4-H Dare Mighty Things Award at the recently held 4-H County Recognition Night. Vogel is an active member of two 4-H clubs, the Raymond Redtails and the Next Step Teen Club.

Anya Vogel of Raymond was recognized with the Dare Mighty Things Award. The award celebrates an older 4-H member who is moving on from the program, recognizes their achievements, and challenges the member to be a leader and to take risks while moving to life's next stage. Vogel is an active member of two 4-H clubs, the Raymond Redtails and the Next Step Teen Club. She participated in a service trip to Dominica this past summer where she was "leader for a day." Vogel challenges herself to connect with others and step out of her comfort zone to "make the best better."

The UNH Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development program brings positive learning experiences to New Hampshire youth between the ages of five and 18 through afterschool activities, camps, teen conferences, and other events and activities aimed at expanding knowledge and encouraging community engagement and leadership. For more information, visit  www.extension.unh.edu

4-H Teen Club Open House Nov. 21
11- 07-13

Teens from Rockingham County and the surrounding area are invited to the 4-H Next Step Teen Club's open house on Thursday, Nov. 21. Interested youth and adults will learn about the club's activities, community service, and discuss ideas for future projects. There will also be a presentation about the club's recent international service learning trip to Dominica.

The open house will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the UNH Cooperative Extension office at 113 North Road in Brentwood. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to RSVP, contact Christine LaMoré at jointhenextstepteenclub@gmail.com.


Members of the 4-H Next Step Teen Club traveled to Dominica this year on a service learning trip. The club will hold an open house on Thurs., November 21 for interested new members and will be sharing their trip experiences. In Dominica are club members, from left, Elizabeth Caverly of East Hampstead, Anya Vogel of Raymond, Christine LaMoré of Newmarket and Jordan Roberts of Brentwood.

The Next Step Teen Club is open to youth ages 13 and up from anywhere in Rockingham County or nearby. The club meets twice a month and participates in additional events and activities.

The 4-H Youth Development program of UNH Cooperative Extension strives to create supportive program environments where youth have a sense of belonging and a desire to grow in knowledge and skill. Key elements include: caring adult leaders, inclusive environments, safe places, opportunities to learn and master skills, opportunities for youth to be active participants in their own future, and practice leadership and service learning.

Stratham Fair 4-H Auction Benefits Local Youth

The 2013 4-H Benefit Auction at the Stratham Fair was a tremendous success, with an increase in auction donations and bidders this year. The $3,500 in raised funds was the result of generous donations from local businesses and craftspeople, an energized team of 4-H volunteers, and the local community who gathered at the 4-H Exhibit Building to bid at the auction.

The Rockingham County 4-H Foundation sends a great thank you to the local businesses, craftspeople, and local citizens who supported the auction with their generous donations, and the auction buyers, auctioneer, and volunteers who made the fundraiser a success for all in Rockingham County 4-H youth.


4-H member Katarina Vogel of Raymond and volunteer Mary Hoelzel of Epping hand tie a quilt which was later up for bid at the 4-H Benefit Auction at the Stratham Fair.

















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