Four Pontotoc County 4-H’ers took top honors when they were named state project winners and blue award group finalists at the 91st State 4-H Roundup that took place recently at Oklahoma State University.
Kayla Thomas, Roff, was named the state citizenship project winner. She received a $1,000 scholarship. Thomas is a member of the Roff Sr. 4-H Club, where she is active in the public speaking, leadership, citizenship, and fashion and fabrics project areas. An active 4-H’er for 10 years, Thomas has participated in 94 community service projects and has reached over 37,000 people through her workshops and classes.
Thomas has served as the Southeast District secretary, Pontotoc County Teen Leader, and Roff 4-H Club vice president. Some of her 4-H activities and honors include Pontotoc County 4-H Hall of Fame, Pontotoc County Top Sr. 4-Her and Citizenship Washington Focus delegate.
Other activities include Pre-Teen Oklahoma Jr. titleholder, East Central University academic scholarship recipient and a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.
She attends East Central University and is the daughter of John and Teri Thomas.
Katelyn Wade, Byng, took the top honor in the advanced family and consumer sciences project. She was awarded a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by the OEAFCS and OAE4HA.
Wade has presented many programs on health and wellness during her six-year 4-H career. She started a “100 Mile Club" as an effort to fight childhood obesity and has made a difference in the health of the children of Pontotoc County
Her leadership roles include 4-H president, vice president and secretary. Some of her 4-H honors and activities include Kansas City Global Conference delegate, state record book scholarship in health and fitness and a 4-H jacket.
Other activities include Byng High School leadership and honor choir and a member of the National Junior Honor Society.
Wade attends Byng High School and is the daughter of Chance and Crystal Wade.