State awards presented to Logan
County 4-H members
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[December 10, 2016]
- 4-H members from across the state were honored for their lifetime
4-H achievements in a ceremony held on Nov. 19th in Champaign. The
Illinois State 4-H Award recognizes exemplary work in five major
areas, including communications, community service, leadership,
personal growth and project mastery. All Illinois State 4-H awards
are supported through donor gifts to the Illinois 4-H Foundation.
Winners received either a trip to National 4-H Congress, $1,000
toward the cost of another national 4-H event, or a $1,000 college
scholarship as their prize.
Logan County 4-H members selected as Illinois Award winners who
recently attended National 4-H Congress held in Atlanta, Georgia,
included Clayton Skelton in the area of Leadership and Grace Skelton
in the area of Community Service; both are children of Rusty &
Stacie Skelton of Middletown.
Regarding their trip to National 4-H Congress, Clayton says
“National 4-H Congress mainly taught me three things. First being
that in life it's less about what you're doing but more about who
you are doing it with. The friends I have made there are a group of
unforgettable people who made my experience a great one. Secondly, I
learned that a good goal has to have stronger motivations than it
has excuses. The third thing I learned is that this country has a
seemingly endless amount of diversity and people.
Grace adds “Attending National 4-H Congress was a life changing
opportunity where I met many new friends from all over the country
and Puerto Rico. The best part was creating new friendships,
especially with the 12 other Illinois Delegates. We started out as
strangers and now are all best friends.”
Previous winners who continue to excel in their award area were
presented 4-H Blue Awards at the Recognition Event.
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Those winners include Logan County 4-H member, Katlyn Helton, daughter of Ron &
Kristen Helton of Middletown, selected as a repeat winner in Communications and
Project Mastery. Katlyn was also honored as an Illinois State Key Award Winner.
The Illinois 4-H Key Award emphasizes community service and mentorship by 4-H
members throughout their 4-H career.
Legacy of Leadership Scholarships were presented at the Illinois 4-H State
Recognition Event as well. Nine teens were awarded $1,000 scholarships based on
their achievements in the Illinois 4-H program. The Illinois 4-H Foundation
presented these scholarships to 4-H teens who have demonstrated and maintained a
high standard of 4-H excellence and mastery during their membership. Logan
County 4-H member Alyssa Zimmer, daughter of Rick & Gail Zimmer, was honored as
a scholarship recipient.
Extension Program Coordinator
University of Illinois Extension]
About 4-H: Illinois 4-H strives
to help youth learn skills for living. University of Illinois
Extension provides 4-H programs in every county in Illinois.
Illinois 4-H aims to impact the lives of 200,000 youth each year
through sustained learning clubs and groups and short-term