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Lower Valley 4-Hers earn accolades

UNION GAP – Several people from the Lower Valley were honored for their work this past year at the 67th annual 4-H Leaders Recognition Luncheon held at the Yakima County WSU Extension office in Union Gap last Saturday.

Earning Clover Leaf Awards for 4-H leadership were Brock Ledgerwood of Sunnyside (five years), Phil Scott of Sunnyside (five years), Scott Oswalt of Sunnyside (five years), Sherrie Schloss of Grandview (10 years) and Marsha Graf of Grandview (20 years).

Kaylee Condie of Sunnyside was honored in the junior category for livestock judging of the Dennis West Memorial Livestock and Horse Judging competition.

Dairy judging certificates were awarded to Alex Prins of Mabton in the senior category, Kayla VanWieringen of Sunnyside in the intermediate category and Justin VanWieringen of Sunnyside in the junior category.

Kirsten Scott of Sunnyside was awarded a second-place trophy in the senior category for public presentation.

Service Leader Awards went to several people who have been supporting 4-H for much of their lifetimes. Art Ries was honored for 27 years of service, Willard Mears for 34 years of service, Virginia Wolverton for 46 years of service and Catherine Mears was honored for 50 years of service.

Mears, of Grandview, said that she’s almost ready to retire now that she has 50 years under her belt.

“I owe the 4-H program a lot,” said Mears. “I was a 4-H’er and got a scholarship for horticulture, it started me on the way to college.”

In addition to being honored, Mears and her husband were also sponsors of this year’s luncheon along with Pacific Power and the Honorary Leaders Council.

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