The Bryan County 4-H Awards Banquet was held Tuesday at the Bryan County Elementary School in Pembroke. More than 100 members of the community were in attendance, including 4-H’ers, family, local dignitaries and school administration. Special quests included Mr. Ed Bacon, County Commissioner; William Mock and Mary Warnell, Board of Education members; Kimberly Henninger, Bryan Bank & Trust; Doyce Mullice, Vera McCoy and Rheta Gibson, First Bank of Coastal Georgia; Diane Stewart, Bryan County Now; Debbie Laing, Prinicpal at BCES; Janet Butler, Assistant Principal at BCES; Jane Lynes, Assistant Principal at RHMS; and Mr. and Mrs. Terry McCoy from Owens Building Supply.
Jordan McCoy, a graduating senior from BCHS and second year student at Georgia Southern University, challenged all 4-H’ers to stay involved in the program. He stated how 4-H had helped him become the person he is today by giving him self-confidence and encouraging him to "Make the Best Better." He spoke of the positive influence it had been to him due to the people he met and the opportunities he was offered, including local, state and national leadership positions and trips to Washington, D.C.
Another graduating senior from RHHS, Amanda DuBois, reminisced of all the people she had met and the places she had visited through 4-H. She encouraged all 4-H’ers to stay involved even when they began other extra-curricular activities. "Make time for 4-H, even when you think you don’t have the time. The opportunities are endless and the memories are forever."
Both graduating seniors received plaques and other gifts to send them off to further their education with reminders of their 4-H career.
Club of the Year went to Mrs. Susan Catto at Bryan County Elementary School and Mrs. Anne Gossett of Carver elementary school by. They were recognized for exemplifying the true meaning of 4-H: Service Leadership and Citizenship. Each teacher received a plaque to hang in their classroom as a reminder of their contribution to the 4-H program and the Bryan County Board of Education.