ADA — Two Pontotoc County 4-H members brought home top honors as they were named state record book winners during the 85th State 4-H Roundup that took place recently at Oklahoma State University. In addition, two county 4-H’ers also were elected to serve on the officer team for the Southeast District. The theme of this year’s event was “4-H…YOUR Ticket to Success.”

Kortney Teachey, Stratford, was named the state record book winner in the public speaking project. She received a plaque and a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Quinn’s A-1 Moving and Storage. Teachey also was elected as the Southeast District vice president.

Lashun Oakley, Ada, was named the state record book winner in the geology project. She received a $1,000 scholarship and a plaque sponsored by OERB and OIPA.  Teachey has been an active 4-H member for six years. Her main 4-H project areas are public speaking, leadership, community service and sheep. She is a member of the Pontotoc County Meat Science 4-H Club. 

“I co-chaired a committee for a concession stand fund-raiser,” Teachey said of one of her projects. “We raised $650 to purchase Christmas stockings with scarves, combs and candy for the local nursing home.”

During her membership in 4-H, Teachey  has participated in 43 public speaking talks, illustrated presentations and demonstrations; 81 leadership workshops or classes; and 388 hours of citizenship, community service and service learning projects.

Teachey has held the offices of Southeast District secretary, Pontotoc County 4-H Meat Science president and served as a State 4-H Ambassador. She received first place in the State Roundup Speech Contest in 2005 and the Pontotoc County Asa Hutchinson Award in 2002. She was also the 2001 State Novice Lamb Lead Champion. 

She was a member of the 2005-2006 Stratford High Silhouette Drill team, the 2005-2006 Stratford Jr. High Homecoming Queen and a member of the Stratford Free Will Baptist Youth Group.

“Stick with it,” Teachey said for advice to up and coming 4-H’ers. “Make sure you give 100 percent and enjoy every minute because your 4-H career will go by fast.”

Teachey is a student at Stratford High School and the daughter of Thomas A. Teachey and Kim Teachey.

Oakley, a member of the Latta 4-H Club, has been an active 4-H’er for six years. In addition to geology, she also participates in public speaking and science and technology projects. 

“I’m very proud of the community service project I organized for the Adult Daycare,” Oakley said. “Latta 4-H made more than 30 blankets and delivered them to the Adult Daycare as a Christmas gift to them from us.”

During her membership in 4-H, Oakley  has participated in 120 public speaking talks, illustrated presentations and demonstrations; 75 leadership workshops or classes; and 350 hours of citizenship, community service and service learning projects.

She has served as president, vice president and reporter of her 4-H Club. Some of her other 4-H honors and activities include the Asa Hutchinson Award, Day at the Capitol for Extension Educators and state Roundup winner for PowerPoint presentations.

Oakley’s school and community activities include Church of God Teen Talent State Winner and national qualifier, American Red Cross Water Safety Assistant and lifeguard, as well as Masonic Student of the Year.

“The project work I have done with younger 4-H members” has had a big influence on her life, she said. “Sharing with them all that I have learned and watching them grow and celebrate successes has been great.”

Oakley is a student at Latta High School and is the daughter of Stacy Oakley and Arles Oakley.

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