2017-11-15 / Front Page

Bronwyn Spencer winner of 2017 Spirit of 4-H award


Bronwyn Spencer, left, is the 2017 Spirit of 4-H award winner, and Jay Prewitt, right, of the award sponsor, Bittles and Hurt and Hopkins- Rector funeral homes. (Courtesy Photo) Bronwyn Spencer, left, is the 2017 Spirit of 4-H award winner, and Jay Prewitt, right, of the award sponsor, Bittles and Hurt and Hopkins- Rector funeral homes. (Courtesy Photo) Putnam County 4-H families joined together Sunday afternoon to recognize volunteers and acknowledge the achievement and accomplishments of 4-H members.

The highest award in the local 4-H program is the Spirit of 4-H Award which is sponsored by Bittles and Hurt and Hopkins-Rector Funeral Homes. The 2017 winner is Bronwyn Spencer who was presented with a framed certificate and a cash award by Jay Prewitt representing the sponsors.

Prewitt said, “We are proud to annually sponsor this top 4-H award honoring an outstanding Putnam 4-H career. The Spirit of 4-H award has been awarded since 1991.”

Typically there is one winner for this prestigious award. However there has been twice in the history of the award that no award was given and there have been two occurrences of awarding two awards in the same year.

Spencer, the daughter of Ronnie and Duston Spencer, is a 2017 North Putnam High School graduate and currently is a freshman studying at Purdue University. Her area of study is elementary education.

When asked, what had the most significant influence for her accomplishments, Spencer cited, “The greatest influence in my 4-H career and biggest motivator has been my dad who always has cheered me on along with my mom who also served as my club leader many years.”

In terms of her experience with the overall 4-H program, Spencer said, “My greatest positive moment was being a club officer for many years and serving on the queen court. I especially liked working with the younger Exploring 4-Hers through the Junior Leader program.”

Being active in the beef project, Spencer wanted to pay tribute to four 4-H volunteers who really inspired her. Those four individuals are Rick and Rhonda Woodall along with Keith and Mona Smith. Spencer said, “I have so much respect for them in their commitment to 4-Hers.”

Putnam County’s 4-H Youth Educator, Mark Evans stated, “Bronwyn will certainly be missed as she helped significantly with 4-H Junior Leaders and engaged with mentoring younger 4-Hers on many occasions. Her positive attitude and smile were contagious with younger members.”

Other awards during the afternoon program included recognizing the 2017 First Year 4-H award winners who were Bailey Haddon completing 16 projects while Allison Skirvin and Molly Trammell were second in most completed projects with 11. The top first year Junior Leader was Jacob Beadles while the top overall Junior Leader was Philisha Sanders. Congratulations to all of these 4-Hers! The awards are based annually on the “My Record of Achievement” forms submitted by the 4-Hers. Extension Staff and 4-H Council Members review forms to determine the award winners.

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