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Dear 4-H families and friends,

As we finish out 2017, and enter into 2018 as a new year, the Delaware 4-H Program would like to offer the following Top Ten Resolutions for 2018 to help every 4-H youth to be active and engaged in the 4-H program.  We encourage you to try them ALL!!


Top Ten 4-H Resolutions for 2018

  • Be an active participant in your local club
    • Serve on committees, give reports, attend project group meetings, attend club activities, help with fundraisers, and more.
  • Be active in a minimum of one (1) 4-H Project Area
    • 4-H has over 100 project areas to choose from. Every member should be actively involved in at least one (but can do more).
  • Participate in several County 4-H events/activities
    • 4-H has many competitive, educational and fun events for members to take part in during the year including Public Speaking, Favorite Foods, Demonstrations, Clothing Showcase, Legislative Day, Livestock Events, County Judging Contests and more!
  • Participate in at least 1 (or more) County Judging Contests
    • 10 different Judging Contests are held throughout the year. Members are strongly encouraged to participate in at least 1 (or more).
  • Attend one or more County training events
    • Training is provided for many 4-H contests and events – be sure to attend to learn more and help you to prepare.
  • Be a volunteer in your community
    • Help to make a difference by volunteering for different community service activities in your club/county/state.
  • Serve in a 4-H Leadership role
    • Serve in a leadership role in your club to help your leader and to work with younger 4-H members; participate in your County Junior Council or serve as a counselor for various 4-H camps.
  • Attend a 4-H Camp event
    • 4-H has various day camps, weekend camps and State Camp available to all.
  • Prepare projects to exhibit in the Delaware State Fair
    • Work on exhibits to showcase your 4-H project work at the state fair.
  • Invite your friends to join 4-H
    • 4-H is available to everyone; be sure to tell all your friends about the 4-H Program!

We thank each and every one of you for being a part of this wonderful organization. 4-H couldn’t happen without you!

We look forward to a great New Year

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena

Winter Workshops

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Come out and join us for these exciting Winter Workshops:

February 10, 17 and 24

Up for the Challenge Train the Trainer

Crafts- wood snowman decorating

Entomology 101- Bugs and more!

Next Top Chef

Cases for Smiles- pillowcase making workshop for children in hospitals

Make Your Own Terrarium

Complete descriptions and registration forms can be found at Scroll down to “Winter Workshops”.

Favorite Foods Competition

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Saturday, January 20, 8:00 am,  Kirk Middle School
Snow Date: Saturday, January 27, 8:00 am, NCC Extension Office

The Favorite Foods Contest is open to all 4-H members currently taking a 4-H project.  Participants select a category to enter:

  • Breads, Meat or Main Dish, Fruits or Vegetables, Dessert, Appetizers, Hors d’oeuvres, or Soups (Beginner, Novice, Junior, Senior)
  • NEW* Recipe Redo (Juniors & Seniors)
  • Cookies, Cupcakes or Brownies (Cloverbuds Only)

Contestants (8-19 years old) will also plan a menu to complement their selected dish.

Entry Forms for this contest are due to the 4-H Office by January 10, 2018.

You can use either the Word Registration Form or the PDF Printable Registration Form.

Click here to find rules, recipe and menu tips, and more!

On Saturday, January 20, participants will bring their prepared food item, place setting, centerpiece, etc. to the contest. The Extension office will schedule a time for each 4-H participant to meet with a contest judge.  Judges will ask questions about the recipe, menu, and prepared dish and then sample a taste of the foods entry.

After meeting with a judge, participants my test their knowledge in the Foods and Nutrition Judging Contest. There will also be opportunities for members to watch a foods demonstration and participate in a shopping cart challenge! This is always a fun-filled and educational event! Visit the State 4-H website for the foods judging guidelines.

Parents, Grandparents, 4-H Volunteers, Links, Alumni and Cooperative Extension Staff are also invited to enter the
NCC Links Adult Dessert Contest, which will take place during the Favorite Foods Contest.

Click on the link above for info and instructions.

2018 NCC 4-H Photography Contest

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Photos will be displayed during the Favorite
Foods Competition at Kirk Middle School, on January 20,  beginning
at 11:00am. Ribbons will be awarded for each exhibit,
based on the Danish Scale. Additionally, an overall
champion will be selected for each age category.

Entry forms and accompanying photographs due to the NCC 4-H Office by January 10, 2018.

2018 Photography Contest Rules 

2018 Photography Contest Entry Form

Club Reports

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Holy Angels

We have been very busy.  For Thanksgiving the members made Thankful Pumpkins for home, made place cards for Thanksgiving Dinner for the residents of Newark Manor and collected food.  For Christmas, we made place cards for residents’ Christmas Dinner.  Also, 5 members- Mary, Sophia, Caroline , Daniel and Liam also spent time ringing the Salvation Army bells. Our group has two projects- photography  and woodworking.  One meeting we practiced hammering and removing nails from a block of wood- used our safety goggles!  Members also take turns taking pictures of the meetings. 

Summit Bridge

The Summit Bridge club was out in full force the evening of December 21st, ringing the bells for the Salvation Army. They report they had a great turnout and had a lot of fun for a good cause!

Character Counts Essay and Artwork Contest

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The National Family & Community Education (FCE) members in Delaware are sponsoring a nation-wide contest. The contest is based on the characteristic CITIZENSHIP, and we are asking students to write a short essay or short story about this trait.

The contest starts at the county level, where entries will be judged and winners recognized from each county. The first place county entries will be forwarded to the state level. The State FCE Association, will, in turn, judge and recognize winners for the state. The First place state entry will then be judged at the national level. The same judging criteria will be used in all levels of the competition. These include: creativity, content, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, vocabulary, and presentation of the handwriting and the judging criteria outlined below.

The National 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners receive a Visa Gift Card or check of $250, $150, $50 respectively.

The State 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners receive a Visa Gift Card or check of $30, $20, $15 respectively.

The County 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners receive a Visa Gift Card or check of $15, $10, & $5 respectively

Contest criteria are as follows:

  1. Any 4th grade level student in a public, private, or home school is eligible.
  2. Entries are to include an essay and a hand drawn picture. Use #2 lead pencil for both.                  Do not color the picture.

      Do not fold the picture.

  • Essay and picture should reflect the characteristic
    • For drawings, use unlined, white paper approximately 8½” x 11”.
    • For essay, use lined, white paper approximately 8½” x 11”. The essay should be a minimum of 50 words.
  1. Students should write their name, date, his or her teacher’s name, and name of the school, 4-H Club or home school name, on the back of the picture and at the bottom of the essay.

We hope you will join us in striving for excellence in you or your student’s writing and drawing skills and in the understanding of CITIZENSHIP, an essential characteristic. More information may be obtained by contacting the FCE member below. Mail the Essay & Artwork entry as well as Permission Slips (sign in two places) to Charlanne Brown. The address is below.

Entries are due on March 10th 2018 and will only be excepted if they are in the format outlined above. Please also fill out and include the permission slip at the bottom of this post.



Maria Pippidis

Character Counts Contest

UD New Castle County Extension office

461 Wyoming Rd. Suite 131, Newark, De 19716

A little background:

“CITIZENSHIP ” is one of Six Pillars of Character® CHARACTER COUNTS!® and Six Pillars of Character® are service marks of the CHARACTER COUNTS!® Coalition, a project of Josephson Institute of Ethics. For more information about this project and about citizenship go to:

Delaware Association for Family and Community Education, is an affiliate of the National organization. It is affiliated with UD Cooperative Extension and provides educational and service opportunities for members. Its mission is to strengthen individuals, families and communities through continuing education, developing leadership and community action. They have been a part of Delaware since 1923.

How your essay and artwork will be reviewed. Judges will be looking at the following qualities:


  • Message
  • Creativity
  • Execution

For the ESSAY

  • Ideas–the main message
  • Organization– the internal structure of the piece
  • Voice-the personal tone and flavor of the author’s message
  • Word Choice– the vocabulary a writer chooses to convey meaning
  • Sentence Fluency– the rhythm and flow of the language
  • Conventions–the mechanical corrections
  • Presentation–how the writing actually looks on the page


  • How the drawing & essay support each other

Citizenship Essay and Artwork Permission Form

Animal Science Updates

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Delaware Equine Council Foundation Scholarship- $1500 


  • Must be a U.S. citizen and a Delaware resident or Delaware Equine Council member. ($10.00 to become an individual member)
  • Must be enrolled and in good standing in an agriculture, equine, veterinary or vet tech program in the United States.
  • Must submit a typewritten 250-word essay :

“How I plan to use this course of study to further the equine or agriculture industry.”

  • Must complete a typed application and include a transcript of a minimum of one full semester’s grades from an accredited college or university.

All awards are given without discrimination as to race, sex, or creed.

Application postmark deadline is January 31, 2018. Winners will be awarded in March 3, 2018.  To download the application or for more details please visit:


Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity Second Entry Deadline

The second entry deadline for the 2018 Delaware Junior Dairy futurity is February 1, 2018.  The entry form can be found here

To participate in the 2018 Futurity for Summer Calves, a calf must be nominated by May 1, 2018.  All calves, born June 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017 inclusive, of any dairy breed are eligible to enter the Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity. Calves MUST be exhibited by a Delaware State Fair Junior Dairy Exhibitor.  Leased animals are eligible and an exhibitor must be named on the last entry on May 1, 2018.

1st payment of $5.00 due on or before November 13, 2017

2nd payment of $10.00 due on or before February 1, 2018

3rd payment of $15.00 due on or before May 1, 2018

Late entries are permitted but if you do not enter the animal on the first due date, the payment will be doubled.  If your first entry is made on February 1, your entry fee will be $30.00.  If you do not enter until May 1, your entry fee is $70.00 on May 1.

Entry questions can be directed to volunteer Dairy Futurity co-chairs John Hickey or Charmayne Busker


Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl

The Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl will be held on March 10, 2018 at Lake Forest North Elementary.  Divisions are available for Ages 8-10, 11-13, and 14-19 as of January 1 of the 2018 4-H year.

Questions may come from:

  • 4-H Horse Manuals(blue cover 2015 version):

“Giddy Up and Go”, “Head, Heart and Hooves”, “Stable Relationships”,

“Riding the Range,” “Jumping to New Heights,” “Horse Project Helper’s Guide.,”

and 4-H Horse curriculum corrections found on-line at

In 2019 the “Your Pony, Your Horse” Resource will be replaced with “Horse Care for Kids” by Cherry Hill. “Your Pony, Your Horse” is no longer in print and becoming difficult to purchase.

  • In addition to the 4-H Horse Project manuals:

Age 8-10: Your Pony, Your Horse, by Cherry Hill

Age 11-13: Your Horse, a step-by-step guide to horse ownership, by Judy Chapple (and age 8-10 material).

Horses and Horsemanship – by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council-

Age 14 and older: Storey’s Horse-Lover’s Encyclopedia, edited by Deborah Burns (and age 8-10 and 11-13 material).

Horse Science- by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council

Complete contest rules and guidelines are posted on the State 4-H Animal Science page at  The 2018 Horse Bowl entry deadline is February 12, 2018.


DPI Offers College Scholarships

Applications for the 2018 round are being accepted for undergraduate and graduate scholarships that are available in the amount of $1,500 or more. Applications must be completed and received at the following address on or before 4:30 p.m. on April 2, 2018: DPI College Scholarship Program, 16686 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947-4881. Late, incomplete, or handwritten applications will not be considered.

Undergraduate applicants must be a Delmarva resident and a student in good standing at any accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States or in the case of graduating high school seniors, accepted to an accredited, degree-granting institution within the United States. Individuals must have an academic major in a subject area relevant to Delmarva’s chicken industry and be planning a career in a segment of this industry. An academic transcript must accompany each application.

Graduate student applicants must meet the above criteria, with the exception of Delmarva residency. In addition, the individual must be engaged in research that could positively benefit Delmarva’s chicken industry.

To download complete instructions, requirements and application forms due on or before 4:30 p.m. on April 2, 2018 for both the undergraduate and graduate scholarships, visit .


Delaware Livestock Exposition Fundraiser Dinner and Auction- Felton Fire Hall!

Mark your calendar for the 2018 Delaware Livestock Exposition, October 13-14 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.  The show is a junior breeding show for beef cattle, sheep, swine, and Boer goats and is open to exhibitors from across the country.  Entry and registration information is available via our new website at  Premiums are paid to the top placing animals in each class.  Sponsors and donors support the Expo financially however we still need your help too!  This show has returned over $250,000 in premiums to our young livestock exhibitors.

The show committee is hosting a benefit fried oyster and chicken salad dinner as well as a silent and live auction at Felton Fire Hall on Saturday, March 10th  A cash bar will be available that evening.  Tickets are $30 each and are available for purchase at the Kent County Extension office or from an Expo committee member. Final ticket purchase deadline is February 26, 2018.   Please email Susan Garey or Kristin Cook  to reserve yours now.  All proceeds are used towards Livestock Exposition premiums and expenses.  We are also actively looking for donations of unique items for our silent and live auctions that evening.  Please join us for a fun filled evening to support our livestock youth!


Champions Choice Lamb Camp Coming to Pennsylvania Summer of 2018

There will be a Champion’s Choice Lamb Camp in Pennsylvania on June 16, 2018 at the Romano 4-H Center of Chester County in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania. Topics to be covered include showing, growing, managing, fitting and marketing.  Youth bring their own show lamb and participate in the day’s activities. Tracy Dendinger, an Ag Ed instructor from Washington Courthouse Ohio will be the instructor.  Tracy is a high energy presenter that has judged our 1st State Livestock Jackpot Show twice in the past.  The registration fee for the one day camp in Pennsylvania is $50.00 per youth/$15.00 per spectator and is being subsidized by sponsorships from MacCauley Suffolks and John Rock, Inc. For more information or to register please go to:

State 4-H Hippology Contest Results

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The Delaware 4-H program held their statewide 4-H Hippology contest on Saturday, December 2 at the Blue Diamond Equestrian Center at Rowan Farm in Middletown, Delaware.

The High Individuals in each age division were:

  • Beginner (8-10 year olds) tie

Miranda Garey- Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County

Clara Gulick- Tails and Trails 4-H Club New Castle County


  • Intermediate (11-13 year olds)

Danielle Eisemann- Country Clovers 4-H Club, Sussex County


  • Senior (14-19 year olds)

Carly Mekulski- Tails ‘n Trails 4-H Club, New Castle County


The High Teams in each age division were:

  • Beginner (8-10 year olds) tie

Camo and Cowgirls- Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County

Members; Miranda Garey, Savannah Messick, Carley Rebuck, Ethan Stafford


Shooting Stars- Country Clovers 4-H Club, Sussex County

Members; Clara Gulick, Chloe Megee, Cate Reilly, Steph Strachar


  • Intermediate (11-13 year olds)

Spirit of the Stallion- Country Clovers 4-H Club, Sussex County

Members: Danielle Eisemann, Ava Reilly, Hailey Smith, Christopher Vargas


  • Senior (14-19 year olds)

The Unicorns- Hearts 4 Horses 4-H Club, Kent County

Members: Sierra Kane, Rylee Ridgely, Alexis Skodzinski

Agent Letter

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Dear 4-H Families and friends,

Tis the season of giving and many 4-Hers are taking part in community service activities. The tree is up in the county office for donations of hats, mittens, gloves and scarves. These are donated to the Adopt-a-Family Store where approved families can select the items they need. Thank you for serving others!

Congratulations to our National Congress Delegates! Matthew Johnston and Shannon Murray recently returned from Atlanta, Georgia for what was certain to have been a once in a lifetime experience. New Castle County volunteer, Marian Harvey, accompanied them as a chaperone.

Looking forward to 2018, we will start the year with the Public Speaking Contest on January 9, followed by the Favorite Foods Contest on Jan. 20. See the news blog for details and plan now to participate in these events.

­­­4-H families can look forward to a full slate of fun and interesting Winter Workshops in February. Workshop details will be posted in the January blog. Registration will begin January 8.

With winter activities comes winter weather and the possibility of cancellations. If the Christina School District closes for the day, has early dismissal or cancels after-school activities, then NCC 4-H events are cancelled.  Weekend 4-H events will be cancelled if the University of Delaware closes or cancels events.  In addition, the 4-H office will be closed from 12-23-2017 thru 1-1-2018 for the holiday break.

Have a wonderful holiday season! We hope to see everyone at a 4-H event in the new year!

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena

Statewide Ice Skating Event

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State 4-H Ice Skating Party – December 29, 2017

5:00 pm-7:00 pm

Location:  Centre Ice Skating Center on the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.

Cost will be $4.00 per person and a canned good, which includes admission and skate rental.  The Centre would like to continue to hold a food drive at this event so all participants are requested to bring in a canned or boxed item of food that can be donated to the local food pantry.

*$8.00 and a canned good includes admission, skate rental and ONE (1) ride on the new bumper cars on ice.

Additional rides can be purchased at any time at $4.00 per ride.

*There is a maximum height requirement in order to ride in the cars alone. Anyone under this height mush be accompanied in the car by an adult. There is information inside the lobby on the wall for anyone to use to determine if they meet the height requirement.

All 4-H members are invited, and they may bring a friend who is not a 4-H member, but they are responsible for this friend while at this event.


Public Speaking Contest

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Announcing the 2018 NCC 4-H Public Speaking Contest

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

6:00 pm

Brandywine Hundred Library

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 5, 2018

Guidelines and registration form are below. We have also included a worksheet to help you plan your speech.

2018 Public Speaking Contest Registration Form

Public Speaking Guidelines

Public Speaking Worksheet







NCC 4-H Achievement Events Awards Recap

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The NCC 4-H Achievement Event was very well attended, despite the driving rain. A huge thank you to everyone who braved the elements to honor your fellow 4-H’ers!

Here is a recap of the awards given:

Achievement Event Special Awards:

Best Financial Record Keeping: Katie Campbell

Best Size and Scope: Ava Raughley

Best 4-H Story Awards:

Beginner Division: Liam Aber

Junior Division: Ava Raughley

Senior Division: Sarah Brown

Best Overall Record Book Awards:

Beginner Division: Emily Campbell

Junior Division: Ava Raughley

Senior Division: Carly Mekulski


Individual Community Service Award: Patrick Trunfio

Club Community Service Award: Meado-Lark

H’s of 4-H Awards:  

Head – Patrick Trunfio

Heart – Andrew Shaffer

Hands – Alyson Melson

Health – Emma Apps


25 year volunteer- Brenda Ebling

30 year volunteer – Richard Melson


Horse of the Year Award – Sarah Brown


Joy Sparks “Spirit of 4-H” Award – Marian Harvey

Window Display and Banner Contest Results

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Window Display Competition:

1st Place – Tails N’ Trails 4-H Club

2nd Place – Porter Gang 4-H Club

3rd Place – Summit Bridge 4-H Club

Banner Display Contest:

1st Place: Clara Gulick, Tails N’ Trails 4-H Club

2nd Place: Halley Poe, Bear 4-H Club

3rd Place: Carly Mekulski, Tails N’ Trails 4-H Club


Great job on all your hard work! 

Montly Online Newsletter From New Castle County, Delaware 4-H!