Ponto received the Special Homemakers Award sponsored by the Rutland County Family and Community Education Council for having the highest total score in the vegetable, flower, food preservation and safety, foods and nutrition, and sewing and handiwork categories.
To win either of these awards, 4-H exhibitors must have completed a project record book and participate in a minimum of four departments. They must also deliver a demonstration or illustrated talk and be a member of the 4-H Teen Task Force. The awards reverse position in alternate years; the McKirryher Watch award will go to the young woman with the highest number of points in 2008.
Other firsts in Horticulture went to Elizabeth Bushey from the Wind Riders 4-H Club of Rutland, Kathryn Tadio, an independent 4-Her; Makayla Stone from the Blazing Saddles 4-H club of Danby; Leslie Bardin from the Rough Riders 4-H club of Castleton; and Courtney Marsh from the Crafty Critters.
Top awards for their participation, knowledge, and showmanship in the dairy department went to Sarah Daley, Andrea Chambers, and Megan Taylor from the Hill and Valley 4-H Club of Rutland; Morgan Hosley and Savannah Lewis of the Rupert Mettowee Valley 4-H Club of West Pawlet; and Chris Chapin of the Westside Wanderers. The West Pawlet 4-H Club also won the Dairy Barn award. Breed winners were Savannah Lewis, Holstein; Brittany Chapin of the Westside Wanderers, Guernsey; Molly Turgeon of Hill and Valley, Jersey; and Christopher Chapin, Guernsey.
Kathryn Tadio received the Casella Award for her use of recycled material in a creative craft project.
Additional winners in the Photography department were Molly Marcy from the Castleton Clever Clovers 4-H Club of Castleton; Holly Cloutier from the Rough Riders 4-H Club; Jake Ambrozaitis from the Falkenbury Farm 4-H Club of Benson; and David Gringeri from the Horsepower 4-H Club of Castleton.