Submitted by Katie Martin – Smith County Extension Agent: 

First Row, L to R: Reese Bamford, Isaac Borck, Gabe Harville, Greyson Banka, Lauren Carlyle. Second Row, L to R: Carson Meeks, Ally Farley, Hannah Borck, Courtney Dickens, Alyssa Padgett, Abby Purtee, Bailey Chapman. Top Row, L to R: Gary Claywell, Shelbie Manus, Spencer Meeks, Nathaniel Graham, Kacie Malone, Abby Malone, Grace Harville

Smith County 4-H hosted its first banquet in 16 years on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. 4-H members, their families, volunteers, and supporters gathered at the Smith County Ag Center to celebrate 4-H’ers accomplishments from the previous year.

We were pleased to recognize nearly 20 Smith County 4-H members for their outstanding club work, contest participation, and community involvement.

We were pleased to have Senator Mark Pody and Representative Terri Lyn weaver in attendance, along with Mary Alice Carfi, a candidate for State Senate in District 17. We were also honored to have Ethan Hithcock, who is currently serving as Junior Representative on All-Stars Council, bring greetings on behalf of Tennessee 4-H.

Smith County 4-H recognized each member present for their accomplishments, along with presenting several additional awards.

Gabe Harville was recognized as the Smith County Outstanding Jr. 4-H member. Abby Malone was named the Outstanding Jr. High 4-H member, and Grace Harville received the award for Outstanding Senior High 4-H member. Kenny Claywell received the Outstanding Volunteer Leader award for his dedication and service to Smith County 4-H. 

We would like to especially thank Smith County Farm Bureau for sponsoring our meal and helping make our banquet possible! 

The 4-H Youth Development Program delivers programs through cooperative efforts of the University of Tennessee, Tennessee State University, and public and private sector volunteers. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades 4-12, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability. For further information concerning the many opportunities that 4-H has to offer the youth in Smith County, call (615)735-2900.