Youth Awards

THE GARDEN CLUB OF NORTH CAROLINA, INC. – YOUTH AWARDS

ENTRY FORM FOR GCNC AWARDS IS LOCATED UNDER “YOUTH INITIATIVE” 

AWARD WINNERS:

Youth Awards are given at the state, regional and national levels. Regional award winners are selected from the entries submitted by the state chairman; national winners come from the regional winners. This is the reason for the necessity to have your SAR and National award entries in your state chairman’s hands by December 1st.

Here is a list of the Youth Awards Winners for 2020.

DEADLINES FOR AWARDS

ALL ITEMS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE GCNC YOUTH CHAIRMAN ON OR BEFORE THE DATE INDICATED BELOW:

  • December 1 – Entries for all SAR and NGC awards (except for the Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl poster contest; that deadline is January 1.)

  • March 1 – Entries for all GCNC awards

  • April 1 – Favors for the Youth Banquet at the GCNC Annual Meeting

GCNC YOUTH AWARDS

Unless indicated all awards are $10.00 cash awards.

2019-20 Rules

Entries for the GCNC youth awards MUST be received by the state youth chair no later than March 1. Entries received after that date will not be judged. Applications should be sent to the current Youth Chairman listed on the front cover of the Youth Handbook and also listed in The NC Gardener.

  • For Awards 2, 3, 4, 5, 9,11, and 12: The entry should include a brief narrative form: Percentage of members participating, approximate number of hours spent, cost, publicity, before and after pictures, and a description of what was accomplished. Place in a green folder with a completed Youth Awards Application attached to the outside. *Please denote age category which represents the majority of your members as some clubs include several ages of members.

  • Exceptional Children Clubs may compete for all awards. Award #13 is available only to children with special needs.

  • Youth Awards Entry Form must be used.

  • Entries will be returned at the State Annual Meeting to the Youth Leader, Club President, or District Director. The person receiving the entries and award checks must sign as having received those documents.

  • SAR and NGC awards are listed at the end of the GCNC Youth Awards Listing

  1. Club of the Year Given to the club participating in all facets of Youth Gardening and achieving outstanding results as indicated on the Youth Rating Sheet.

    1.  PreK-2 Sponsor: Robin Weisner 1B 3-5 Sponsor: Ruth Yarborough 1C 6-8 Sponsor: Jenene Smith 1D 9-12 Sponsor: Dan/Ann Payne

  2. Horticulture Given to the club with the most outstanding work in horticulture. *Rule 2 applies

    1.  PreK-2 Sponsor: Judy Barnes 2B 3-5 Sponsor: Lewisville G.C. 2C 6-8 Sponsor: Rita Mercer 2D 9-12 Sponsor: Faye Canupp

  3. Civic Development/Beautification Given to the club executing the most outstanding project(s) in the areas of beautification, conservation, ecology, or litter control.

    1.  PreK-2 Sponsor: Phebe Kirkman 3B 3-5 Sponsor: Phebe Kirkman 3C 6-8 Sponsor: Lewisville Garden Club 3D 9-12 Sponsor: Mooresville GC

  4. Wildflowers Given to the individual member having the most outstanding wildflower project. *Rule 2 applies 4A Pre-K-2 Sponsor: Jenene Smith 4B 3-5 Sponsor: Faye Canupp 4C 6-8 Sponsor: Rita Mercer 4D 9-12 Sponsor: Faye Canupp

  5. Bird Project Given to the club having the most outstanding bird project. *Rule 2 applies 5A PreK-2 Sponsor: Garden Lovers/Mtbrook 5B 3-5 Sponsor: Lila Peterson 5C 6-8 Sponsor: Ginny Parker 5D 9-12 Sponsor: Ginny Parker

  6. Bluebird Drawing Given to an individual member for the best drawing of a bluebird. Must be freehand; no computer or photocopied templates. Must be colored and be signed by the artist. 6A PreK-2 Sponsor: Marcia Loudon 6B 3-5 Sponsor: Pat Cashwell 6C 6-8 Sponsor: Wava Howard 6D9-12 Sponsor: Mary Lou Goodman

  7. Cardinal Drawing Given to an individual member for the best drawing of a cardinal. Must be freehand; no computer or photocopied templates. Must be colored and be signed by the artist. 7A PreK-2 Sponsor: Robin Weisner 7B 3-5 Sponsor: Robin Weisner 7C 6-8 Sponsor: Banner Elk GC 7D 9-12 Sponsor: Gail Hill

  8. Bird Essay Given to an individual member writing the best essay about a bird found in North Carolina. 8A Pre-K-2 Sponsor: Adaline Pasour 8B 3-5 Sponsor: Troutman GC 8C 6-8 Sponsor: Ginny Parker 8D 9-12 Sponsor:Barbara Blackwelder

  9. Flower Show Given to the club entering the competitive classes of a youth section in an Adult Standard Flower Show, or staging its own Flower Show.*Rule 2 applies 9A PreK-2 Sponsor: Betty Wright 9B 3-5 Sponsor: Mary Reeves 9C 6-8 Sponsor: Mary Reeves 9D 9-12 Sponsor: Mary Reeves

  10. Scrapbooks Given to the club submitting the best and most complete scrapbook. 10A PreK-2 Sponsor: Two Green Thumbs 10B 3-5 Sponsors: Pat Cashwell & Jean Gurtner 10C 6–8 Sponsor: Jenene Smith 10D 9-12 Sponsor:Two Green Thumbs

  11. Arbor Day Given to the club executing the most outstanding tree project. *Rule 2 applies 11A PreK-2 Sponsor: Rowena Sewell 11B 3-5 Sponsor: Betty Wright 11C 6-8 Sponsor: Ginny Parker 11D 9-12 Sponsor:Margaret Cerehiara

  12. Butterfly Given to the club executing the most outstanding butterfly project. *Rule 2 applies 12A PreK-2 Sponsor: Ruth Garver 12B 3-5 Sponsor: Mary Spainhour 12C 6-8 Sponsor: TBA 12D 9-12 Sponsor: TBA

  13. Special Needs Club Open only to Special Needs Clubs. All grade levels are eligible. Two $10.00 awards are given. One on each of the following topics:

    1. 1My Favorite Flower submitted as a poster Sponsor: Martha Blake

    2. The Best Part of Garden Club Submitted as an essay.

    3. 6A PreK-2 Sponsor: Marcia Loudon 6B 3-5 Sponsor: Pat Cashwell

  14. National Contests Award Given to the club submitting the most entries for National Garden Clubs, Inc. awards to include: Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl poster contests, Essay, Poetry, and Sculpture contests.

    1. PreK-2 Land O’Sky Garden Club 14B 3-5: Mary Spainhour

    2. 6-8: Honeycutt Enterprise, Inc. 14D 9-12: Honeycutt Enterprise, Inc.

NATIONAL GARDEN CLUBS / SOUTH ATLANTIC REGION (SAR) YOUTH AWARDS

Students MUST FOLLOW NGC RULES. click here for NGC Rules and Info: NGC Youth Contests

Entries are submitted to the GCNC Youth Chairman – Deadline: December 1

Note: All Entries for National Youth Contests and Awards are due to the GCNC Youth Awards Chairman by dates specified by NGC. State winners are sent to SAR.

NGC YOUTH ACTIVITIES & CONTESTS

YOUTH CLUB AWARD

$25 may be awarded to the overall best Junior / Intermediate Garden Club and the MEMBER GARDEN CLUB sponsoring the youth club, which has been most successful in promoting all phases of garden club work. Indicate grade/s, sponsor, list of programs presented to the youth, meeting dates, and number of youth involved. Do not duplicate with other junior / intermediate awards. Grades PreK-2 B. Grades 3-5 C. Grades6-8 D. Other (NGC # 10-J)

YOUTH ACTIVITIES AWARD

$25 may be awarded to a Youth Group for the most outstanding work in any of the National Garden Club objectives. This includes outstanding local projects with full information provided. Include pictures, publicity and comments. Extra credit for groups organized through garden clubs as Junior, Intermediate and High School Gardeners.

YOUTH POETRY CONTEST

$10 and an Honor Certificate will be presented to the winners of grade levels K—9th grade and Special Education & ESL Students. A $25 award will be given to the student with the overall best poem. Poems do not have to rhyme and may be traditional verse, acrostics, blank verse, cinquains, diamond poems, limerick, or Haiku.

Eligibility: Special Education and English as a Second Language: Kindergarten through Ninth Grade. General Education: Kindergarten through Ninth Grade.

Note: GCNC Youth Poetry Contest Chairman sends the State Winners to the SAR Youth Poetry Chairman. Only regional winners are considered in the judging for national winners. Contest winners will not be allowed to win two consecutive years. All of the winning entries will be compiled into a booklet, which will be made available to the winners.

HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST

Donor: South Atlantic Region

$200 will be awarded to the SAR Essay Contest winner. Open to all high school students Eligibility: Contests are open to High School students attending 9th through 12th grades. The contest must be sponsored by a single garden club, group of member clubs, councils or districts; or a State Garden Club. All entries become the property of National Garden Clubs, Inc. A $1,000 National Garden Club Scholarship will be awarded to the National Winner.

YOUTH RECYCLABLE SCULPTURE CONTEST

Students in 4th through 8th grade will be eligible to enter the contest. Sculptures must consist of recyclable, reused and reduced materials. The purpose of this contest is to encourage youth to keep our planet green and to get involved with saving our environment.

SMOKEY BEAR / WOODSY OWL POSTERS

Students in Grades 1-5 are eligible to enter the contest. $10 and Honor Certificate will be awarded to the SAR poster winners of each grade level. States are to send only one winner in each grade level to the SAR Smokey Bear / Woodsy Owl Chairman. Posters must follow the rules of NGC and the US Forest Service flyer.

  • #8 Youth Horticulture Education The Helen Hussey Champlin Award and a $50 donation may be awarded for the best promotion of gardening among youth; based on belief that youth should be educated to become future horticulturists.

  • #10 Junior and/or Intermediate Garden Club Augusta H. Brewer Certificate/s of Merit may be awarded to the Junior and/or Intermediate Garden Club sponsored by a member garden club, which through its own efforts has been most successful in promoting all phases of garden club work. Indicate grade/s, sponsor, and include Yearbook in Book of Evidence. Do not duplicate with other junior/intermediate awards.

  • #14 Horticulture Achievement by a Junior and/or Intermediate Garden Club The Hessie Thomson Morrah Award and a $50 donation may be awarded for outstanding horticulture activity by a Junior and/or Intermediate Garden Club sponsored by a member garden club. Indicate grade/s, sponsor, and include Yearbook in Book of Evidence. Do not duplicate with other junior/intermediate awards.

  • #32 Conservation Award for Junior and/or Intermediate Garden Club A Certificate of Merit and a $10 donation may be awarded to the Junior and/or Intermediate Garden Club sponsored by a member garden club, which has successfully carried out the most outstanding conservation project. Include Yearbook in Book of Evidence.

  • #33 High School Gardeners Accomplishment The Carrie Buhrman Nettleton Award and a $100 donation may be awarded to a High School Gardeners club sponsored by a member garden club that has carried out the best all-around gardening program. Indicate grade/s, sponsor, and include Yearbook in Book of Evidence.

  • #47 Youth Flower Show or Youth Section of an Adult Standard Flower Show, Red Rosette. Youth organization/s or group/s e.g., Youth Garden Club, Scouts, Campfire Girls, school class, etc. Number of classes and exhibits in horticulture and design must satisfy the minimum requirements of a Small-Standard Flower Show. Minimum of two (2) judged Education Exhibits require. Evaluating panel of judges must use Scale

  • #54 Environmental Education The Jesse M. Connor Award and a $100 donation may be awarded for the most comprehensive program in the field of environmental education involving youth

  • #55 Youth Environmental Concern Award The Winifred F. Fink Award and a $25 donation may be awarded to a youth garden club sponsored by a member garden club for the most comprehensive program in the field of environmental concern, e. g. horticulture, landscaping, anti-litter, restoration, others

  • #60 Junior Leadership Award The Mary Louise Michie Award and a $100 donation may be awarded to an individual who has given outstanding service to youth as a leader of a Junior Garden Club.

  • #65 Junior Garden Club Horticulture Award A Certificate of Merit may be awarded to a Junior Garden Club sponsored by a member garden club for the most significant effort in planting and growing horticulture in an outdoor area. Participants may seek advice from any source, but must do the actual gardening themselves.

  • #76 High School Distinguished Service Project Bringing gardening and our youth together is an exciting process and can be fun for parents, grandparents, or other adult friends. The High School Distinguished Service Project Award along with $100 for first place and $50 for second place may be awarded to a high school student, grade 9-12, for an outstanding civic project making a significant improvement for public benefit, e.g. environment, conservation, landscape, horticulture, recycling, horticulture therapy, etc. single member club, group of member clubs, districts or a state garden club must sponsor the contest.