Gabe S. Zepp said he was shocked and Heather Hull said she cried after the announcement came at the annual 4-H Achievement/Volunteer Banquet that they were Mr. and Miss 4-H for 1991.
"I was in shock because I didn't think I was going to get it," said Zepp, 16, a sophomoreat Westminster High School.
Hull, 15, also a Westminster sophomore, said her heart was beating hard after the announcement was made, but she didn't start crying until one of her 4-H leaders hugged her.
Zepp and Hull will serve as ambassadors for the organization throughout the year. They and hundreds of other 4-H'ers and adult volunteers were honored Sunday afternoon at the annual banquet at Martin's Westminster.
Zepp's and Hull's mothers were honored as five-year volunteers for their children's 4-H clubs.
Zepp, a member of the Hoofbeat 4-H Saddle Club, said his 4-H projects concentrate on horses, cattle and swine, although he'salso done arts and crafts. He's been a 4-H member for six years.
His family raises quarter horses and a cross-bred quarter horse-thoroughbred at their farm in Shipley, outside Westminster, he said. His parents are Kathleen and Truman Zepp.
Zepp plays basketball, football and lacrosse and is a homeroom representative for the Class of 1993 at Westminster.
When he finishes his schooling, he said he wantsto work in an agriculture-related field, possibly veterinary science.
Hull, a member of Pleasant Valley 4-H Club, said she kept her emotions in check at the banquet until Marianne Earhart, the organizational leader of her club, approached her for a hug. Earhart has led the club for most of the time Hull has belonged and is stepping down this year as organizational leader, Hull said.
Hull's main projectis photography, but she also has worked on dairy, crafts, clothing and foods projects in 4-H. She's been a member for seven years.
Herfamily lives on a farm on Sullivan Road outside Westminster. Her parents are Illona and Jay Hull.
She's in the drama club and chorus and is a straight-A student at Westminster. Last June, she was named Miss Maryland Junior National Teen-ager.
Hull also works eight to 15 1/2 hours a week at the Carroll County Public Library in Westminster shelving and sorting books.
She said she's interested in a career in the medical field or as a high school guidance counselor.
BenFair of the 4-H Outdoor Fun Club and Horse Force and Ashley Bair of the Pleasant Valley 4-H Club and Horticulture Club were named alternate Mr. and Miss 4-H.
Other honors bestowed Sunday include:
* Calvin W. Brothers, who lives outside of Gamber, was named Volunteer ofthe Year.
4-H club presidents vote on the award, said Robert M. Shirley, extension service 4-H agent.
Brothers was chairman of the board for the Carroll County 4-H/FFA Fair last year.
* Bair received the County Commissioner's tray, presented by Commissioner President Donald I. Dell.
The tray goes to a 4-H'er who shows excellence in achievement, leadership and community service, Shirley said. Bair will go on to state and possibly national competitions.
* Pauline Welk of the Pleasant Valley 4-H Club was honored for volunteering in 4-H for 35 years.
* County Commissioner Julia W. Gouge received the4-H Alumna Award.
Shirley said, "4-H builds successful people."