Local 4-H Program Members Honored At Awards Banquet

Local 4-H members at their December 17 awards banquet at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Invited guests at the 4-H awards banquet December 17 are, from left, 4-H Coach Mike O’Neill. Los Alamos Reporter Maire O’Neill, Wendy Swanson and her husband, Los Alamos County Council Chair Randall Ryti. Not pictured is Del Jimenez, NMSU Agriculture Specialist. Photo by Jessica Booton

BY MAIRE O’NEILL
maire@losalamosreporter.com

Local 4-H program participants were recognized for their accomplishments during 2022 at a December 17 banquet at Fuller Lodge. Special guests honored for their contributions to 4-H were: Del Jimenez, Agriculture Specialist for NMSU, Los Alamos County Council Chair Randall Ryti, Los Alamos Reporter Editor Maire O’Neill and 4-H Coach Mike O’Neill

Each 4-H member was recognized for their years of participation and received a pin.

5 year members  

Carley Hollander
Colton Hollander
Kim Prada
Sam Prada 

4 year members

Alexandria Booton
Benjamin Booton
Nicholas Booton
Kadin Hansel 

3 year members

Derek Rodriguez
Dylan Rodriguez 

2 year members

Chloe Blackburn
Emilia Blackburn
Gwen Booton
Ryder McClellan
Zaiden McClellan
Julia Rodriguez
Sylvia Stanek
Nico Ulrich
Adalene Zielie  

1st year members

Anna Ferenbaugh
Robbie Ferenbaugh
Claire Robinson
Preslee Robinson
Lillian Schmidt
Archer Stanek
Maliyah Vigil
Kohynn Young
Kyler Young  

Members who participated in 2022 county, district and state contests:  

Entomology County Contest

Dylan Rodriguez
Julia Rodriguez
Adalene Zielie 

Horticulture Contest 

Chloe Blackburn
Carley Hollander
Colton Hollander
Derek Rodriguez
Julia Rodriguez
Adalene Zielie 

Wildlife Contest


Chloe Blackburn
Colton Hollander
Lillian Schmidt
Sylvia Stanek
Derek Rodriguez
Adalene Zielie 

Consumer Decision Making Contest

Alexandria Booton
Carley Hollander
Colton Hollander
Kim Prada
Sam Prada
Sylvia Stanek
Derek Rodriguez
Dylan Rodriguez  

Public Speaking Contests

Gwen Booton, Dylan Rodriguez, Lillian Schmidt and Nico Ulrich in the Poetry Divisions. Gwen Booton and Carley Hollander in Presentations and Kim Prada in the Prepared Speech division

Family & Consumer Science Skill-a-thon

Chloe Blackburn
Anna Ferenbaugh
Carley Hollander
Kim Prada
Dylan Rodriguez
Adalene Zielie 

Favorite Foods Contest  

Chloe Blackburn
Emilia Blackburn
Alexandria Booton
Gwen Booton
Nicholas Booton
Anna Ferenbaugh
Carley Hollander
Colton Hollander
Kim Prada
Sam Prada
Derek Rodriguez
Julia  Rodriguez
Nico Ulrich
Maliyah Vigil
Adalene Zielie 

Family & Consumer Science Skill-a-thon

Chloe Blackburn
Anna Ferenbaugh
Carley Hollander
Kim Prada
Dylan Rodriguez
Adalene Zielie 

Favorite Foods Contest 

Chloe Blackburn
Emilia Blackburn
Alexandria Booton
Gwen  Booton
Nicholas Booton
Anna Ferenbaugh
Carley Hollander
Colton Hollander
Kim Prada
Sam Prada
Derek Rodriguez
Julia  Rodriguez
Nico Ulrich
Maliyah Vigil
Adalene Zielie

State Contests in the Senior Division: 

In Favorite Foods: Alex Booton placed 4th, Sam Prada placed 3rd,  and Kim Prada placed 1st and she also received the buckle award at  State Conference. Carley and Colton Hollander also participated in Consumer Decision Making and Horticulture contests at State Conference this year as well. 

Rio Arriba County Fair Recognition

Homemade Delights Baking Contest


Alex Booton, 1st place for her apple nut coffee cake 
Anna Ferenbaugh, 2nd place for her hazelnut pralines 
Colton Hollander, 1st place for his honey green chile corn muffins
Kimberly Prada, 1st place for her Macaroon Cherry pie 
Dylan Rodriguez, 2nd place for Dylan’s Delightful coffee cake  

Derek Rodriguez
Sylvia Stanek
Chloe Blackburn
Kadin Hansel
Emma Brown
Maliyah Vigil
Carley Hollander

Beef show: Colton Hollander was awarded the Grand Champion  Heifer and Grand Showman buckles.  

Lamb Show: Claire Robinson, Preslee Robinson, and Adalene  Zielie exhibited in the Booster class. 

Goat Show: 
There were several 1st and 2nd place class winners including Nicholas  Booton, Kadin Hansel, Carley Hollander, Colton Hollander, and Kohynn  Young. These individuals earned a spot in the auction and sold their animal, with the exception of Kohynn’s dairy goat and Gwen Booton participated in the Booster class goat show this year too. 

Carley Hollander earned the top buckle awards with her Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion goats, as well as the Grand Showmanship award.

Nicholas Booton won the Reserve Grand Novice showman award.

Poultry Show:  

Emilia Blackburn, Gwen Booton, Zaiden McClellan, Claire Robinson,  Preslee Robinson, Julia Rodriguez, Archer Stanek, Nico Ulrich, and  Adalene Zielie. There were several first place class winners in the poultry show including Chloe Blackburn, Dylan Rodriguez, Lillian Schmidt, and Sylvia Stanek. 

Chloe Blackburn was the Grand Champion poultry buckle winner this year. 
Showmanship Division – Sylvia Stanek was the 1st place Novice Showman

Rabbit show: 

The following members exhibited in the Booster show: Zaiden McClellan and Nico Ulrich 

Ryder McClellan and Derek Rodriguez collectively earned six 1st and 2nd place ribbons in the rabbit show. Ryder earned the Grand Champion buckle award and Derek earned the Grand Champion Showmanship buckle award.

Barbara Faulkner Buckle

Kimberly Prada received the Barbara Faulkner buckle award in recognition for the best tasting Homemade Delight out of 42 entries with her Cherry Macaroon Pie. This buckle deems her as the best 4-H baker in two counties.

Our Cloverbud exhibitors are:  

Emilia Blackburn, Zaiden McClellan, Preslee Robinson, Julia  Rodriguez, Archer Stanek, and Adalene Zielie.

Novice exhibitors are:

Chloe Blackburn, Nicholas Booton, Clara Brown, Emma Brown,  Robbie Ferenbaugh, Ryder McClellan, Lillian Schmidt, Sylvia Stanek,  Dylan Rodriguez, and Maliyah Vigil. 

Senior exhibitors are:  

Alex Booton, Benjamin Booton, Carley Hollander, and Colton Hollander

High Point Winners

Dylan Rodriguez in the Novice age Division
Derek Rodriguez in the Junior age Division and 
Alex Booton in the Senior age Division

42 of these indoor projects were also selected to advance to the state fair with 25 of those projects placing in the top 3 in their class. Those 16 members who advanced to state fair are:

Chloe Blackburn, Alexandria Booton, Benjamin Booton, Clara Brown,  Emma Brown, Carley Hollander, Colton Hollander, Anna Ferenbaugh,  Robbie Ferenbaugh, Kadin Hansel, Ryder McClellan, Derek  Rodriguez, Dylan Rodriguez, Lillian Schmidt, Sylvia Stanek, and  Maliyah Vigil 

We would also like to recognize that we had great representation from (2)  Los Alamos county exhibitors, Carley and Colton Hollander, in the highly competitive livestock shows at the New Mexico State Fair this year. 

Colton Hollander placed 6th in the market heifer class and Carley Hollander placed 6th and 8th with her wether does.

New Mexico Food Challenge

Chloe Blackburn, Sylvia Stanek, and Maliyah Vigil. 


State Events

Carley Hollander and Colton Hollander represented our county at  Senior Leadership Retreat in January.  

At Home Ec School in March we had Ryder McClellan, Derek Rodriguez, and Dylan Rodriguez, along with Kim Prada and Sam  Prada who served as Junior Instructors.  

Chloe Blackburn, Ryder McClellan, and Sylvia Stanek attended Youth Getaway in April.   

Members who aged up this year:

Moving from Cloverbud to Novice: 

Zaiden McClellan and Archer Stanek  

Moving from the Novice to Junior age group we have: 

Nicholas Booton, Ryder McClellan and Sylvia Stanek 

Moving from Junior to Senior we have: 

Anna Ferenbaugh, Kadin Hansel, and Kohynn Young! 

Recordbook Awards

Chloe Blackburn, Emilia Blackburn, Alex Booton, Benjamin Booton,  Gwen Booton, Nicholas Booton, Carley Hollander, Colton Hollander,  Derek Rodriguez, Dylan Rodriguez, Julia Rodriguez, Lillian Schmidt,  Archer Stanek, Sylvia Stanek, Maliyah Vigil and Adalene Zielie.

Leadership Recognition

Jessica Booton, Christopher Booton, Denise Hansel, Jenni Hollander, Michael O’Neill, Jessica Robinson, Rebecca Rodriguez, Jacqueline Ulrich, Lena Zielie, and Jacob Zielie  

Kim Prada, far left, announces awards earned by 4-H members. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

4 H County Council:

Alex Booton, Benjamin Booton, Kadin Hansel, Carley Hollander, Colton Hollander, Kim Prada, Sam Prada, and Derek Rodriguez  

Carley Hollander accepts a senior award from Kadin Hansel. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Three participants, from left, Chloe Blackburn, Sylvia Stanek and Maliyah Vigil participated in the New Mexico State Fair Food Challenge. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Nicholas Booton, left, receives an award from Sam Prada while Chloe Blackburn receives an award from Carley Hollander. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Kadin Hansel and supporters at the December 17 4-H banquet. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

4-H members gather for a homecooked meal December 17 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Derek Rodriguez accepts an overall junior award from Kim Prada as Alexandria Booton looks on. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Local author Phil Rink was the guest speaker at the December 17 4-H banquet. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Sam Prada presents an overall award to Chloe Blackburn. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com