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Green Clover winners honored
0307 4H Green Clover Awards
From left to right are 4-H agent Abby Smith, Green Clover Award Senior recipient Sophie Usher, Junior recipient Chance Denney and Effingham Farm Bureau representative Becky Fields. - photo by Photo provided

Sophie Usher, an 11th-grader at Effingham County High School, and Chance Denney, an eighth-grader at Effingham County Middle, are the first recipients of the county’s Green Clover Award.

Effingham 4-H partnered with the Effingham Farm Bureau this year to give the Green Clover Award. The award was created to honor 4-H members who are highly active in the 4-H program and who are going above and beyond in their school and community to support 4-H.

Recipients are leaders not only in their 4-H club, but also in their school and community. Students have to show strong dedication and a passion for 4-H.

The Green Clover Award will be given to one Junior (seventh-eighth grades) 4-H member and one Senior (ninth-11th grades) 4-H member each year at the 4-H banquet, and the inaugural presentation was made to Usher for the Senior award and Denney the Junior award.

“This is a wonderful way to reward the dedication these students give to the 4-H program and all that they are involved with,” said 4-H Extension agent Abby Smith. “We have some outstanding students who are going above and beyond in 4-H and this award is an exceptional way to showcase that dedication.”

Usher is the daughter of Tim and Holly Usher and serves as the Senior Club vice president. She has been an active member of the Effingham 4-H club since fifth grade.

Denney is the son of Barry and Jenney Denney. He serves as the secretary of the Junior Club and has been an active member of the Effingham 4-H club since fifth grade.

Usher and Denney are both extremely involved with many aspects of the 4-H program including leadership team, service projects and judging events, according to Smith. Each received a plaque and a monetary gift sponsored by the Effingham Farm Bureau Chapter in honor of their abilities to balance extracurricular activities, schoolwork and 4-H.

“These two inaugural recipients of the Green Clover Award are very deserving,” Smith said. “They are very dedicated to the program and a joy to have in 4-H.”