Carroll County 4-H'ers walked away with the lion's share of awards at the annual Maryland 4-H Foundation competition June 25 at Washington College, Chestertown, Kent County.
"This year we're ahead of everyone else," said Robert M. Shirley, 4-H Extension Service agent.
Eight Carroll 4-H'ers were state project winners, edging out Frederick and Howard counties, each with seven. Carroll also had two of the three regional Maryland Outstanding 4-H Club winners.
Topping the list of winners are Mr. and Miss 4-H, Heather Hull, 16, and Gabe Zepp, 16, both of Westminster. Nominated at the county level, the two are given the Clover Award at the state competition.
Earning Outstanding 4-H Club plaques were the Hoofbeat 4-H Saddle Club, headed up by Hank Shirley, and the Progressive Clovers 4-H Club, led by Sylvia J. Miller.
The Hoofbeat Saddle Club, started by Robert and Hank Shirley 29 years ago, has 50-plus members who are very much involved incommunity activities as well as 4-H projects, Hank Shirley said.
"Last year, we received the Governor's Citation for our annual Christmas parties at Springfield Hospital for the patients," she said. "We don't do things just once, but annually."
Another project of the club's is the adoption of needy families in the area, who are helped with food, clothing and other necessities, Hank Shirley said.
The 15-year-old Progressive Clovers 4-H Club now has two Outstanding Club awards, having earned its first in 1988. The club has nine Clover members who are 6 to 7 years old, plus 30 regular members who are 8 to 18 years old, Miller said.
Miller, who organized the club, said thegroup focuses on livestock, dairy and crafts projects, but does other things as well and is involved in the community.
A total of 22 4-H'ers who entered their project record books in the state competition made up the county's Honor Group.
Seven of the eight winners automatically earned a trip to the national competition in Chicago this December; the other must compete at a regional level to win the Chicago trip:
* Jennifer D. Kibler, 15, was interviewed for her projectrecord book on child care on her birthday. The daughter of Debbie and Mark Kibler of Westminster, she helped her mother during the birth of her baby brother eight months ago.
"I was there the whole time with my mother in delivery and the doctor let me cut the umbilical cord," Jenny said.
Last year, she also made a variety of baby items for her brother as crafts projects. The Westminster High sophomore ispresident of the Deer Park 4-H Club.
* Amanda G. Kent, 15, of Hampstead, surveyed Americans on their knowledge of immigration test questions for her citizenship record book.
"I asked American citizenswhat did they know, and they didn't know too much," she said. "I also studied the history of the American flag, toured the County Office Building and talked to Commissioner Julia Gouge, and toured the statecapital with the American Heritage Conference."
The daughter of Donna and Richard Kent, she is a sophomore at North Carroll High. She is a member of the Deep Run 4-H Club and the Carroll County 4-H Teen Council.
* Debbie Tasto, 16, earned her award in the crafts area for her various stitching projects, wood crafts, dried flower arrangements, paper quilling and liquid embroidery.
The daughter of Nevin and Dixie Tasto of Manchester, she's a junior at NCHS and a member ofthe Deep Run 4-H Club.
* Before going to Chicago, Curtis W. Frizzell, 17, must participate in a regional competition in September for his project record book on electricity. If he wins there, then he will accompany the other Carroll 4-H'ers to the national competition.
"I taught classes and gave demonstrations on electric energy and wired three lamps," he said.
The 1991 South Carroll High School graduate is the son of Kenneth and Rosalee Frizzell of Westminster. He belongs to the Winfield Panthers 4-H Club.
* Brandy-Lynn Reese, 16, earned her award in the fashion revue division. For the past eight years she has helped organize both the county and state fashion revue shows.
Two years ago she helped start the Fashion Trends 4-H Club, to which she belongs. She won the "Ready to Wear" category in the fashion revue in June at the county level, qualifying her for the state competition.
She is the daughter of Sherry and James Reese of Westminster and a senior at WHS.
* Renee C. Luers, 14, did her project record book on the general care and ownership of rabbits. The daughter of Peggy and Mike Luers keeps some 70 rabbits at the family's Westminster home.
She belongs to the Fashion Trends, Deer Park and Carroll County Rabbit 4-H clubs. She is a sophomore at WHS.
* Heath Geiman's sheep earned him the state project award. The 18-year-old son of David and Becky Geiman of Deep Run belongs to the Carroll County Livestock and Black Rock 4-H clubs.
* Kelly L. Reed, 16, showcased her work at the Green Glen Equine Center in Brodbecks, Pa., for her veterinary science project.