4-H SuperYouth Garrett Catanese in the show ring at the Chautauqua County Fair.

4-H SuperYouth Garrett Catanese in the show ring at the Chautauqua County Fair.

August 4-H SuperYouth: Garrett Catanese

4-H Youth are the Superheroes of the Future

By Kate Ewer, 4-H Community Educator

JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK (October 17, 2016) -- Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program connects youth to hands-on learning opportunities that help them grow into competent, caring, contributing members of society. In an effort to recognize the great things that 4-H youth accomplish, each month Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County will name a 4-H SuperYouth. For the month of August we celebrated Garrett Catanese.

Fifteen-year-old Garrett has been in 4-H for seven years. He is a member of the Cassadaga Fireflies 4-H club where he enjoys creative craft projects. Garrett also participates in the sheep and market lamb, goat, and market hog projects. In 2015 Garrett received the grand champion meat breeding doe.

At the Chautauqua County Fair, Garrett is a junior superintendent in the 4-H Snack Bar. Snack Bar superintendents are responsible for making sure 4-H families and fairgoers have tasty meals, guide volunteers, run the cash register, and help opening and closing each day. Garrett truly shines as a junior superintendent. He is hard working, dependable, and completes tasks with a smile, and sets an example for his peers with excellent customer service skills.

Garrett has a big heart, too. A portion of the sales of his lamb and goat from the 2016 4-H Meat Animal Sale were donated to his aunt to help cover her medical expenses as she battled lymphoma.

A sophomore honor roll student at Cassadaga Valley Central School, Garrett participates on the golf team and has been on the track team. He also participates in school musicals and was most recently a flying monkey in CVCS’ production of The Wizard of Oz. Garrett has participated in karate for many years and is a junior black belt. He is also a Junior Fireman with the Stockton Volunteer Fire Company.

Garrett is genuine, dedicated to the projects he pursues, has a positive attitude, great work ethic, and is truly a 4-H SuperYouth. Congratulations, Garrett!

The 4-H Youth Development Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.


Kate Ewer
4-H Community Educator
716-664-9502 ext. 212

Last updated October 17, 2016