By JULIA KELLYÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Each year, the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair sponsors awards for two outstanding 4-H or FFA members from each of the surrounding counties.Â The youth are selected based on their time in the organization, age, number and variety of projects completed, leadership in local and county level and overall achievements in leadership within the community.Â Nov. 7 St. Johns County 4-Hers received this award: senior 4-Hers Javier Bermeo and Ashley Wibbing.
During his time in 4-H, Javier has explored a variety of 4-H projects that include outdoor adventures, citizenship, leadership development, public speaking, and community service.Â He has especially excelled in his leadership and public speaking skills.Â As a senior 4-Her Javier has earned high honors at the county, district and state level in demonstrations.
For the past two years, Javier has participated in the 4-H Legislature in Tallahassee where he first served as a lobbyist and was promoted to the House of Representatives his second year where he served on the Government, Commerce and Transportation committee.Â He is Secretary for the 4-H District VI Council and is a delegate to the State 4-H Executive Board.Â As an intermediate and senior 4-H member, Javier has spent a week each summer serving as a camp counselor at a weeklong overnight 4-H summer camp.Â During this time, Javier has proven himself to be responsible, caring and an effective leader with his campers.Â Javier is a mentor with the Tech Wizards program where he helps underprivileged middle school students explore science and technology.Â In the Outdoor Buckaroos, he works with younger club members teaching them outdoor skills for camping, hiking and fishing.Â Javier coordinates the Outdoor Buckaroos signature community service project: the Veterans Appreciation Dinner held every November honoring St. Johns County military veterans.
Throughout Ashleyâ€™s career in 4-H she has excelled in communications, especially with her demonstrations.Â She has completed projects in photography, public speaking, floral arranging and leadership development.
Ashley is an active 4-H Club member who attends meetings regularly and steps up to take on leadership responsibilities for club events, fundraisers and community service.Â At the county level, she is active on the 4-H St. Johns County Council.Â Over the past several years, Ashley has participated in countywide events including County Events Day and First Coast 4-H Youth Expo.Â She represented the county at District Events and the District at the state competition at 4-H University with her demonstration on creating a planter out of recycled materials.Â For the past two years, she has participated in 4-H Legislature in Tallahassee serving as a lobbyist her first year and a member of the House of Representatives working on the juvenile justice committee her second year.Â Ashley serves on the State 4-H Executive Board on the Intermediate State and Entertainment committees.Â She is co-leading the Cloverbud Club, working with 5-7 year olds.