October 25, 2014

Medina
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Longtime 4-Hers honored at breakfast, awarded scholarships

Twenty-five Medina County senior 4-H teenagers were honored for their outstanding leadership, community service and project achievements. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Twenty-five Medina County senior 4-H teenagers were honored for their outstanding leadership, community service and project achievements. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Twenty-five Medina County teenagers were honored Tuesday at the county fair for their long involvement in 4-H programs.

“Some of them have been involved in 4-H for 10, 11, 12, 13 years,” said Bill Harris, a 4-H educator at the county Ohio State University Extension, “so many of them have been here for most of their lives.”

All 25 teens were honored at the Outstanding High School Seniors’ Recognition Breakfast, held 7:30 a.m. at Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Pavilion at the county fairgrounds.

Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack congratulates Nora Scahel, of Brunswick, one of the 4-H seniors honored at Recognition Breakfast Tuesday morning at the Medina County Fair. Other elected officials attending the event included, from left, Ohio House Speaker William G. Batchelder, R-Medina; State Sen. Larry Obhof, R-Montville Township; and Medina County Commissioner Pat Geissman. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack congratulates Nora Scahel, of Brunswick, one of the 4-H seniors honored at Recognition Breakfast Tuesday morning at the Medina County Fair. Other elected officials attending the event included, from left, Ohio House Speaker William G. Batchelder, R-Medina; State Sen. Larry Obhof, R-Montville Township; and Medina County Commissioner Pat Geissman. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

In attendance were the teens, their families and various elected officials.

Harris said 4-H — an organization that promotes hands-on learning and life skills for young people age 5 to 18 — and the county fair have a long history together.

“Many of these teens will tell you the Medina County Fair is the highlight of their year,” he said. “It’s part of our history.”

He said in the past, teens in 4-H would use modern technology to try to figure out ways to make agriculture more efficient.

“And guess where they went to show off their new techniques,” Harris said. “The county fair, where they’d showcase their projects.”

Others honored:
• Veronica Bagley
• Paige Baranowski
• Ariel Bryant
• Lucas Bryant
• Michael Caniglia
• Ciara Casey
• Jennifer Chiam
• Zoe Columbus
• Alexis Cook
• Logan Detwiler
• Rose Fike
• Karissa Kelling
• Jaclyn Krymowski
• Kaili Mitchell
• Caleb Parker
• Anne Phillips
• Samantha Rennu
• Joseph Sablotny
• Nora Scahel
• Mason Simmons
• Cody Smith
• Derek Stallard
• Sarah Swan
• Liz Ulferts
• Sarah Waite

Harris said two of the students, Caleb Parker and Michael Caniglia, were awarded the Steve Joseph Memorial Scholarship.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @ngfalcon.