Lori Ray and Joyce Peterson Miller receive special plates as winners of the coveted Outstanding Leadership award during the 2012 Cass County 4-H Senior and Leader Awards Program Monday at Ross Beatty High School. Daily News photo/CRAIG HAUPERT

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4-H leaders honored

Published 12:42am Tuesday, May 1, 2012

CASSOPOLIS — A 15-year Cass County 4-H leader and nine-year Cass County 4-H leader each received the honor of a lifetime Monday evening.

Joyce Peterson Miller and Lori Ray were named the Outstanding Leaders of the Year during the 2012 Cass County 4-H Senior and Leader Awards Program held at Ross Beatty High School.

Miller, a 15-year leader, was described as “the energizer bunny when it comes to the Cass County Fair.” A former 4-H member, Miller has helped with just about every fundraiser or club activity in 4-H.

Ray, who is starting her ninth year as a leader with the Sleepy Hollow 4-H Club, was described as a “very talented and concerned leader” who “is also very handy with a hammer.”

Both received a standing ovation and special plates as recognition for their efforts.

Cassopolis 4-H seniors Rachael Kidman and Ashley Rogers were recipients of the Leader Association’s Scholarship.

Senior Thomas Keene and Rogers were winners of the Danforth Award, which goes to the club’s emerging leaders.

Virginia Edgerly received special recognition as a leader in her 55th year. She received a certificate, flowers and a standing ovation.
County medal award winners for 2011 were Caitlyn Hartline, key club; Courtney Hartline, poultry and swine; Danyell Roberts, leather craft and photography; Elizabeth Stockwell, rabbits and vet science; Emily Dussel, gardening; Hailey Wright, arts and crafts, and dairy; Jeremiah Hartsell, sheep; and Nikita Mehany, horse.

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