McNary family honored at 4-H banquet
The Mike and Brenda McNary family was honored as the Family of the Year Saturday night at the Jefferson County 4-H Achievement Banquet.
Mike McNary grew up in Jefferson County and was a 13-year member of the Fairview 4-H Club. Active in many projects, he also served as president, secretary, and council representative for the club.
As a 4-H’er, he received the Key Award, Joe Weishaar Scholarship, and the “I Dare You” award. Currently, he is the Ambassador sponsor. Mike also serves on the District 4-H and Youth Program Development Committee and is an active participant on several county committees.
Mike is an insurance agent and operates several fireworks stands in the summer.
Brenda was involved in Girl Scouts as a youth. She assists with the Ambassador group, helps the state Family and Consumer Science judging team prepare for and participate at the state fair, helps on various committees, and supports her family members with all of their activities.
Brenda is a teacher at Hayden High School and has been the Future Business Leaders of America sponsor for 29 years. During this time she has taken FBLA members to district, state, and national competitions, and oversees and contributes to their local community service project for the Topeka Rescue Mission.
Matthew was a 13-year member of 4-H, active in the Clover Power and Fairview 4-H clubs. He has served as president and reporter, council representative and president, and held several junior offices over the years.
He was the 4-H King in 2010, participated in the 4-H Exchange Group for four years, was a Key Award winner, and received the Joe Weishaar and extension unit scholarships.
He also was on the state Poultry and Family and Consumer Science judging teams. After “aging out” of 4-H, Matt used his talents to take photos at various 4-H events and create slide shows for use at camp and the Achievement Banquet. He is a junior at Creighton University in Omaha.
Jennifer has kept up with the pace that the rest of the family set in their 4-H involvement. A 12-year 4-H member, she has been her club’s president, vice president, treasurer, council representative, parliamentarian, and held several junior offices as well. She was selected as the 2012 4-H queen and served as 4-H council president the past year.
Jennifer has been a county camp counselor for three years and 4-H Ambassador, as well as serving on the state Ambassador Action Team. She has been a Key Award winner, and serves on various club and county committees.
In May she was honored to receive a state 4-H scholarship at the Emerald Circle Banquet in Manhattan. She was a member of the Poultry and Family and Consumer Science judging teams at the state fair.
Jennifer is a freshman at Emporia State U niversity where she is a member of the Towers Advisory Council, Phi Beta Lambda, and Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority.
The tradition of honoring a family each year was started many years ago by Roy and Ruby Freer. The tradition has been carried on by their family, Bill and Arleta Manville.
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