A South Carroll High School junior and a Westminster High sophomore began their reign as Mr. and Miss 4-H yesterday, receiving their titles and sashes at the 1993 4-H banquet at Frock's Sunnybrook Farm in Westminster.
Jimmy Woods, 16, is president of the Carroll County 4-H Rabbit Club and a member of the Chevonaire 4-H Dairy Goat Club. As Mr. 4-H, he hopes be an example for others.
"I want to assume more leadership roles in 4-H," Jimmy said. "I want to do a lot more than I am currently doing with my local clubs."
Ginger Hull, 16, is a member of the Pleasant Valley 4-H Club and the Cantering Clovers 4-H Club. She follows in the footsteps of sister Heather, who won the title two years ago.
"I hope to promote 4-H as best I can," said Ginger, holding a bouquet of flowers, certificates and a stuffed dog as she waited to have her picture taken. "I am very excited to begin."
Mr. and Miss 4-H are ambassadors for the Carroll 4-H program during the year. They will speak to civic organizations and 4-H clubs about the county program.
In addition, the pair will work at the county 4-H Fair in August, handing out ribbons and volunteering at various booths.
The alternates, Tracy Clagett and Bryan Harris of the 4-H Livestock Club, will serve when Ginger or Jimmy cannot attend a function.
It was just another day of awards and firsts for Ben Fair, the 1992 Carroll County Mr. 4-H.
One year after becoming part of the first sibling pair to reign as Mr. and Miss 4-H -- his sister, Marti, was Miss 4-H 1992 -- Ben became the first male to receive the Carroll County Commissioner's Tray for excellence in achievement, leadership and community service.
Commissioner Donald I. Dell presented the award to the North Carroll High senior, who has a long list of 4-H honors, including first place in the 4-H national shooting event in New Mexico last summer.
He also is a member of the Outdoor Fun 4-H Club and the Horse Force 4-H Club.
"I am really surprised," said Ben, holding the silver tray engraved with his name. "I really feel important."
The Volunteer of the Year award went to John Sies, leader of the Outdoor Fun 4-H Club, a 6-year-old club that focuses on environmentalism and conservation through outdoor activities.
Mr. Sies, an employee at Congoleum in Finksburg who was recognized last fall by the state 4-H organization for his environmental work, said the award is wonderful, but the real credit for his club and all the others belongs to the parents and 4-H'ers themselves.
"The award they gave to me, but if it wasn't for the parents, the kids, and the extension service workers, we couldn't do any of it," said Mr. Sies, a Millers Station resident who has been a volunteer for five years. "I'm sorry I didn't know how to get involved sooner than I did."
Several awards went to long-time 4-H volunteers.
Catherine Rauschenberg was honored for 25 years of service. Each of the members of the 4-H Rabbits Club presented her with flowers, which she placed in a wicker basket.
Hank Shirley, leader of the Hoofbeat 4-H Saddle Club, was honored for 30 years of service to the Carroll County program. Ms. Shirley started the Hoofbeat club 30 years ago with her husband, Robert.
Mr. Shirley is a Carroll County extension agent with the 4-H program.
Frank Feeser, 49, a Taneytown swine farmer, was also honored for 25 years of volunteer work. His daughter, Monica, was named a 1993 4-H ambassador.
"The simple reason I got involved was to give back a little of what I had received," said Mr. Feeser, a former 4-H'er. "I had volunteers who helped me get started when I was a kid, and I'd like to pass it on to the next generation."
It became evident that "the next generation" was passing the torch to its juniors when Ben Fair gave his farewell address.
"4-H helps you do everything. You learn responsibility, social skills, leadership," said Ben, his voice just a little shaky.
His voice cracked as he added, "It gives you a lot."
"I hate when that happens," Ben said, laughing out at the crowd.
Everybody laughed back. Most of them had watched him grow up.