Special Recognition

Awards in the Grant County 4-H Program               

  • Distinguished Service Award (DSA) past Recipients

  • 2013 DSA Recipients: Business/Organization- Chester's Thriftway, Individual- Dennis & Julie Reynolds

  • Delley Officer Memorial Award:  2013 Recipient - CheyAnne Maley

  • Special County Awards-based on application, 4-H record books and interviews 2013: Outstanding Jr. Members: Trinity Hutchison and Lauryn Amick  Outstanding Jr. Citizenship: Parker Manitsas     Outstanding Int. Members:  Bayley Deming and Jessica Carter  Outstanding Int. Livestock Member: Jessica Carter   Outstanding Int. Home Ec./Expressive Arts Member: Jay Goldblatt  Outstanding Sr. Citizenship: Samantha Snyder and Hannah Deming Outstanding Sr. Livestock Member: Hannah Brandsma    Sam Keerins Leadership Memorial: Hannah Brandsma

  • Outstanding Record Books: Jr. Champion Cinch Anderson, Jr.  Champion Danielle Goldblatt  Int. Champion Jay Goldblatt, Int. Reserve Champion Serena Pace    Sr. Champion Hannah Deming, Sr. Reserve Champion Hannah Brandsma

  • County Project Medals:  Hannah Deming- Citizenship, Samantha Snyder-Citizenship, Hannah Brandsma-Horse, Jerry Carter-Leadership, Couy Weaver-Meat Animal-Beef, Ty McDaniel-Meat Animal-Sheep, Bayley Deming-Clothing & Textiles, Jay Goldblatt-Food & Nutrition, Hailey Carter-Food & Nutrition, Jessica Carter-Food & Nutrition, Serena Pace-Gardening & Horticulture                                                                                                                                      

Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame 2010 Honoree: 

Elaine Husted - Grant County Extension FCD/4-H Agent 1975-2008

  Elaine Husted, 4-H Hall of Fame

For 33 years, Elaine Husted served as the FCD and 4-H Agent in Grant County.  Throughout those years she was busy developing, promoting and nurturing those strong programs.  Elaine was a role model to many Grant County youth and leaders. One of her greatest qualities was helping 4-H members set attainable goals and giving them the opportunities necessary to achieve those goals.  Elaine was also instrumental in establishing leadership opportunities for Eastern Oregon youth, through a youth leadership retreat.  Her Junior Leader and County Ambassador programs were popular and successful, and many Grant County 4-H Ambassadors went on to become State 4-H Ambassadors.  Elaine is definitely an important part of the history of Grant County 4-H.


Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame 2004 Honorees:

Bill Farrell- Grant County Extension Agent 4-H/Ag. 1943-1982

 Agent Bill Farrell black and white photo

Bill Farrell served as the Grant County Extension Agent from the 40s to 1982. Bill was "Mr. 4-H" in Grant County. He was devoted to Youth Education and Natural Resources. Bill enjoyed making things grow - people as well as animals and crops. Bill made sure 4-H members made it to various 4-H, including state fair, Pacific International, Eastern Oregon Livestock Show, and the Tygh Valley Livestock Show. Bill was also the leading force in establishing the Grant County 4-H and Extension Service District in 1986.


Echo Kuhl- Grant County's First 4-H Leader 1929

photo of Echo Kuhl 1st Grant Co. 4-H Leader

Echo Keyes Kuhl was a leader for an all boy 4-H Dairy Club in 1929 in the Prairie City area. She was a leader for more than 25 years. As a former school teacher she shared her knowledge in many ways: camping trips, chaperone to summer school, club meetings, and fair. Her club work with dairy included animal husbandry, care and feeding, sanitation, nutrition, cheese making, marketing and consumer education. She was also instrumental in getting the kids involved in community activities.