What does it take to succeed in 4-H? Ask Kooskia’s Brooke Romney and the other nine Idaho County 4-H members who were recently named the 2020 Idaho County Achievement Award winners.

Junior Division winners are Reagan Brannan, Samuel Rehder and Ray Terhaar; in the Intermediate Division, Harlee Brannan, Halee Rowland and Makenna York; and in the Senior Division, Miranda Klapprich, Romney, Chloe Rowland and Ellea Uhlenkott.

According to Idaho County 4-H program director, Susie Heckman, during the year club leaders keep track of all of the members’ activities, giving points for their participation.

“Club leaders submit their top point earners to the 4-H Extension office at the end of the 4-H year,” she explained. “The top point earners from all of the 4-H clubs in the county are given to the 4-H Program Council and the 4-H Achievement Award winners are selected.”

Heckman said the purpose of the achievement award is to recognize 4-H’ers who exemplify the goals of the Idaho Count y 4-H Program. Emphasis for the award includes overall achievement, leadership and citizenship.

Romney is the daughter of Tyson and Denise Romney of Kooskia. She is a three-year member of Valley Livestock and More 4-H Club.

“My favorite thing about 4-H is probably all the different conferences I get to go to,” she said. “It opens up so many opportunities for me.”

“I’ve learned that it’s a lot easier to go out of my comfort zone and try new things,” Romney added.

She said COVID-19 restrictions made it difficult for her to enjoy some of her favorite conferences and activities.

“It also put a damper on the meetings,” she said.

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