4-H Awards and Recognition 2023

In Box Elder County 4-H we recognize members of our youth development community who have accomplished special achievements and go the extra mile to make positive learning experiences for 4-H members in our county. We invite you to read the bios below and join us in thanking our community members by sharing their stories. Starting October 2nd we will be spotlighting each recipient.

Family of the year
Family Of The Year: The Adams
The Adams family has been a part of  the Box Elder County 4-H Program since 2020. In that short amount of time, they have made their name known. Ben and Jenny have taken the Working Ranch Program (which was non-existent for quite some time in Box Elder County) and turned it into a well running machine that had the State begging for them to go down the event at the state level. They put in countless hours rewriting the rules and score sheets for this event to help kids that come in at all levels. They helped host a practice night for our county to ensure that each youth knew what they were doing before they competed in the county event. Jenny has held multiple spots on our horse council to help with the horse program in the county, and Ben is always the first one to jump in and volunteer at any function. Ben and Jenny together are more than willing to help any youth that approaches them. They make sure to keep their kids well rounded throughout the 4-H program, by teaching them hard work and discipline with their market beef, horse, and public speaking projects. We can’t wait to see what the Adams family has to bring Box Elder 4-H in the coming years of raising the rest of their children. Thank you for your hard work and example that you are to all around you.


Friend of 4-H : Garland City

Garland City has been host to the Box Elder County 4-H dog club for the past several years. They meet year round in the Garland City building and have even used the Sally Bo Field in the Garland City Park. The dog club has also been a part of the annual Wheat and Beet Days since they became a 4-H dog club. The agility trials are a favorite of not only the youth, but community members 

This past year, they hosted the Fair Pet Show in the Garland City Armory. There were 18 youth and several dogs who gave a demonstration. The facilities provided a comfortable place for the youth to show what they had learned throughout the year.

Linda Bourne, the Garland City Mayor, came and supported the youth both days of the dog show during the Box Elder County Fair. We appreciate the support Garland City shows for the 4-H program and the development of youth here in our area. 

Club of the Year: PAWS for Applause

The Paws for Applause is run by 4-H Volunteer Lannette Sorenson with help from Tiffany Hatch . Together they continually support 4-H youth in and outside of their club. Some of the club highlights include Northern Region Dog Clinic, Learning Laboratories, Dog Demonstration, and Box Elder County Fair Dog Show. Those who nominated them said it best “This is a large club who strive to keep a PAWsitive learning environment. They also have very friendly competitions and encourage each other to always do their best,even if that means winning over themselves! ”. Another one said”This club has accepted several youth who are struggling in their lives in various ways and within a year time, tons of progress and growth is made in every kids life because of the great friendliness and encouragement form each kid in the club.” Congratulations to the youth and leaders alike, we are proud to award the Paws for Applause with the 4-H Club of the Year Award.

Member of the Year: Dylan Munns

Dylan Munns has demonstrated outstanding character since his involvement in 4-H began. As a long time member of Box Elder 4-H he has participated in several 4-H programs from Shooting Sports, Ambassador to Livestock. Dylan always brings a willing attitude if it is setting up for the Dog Club practice, Cloverbud camp or teaching Archery. Dylan is an Ambassador for the Shooting Sports program and has  represented Box Elder County at the State and National 4-H Competition. With Dylan’s encouragement the Box Elder shooting sport program has grown. Dylan is the only youth from the county that has received a rank advancement. We would like to award him with his buckle for advancement along with 4-H Member of the Year.  Congratulations Dylan!

Outsanding Leader: Trisha Boyce
Doing an OUTSTANDING job at jumping in and grabbing the reins of the Lego Robotics Club, Trisha has done just that. She volunteered to take the Lego Club at the beginning of the year, and has continued to hold club meetings monthly to help the kids in her group. She is also one of the first to volunteer her help at county events and fundraisers. She has taken up the reins again as one of the coaches for our Drone team going to the state challenge next month. As programs grow in Box Elder County, we are excited to see the demands for more STEM and science based programming. We simply could not have the reach we have without willing volunteers like Trisha. Thank you for seeing a need and helping to fulfill it through your service.

Volunteer of the Year: Parker Kimber

Volunteer of the year is an award that you get nominated for. Parker Kimber was nominated for this award by several youth. Those who nominated him said “He took over the Bacon Bits club this year and went above and beyond to help the kids”. Alleviating existing club leaders and allowing established youth to stay in the same club is such an important part of the legacy we build here in Box Elder 4-H. For your example to the kids and the friendship you've offered to the parents, we thank you. Congratulations Parker Kimber.

Inspiring Leader: Jeremy Pebley

This award recognizes leaders with more than 5 years who have provided outstanding service to 4-H. Jeremy Pebley runs a community 4-H Poultry club and is the Director of the Box Elder County Fair 4-H Poultry. The Club meets weekly all summer long and has about 25 kids in it. Jeremy has been willing to jump in at the last minute and help with other county  poultry contests. He is an excellent resource and motivator for youth in the program. In addition to his service as a volunteer, Jeremy and his family are a great example to the youth of Box Elder 4-H by being kind and compassionate. There is never an event where Jeremy and the whole family don't put THEIR best foot forward and offer to help those around them. They've generated a healthy competition where youth can both compete against each other and encourage their peers.Jeremy, we appreciate your dedication to 4-H!

Community Service Award: Parker & Pailey Thompson

Parker & Pailey Thompson  have been very busy this year doing service. Here are some of the amazing areas where they help:  Helped with auction and lunch at fair, Worked10 shifts at the Farm Bureau Stand, Helped clean fairgrounds during the fair, Assisted for fair tagging. Baked and delivered cookies to the assisted living center. Parker & Pailey Thompson's dedication to service is not isolated to this year. Every year, whether they receive recognition or not- these kids show up! This kind of attitude and dedication is surely molding them- but it also molds our staff and club leaders too. We are so impressed with your dedication to your community. And more than that- we know how much you truly enjoy doing it. That is pretty neat! Thank you for your example and your service to Box Elder County