From Fair Reports, Photo of Chairman Curt Crandall and Caitlin Stewart
Every year at the county fair during the traditional onsite legislative meeting, county leaders honor a member of 4-H who has recently graduated. This year the board choose Friendship standout Caitlin Stewart.
Caitlin is the 2021 Friendship Central School class valedictorian with a cumulative average of 104. She is a member of National Honor Society and was her class President for all four years of high school. She has participated in numerous sports during her high school career including soccer, basketball, cheerleading, and softball.
She was awarded the Scholar Athlete Award over numerous years, and the Three-Sport Athlete Maintaining Honor Roll award for the academic year of 2020-2021. She has been a mentor for other school programs working with younger children and worked as a tutor for various courses.
Out of all her extracurricular activities, 4H has always been her favorite. She started as a Cloverbud in 2008, and participated in her first Allegany County Fair in 2009 with Milking Shorthorn dairy calves. Over the years, she has shown multiple species including dairy and beef cattle, dairy goats, pigs, and created many projects for the youth building.
She has been nominated for the Evie Karn public speaking competition numerous years, won multiple dairy awards, showmanship awards, had projects selected NY State Fair, and was selected for the Stockman award. One of her favorite parts of 4H is helping new 4Her’s learn more about their animals and showing. This has led her to seek out a career in teaching Science, for which she has received multiple college scholarships including the Alfred University Scholar Award.