Category Archives: County 4-H News

Tips for submitting Record Books and Diamond Clover via DropBox

This year, 4-H’ers are encouraged to submit their Record Books and Diamond Clover via Dropbox. All are due on September 18.

Please see instructions and Record and Project Book forms below and contact Kaitlin with questions.

If you are unable to submit via Dropbox, Kaitlin will be setting up office hours so that you can drop off directly to her. Please contact her to make arrangements.

Delaware 4-H Record Book Form

Delaware 4-H Project Book Form

Info on Diamond Clover Final Reports

NCC dropbox tip sheet

Yard Sign Contest

Design, create, and display a yard sign promoting 4-H to our community during the COVID 19 Pandemic.

Signs will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Message creativity
  • Artistic design
  • Adherence to contest rules



E-mail 1 high quality photos or PDF to County Agent by September 28th.

Photo 1 – Close up picture of sign only

Winners will be announced on during national 4-H week.



  • 1st & 2nd place winners in each division will move to the state fair
  • All 4-H’ers that submit entries will receive 4-H ribbons



  • Division 1

Individual 4-H yard sign

  • Division 2

Club or Group 4-H yard sign


Contest Rules:

  • Signs must be 18 X 24 inches.
  • Signs may be horizontal only.
  • Signs may be made by any 4-H’er or by a team of members
  • 4-H Clover must be on front of board – do not place text or other images over or on top of it. No photo, drawing, symbol, word or other figure or object may be placed on or obscure the 4-H Emblem.
  • Well known cartoon figures such as Sponge Bob, superheroes, etc. cannot be used because they are copyrighted.
  • *Late entry photos will not be accepted.

Ag Day 2020

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has had to make the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Ag Day.

We will all miss this wonderful educational and fun event, but understand in this difficult time.

If you have any questions, please email Kaitlin.


Younger Member Overnighter

Younger Member Overnighter (YMO) is a tradition open to younger 4-H members between the ages of 8 and 12. It is an overnight stay to be held at Ashland Nature Center Lodge. (3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707) The lodge has bunk style beds with two wings and a central meeting room. The overnight begins Sat. March 28 with drop off at 6:30 pm. Pickup is at 11:00 am on Sun. March 29. Junior Leaders along with certified chaperones and staff serve to make the YMO a terrific experience.

Younger Member Overnighter introduces 4-H’ers to many of the traditions, songs and camaraderie that continues at Junior Leader Weekend, State Camp and other state events.

The cost is $30, which includes educational programs, evening snacks and breakfast the next morning! Registration is required. Please submit the registration form below by March 16, 2020. Please be sure your online health form is up to date.

A minimum of 10 younger members is required to hold this event.

Register HERE

Enrollment Deadline Is Fast Approaching!

(if you didn’t already)

The deadline for enrollment in 4honline is March 1.

If you are not enrolled in  4honline and listed as either “active” or “pending” after this date, you will be unable to participate in 4-H member exclusive activities such as club meetings and events or the State Fair.    If you re-enrolled anytime after September 1, 2019 by going into your profile and verifying your info is up to date and you clicked “Submit enrollment for 2019-2020”, you are good to go!

If you are having trouble re-enrolling, please contact Serena via email.

Favorite Foods and Photography Contest Results

Favorite Foods

The 2020 New Castle County Favorite Foods Contest was held on a soggy January 25th morning. Nonetheless,  4-H members prepared a dish and brought it along with a place setting and centerpiece to Kirk Middle School.

4-H members learn a variety of life skills in this activity including:

  1. Knowledge of good nutrition and meal planning using MYPlate food guide.
  2. Food preparation skills, food safety and display techniques.
  3. Originality, creativity, initiative, time management, interview skills and poise.

Contestants are judged based on the following: menu, recipe, food preparation, table setting and member knowledge. Master Food Educators, 4-H volunteers and 4-H Alumni serve as judges.  The Delaware 4-H Foundation sponsors awards for this event.

Congratulations to all the participants!

Below are the results:

Cloverbud participants: Wallace Bonner, Emma Comegys, Anastasia Gallaher, Cecilia Gallaher, Nathan Hunt, Moira Jones and Jacob Patrick

Beginner:  Brogan Raughley-Appetizer-Champion

Michela Davis-Bread-Champion                                                  Anna Schaedler-Hon. Mention

Karmyn Sposato-Meat or Main Dish-Champion                       Colby Lockridge-Hon. Mention

Abby Cochrane-Side Dish-Champion

Max Lewandowski-Soup, Stew or Chili-Champion                   Chase Oldis-Hon. Mention

Emma Patrick-Dessert-Champion                                                Michaela Patrick-Hon. Mention

Stella Latkowski-Cookies, Cupcakes or Brownies-Champion    Claire Schaedler-Hon. Mention

Junior:      Giana Ruggeri-Appetizer-Champion                                               Chase Pugh-Hon. Mention

Emily Campbell-Meat or Main Dish-Champion                            Micaela Pennachi-Hon. Mention

Melanie Witte-Side Dish-Champion                                              Liam Aber-Hon. Mention

James Patrick- Soup, Stew or Chili-Champion

Alana Sharpe-Dessert-Champion                                                    Katie Campbell-Hon. Mention

Senior:     Tyler Oldis-Appetizer-Champion                                                     Brandon Tang-Hon. Mention

Daisy Timney-Dessert-Champion                                                    Noah Everett-Hon. Mention

Photography Contest

We received a record number of photography entries this year for the Photo Contest- we’re proud of all our entrants!

We have awarded 2 Best in Show titles:

Best in Show- Color: Skylar Brennecke, Holy Angels 4-H Club

Best in Show- Black & White: Micaela Pennachi, Summit Bridge Club

Achievement Event Recap

The NCC 4-H Achievement Event on October 6 was well attended. A huge thank you to everyone who came to honor your fellow 4-H’ers! Click below for links to the photos.

Google Photos


Below are award highlights:

Best Exploring 4-H Project Awards: 

Claire Schaedler, Eric Patrick, Elijah Roberts


Best 4-H Story Awards:

Beginner Division: Eric Patrick

Junior Division: Brandon Tang

Senior Division: Carly Mekulski


Best Overall Record Book Awards:

Beginner Division: Brogan Raughley

Junior Division: Ava Raughley

Senior Division: Cole Simpson


Individual Community Service Award:

Jade Wasgatt


Club Community Service Award:

Summit Bridge


Spirit of 4-H Awards: 

Head – Daisy Timney

Heart – Matt Trunfio

Hands – Alexis Martin

Health – Grace Ferry


Joy Sparks “Spirit of 4-H” Award: Kim Klair


Links Inductees: Laura Emerson, Robbie Emerson, Kate Schaedler, Alex Swan, Larry Trunfio

🎉Window Display/Banner/Public Speaking Results🎉

Here are the 2019 Window Display Results:


1st Place – St. Ann’s

2nd Place – Flock of Friends

Window Display:

1st Place – Summit Bridge

2nd Place – Stump Corner

3rd Place – Porter Gang

Public Speaking Contest Results

Public Speaking Contest – October 29, 2019 – Brandywine Library

4-Hers kept things lively by engaging the judges with a variety of interesting topics. A 4-Her standing at a podium, presenting or speaking before a group or audience is an important life skill to develop. Effective communication and public speaking skills are vital to tomorrow’s leaders. Cloverbuds, ages 5-7, can start with something as simple as leading the pledge or reciting a poem. Seniors are required to do a 5-7 minute speech.

The results:


Anastasis Gallaher – Bear

Cecilia Gallaher – Bear

Moira Jones – Flock of Friends

Beginner I

1st- Evelyn Witte – “Sharks”

Beginner II

1st- Alexis Wolff – “Save the Pangolins” – St. Ann’s

2nd – Liam Aber – “PB29” – Holy Angels

3rd -Sarah Siegel – “Halloween” – Bear


1st- Melanie Witte – “Gender Discrimination-Gender Equality” – Porter Gang

2nd– Micaela Pennachi – “The History of Women in FFA” – Summit Bridge

3rd –   Elijah Roberts – “Plastics-How to Make a Difference with Straws” – Summit Bridge

4th – Tobi Tang – “My Pocono Mountains, Bushkill Falls Trip” – Meado Larks


1st- Eason Li – “Leonardo da Vinci” – Meado-Larks

2nd- Brandon Tang – “Ocean Pollution” – Meado- Larks


Club Spotlight: Summit Bridge

There is something for everyone and every interest in the Summit Bridge 4-H Club.

The club is considered a “general interest” 4-H club and because of that, our members have many different interests and participate in all sorts of 4-H projects ranging from Arts and Crafts, to animal projects such as Sheep, Swine and Dairy, shooting sports like Archery, Foods and Nutrition, Leadership, Robotics and Photography.  Our monthly club meetings always include some type of program whether it is a guest speaker or some hands-on fun.

We have approximately 25 members, ranging from 5 to 18 years old.  Our 4-H’ers are involved in a wide variety of 4-H competitions and events each year, which keeps us all very busy in 4-H between meetings.  Some of the events and competitions we participate in are Public Speaking, Demonstrations, Favorite Foods, Archery Competitions, Photography judging, Livestock Shows, county and state camping programs, Delaware State Fair, National 4-H Conference, National 4-H Congress, and National 4-H Summits- just to name a few.

In addition, we are very involved in our community through various service projects.  Last year, we collected canned food for Neighborhood House as well as the Food Bank of Delaware, volunteered for Wreaths Across America (and the Travis Mansion Foundation), rang the Salvation Army Christmas bell, sponsored a family for Adopt-a-family, volunteered at the Delaware SPCA, hosted a booth at Ag Day at the University of Delaware, hosted a booth at May Day in Odessa and organized a “work night” at Summit United Methodist Church to mulch the church property.

Our club members have also traveled to Kansas, Colorado, Montana and Minnesota with the NCC 4-H Exchange Group.  This group is for any teen in NCC 4-H who is interested in travelling to other states to experience what 4-H is like there. The following year, we invite those 4-Hers to come see all of what Delaware has to offer.

We have had members interviewed by local radio stations, serve on National 4-H planning committees and even spent a day with Delaware native and actress, Aubrey Plaza! As you might imagine, we stay busy year-round with all of our activities.

Our club welcomes new members between the ages of 5 and 18 to any of our meetings, which are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Summit United Methodist Church.

4-H is an excellent way to meet new people, participate in new adventures and have fun learning along the way!

If you are interested or would like to learn more about the Summit Bridge Club, please contact Brenda Shaffer by e-mailing her at

Re-enrollment opens September 1

4honline is rolling over for the 2019-2020 year. This means everyone will go to “inactive” on August 31 (and you won’t get emails about the blog or other upcoming events until you re-enroll!).  We ask each member to go into their profile on September 1 at and review their info and make any updates and changes for the new 4-H year. We need to make sure we have up to date health information on each youth member. Once you have done so, don’t forget to click “Submit Enrollment for 2019-2020”.

Please remember that members will NOT be allowed to participate in events until they have re-enrolled for the 2019-2020 year.

If you have any trouble re-enrolling or have questions, please call the NCC 4-H office at 302-831-8965.

**Please note: we cannot recover passwords for you, but can verify which email address is linked to your 4-H profile. You can then change your password if you have forgotten it. Please contact us if you don’t remember your email. DO NOT create a new profile because this will cause problems within the system. Thanks! 

2019 NCC 4-H Achievement Event

Join us on Sunday, October 6 at the NCC Extension Office as we honor NCC 4-H members who excelled in project work, leadership, citizenship, judging and more over the past year.

The awards program will begin at 2 pm, followed by a reception.

We’re having a GREEN OUT in recognition of the kick off of National 4-H Week. Please wear green or the 4-H clover to show your 4-H spirit.

Please RSVP with the number attending to Serena at 302-831-8965 or via email by Monday, September 23.


NCC 4-H Quarter Auction

Feeling Lucky?

Join us for a Quarter Auction!


When: November 1, 2019

Where: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 406 Main St. Odessa DE

Benefits: New Castle County 4-H Leaders Assn. and Exchange Group

Doors open at 6:00 PM

Auction Starts at 7:00 PM

What is a Quarter Auction?
A quarter auction is part raffle, part auction, part fundraiser and ALL fun! It works a bit like bingo. When you arrive, you’ll receive a numbered paddle with a corresponding numbered ball that’s put into the drawing basket. Auction items will be on display from a variety of donors and vendors with a bid price of 1,2,3, or 4 quarters.

Once the auction begins, a 4-H member will display the item that’s currently up for bid and will announce whether it’s a “1, 2, 3 or 4 quarter” bid. If you’re interested in bidding, you will put designated number of quarters in a bowl and raise your paddle. A 4-Her will walk from table to table with a bucket to collect bids.

The announcer will then draw a number to find a winner. If they draw your number and you bid on the item, hooray! You just won an awesome item at a great price! If they draw your number and you did NOT bid, just call out “no bid!” and they’ll continue to draw numbers until a winner is declared.
Paddles are $20.00 in advance and includes paddle and roll of quarters to get the bidding started. On the day of the event, paddles will be $25.00 at the door with a roll of quarters. Additional paddles can be purchased for $5.00.
All In Paddles are $50.00. This means you automatically bid on every item without putting any quarters in.
Stay tuned for more info and a list of the amazing items we will be offering!

For more info or to donate please contact: Kaitlin Klair or Betsy Morris or 831-8965.

2019 Window Display and Banner Contest

National 4-H Week provides a great opportunity to put New Castle County 4-H and your individual club in the spotlight! This year think about how your club can encourage others in the community to become a 4-H member. This is your opportunity to show your community all of the fun, exciting, and meaningful programs 4-H’ers take part in.

Window Displays: Clubs are encouraged to design a window display that will be placed in the community. Great locations include grocery stores, doctor’s offices, pet supply stores, local businesses, etc. Put your creativity to use and design an eye catching display that will spark public interest in 4-H.  The below picture represents what a display should be:



Banners: Individual members of 4‐H clubs are encouraged to design and display a 4‐H banner in the community during National 4‐H Week.


  • Displays must be in place by 5:00pm Monday, October 7 and remain displayed until 5:00pm , Saturday, October 12.
  • Window displays can be a maximum of 7’x 30”
  • Banner must be 2 ’ x 3’ in dimension
  • Registrations are due to the NCC Extension office by Monday, September 23
  • Displays will be judged and the top three winners in each category will be eligible to compete at the 2020 Delaware State Fair.


If you submit a registration form, but your club is unable to participate in the contest, please contact Serena at (302) 831-8965 or no later than Friday, October 4.

2019 NCC 4H Window Display/Banner Contest Info & Registration Form