Ellis County 4-Hers will be recognized and honored for their projects and accomplishments at the annual Achievement Banquet, scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 13, 6:00 p.m. at the Ninth Grade Academy, Waxahachie.

4-H is a program open to all youth, ages 9-19 years. The 4-H program teaches leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is also about having fun, learning, exploring and discovering. In 4-H, young people make new friends, develop new skills, become leaders and help shape their communities and counties.

Ben Terry, Ellis County 4-H Council Chairman, will act as emcee for the evening. He will be joined by fellow Council Officers Peter Chomicki, Jayton Hamer, Katelyn Edgar, Daniel Craig, Hannah Craig, and Melanie Craig.

Youth will be recognized for the work they have done in these project areas:

Beef

Citizenship & Civic Education

Clothing & Textiles

Communications & Expressive Arts

Companion Animals

Computer Science

Dairy Cattle

Entomology

Family Life Education

Family & Consumer Sciences

Food & Nutrition

Goats

Horse

Horticulture

Housing & Home Environment

Leadership

Outdoor Education

Photography & videography

Poultry

Public Speaking

Rabbits

Recreation

Safety

Science, Engineering & Technology

Sheep

Shooting Sports

Swine

Theater & Performance Arts

Veterinary Science

Water

Wildlife & Fisheries

Youth Entrepreneurship

Special awards will go to the “Rookie,” which is picked from 1st year 4-H members.

The “Honor Roll” award will be presented to junior 4-Hers that have completed 10 specified items involving projects, record books, and club activities.

“All Star” awards will be presented to intermediate 4-Hers who have completed 14 specified items that involve projects, record books and local activities.

The “Letterman Award” is for senior 4-Hers who have completed specified items involving projects, record books, and activities at the local, county, district and state level.

The “Dennis Turner Memorial Award” will be given in recognition of leadership and outstanding accomplishments in public speaking. The recipient must have excelled at the county educational presentation or public speaking contest during County Roundup. This award was begun 26 years ago by John and Sue Turner of Ferris, to honor their son Dennis.

Adults that work with 4-Hers and/or support Ellis County 4-H are also recognized at the Achievement Banquet. These individuals will be honored because of the impact they have had on the Ellis County 4-H program with their service and dedication.

Special awards will highlight the banquet:

Bronze Star-outstanding Junior 4-Her, ages 9-10.

Silver Star-outstanding Intermediate 4-Her, ages 11-13.

Danforth I Dare You Senior 4-Her that has achieved their highest potential. The award was begun by William H. Danforth, founder of the Ralston Purina Company.

Gold Star-the highest achievement award given to a 4-H member at the county level. Those receiving this award will be honored at the District 4-H Gold Star Banquet in October.

Following the presentation of all awards, the 4-H County Council Officers for 2014-15 will be installed.

Youth will be recognized for their hard work and dedication during the 2013-14 year, as they begin working during the “new” 4-H year, which began Sept. 1.