By Sally Voth -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Central High School sophomore Nicole Kibler took home the Alan Boyer Memorial Award Wednesday night -- 30 years after her father won the same prize.
Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit chooses the recipient, said Allan George, a senior loan officer with Valley Farm Credit. It goes to a 4-H member who has excelled in the past year.
George told those gathered at the Shenandoah County Government Center on Wednesday that he remembered presenting the same award to Randy Kibler in 1981.
"Let me tell you, you've got him beat," he told Nicole. "You're 16 years old. He was 19. You [won] grand champion steer. He was reserve champion steer."
And, while her father sold his steer for $1.35 a pound, Nicole got $6.50 a pound for hers.
The Edinburg teen was surprised by the award.
"I had no clue," she said. "I didn't even think about it, but, wow, it's exciting."
Nor did Nicole know her father had won the award three decades ago.
"It's pretty awesome," her father, a cattle farmer, summed up.
Nicole was nominated by her 4-H coach, Jerry Funkhouser. In his nomination, Funkhouser praises the younger Kibler's dedication to 4-H, FFA, her studies, and volunteerism. It states she is also involved in school clubs and sports.
"I have had the opportunity to work with Nicole in many different venues and have been impressed with her leadership abilities," the nomination states. "She sets a positive example for those around her, especially younger kids. I feel that Nicole really exemplifies the true spirit of the Alan Boyer Award."
Boyer's widow, Fort Valley resident Carol Boyer, was also in attendance Wednesday. She said her late husband was very active in 4-H and a cooperative extension agent.
"The deserving 4-Hers, I just marvel at what they do and how they've accomplished so much, and they have so much enthusiasm about doing things," Mrs. Boyer said.
George said the award is accompanied by a $25 savings bond. He has presented the award most of the last 30 years.
"It was pretty special to be able to do a second-generation," George said. "That was the first time in 31 years."