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4-H member Haley Claes was recently honored.


Outstanding 4-H youth members shine

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - Updated: 2:14 PM

CANAJOHARIE -- The 4-H youth development program of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Fulton and Montgomery Counties has formally recognized some local 4-H members who have excelled in their 4-H accomplishments and achievements.

Hanna Chorlton, of St. Johnsville, has been recognized as the Outstanding Fulton County Junior Member. She has been a member with the Horse Lovers Unlimited 4-H club for two years. Her 4-H projects have included work with horses, indoor gardening, vegetable gardening, natural resources, photography, woodworking, public speaking and community service.

Chorlton has participated in 4-H horse camp, hippology and horse quiz bowl, served as a 4-H teen leader at the Fonda Fair, helped in the 4-H snack bar and participated in community parades with her 4-H club.

Haley Claes, of St. Johnsville, was selected as the recipient of the Pat Dolly Fulton County 4-H Teen Award. She is a nine year member with the Horse Lovers Unlimited 4-H Club. Her 4-H projects have included work with horses, creative arts, woodworking, public speaking and community service.

Claes has served as secretary of her 4-H club and a 4-H teen superintendent at the Fonda Fair. She has participated in horse quiz bowl, STARR in Syracuse, the Lewis County 4-H Teen Weekend and was a representative of the Fulton/Montgomery 4-H program on the 4-H Capital Days and 4-H Career Explorations trips. 

Claes and her horse Missy improved a lot this past year and participated in horse camp, bi-county horse show, Fonda Fair, gymkhana and two parades. She has become more responsible with the younger members in her 4-H club and she strives to be a good role model for them.

Charleston resident Arhiana Fleres was recently awarded the I Dare You Leadership Award, made available each year by the American Youth Foundation in cooperation with secondary schools and the 4-H program across the country. Award recipients demonstrate personal integrity, lead well-rounded lives, are willing to assume responsibility and are recognized as emerging leaders.

Fleres is a twelve year 4-H member and is currently involved with the Rusty Bits 4-H Club. Her 4-H projects have included work with horses, goats, rabbits, poultry, llamas, swine, vet science, creative arts and crafts, child development and community service.

In the 4-H club setting she has served as the treasurer, sergeant-of-arms, co-president and president. Over the years she has participated in horse bowl, hippology, horse camp and the bi-county driving show.

Fleres attended 4-H Career Explorations at Cornell University in June, 2013. This past year she achieved her goal of qualifying and participating  in the National Horse Bowl Competition which took place at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-up in Louisville, Kentucky November 8-10, 2013.


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