Members of Ellis County 4-H held the annual awards banquet Thursday to recognize the accomplishments of the members and to install the 2013-2014 council officers. The banquet’s theme was “At the Sock Hop.” The gala was held in the Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy lunchroom that was decorated in a 1950s music theme.

Following the opening ceremonies, vocalist Gabrielle Brown and guitarist Sky Holman entertained guests. Mark Arnold catered the meal.

High school seniors who received Ellis County 4-H Adult Leader scholarships were Ashley Granzin, Sky Holman, Rebekah Jackson, Cara Johnson and Elizabeth Terry.

Ellis County 4-H Adult Leadership raised funds for the scholarships through a cake and cookie auction.

“These are not just cookies, brownies and cakes. These (items) represent the future of 4-H members who want to further their education,” auctioneer Heath Sims said.

Items for the auction included an Italian cream cake, brownies, key lime pie and pumpkin snickerdoodles.

County and District Attorney Patrick Wilson had the top bid on the Italian cream cake. Passing it back to Sims he said, we’re donating it back; auction it off again.

The second winning bid of $370 topped Wilson’s $290 initial winning bid for the cream cake. District Judge Carol Bush followed Wilson’s example by donating a chocolate cake she won by saying, I can’t really eat all this cake so auction it again.

The auction raised $2,700 for the scholarship fund.

The recognition awards began with the 4-H project record completions. There were 117 recognitions in 26 categories with many of the Ellis County youth qualifying in several categories.      

Junior, Intermediate and Senior division record book winners were also recognized. Many in the three groups also competed at the district level.

Those members who competed at the district and state levels were recognized.

Rookie Awards, Honor Roll, All Star and Letterman awards were also presented.

One of the annual awards presented was the Dennis Turner Memorial award. Rebekah Jackson was the recipient of the Dennis Turner Memorial Award and was presented witha $200 scholarship.

The Danforth, I Dare award was given the two recipients this year, Daniel Craig and Jackson. The award recognizes excellence in character, well-balanced personal development and potential for leadership.

Each year the Ellis County 4-H gives Gold Star, Silver Star and Bronze Star awards for the top members.

The Bronze Star honors intermediate members for outstanding achievements. An intermediate member is between 11 and 13 years old and has completed two years in 4-H. Rachel Edgar and Courtney Craig were the Bronze Star recipients.

To be considered for the Silver Star, a 4-H member must be at least 14 and not over 19 years old and have completed three years in 4-H. Other requirements include having completed three different projects in three different areas, and competed in three or more competition areas.

Silver Star winners were Hannah Craig and Justin Chomicki.

The highest 4-H achievement award is the Gold Star award. An individual can only win award once. Sierra Johnson and Melanie Craig were named as the Gold Star winners this year.

The finale of the evening was the installation of the 2013-2014 officers: Chairman Ben Terry, First Vice Chairman Peter Chomicki, Second Vice Chairman Lindsey Haley, Secretary Sierra Johnson, Treasurer Katelyn Edgar, District Delegate Daniel Craig, Sergeant-at-Arms Hannah Craig and Reporter Melanie Craig.