Two members of the Tuolumne Pioneers 4-H Club took first place in the 2017 State Record Book competition.

Faith Hamilton, 15, of Tuolumne, and Tanner Hines, 17, of Sonora, were recognized by the California 4-H Youth Development Program for their accomplishments.

The State Record Book competition focuses on selecting senior 4-H members who have demonstrated a well-rounded 4-H experience. The books that record the most outstanding 4-H work, goal management skills, and leadership and citizenship development are selected as state winners.

Faith Hamilton

Faith is a six-year member of the Tuolumne Pioneers 4-H Club. Her parents are Ron and Krishna Hamilton, of Tuolumne. Faith’s projects include Swine, Leadership and Community Service. She has held every club office including president and is currently a Tuolumne County 4-H All Star and member of the County 4-H Leadership team. Faith is a sophomore at Summerville High School in Tuolumne, where she plays on the JV volleyball team, soccer team and throws shot put.

Faith’s main focus is community service, where she has worked on raising funds for Relay for Life, FOAC and Parkinson’s disease awareness. She has also worked organizing the Come in Unity dinner, holiday food drives and toy drives for Christmas.

Tanner Hines

Tanner is a junior at Connections Visual and Performing Arts Academy in Tuolumne. He has been in the 4-H program for four years and is the president of the Tuolumne Pioneers 4-H club. His parents are Mike and Maria Hines, of Sonora. His projects have included swine, roller skating, leadership, shooting sports and record book.

Tanner is also a member of the California Grizzlies Rifle Team and was a competitive roller figure skater for eight years. His future plans are to become a 4-H All Star and continue his education after high school focusing on computer science. For his Emerald Star project, he coordinated a 4-H promotional Campaign.

The California 4-H Youth Development Program is a part of the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), a statewide network of the University of California. UC ANR researchers and educators are dedicated to the creation, development and application of knowledge in agricultural, natural and human resources.

The program emphasizes enrichment education through inquiry-based learning. Youth are encouraged to discover their passions, adopt a growth mindset, practice self-reflection and set goals. 4-H projects and programs are focused around the core content areas of citizenship, healthy living, and science, technology, engineering and math.

In 2017, the program included more than 109,000 youth members supported by 13,617 adult volunteers.

The 4-H program has a long history of record keeping. The focus reflects the importance of this life skill in daily life.

Completing the Personal Development Report in the Record Book provides an incentive for participation, learning and achievement.

Past state winners from Tuolumne County include Emily Hamilton, Paula Wittman, Robin Griffiths and Melinda Moore.