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​Alabama Extension administrators honored Extension professionals from Cherokee County at a recent Cherokee County Commission meeting. The Cherokee County Extension team was recognized for its efforts to expand the county's 4-H program.

Alabama Extension director Gary Lemme presented the county with the Centennial Youth Initiative Crystal Clover.

Cherokee County earned the distinction because of their excellence across the Alabama 4-H​ programming spectrum. These areas of excellence are:

  • Forming a unified Alabama 4-H team and program
  • Utilizing consistent research-based curriculum resources
  • Diversifying delivery modes tailored to today's youth
  • Promoting plan-of-work development and teamwork at all levels
  • Aligning staff and position assignments to support program resources and delivery modes

"These professionals are doing great work ensuring that 4-H is relevant and accessible to all Cherokee County young people," said Lemme. "I am tremendously proud of them and what they have accomplished."

In addition to the CYI Crystal Clover, Lemme presented Cherokee County professionals Danny Miller, Michael Dillon, Mirandi Watson and Felissa Morgan with CYI Medallions.

Miller,Cherokee County Extension coordinator, called the award a result of years of work dedicated to 4-H.

"We are glad to see that the involvement of our young people and the support of our citizens continue to be strong," he said. "Cherokee County has in-school clubs established in every school in the county. We have a wonderful and productive relationship with the school system."

In addition to in-school 4-H clubs, there are a number of special interest clubs in Cherokee County and an active County 4-H Council.

Dillon previously served both Cherokee and Etowah counties as a regional 4-H agent. Thanks to the county earning CYI status, Extension will hire a new Alabama 4-H Foundation agent to serve only Cherokee County.

Miller added the team is excited about the opportunity to expand the 4-H program in the county.

"We plan to continue to offer quality agricultural and rural educational programs that build individual growth in our county's youth. Here in Cherokee County, we truly are "Making the Best Better."

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Dr. Lemme presents the Crystal Clover to members of the Cherokee County Commission

Pictured from left to right: Danny Miller (Cherokee County CEC), Randy Jones (Cherokee County Commissioner & Cherokee County 4-H Adult Advisory Board Member), Kimball Parker (Cherokee County Commissioner), Dr. Gary Lemme (ACES Director), Carlton Teague (Cherokee County Commissioner), and Marcie Foster (Cherokee County Commissioner & Cherokee County 4-H Adult Advisory Board Member)​

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Dr. Lemme presents the Cherokee County 4-H Team with their Medallions of Excellence for attaining Centennial Youth Initiative Designation.

Pictured left to right: Dr. Gary Lemme (ACES Director), Mirand Watson (4-H Agent Assistant), Michael Dillon (4-H Regional Extension Agent), Danny Miller (Cherokee County Extension Coordinator), and Felissa Morgan (Administrative Support Assiociate).​

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In attendance at the CYI Awards Ceremony were several 4-H members from Cherokee County, members of the Cherokee County 4-H Youth Council, and members of the Cherokee County 4-H Adult Advisory Board.

Pictured Left to Right: Felissa Morgan (Administratice Support Associate for Cherokee County), Dr. Paul Brown (Associate Director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System), Linda Starr (Cherokee County 4-H Adult Advisory Board member & retired Cherokee County Extension Coordinator), Mr. Danny Miller (Cherokee County Extension Coordinator), Hunter Watson (Cherokee County 4-H Youth Council & 2014 4-H Chick Chain Overall Show Supreme Champion), Mr. David McCrorie (Vice Chairman of the Alabama 4-H Foundation Board), Wesley Rogers (Cherokee County 4-H Youth Council & 2014 4-H Pig Squeal Project Grand Champion Showman), Michael Dillon (4-H Regional Extension Agent), Taylor Parker (Vice President of the Cherokee County 4-H Youth Council & Vice President of the State 4-H Council), Jay Chambers (Cherokee County 4-H Youth Council), Bethany Roberts (Cherokee County 4-H Youth Council), Wendell Rakestraw (Cherokee County 4-H Adult Advisory Board member), Abby King (2014 4-H Pig Squeal Show & Auction Grand Champion), Dr. Gary Lemme (Director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System), and Mirandi Watson (4-H Agent Assistant)