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This is a brief history of the annual National 4-H Presidential Awards Winners - the top girl and top boy in the Achievement, Citizenship and Leadership programs. These six winners comprised the most prestigious honors bestowed upon awards recipients at the National 4-H Congress in Chicago for nearly 70 years. As Presidential winners, each of the winners received an engraved silver tray given in the name of The President of the United States.

Prior to the annual presentation of the Presidential tray winners, the top boy and top girl in these three areas were honored in their separate program categories with leadership starting in 1924, achievement in 1928 and citizenship in 1948. And, in the later years of the program, there were 12 Presidential winners annually and they represented national winners from all awards program areas.

The Moses Trophy - Top Leadership Winners

The top winners in the 4-H Leadership awards program at National 4-H Congress traditionally received the prestigious Moses Leadership trophy, presented in the name of Horace A. Moses.

Mr. Moses was an early friend of 4-H Club Work. A member of the National Committee on Boys and Girls Club Work from 1925-1945, he also funded the Horace A. Moses Building at the Eastern States Exposition and sponsored the International 4-H Leader Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Horace A. Moses

President of the Strathmore Paper Company, Horace Moses was a paper industry pioneer, world-renowned industrialist; his interests in industry and agriculture made him the impetus of what would become the Eastern States Exposition. His sweeping studies of history and commerce, combined with his legendary charitable work, make Moses one of the most fascinating and profound men in American history of that period.

Moses' personal interests included raising steers, breeding hunting dogs, and growing award-winning apples, donating to charity, and the betterment of youth across the nation and around the world. In addition to 4-H, Horace Moses was the founder of Junior Achievement. Moses has been honored with his image on a U.S. postage stamp and the Horace A. Moses Foundation continues to exist in Boston, Massachusetts.

  The first three to win the Moses 4-H Leadership Trophy contest. Right to left: Ford Mercer and Frances Smith of Oklahoma and Kenneth Hinshaw of Washington. Ford and Frances later became Mr. and Mrs. Mercer. In 1935 Ken Hinshaw wrote the book " 4-H: A Story"  

Beginning in the late 1930s, in addition to receiving the Moses silver trophy, the top boy and girl in Leadership also received a $300 scholarship personally funded by Edward Foss Wilson, of Chicago, the son of Thomas E. Wilson, and president of Wilson & Company, major meat-packers in America. In 1942 the scholarship amount for the two top recipients of the award by Edward Foss Wilson was dropped to $200 each, however $100 scholarships were also awarded to the first boy and girl alternates.

The annual Awards Handbook for 1941, for the first time, describes the Moses Trophy as being awarded annually by the International 4-H Training School, which was sponsored by Horace A. Moses. In 1949 The Annual Awards Handbook lists the donor of the trophies as the H. A. Moses Foundation, Springfield, Massachusetts.

According to Alvin Davis, a 1948 Moses Trophy winner, the historic Moses trophies were held annually by the two top recipients as a form of "traveling trophy" and then returned to be presented the following year to the new top Leadership winners.

In 1947, in addition to the scholarships for the top winners, Edward Foss Wilson also began providing county medals for winners, two gold wrist watches (one for a boy and one for a girl) as state awards, and eight trips to National 4-H Congress, for the National 4-H Leadership Awards Program. 1949 was the last year that the Moses Trophies were given. Beginning in 1950 silver trays from the International 4-H Training School and Horace A. Moses Foundation were given to the top boy and top girl winners while scholarships were awarded by Edward Foss Wilson. This combination continued for five years... through 1954. Beginning in 1955 the silver trays and scholarships were both presented in behalf of Edward Foss Wilson.

In 1961 The Sears-Roebuck Foundation became the donor of the National 4-H Leadership Awards Program, replacing Edward Foss Wilson who had personally provided funding for the program for 23 years. The Sears donorship provided county medals, trips to National 4-H Congress for state winners and 12 scholarships of $400 each for national winners. 1961 was also the first year that the Awards Handbook listed the silver trays awarded to the top boy and top girl in Leadership as presented by the President of the United States, joining the two top Achievement winners with this prestigious recognition.

The Sears-Roebuck Foundation continued their sponsorship of the program until 1971. In later years the Leadership Awards Program was sponsored by Reader's Digest, and beginning in 1986 by the Firestone Trust Fund and the Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund. The Presidential Awards component of the program (top boy and top girl) was transferred to the Presidential Awards Program with all of the national winners in the Leadership Program automatically being considered for the Presidential Awards competition. National 4-H Awards Programs were discontinued through National 4-H Council in 1994.

Leadership Awards Recipients

Winners of the Moses 4-H Leadership trophy... and, later part of the Presidential tray winners sextet representing leadership:

During the first three years there was a single recipient. Starting in 1927 the top boy and the top girl in the leadership awards program were each honored with the Moses trophy.

YearWinning BoyWinning Girl
1924Ford Mercer, Oklahoma
1925Frances Smith, Oklahoma
1926Kenneth Hinshaw, Washington
1927Alex Cruickshank, OregonCarolyn Eyring, Arizona
1928Edgar Grimes, OregonFrances Reed, Indiana
1929Theodore R. Lorenz, OklahomaLois Bailey, Oregon
1930Carroll Brannon, South CarolinaFlorence Melgihert, Kansas
1931Roscoe Owens, New YorkMarion Dolan, Wisconsin
1932Vernon LeRoy Baldwin, MinnesotaMaurine Knouse, Kansas
1933Hugo Graumann, OklahomaDoris Esther Clark, Wisconsin
1934Floyd S. Amsler, IndianaNellie Lucile Appling, Georgia
1935Viley Johnson, OklahomaBetty Brown, Kansas
1936H. Clayton Fox, OregonCora Mae Briggs, Nebraska
1937Clifford Breeden, IndianaHelen M. Michael, Oregon
1938Oliver Larson, MinnesotaBonnie Phillips, Oklahoma
1939Willie L. Ulich, TexasDorothy Arvidson, Indiana
1940Wayne L. Good, KansasGeraldine deLancey, Oregon
1941Wayne Thorndyke, OklahomaMargery Habluetzel, Missouri
1942Alfred Dalrymple, New YorkEula Lenora Wood, Georgia
1943Robert R. Mayer, KansasEmily McHattie, Minnesota
1944Donald F. Sullivan, New YorkMildred E. Reed, Connecticut
1945Donald McKnight, MarylandMary Arlene Nelson, Kansas
1946Lewis Topliff, KansasEstelle Ruth Stewart, Missouri
1947LeRoy Donnay, MinnesotaPat Wall, Georgia
1948Alvin G. Davis, TexasAlice Ruth Gilliaum, Arkansas
1949Don Bowman, TennesseeRose Antonich, Montana
1950Donald Sherman Brozovich, ColoradoPhyllis V. Bowe, Minnesota
1951Gordon Dowell, OklahomaLottye Betts Rye, Mississippi
1952William A. Davis, Jr., GeorgiaCoralie N. Mullins, New Mexico
1953John A. Murray, Jr., ColoradoJanet Kuska, Nebraska
1954Ralph E. Lamar III, New YorkGrace M. Stannard, New York
1955Eldon Rebhorn, IllinoisAnn Guindon, South Dakota
1956Earl Davis, North CarolinaLinda Schermerhorn, Indiana
1957Charles Pickering, MississippiClyde Templeton, North Carolina
1958Jim McNern, CaliforniaJoan Lee, West Virginia
1959Charles Youngclaus, CaliforniaCarolyn Bradley, New Mexico
1960Keith E. Axtell, CaliforniaFrances McQueen, Missouri

From 1961 on, the top boy and top girl in the Leadership Awards program were part of the Presidential Awards, until 1985 when national winners in all programs were eligible for Presidential Awards.

Sir Thomas Lipton's Awards - Top Achievement Winners

As the story is told in Franklin Reck's book, "The 4-H Story," one fall day in 1928, Sir Thomas Lipton heard about club work and indicated that he would like to present cups for health winners. Guy Noble, managing director of the National Committee on Boys and Girls Club Work, feeling that a health contest would not be acceptable, consulted with George E. Farrell, of the federal staff. These two evolved the idea of recognition for "general achievement." This was the inception of what was to become the National Achievement 4-H Awards Program. So, like leadership, beginning in 1928 a top 4-H boy and a top 4-H girl were selected as overall high honors in 4-H Achievement.

Sir Thomas Lipton, a Scotsman who was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1898, had become a multimillionaire tea merchant, emigrating to America and establishing his business in New Jersey. He died in 1931 at the age of 81, however Lipton Tea was to be the tea trade's largest worldwide success throughout the course of the twentieth century.

After the death of Sir Thomas Lipton in 1931, the award for the top boy and top girl in the National Achievement Awards Program became recipients of the President's Trophy. The 1932 Annual Report of the National Committee on Boys and Girls Club Work announces the change in name from Lipton Trophy to President's Trophy: "The 4-H clubs received special recognition from the chief executive of the Nation this year. This recognition comes in the form of two trophies awarded in the name of The President of the United States, one for the boy winner and one for the girl winner of the National 4-H Achievement Contest."

Sir Thomas Lipton, c. 1909

In addition to the President's Trophy, the top boy and girl winners in Achievement each received a scholarship of $300 awarded by the National Committee on Boys and Girls Club Work.

In the beginning, the trophy was often referred to as the Roosevelt Trophy, however by the 1940s, the trophy was simply termed the President's Trophy.

In 1949, Presidential trophies were replaced by silverware being awarded to the top boy and girl in Achievement, given in the name of The President of the United States. Also, beginning in 1949, in addition to the scholarships for the top Achievement winners, the National Committee on Boys and Girls Club Work made Achievement a full awards program by offering county medals, two achievement statues per state for state winners and eight trips to National 4-H Congress.

1951 top Achievement winners - Joy Alexander, Oklahoma and Wayne Schultz, Wisconsin - pose with silverware awarded in the name of The President of the United States

In 1952 the Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan, became the national donor of the 4-H Achievment Awards Program. The program was expanded to include four gold-filled medals of honor for county winners, small statues for the two top state winners, sixteen trips to National 4-H Congress for sectional winners and 12 Henry Ford II college scholarships of $300 each. The top boy and top girl winner in Achievement continued to be recognized with awards in the name of The President of the United States. By 1956 trips to National 4-H Congress were being offered for every state. The Presidential winners - the top boy and top girl in Achievement - began receiving silver trays along with their honor in 1962, the year the program donor became the Ford Motor Company Fund, instead of the silverware.

In later years, while the Achievement Awards Program continued to be sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Presidential Awards component was transferred to the Presidential Awards Program with all of the national winners in Achievement automatically being considered for the top Presidential Awards competition. National 4-H Awards Programs were discontinued by National 4-H Council in 1994.

Achievement Awards Recipients

The top boy and top girl honored in the 4-H Achievement awards program each year were honored beginning in 1928 with awards presented by Sir Thomas Lipton. In later years these two annual top achevement winners became part of the annual 4-H Presidential Awards winners, given in the name of The President of the United States.

YearWinning BoyWinning Girl
1928John Jackson, LouisianaSybil Herring, Illinois
1929John C. Patrick, South CarolinaHelen Haldiman, Wisconsin
1930J. Willard Colebank, TennesseeRuby Richardson, Indiana
1931Charles Brown, IndianaMary Teresa Rico, Minnesota
1932Donald N. McDowell, WisconsinFrances Mae Good, Wisconsin
1933Marcus Teeter, Jr., MinnesotaLillian Murphy, Indiana
1934William Kiesel, Jr., OklahomaMary E. Wien, Indiana
1935William E. Hamilton, IllinoisRomayne Tate, Arkansas
1936Frederick Reichart, IndianaFlorence E. Erickson, Minnesota
1937Bob Morford, OklahomaViola Niedfeldt, Wisconsin
1938Lloyd Hawkins, OklahomaKatherine Sire, Montana
1939Robert Summers, IllinoisDorothy L. Lippert, Minnesota
1940Francis A. Boyle, IllinoisNewatha Krebs, Oklahoma
1941Orlo E. Ruppert, IllinoisBeth Gill, Mississippi
1942Robert Lee Nash, OklahomaMargaret Heddrich, Indiana
1943Billie Sol Estes, TexasGeneva G. Duhm, Wisconsin
1944Donald F. Mowery, IndianaMary Jo Morgan, Mississippi
1945Ora Vernal Callahan, IndianaEldora Janzen, Oklahoma
1946Laverne F. Hall, WisconsinMaurine V. Steyer, Nebraska
1947Donald Stoten, Jr., IndianaLavona Thorndyke, Oklahoma
1948Dick T. Brown, ColoradoRuth Ann Clinton, Indiana
1949Gilbert Blankenship, IllinoisDorothea McCue, Missouri
1950Porter Lee, Jr., OklahomaCarolyn Durham Smith, North Carolina
1951Wayne F. Schultz, WisconsinJoy A. Alexander, Oklahoma
1952Rollin Shoemaker, ColoradoCarolyn Crumm, Oklahoma
1953Kenyon Giese, WisconsinAnn Wade, Georgia
1954Elden Holsapple, IndianaColeta Lou McAllister, Oklahoma
1955Franklin McKay, New MexicoAngela Heine, North Dakota
1956Daniel Davis, TennesseeAnnie Gutierrez, California
1957Doran Bollman, IowaKaryl Ann Benson, Middleboro, Massachusetts
1958Roger Hunsley, South DakotaLInda Lou Gould, Indiana
1959Larry Watson, OklahomaBarbara Totten, California
1960Robert S. Barr, PennsylvaniaRebecca Anne Parker, North Carolina

From 1961 on, the two top Achievement Awards winners (one boy and one girl) are part of the Presidential Awards Program, until 1985 when national winners in all programs were eligible for Presidential Awards.

National Citizenship Awards Program

Citizenship became a National 4-H Awards Program for the first time in 1948, funded through a trust fund established by business friends of Thomas E. Wilson and named "In Honor of Mr. Thomas E. Wilson." Thomas E. Wilson, president of the meat packing firm, Wilson & Co., was a long time president of the board of the National Committee on Boys and Girls Club Work, a major donor and supporter of 4-H for nearly 40 years.

The Citizenship program consisted of two scholarships of $300 each, presented to the top boy and top girl in the Citizenship Awards Program. The 1957 winners are the first that seem to show up being photographed with silver trays as part of their top award, in addition to the scholarships.

In 1961 the two top winners in the Citizenship Awards Program are referred to as Presidential winners for the first time, with their awarded silver trays being given in the name of The President of the United States. This completes the team of six - top boy and top girl in Achievement, Citizenship and Leadership - being termed the Presidential Awards winners.

In later years the Citizenship Awards Program was sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, however the Presidential winners component was transferred to the Presidential Awards Program and all of the national Citizenship winners were eligible in the Presidential Awards competition. National 4-H Awards Programs were discontinued by National 4-H Council in 1994.

Citizenship Awards Recipients

Citizenship awards were made available for the first time in 1948 through a trust fund established by business friends of Thomas E. Wilson and consisting of two scholarship awards for the top boy and top girl in Citizenship. In later years these two top awards became part of the annual Presidential awards winners with the prize being a silver tray given in the name of The President of the United States.

YearWinning BoyWinning Girl
1948Burton O. Bosch, MontanaBeverly Runnels, Texas
1949Dwight F. Nelson, IowaDiAnne Mathre, Illinois
1950Jack McDowell, Jr., MinnesotaMary Jenet Elder, Indiana
1951Esther Jean McNeal, LouisianaBill Carmichael, Oklahoma
1952William Francis Pressly, North CarolinaEdna Adrian Short, Georgia
1953Bobby L. Newton, North CarolinaNancy E. Mason, North Carolina
1954Cephas Williamson, GeorgiaSara Traughber, Tennessee
1955William C. Thiesenhusen, WisconsinNellie McClure, Tennessee
1956Billy O'Brien, TennesseePatricia Venable, Georgia
1957Wendell Crites, MichiganWilda Story, Georgia
1958Dwight Walker, New MexicoMelanie Matthews, Mississippi
1959Loren Youngclaus, CaliforniaJo Ann Thompson, Iowa
1960Parker Ray Blevins, KentuckyLinda Lou Lukens, Indiana

From 1961 on, the top two Citizenship Award winners (one boy and one girl) are part of the Presidential Awards program, until 1985 when national winners in all programs were eligible for Presidential awards.

Presidential Award Winners

1961 was the first year that the top boy and top girl in the three programs - Achievement, Citizenship and Leadership - all received silver trays in the name of The President of the United States, and were considered a team of the six top awards honors representing these three program areas.

The Presidential Award was the highest and most prestigious award given in the 4-H program and became a separate awards program sponsored by the Reader's Digest Foundation and later the Reader's Digest Association, Inc. in 1986. As described in the 1989 Summary of Programs and Services to 4-H, each year 12 4-H members received the award in the name of the President of the United States at National 4-H Congress. Presidential award recipients were selected during the Congress. Candidates competing for the award include: nine national winners in the Achievement Program, nine national winners in the Leadership Program; nine national winners in the Citizenship Program; and candidates nominated by their state. Each state had the opportunity to nominate one national awards program winner from any program area to be considered for the National 4-H Presidential Award. The 12 Presidential winners each received a $1,000 scholarship from the Reader's Digest Foundation and a silver tray in the name of The President of the United States.

Presidential Awards Recipients

The Presidential Award Recipents - the two top winners in Achievement, Citizenship and Leadership - were first officially recognized as a "team of six" in 1961 and remained this way until 1986 when the National Presidential Awards Program became a program unto itself. In 1986, the number of Presidential Awards recipients expanded to 12 winners each year. In addition to Leadership, Citizenship and Achevement, winners of the Presidential Awards could represent other Awards Program national winners in the competition, as well, and it no longer was equally divided between three boys and three girls.

1961 Gene McGaha, Achievement, North Carolina
Linda Ann Markins, Achievement, Indiana
Donald Johnson, Citizenship, Georgia
Barbara Hagberg, Citizenship, Iowa
Robert Wayne Buck, Leadership, Indiana
Marjorie Lee Whaley, Leadership, Georgia
1962 Gary Patterson, Achievement, California
Emily Jean Thomas, Achievement, Virginia
Larry Pressler, Citizenship, South Dakota
Patricia Hrncir, Citizenship, Texas
Jacky Strickland, Leadership, Florida
Deanna Chiesa, Leadership, California
1963 John Hancock, Achievement, Oklahoma
Martha Johnson, Achievement, Mississippi
Jeff Smoller, Citizenship, Wisconsin
Heidi Keir, Citizenship, Iowa
Clement Lucas, Jr., Leadership, North Carolina
Phyllis Tanna, Leadership, Hawaii
1964 Joe Boylan, Achievement, Colorado
Marjorie Hutchinson, Achievement, Nebraska
David Quisenberry, Citizenship, Oklahoma
Ina Huffman, Citizenship, Virginia
Robert Thompson, Leadership, New York
Mary Raye Denton, Leadership, Oklahoma
1965 Dwight Smith, Achievement, Maryland
Janet Erickson, Achievement, Utah
Jerry Patton, Citizenship, Mississippi
Faye Perry, Citizenship, Tennessee
Philip Brechbill, Leadership, Indiana
Mary Jo Smith, Leadership, Georgia
1966 Stevan Pearce, Achievement, New Mexico
Dianne Potter, Achievement, North Dakota
Glen Reiner, Citizenship, South Dakota
Alida Johnson, Citizenship, Tennessee
James D. Fielder, Jr., Leadership, Maryland
Ann Williams, Leadership, Colorado
1967 Charles Nash, Achievement, Georgia
Sue Gunkel, Achievement, Oklahoma
Dwayne Whitehurst, Citizenship, Mississippi
Carol Whitaker, Citizenship, Connecticut
Warren Neyenhuis, Leadership, Montana
Judy Kaestner, Leadership, Indiana
1968 Gary Mogge, Achievement, Kansas
Theresa Whalen, Achievement, Montana
Michael Bullock, Citizenship, Virginia
Carol Anne Smayda, Citizenship, New Jersey
Jaems W. Findling, Jr., Leadership, Indiana
Cynthia Brechbill, Leadership, Indiana
1969 Tom S. Spohr, Achievement, Indiana
Dixie Shaw, Achievement, Oklahoma
Lawrence Bruckner, Citizenship, Illinois
Elizabeth Humber, Citizenship, Alabama
Oscar Johnson, Jr., Leadership, Illinois
Elaine Mattingly, Leadership, Indiana
1970 Richard Kundel, Achievement, Iowa
Georgia Mae Schwabe, Achievement, Colorado
Larry Shockey, Citizenship, Oklahoma
Latriece Baker, Citizenship, Oklahoma
Clayton Taylor, Leadership, Oklahoma
Annette Mehurg, Leadership, Alabama
1971 Neal Nygard, Achievement, North Dakota
Rachel Koontz, Achievement, Indiana
Willie Johnson, Citizenship, Illinois
Deborah Bell, Citizenship, Georgia
Leland D. Jordan, Jr., Leadership, Tennessee
Linda Miller, Leadership, Oklahoma
1972 Tommy Joe Davis, Achievement, Kentucky
Carol Ann Fisher, Achievement, Virginia
Clinton De Hart, Citizenship, Louisiana
Luann Myers, Citizenship, California
Morris Strom, Leadership, Oklahoma
Cora LeGrand, Leadership, Oklahoma
1973 Doug Most, Achievement, Colorado
Kathy Machowski, Achievement, Michigan
Fred Gurley, Citizenship, Georgia
Marlene Most, Citizenship, Colorado
Charles Rivara, Leadership, California
Carol Byrd, Leadership, Florida
1974 Gregg Hartman, Achievement, Colorado
Carol Myers, Achievement, North Carolina
William H. Schwabe, Citizenship, Colorado
Ann Wise, Citizenship, Louisiana
Dave Lee, Leadership, Georgia
Ruth Gregg, Leadership, Alabama
1975 John M. Silva, Achievement, California
Laurie J. Wittstruck, Achievement, Nebraska
J. Holliman, Citizenship, Georgia
Sally Betts, Citizenship, Colorado
Larry Hageman, Leadership, Illinois
Beverly C. Johnson, Leadership, New Jersey
1976 Tom Field, Achievement, Colorado
Shirley A. Goodnight, Achievment, North Carolina
Robert J. Molloy, Jr., Citizenship, Colorado
Kathryn A. Bettenhausen, Citizenship, Illinois
William C. Dodson, Jr., Leadership, Virginia
Denise E. Harjes, Leadership, Minnesota
1977 Jeffrey Craig, Achievement, Pennsylvania
Denise Sprengeler, Achievement, Minnesota
John E. McCullers IV, Citizenship, Florida
Cynthia Crouch, Citizenship, Louisiana
Carter Pierce, Leadership, California
Laurie Strong, Leadership, California
1978 William Brad Frye, Achievement, Colorado
Kelly Jean Roach, Achievement, New Jersey
David Wayne Hood, Citizenship, Arkansas
Melanie Jayn Mason, Citizenship, Alaska
Kem David Ahlers, Leadership, Nebraska
Cheryl Fleming, Leadership, West Virginia
1979 Mary Goodloe, Achievement, Tennessee
Sheryl L. Hyden, Achievement, West Virginia
Cathy Stier, Citizenship, Michigan
Misty Stieglitz, Citizenship, Georgia
Ken Guin, Leadership, Alabama
Tracy Lewis, Leadership, Iowa
1980 Thomas E. Hook, Achievement, Minnesota
Lori E. Spohr, Achievement, Indiana
Jeffrey N. Draine, Citiznship, Virginia
Margaret R. Silver, Citizenship, Indiana
Jean Kruger, Leadership, Illinois
Leah L. Roach, Leadership, Iowa
1981 Beket Lang, Achievement, Massachusetts
Pat Field, Achievement, Colorado
Greg Ott, Citizenship, Florida
Susan Kay Riddle, Citizenship, California
Faye Pandora Hall, Leadership, Alabama
Carla Kaye Jones, Leadership, Oklahoma
1982 Jenny Reuvers, Achievement, Minnesota
Nancy McGinness, Achievement, New York
Bryan Brock, Citizenship, New Mexico
Denise Simpson, Citizenship, Pennsylvania
Tricia Bloemker, Leadership, Nebraska
Beth Pickerill, Leadership, Illinois
1983 Benjamin Davis, Achievement, New Hampshire
Antoinette Marsh, Achievement, California
Deborah Owen, Citizenship, California
Stephanie Pardoe, Citizenship, Maryland
Lori Butler, Leadership, Illinois
Heidee Wilson, Leadership, Utah
1984 Patrick Kolba, Achievement, Wisconsin
AliceBeth MacMillen, Achievement, New York
Angela King, Citizenship, Georgia
Johce Nichols, Citizenship, Tennessee
Rodger Kerr, Leadership, Oklahoma
Charlotte R. Youree, Leadership, Tennessee
1985 Rosemary Barnekow, Leadership, Wisconsin
David Burbank, Leadership, California
Duncan Murrell, Photography, Maryland
Jim Eischens, Health, Minnesota
James Rose, Leadership, Kentucky
Philip Bentz, Dog Care, Kansas
1986 Michelle Gillette, Fashion Revue, Utah
Katherine Meadows, Horse, North Carolina
Charles Detamore II, Citizenship, West Virginia
Natalie James, Leadership, Oklahoma
Rebecca Brown, Dairy, New York
Brian Richert, Swine, Minnesota
Joel Pals, Safety, Idaho
Matthew Ohland, Achievement, New York
Janeen Peters, Citizenship, Oklahoma
Scott Pruitt, Entomology, Indiana
David Jones, Achievement, Georgia
Jill Faldmo, Leadership, Utah
1987 Mitch Mason, Leadership, Alabama
Vanessa Hunnibell, Food-Nutrition, Massachusetts
Anne McDonald, Leadership, Minnesota
Kristi Petry, Citizenship, Minnesota
Shavonne Hooker, Bread, Montana
Tawny Killham, Achievement, Montana
Jerry Kiefer, Achievement, Oklahoma
Karla Byrd, Citizenship, Tennessee
Mark Powell, Sheep, Tennessee
Clay Cowdrey, Beef, Texas
Garnet Reed, Food Preservation, Washington
Jay Buckley, Safety, Wyoming
1988 Chris Tompkins, Citizenship, Florida
Hope Dutton, Leadership, Georgia
Nikki Clifton, Public Speaking, Georgia
Ann Gedrites, Clothing, Massachusetts
Heather Easterday, Citizenship, Kansas
Bobbi Jo Hunt, Safety, Iowa
Greta Keller, Achievement, California
Rodney Roberts, Leadership, Utah
Michael Shaw, Petroleum Power, Florida
Kevin Stone, Achievement, Georgia
Patrick Harrold, Entomology, North Dakota
Jonathan Olson, Public Speaking, Minnesota
1989 Chantel Marable, Food Preservation, Georgia
Laura Underwood, Citizenship, Alabama
Joy Allena Moore, Leadership, Georgia
Joy Darlene Park, Leadership, Utah
Michael Howell, Sheep, Maryland
Elizabth Anne Mapes Johnson, Achievement, Illinois
Johanna Nesseth, Public Speaking, Minnesota
Brandi Linhart, Achievement, Montana
Lori Melichar, Bread, Oklahoma
Ronald Mayberry, Citizenship, Tennessee
Alan Jefferson Winfree, Sheep, Tennesse
Ann Marie Hanson, Public Spaking, Wisconsin
1990 Bonnie Rae Crispin, Citizenship, Maryland
Jan Nichols, Citizenship, Arkansas
Shawn Hooker, Achievement, Montana
Jeffrey Weness, Photography, Minnesota
Betsy Adkins, Safety, Nebraska
Peggy Sue Lorang, Consumer Education, Montana
Shanda Ostle, Achievement, California
Heather Loraine Saum, Clothing, Mississippi
James Miller, Leadership, Idaho
Jason West, Leadership, Missouri
Andrew Edward Conser, Dog Care, Kansas
Drew Horman, Conservation, Maryland
1991 Monica Hansen, Achievement, Utah
Angela M. Jenkins, Achievement, Georgia
Cassandra a. Fuller, Citizenship, South Carolina
Jennifer Thacher, Citizenship, California
Melissa L. Dudley, Leadership, Mississippi
Gerald Martin, Leadership, Tennessee
Stacey D. Ludwig, Horse, Colorado
Marilyn Roig, Health, Puerto Rico
Jennifer B. Stone, Dog Care, Oklahoma
Carey J. Sonnenberg, Conservation, Ohio
Ricky Perez, Petroleum Power, Texas
Shameki L. Duncan, Public Speaking, Tennessee
1992 Amy Hodges, Achievement, California
Brian Hudson, Achievement, Tennessee
Jade Riley, Citizenship, Idaho
Julie Stansfield, Citizenship, Utah
Timothy Edwards, Leadership, Georgia
Stacey Barger, Leadership, Nebraska
Meredith-Leigh Craig, Health, North Carolina
Heather Hull, Photography, Maryland
Nathan Horn, Public Speaking, Illinois
Jarvis Jernigan, Public Speaking, Mississippi
Kary Ritchie, Sheep, Arkansas
Kurt Strueh, Wood Science, Indiana
1993 Nicole Renee Coleman, Achievement, California
Jeanne Dawn Gardner, Achievement, Oklahoma
Ginger Gayle Hull, Citizenship, Maryland
Andrew Paul Vanecek, Citizenship, Minnesota
Deric Shawn McClard, Leadership, Tennessee
Christopher Jason Parris, Leadership, Georgia
Autumn Elisabeth Stevenson, Conservation, Georgia
Bridgett Lamar Wiley, Conservation, North Carolina
Laurie Anne Myers, Fashion Revue, Louisiana
Jason Mark Schleich, Fashion Revue, Florida
Vance Travis Vesey, Horse, North Dakota
David Jonathan Rivera, Photography, Puerto Rico

Anyone with additional information on the history of the National 4-H Presidential program... or, its predecessor awards, are encourated to contact the National 4-H History Preservation Program at: info@4-HHistoryPreservation.com

50th Reunion at National 4-H Congress

In 1986, Clayton Fox of Oregon, Cora Mae Briggs, Nebraska, Florence Erickson Ries, Minnesota and Frederick Reichart, Indiana had a reunion at the National 4-H Congress in Chicago. Fifty years earlier, in 1936, at National 4-H Congress the foursome had been the top boy and top girl in the Leadership and Achievement programs - winners of the Moses Trophies and the President Roosevelt Trophies. Here is their story from the Fall 1986 National 4-H Council Quarterly.

"4-H Hall of Fame" Winners

In the historical archives at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland there is a very large and heavy wooden plaque displaying engraved name plates for all Leadership and Achievement recipients of the Moses Trophy and the Presidential Trophy from their beginning in the 1920s up through 1951.


These early top winners in leadership and achievement were designated National 4-H Hall of Fame winners. The Hall of Fame plaque originally hung in the Boys and Girls Club Building at Chicago Union Stock Yards, site of the International Live Stock Exposition.

  Hall of Fame plaque for national 4-H champions is shown being presented by B. H. Heide, manager of the International Live Stock Exposition, for hanging in the Boys and Girls Club Building. Accepting for the Clubs is Miss Gertrude L. Warren of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Looking on are Laura M. Bellin, Thiensville, Wisconsin and Harry Synar, Warner, Oklahoma.  

It is difficult to determine how long the Hall of Fame plaque has been in storage, but undoubtedly for several decades, both with the National 4-H Service Committee in Chicago and the National 4-H Council at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Alvin Davis, 1948 Moses Trophy winner, is shown next to the 4-H Hall of Fame Plaque which bears his name, in October, 2010. The photo was taken on the day Mr. Davis, from Lubbock, Texas, was inducted into the NAE4-HA's Hall of Fame.

The insert photo shows Mr. Davis 62 years earlier, taken from the Thos. E. Wilson Day program at the 1948 National 4-H Congress.


Principal Author: Larry L. Krug

Compiled by National 4-H History Preservation Team.

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