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2021 Teen Award Winners


The winners of the 2021 Ohio 4-H Teen Awards were recognized at the Ohio 4-H Awards Recognition Event on March 11, 2021 and can be viewed above.

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Hall of Fame

2021 Inductees

Sponsored by Don and Jane Schriver

This group of teens are deserving recipients of their Hall of Fame accolades. Please join Ohio 4-H in celebrating our 2021 Hall of Fame Teen Inductees.

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Grace Collins, Hardin County -

Grace has excelled at clothing and textiles projects and served on the Ohio 4-H Fashion Board.  She is a member of Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council, serves on the Hardin County Junior Fair Board, and is a 4-H Camp Counselor. Grace has impacted hundreds of younger 4-H members through these leadership roles.  She has a natural ability to lead through action, teaching others along the way. From helping younger members with their sewing projects to teaching her club to make blankets for local nursing homes, Grace has taken the skills learned through her projects and translated them to meaningful community service. She is an excellent 4-H mentor, member, leader, and friend.

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Maria Lonneman, Portage County -

Maria’s achievements in her 4-H career are inspiring as she always strives to make the best better. She created the Heavy Hugs Weighted Blanket project to encourage other 4-H youth to participate in sewing projects and empower them to give back to their community. When her blanket program was put on hold she switched to making face masks for the community. She is a true leader and role model to youth and adults alike through her dedication and love of all things 4-H. She is always looking to encourage others to get involved because she knows firsthand what a life changing experience 4-H has been for her. Not only does Maria strive to do as much as she can in 4-H, she is always positive and has a smile on her face.

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Madelyn Smith, Franklin County -

Madelyn is a natural born leader. She is someone who takes action when it is needed and as a result, has a taken on roles in the county, state, and national 4-H organization. She has impacted the lives of others as a Health Hero. She is always the first to volunteer to help with an event and always willing to participate in activities. Her motivation and determination to make things happen is just as important as her willingness to help those around her be successful, whether it is a service project or just preparing for camp. Madelyn always goes the extra mile and makes every interaction with others personal, ensuring everyone is welcome and able to achieve their goals.

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Matthew Swearingen, Adams County -

Matthew has become a true leader, both in his community and statewide, through the 4-H program.  His personal growth and leadership development since attending the Leadership Washington Focus program has been profound. He is committed, detailed-oriented, and attentive. He is respected among his peers for his commitment to learning by doing, leading by example, and being inclusive of all. He has set an example of leadership, mentorship, and service in Adams County and nationwide through his experiences and pursuits. Matthew’s dedication to the 4-H program, his eagerness to experience every opportunity, and his willingness to share his story with other 4-Hers makes him a true Ohio 4-H Hall of Famer!


Teen Of the Year

2021 Honoree

Sponsored by Don and Jane Schriver

This teen is a deserving recipient of her Teen of the Year accolades. Please join Ohio 4-H in celebrating our 2021 Teen of the Year.

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Haven Hileman, Scioto County -

This year Haven Hileman stepped up to the challenge of helping her club, community, county and state tackle the obstacles they faced. She led a virtual Easter egg hunt for children in her community, collected activity bags to donate to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, coordinated a countywide 4-H club Christmas card drive for local nursing homes and taught virtual lessons and activities, used for a ag adventure day and project clinic. She has sought out events and activities to help her learn and grow through the years. Her wide variety of projects and recognition is a testament to her drive, determination and desire to improve her knowledge and understanding, all while making her community, country and world better.