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Key Award celebrates youth service and mentoring

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 26, 2017

Illinois 4-H challenges youth to try new things, experiment in project areas they may enjoy, and explore opportunities around the state and country. A new award was created this year to recognize youth who exceled in that challenge.

“The 4-H Experience Award celebrates youth whose 4-H experiences have expanded to the state, national or international level,” said Debra Stocker, University of Illinois Extension 4-H youth development specialist.  “The two elite levels are the diamond level for six experiences and the emerald level for eight or more experiences beyond their local 4-H club.”

Winners were recognized at an award ceremony held Oct. 7 in Champaign. Achieving the Diamond Experience Award in Leadership were Lydia Oker of Kendall County, Tanner Scherer of Richland County, Nalia Warmack of Grundy County, and Garrett Williams of Richland County.

Emerald Experience Award winners included Rhiannon Branch of Marion County, recognized for leadership excellence; Danielle Brinkmann of Clinton County, recognized for leadership excellence; Austin Brockmann of Boone County, recognized for project excellence; Josephine Hubele of White County, recognized for leadership excellence; Brock Irwin of Boone County, recognized for project excellence; Justene Jennings of DeKalb County, recognized for leadership excellence; Rachel Miller of Franklin County, recognized for leadership excellence; Brittney Muschetto of Will County, recognized for leadership excellence; Samantha Obermark of Massac County, recognized for leadership excellence; Jill Parrent of McLean County, recognized for leadership excellence; Zachary Perkins of Kendall County, recognized for project excellence; Keeton Reynolds of Massac County, recognized for leadership excellence; Julia Taraszewski of Macon County, recognized for leadership excellence; and Isabella Warmack of Grundy County, recognized for leadership excellence.

The award is sponsored by the Illinois 4-H Foundation. “Through gifts from our generous donors, we are grateful for the opportunity to recognize the hard work and commitment these young people have put forth,” said Angie Barnard, Illinois 4-H Foundation executive director. “Illinois 4-H and our youth are truly making a difference in our world.”

One may learn more about 4-H at 4-H.illinois.edu. 

Source: Judy Mae Bingman, Media Communications Specialist, 4-H, jmbingma@illinois.edu

Pull date: January 1, 2018