Alyssa Aughinbaugh and Bonnie Hardy were named the top two 4-H 10-year members during a ceremony recognizing 10-year 4-H members and graduating 4-H members at the United REMC Outdoor Stage at Hier's Park, in Huntington, on Sunday, July 21, as part of the 2013 Huntington County 4-H Fair.
The awards were presented by Paul Jacobs, president of Huntington County Farm Bureau Inc., and Glenda Giggy, women's leader for Huntington County Farm Bureau Inc.
"It makes me feel proud that I've worked those years and somebody recognized it and that I can show them that they picked the right person by going out and helping out other kids and doing things out in the community," said Aughinbaugh.
Hardy was surprised by the honor.
"I feel a lot of other people worked just as hard as I did," she said. "We all work pretty hard."
A member of the We Grow ‘Em 4-H Club, Hardy cites her work with gardening and goats as possibly catching the judges' eyes. Aughinbaugh, a member of the Hoosier Booster 4-H Club, says her one of her character traits may have singled her out.
"Perseverance," she said. "I've put myself out there for people to recognize me. Didn't really stand out in school, so 4-H was my time to stand out."
A variety of things factored into the decision to select Aughinbaugh and Hardy, Jacobs said.
"It's a matter of the number of projects they take, the completion rate, the quality of work they do - and they just stood out," he said, crediting 4-H directors and educators, as well as the extension office with helping them along in their decision.
Aughinbaugh and Hardy are 2013 graduates of Huntington North High School. Aughinbaugh's plans include working as a paramedic, then attending nursing school. Hardy plans to attend Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne, and later Purdue University, to study environmental sciences.
Complete caption: Bonnie Hardy and Alyssa Aughinbaugh (second and third from left, respectively) were named the top two 4-H 10-year members during a ceremony recognizing 10-year 4-H members and graduating 4-H members at the United REMC Outdoor Stage at Hier’s Park on Sunday, July 21, during the Huntington County 4-H Fair. Glenda Giggy (first from left), women’s leader for Huntington County Farm Bureau Inc., and Paul Jacobs, president of Huntington County Farm Bureau Inc., presented the awards.