Agent Letter: August 2019

Dear 4-H Families,

This summer has been filled with lots of 4-H activities and events.  Two weeks of State 4-H Camp, Environmental Camp at Ashland Nature Center and the Exchange Group visited Stillwater, Montana.  Other events included the Delaware State Fair and Georgetown Day Camp.

With the new 4-H year starting in September, there are lots of exciting activities and events to look forward to.  Coming up in September our regular monthly meetings begin again.  We also have the Archery Safety Training/Shoot, Coastal Cleanup, Dairy Club and Robotics Club Meetings and our County Achievement Event.  Our county program is growing and we are excited to meet new members, leaders, and families!

Thank you to the clubs who submit a club reports each month, please keep them coming!  Be sure to submit your club news to Tammy or myself by the 25th of each month.  Include a fun activity, projects completed, and photos of your club in actions.  We love to see and share what each club is doing!

Our own Tammy Schirmer participated in the Pig Kissing Contest at the Fair for the second year in a row!  She was the contestant who received the most monetary donations and got to kiss the pig!  Overall, $13,000.00 was raised for this contest.   A message from Tammy:  I want to thank everyone who supported me towards the Pig Kissin’ Contest whether it be contributions or part of my cheering team.  I was the top fundraiser raising $3546.  My goal was $3000.  You all helped me surpass this goal!  I greatly appreciate this.  It’s a pleasure raising these monies knowing 100% of it is awarded for college scholarships.  This is our future!  It delights me to know I’m helping our youth.



During this busy time and throughout the year, please remember to check your email and the online newsletter regularly for news and updates.  Be sure to sign up for events (county and statewide) by the posted deadlines.  Please feel free to call, email, or visit my office if you have any new ideas, suggestions, or concerns about 4-H programming.  I am always willing to listen and love hearing new ideas for our members and clubs!

Enjoy your last few weeks of summer!


Yours in 4-H,
Jill Jackson
Extension Educator, 4-H



County News: August 2019

June County Judging Contest Winners

Horse Judging

  1. Victoria Noon
  2. Paige Taylor
  3. Danielle Eisemann
  4. Brooke Taylor
  5. Emily Davis
  6. Edwin Noon

Livestock Judging

  1. Cole Olsen
  2. Tommy Warren

County Record Books

The 4-H Record Book guidelines and fillable pdf forms for are now available on the State 4-H website.  These guidelines are being implemented statewide.  Please contact the 4-H Office with any questions you have.  Record books are due the end of AugustPlease contact your club leaders for the specific date they will need your books turned in to sign and review.

2018-2019 Diamond Clover Final Reports – Due September 9
Diamond Clover Final Reports for the 2018-2019 4-H year are due to the 4-H office by
Monday, September 9.
These forms can also be found on the State 4-H Website:

Re-Enrollment for the 2019-2020 4-H Year

Re-Enroll in 4-H for the 2019-20 year with beginning September 1.  Please remember that members will not be able to participate in events until they have re-enrolled and updated their health forms.

September Meetings at the 4-H Office
Monday, September 9

Links – 6:00 pm

Jr. Council – 7:00 pm

Leaders – 7:00 pm

Achievement Recognition Event – September 28, 2019
Location:  TBA                   Dinner:  5:00 pm         Awards:  6:00 pm

The Achievement Recognition Event is an opportunity to applaud 4-H members who excelled in project work, leadership, citizenship, judging, and achievement. On Saturday, September 28, Sussex 4-H will present awards and scholarships to these outstanding youth!  The meal will begin at 5:00 pm in Room The awards presentation will begin at 6:00 pm.  Families attending the awards are asked to bring a covered dish or dessert (to serve at least 10 people).  Jr. Council will provide the meat and paper products.
Please RSVP the family and number of people attending the dinner to Tammy Schirmer at 856-2585 ext. 544 or email: by Monday, September 23.

Dairy Club – will resume in September (2nd Wednesday of each month) at the Carvel Center at 6:30 pm

Robotics Club meetings will resume in September at the REC at 6:00pm

Robotics meetings are usually held the second and fourth Fridays of each month, unless otherwise noted.

Sussex County 4-H Tech ClubOpen to all 4H’ers and those interested in having fun doing tech projects. The Sussex County 4-H Tech club will be meeting on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 5:00 – 6:30 pm starting in October. We will again be meeting at the Bridgeville Public Library. We will be doing projects with a focus on 3D design, 3D printing, Scratch coding, electrical projects as well as other tech topics.  We will list the topic of the week on our Facebook page:

Mark your calendar for this year’s Coastal Cleanup September 14, 2019
You can help make a difference in Delaware by joining volunteers of all ages at the annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 14, 2019. In case of severe weather, the rain date will be the following Saturday, September 21.

Sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the cleanup spans the First State’s 97-mile eastern coastline and includes river and ocean shorelines as well as wetland and watershed areas. This year, more than 45 sites in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties are targeted. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to pre-register to help ensure that each site has enough supplies.

For more information about your preferred site in the 2018 Coastal Cleanup, please contact the zone captain in your area:

  • State Parks Statewide Zone Captain – Alison Romano, 302.900.1423
  • State Wildlife Areas Zone Captain – Lynne Pusey, 302.422.1329
  • Sussex Beach Sites Zone Captain – Jennifer Pongratz, 302.739.9921
  • Kent County Bay Beach Sites Zone Captain – Colleen Holstein, 302.739.6377

New for 2019: An App For That
Would you prefer to report your Coastal Cleanup finds on your smartphone instead of using a paper data card? This year, Delaware Coastal Cleanup volunteers at all sites statewide can download DNREC’s Coastal Cleanup app for Android or iPhone.

The app is available from Google Play or the Apple store – just look for the Survey 123 app, choose the Coastal Cleanup from the list, log in with a simple password from your site captain, and follow the directions to enter data into an online version of the old hard-copy data card.

To learn more about the coastal cleanup, please visit:

2019 DE Farm Bureau 4-H and FFA Rate of Gain Contest
Entries for the 2019 Delaware Farm Bureau 4-H and FFA Rate of Gain contest are due to Susan Garey no late than August 16, 2019.  This contest is open to traditional age 4-H and FFA members who have exhibited a market animal at the 2019 Delaware State Fair.  To qualify, animals must have been exhibited, must have met the minimum and maximum weight allowances for their respective species and must meet the minimum daily rates of gain for each species in addition to turning in a completed entry form by the August 16 deadline.  Winners are recognized at their respective county farm bureau fall banquets.

For additional contest guidelines please visit:

For printable entry forms:

Delaware 4-H Foundation – Club/Group Financial Aid Form
The Delaware 4-H Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting the 4-H program.  Financial Support Requests will be accepted twice a fiscal year:  March 1 and October 1

The applications will be reviewed and awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors.  This form must be submitted electronically to  Notification of the receipt of the request will be confirmed within 72 hours to the contact person named on the request.  Once a decision has been made, the contact person will be notified of the Board’s decision.

Delaware State Fair Junior Board Now Accepting Applications
The application period is now open through September 27, 2019. There are six (6) open positions on the 12 member board. This opportunity to serve is available to youth ages 16-21 (as of 10/31/19) and once appointed, the term is for two (2) years. Members are required to contribute a minimum of 30 volunteer hours before and during the Fair. The purpose of the Junior Board is to develop leadership and interpersonal skills as well as expose youth to the many facets of The Delaware State Fair. A brief interview to take place in mid-October will be required. The application form can be obtained on the Delaware State Fair’s web site (click on INFO / About Us / Jr. Board) or by calling Rebekkah at the Fair Administration Office
302-398-3269 Ext. 203

Questions? Contact Betsy Morris at or 302-831-8864

Diamond Clover Award – 2019-2020 Intent Forms DUE November 27, 2019
Delaware 4-H members are eligible to participate in the Diamond Clover Award program. Delaware 4-H adopted the Diamond Clover Award in 2011 from a program used in Maryland and Nebraska. This award will be the highest level of recognition that a Delaware 4-H member can achieve. It is similar to the Boy Scout Eagle Award or the Girl Scout Gold Award. The Diamond Clover Award consists of six levels, each steadily advancing in intensity and achievement over the last. It is intended to take a 4-H member six years to complete. The nice thing about this award is that many 4-H members are already doing the work, so all you need to do is fill out the forms and submit them. For other 4-H members, this award can provide you with a long-term challenge for your 4-H career. Either way, when you have finished the process you have completed an amazing journey that will benefit you forever. To find out more, visit the Diamond Clover site on the State 4-H webpage at:

4-H Community Service Donations

Operation Christmas Child is an organization who sends boxes of goods to children in need all over the world. Groups of all sizes collect items from their communities to be put into shoe boxes. Thousands of volunteers serve annually inspecting and preparing shoe boxes for international shipping to 100 different countries.

Delaware 4-H has been collecting items for Operation Christmas Child. Each month, there will be different items for 4-H members to donate. Just bring these items to your monthly club meeting and your leaders will see that the items are received by the county offices.

In late October and early November, Delaware 4-H will pack the donated items into shoe boxes to be donated to Operation Christmas Child. There will also be an opportunity for 4-H members 13 years and older and adults to travel to a packing facility in Maryland to help inspect and sort boxes to be sent all over the world!

Let’s show the world how much Delaware 4-H cares!

Click on the flyer below to learn about the August donations!


4th H for Health Challenge Trackers due August 31, 2019

2018-2019 – 4th H for Health Trackers are due August 31, 2019 for recognition at fall achievement events. Please submit: to your county office or email to or FAX to 302-831-8934 or mail to NCC 4-H Office: 461 Wyoming Road Newark, DE 19716

Stay tuned for an exciting 2019-2020 4th H for Health Challenge!

Visit for activities:

Contact the Healthy Living Team for materials or questions – 302-831-8965 or


2019 Fall Archery Shoots at the REC

Sussex County 4-H ArcheryThe first fall archery shoot will take place on Sunday, September 15, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. at the REC

* Please register for this event by Thursday, September 
* September 15 is mandatory safety training for this Fall series & for any archer planning on shooting in the 2018-19 4-H year.
* You must be on time and parents must attend

Other fall archery shoots at the REC include:
Sunday, October 27 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, November 10 at 2:00 pm

Registration is required for all shoots! Walk-ins not accepted.

Please call the 4-H Office to sign up 856-2585 ext. 544 or email:

2019 DE State Fair Results

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the 2019 Delaware State Fair a success!  The 4-H Building held over 9,500 entries!  Whether you volunteered in the 4-H Building, participated in events and contests or rode the float, we appreciate all of your hard work!  Below are 4-H results from the Fair. Congratulations to all members!

Photos from the State Fair can be found on:

Delaware 4-H Facebook page –

Talent Show

Individual (8-12 years old):

2nd Place – Brooke Elliott, Clover Knights

3rd Place – Juliette Anger, Bridgeville Mustangs

4th Place – Logan Jackson, Dublin Hill

Other Participants:  Brooke Taylor

Individual (13-19 years old):
3rd Place – Jenna Anger, Bridgeville Mustangs

Group Participants:

1st Place – Hollymount 4-H Irish Dancers

2nd Place – Country Clovers Color Guard

Public Speaking
Beginner I (ages 8-9):

1st Place:  Addison Freeberry, Hollymount

Beginner II (ages 10-11):
1st Place:  Kieran Probert, Sunset Branch

Junior (ages 12-13):
2nd Place:  Carter Bradley, Bridgeville Mustangs

Senior (ages 14-19):
2nd Place:  Jenna Anger, Bridgeville Mustangs

Judging Contests
1st Place:  Madison Johnson – Country Clovers

4th Place:  Austin Jewell – Bridgeville Mustangs

6th Place:  Alexia Carroll – Bridgeville Mustangs

7th Place:  Gerald Carroll – Bridgeville Mustangs

8th Place:  Kaitlyn Johnson – Country Clovers

2nd Place:  Madison Pete – Rossakatum

3rd Place:  Sara Figurski – Hollymount

4th Place:  Quinton Ashman – Sunset Branch

5th Place:  Holly Calloway – Bridgeville Mustangs


4th Place:  Rebecca Lenhart – Clover Knights

7th Place:  Emma Sparpaglione – Clover Knights

8th Place:  Layne Smith – Milford

Food and Nutrition:
1st Place:  Jenna Anger – Bridgeville Mustangs

4th Place:  Abby Krams – Sunset Branch

5th Place:  Holly Calloway – Bridgeville Mustangs

6th Place:  Madison Pete – Rossakatum

9th Place:  Kyle Morris – Hollymount

Clothing and Textiles:
3rd Place:  Kaitlyn Johnson – Country Clovers

1st Place:  Jenna Anger – Bridgeville Mustangs

2nd Place:  Madison Johnson – Country Clovers

3rd Place:  Kaitlyn Johnson – Country Clovers

6th Place:  Evan Short – Rossakatum

7h Place:  Kyle Morris – Hollymount

9th Place:  Jacob Maske – Stateline

Wood Science:
6th Place:  Jacob Maske – Stateline

7th Place:  John Wilkerson – Cypress Heart & Hands

1st Place:  Cole Olsen – Rossakatum

4th Place:  Tommy Warren – Clover Knights


4th Place:  Brooke Terhune – Hollymount

6th Place:  Daniel Tull – Hollymount

2nd Place:  Paige Taylor – Bridgeville Mustangs

5th Place:  Danielle Eisemann – Country Clovers

6th Place:  Emily Davis – Country Clovers

8th Place:  Tori Noon – Country Clovers

9th Place:  Brooke Taylor – Bridgeville Mustangs

Demonstration Contests
General Demonstrations:
Champion – Leadership/Citizenship – Joel Denham, Hollymount

Champion – Other General (Team) – Amanda Jewell and Austin Jewell, Bridgeville Mustangs

Blue Ribbon – Other General – Megan Krajewski, Henlopen Clovers

Environmental & Plant Science:

Champion – Wildlife – Declan West, Hollymount

Champion – Indoor Gardening (Team) – Jenna Anger and Juliette Anger, Bridgeville Mustangs

Champion – Landscaping – Beth Krajewski, Henlopen Clovers

Champion – Other Science Related – Sophia Noon and Edwin Noon, Country Clovers

Blue Ribbon – Other Science Related – Ashley Romanowski, Lucky Leaf

Family & Consumer Science:

Champion – Food Preparation – Jacob Maske, Stateline

Champion – Clothing & Textiles – Ruby DiSabatino, Lord Baltimore

Champion – Home Environment – Bradley Tomeski, Dublin Hill

Champion – Child Care – Madison Johnson, Country Clovers

Champion – Health & Safety – Destiny Carmona, Harbor Lights

Champion – Health & Safety (Team) – Janet Shultie and Jake Shultie, Seaford Blue Jays

Champion – Outdoor Adventures – Chance Megee, Country Clovers

Blue Ribbon – Performing Arts – Abby Krams, Sunset Branch

Blue Ribbon – Recreational Sports – Sarah Krajewski, Henlopen Clovers

Animal Science:
Champion – Horse – Kaitlyn Grant, Bridgeville Mustangs

Champion – Horse (Team) – Emily Davis and Cate Reilly, Country Clovers

Champion – Small Animal – Ainsley West, Hollymount

Champion – Vet Science (Team) – Paige Taylor and Brooke Taylor, Bridgeville Mustangs

Champion – Sheep – Bailey Fletcher, Hollymount

Champion – Goats – Kaitlyn Johnson, Country Clovers

Champion – Poultry (Team) – Zoe Probert and Kieran Probert, Sunset Branch

Archery Contest
Recurve (Junior):
1st Place – JP Eichten, Lower DE Archers

3rd Place – Andrew Wisniewski, Sunset Branch

4th Place – Meredith Timmons, Lucky Leaf

Recurve (Intermediate):

2nd Place – Abby Sparpaglione, Clover Knights

3rd Place – Dale Edwards, Lower DE Archers

5th Place – Demetrius Moutzalias, Sunset Branch

6th Place – Riley Osborne, Clover Knights

Recurve (Senior):

1st Place – Hannah Rice, Clover Knights

3rd Place – Nathaniel Nowell, Bridgeville Mustangs

4th Place – Zane Adams, Stateline

6th Place – Katie Ekholm, Lower DE Archers

8th Place – Jenna Anger, Bridgeville Mustangs

9th Place – Joshua Board, Sussex Lighthouses

Compound (Junior):
1st Place – JP Eichten, Lower DE Archers

2nd Place – Dawson Dill, Buttonwood

Compound (Intermediate):

2nd Place – Jace Goff, Bridgeville Mustangs

8th Place – Logan Uibel, Sunset Branch

Compound (Senior):
1st Place:  Robert Schnell, Sussex Lighthouses

2nd Place:  Carly Diehl, Stateline

3rd Place:  Joshua Board, Sussex Lighthouses

5th Place:  Rebecca Arpie, Cypress Heart & Hands

6th Place:  Tucker Hitchens, Clover Knights

7th Place:  Katie Ekholm, Lower DE Archers

10th Place:  Layne Smith, Milford

Window Display
3rd Place:  Cypress Heart & Hands

Consumer Bowl

2nd Place:  Country Clovers (Madison Johnson & Kaitlyn Johnson)

3rd Place:  Country Clovers (Victoria Noon, Sophia Noon & Edwin Noon)

Avian Bowl

1st Place:  Country Clovers (Madison Johnson, Kaitlyn Johnson, Sophia Noon and Edwin Noon)

Tractor Driving Contest

2nd Place:  Tucker Hitchens, Clover Knights

3rd Place:  Madison Johnson, Country Clovers

Lawn Tractor Contest
2nd Place:  Daniel Fleetwood, Rossakatum

3rd Place:  Bradley Tomeski, Dublin Hill

2nd Place:  Jace Goff – Bridgeville Mustangs

3rd Place:  Kaitlyn Johnson – Country Clovers


1st Place:  Madison Johnson – Country Clovers

State Teen Council Officers 2019-2020

President – Jenna Anger, Bridgeville Mustangs

Social Media – Kyle Morris, Hollymount

Sussex Representative – Jacob Maske, Stateline




2019 State 4-H Camp Honors

As always, everyone enjoyed their week at State Camp!  We appreciate all the counselors and staff who worked hard to make camp a success!  Below are the 2019 State Camp Honors for our Sussex 4-H members.  Congratulations!

First Week

Echo:  Erin Carey, Bridgeville Mustangs


Voice: Taylor Wroten, Dublin Hill

Echo:  Daniel Tull, Hollymount

Moon & Stars:

Voice: Matty Smith, Dublin Hill

Echo:  Kyle Morris, Hollymount


Voice: Shawn Mitchell, Dublin Hill

Ribbon Girls:

Addison Freebery, Hollymount and Addison Ricker, Sunset Branch

Globe Bearer:
Sam Gossett, Hollymount


Head:  Taylor Wroten, Dublin Hill

Heart:  Shawn Mitchell, Dublin Hill

Hands: Madison Rice, Clover Knights

Spirit: Matison Smith, Dublin Hill

Second Week:


Voice: Zach Adams, Stateline

Echo:  Jacob Maske, Stateline


Voice: Jenna Anger, Bridgeville Mustangs

Echo:  Abby Krams, Sunset Branch

Ribbon Girl:
Juliette Anger, Bridgeville Mustangs

DE 4-H’ers compete at 54th annual State 4-H Horse Show

31 Delaware 4-H Horse project members competed recently at the 54th Annual State 4-H Horse Show held on July 26, 2019 in the Quillen Arena during the Delaware State Fair.  Put on by 4-H volunteers on the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, the show offers 4-H members the opportunity to show and learn under the guidance of capable volunteers and judges while having fun at the same time.

Judged this year by Terry Helder of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania members competed in the required showmanship classes as well as horsemanship, equitation, trail, pleasure, ranch riding and fun classes like barrel racing, egg and spoon, dollar bareback and costume. Trail classes were evaluated by Ms. Renee Anderson of Milford, Delaware.

Champion and Reserve Champion Horse Show awards were sponsored by the Delaware Equine Council and the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee respectively and were presented to the following 4-H members:

Champion Western Horse- Rylee Ridgely exhibiting Ima Custom Cruzer- Kent County

Reserve Champion Western Horse– Sydney Messick exhibiting Zip It Up Charlie- Kent County

Champion English Horse- Stephanie Strachar exhibiting Confidential- Kent County

Reserve Champion English Horse – Kassidy Kohland exhibiting Hurricane- Kent County

Champion English Pony- Angelo Retzos exhibiting Sadie- Sussex County

Reserve Champion English Pony – Emily Davis exhibiting Star– Sussex County

Grand Champion Walk Trot – Savannah Messick exhibiting Roxy Dee Heart – Kent County

Reserve Champion Walk Trot – Gracie Ricker exhibiting Good Kinda Cocktail – Sussex County

The Betty Niblett Perpetual Trophy is presented to the 4-H member who acquires the most points in Showmanship and Equitation/horsemanship classes.  Betty was the President of the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee at the time of her death and helping kids with horse projects was a passion of hers.  The winner of the 2019 Betty Niblett Perpetual Trophy was Sydney Messick of the Peach Blossom 4-H Club in Kent County.

The annual horse show is open to any 4-H member on the Delmarva Peninsula or Delaware 4-H members.  Thank you to our gold sponsor of the 2019 show; the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee and our Silver Sponsors; the Delaware Equine Council and Dixon Excavating.