SIDNEY — For the second year in a row, Shelby County 4-H is recognizing remarkable 4-H youth who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them. The Shelby County Outstanding 4-H’er award was recently presented to five youth who were selected from a pool of nominations.
“As we approach Thanksgiving, I think it’s important for our office to acknowledge the things youth do that we are thankful for,” explained Cassie Dietrich, 4-H Youth Development Educator. “So often today, conversations revolve around how this generation is lacking, but my view is different. I work with the youth who are proving that stereotype wrong every day and I can promise you, they are outstanding.”
In Shelby County, more than 900 youth and 100 volunteers are involved in 4H, the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization. One of the program’s objectives is to cultivate confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities right now. According to Dietrich, the five winners of the Outstanding 4-H’er award are doing just that. “Our 2018 Outstanding 4-H’ers are all clearly committed to being the good, being the change. Fortunately, for Shelby County, these five youth represent just a fraction of the amazing work being done through 4-H locally.
Award winners are:
• Addie White, 18, daughter of Scott and Holly White. She is a senior at Hardin-Houston High School and is a member of Scissors to Sheep 4-H Club.
• Samantha Gaerke, 18, daughter of Jason and Judie Gaerke. She is a snior at Russia High School and is a member of Russia Livestock 4-H Club.
• Joseph Ballas, 18, son Michael and Karen Ballas of Fort Loramie. He is a senior at Fort Loramie High School and isa member of Merry Mod Makers 4-H Club.
Profiles for each Outstanding 4-H’er can be found out http://go.osu.edu/outstanding4Her.
In the United States, 4-H programs empower six million young people through the 110 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. Outside the United States, independent, country-led 4-H organizations empower one million young people in more than 50 countries. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org, find 4-H on Facebook at www.facebook.com/4-H and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/4H.