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Mariah Award

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Mariah's Loveliest Song

by Charles W. Chaillet, Jr.
May 30, 2006

The gentlest soul God did grant,
A daily strength silently unmatched.
The power of love drove her on.
Determination to beat all odds was Mariah's loveliest song.


       The Mariah Award was first presented in 2004 by Charles W. Chaillet, Jr. and L.M. Shannon-Chaillet, in honor and remembrance of their Newfoundland, Shannollet Like the Wind Mariah.

       Mariah was a one-hundred and thirty pound black canine with Addison's disease and physical deformities. She, like Best Friends 4-H Club's non-traditional members, never realized she was labeled as "disabled" because she never thought of herself as such. She just kept right on exploring life, fighting for her right to live by overcoming her health issues, loved everyone, and was one happy, stubborn, willful Newfoundland who pushed her way into everyone's heart.


To earn a Mariah Award, a 4-H'er must:

  • Have been a Best Friends 4-H Club member for five years.

  • Demonstrate courage, determination, and persistence on obtaining goals in life.

  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn life lessons and inspire sportsmanship and character.

Recipients of the Mariah Award:

4-H'ers: Leaders:
2004 - David Dynes  
2005 - Tyler Cook  
2006 - Dawn Williams  
2007 - Mitch Krugh  
2008 - Hailey Traywick  
2009 - Paige Irwin  
2010 - Kaitlin Irwin  
2011 - Aubrey Richter  
2013 - Marjorie Neilson  
2014 - Jared Schuck  
2015 - Audra Vilag  
2016 - Nathene Wendzell 2016 - Kim Wendzell , Barb Schuck
2017 - Vincent Haynes 2017 - Colleen Melendy
2018 - Duncan Haynes 2018 - Victoria Williams
2019 - Tiffany Ender 2019 - Lisa Mattson

"Hands and Paws together always in friendship and teamwork." -- L.M. Shannon-Chaillet


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