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2017 Teen Award Winners

Hall of Fame

2017 Inductees

Sponsored by the Ohio 4-H Foundation.

Riley Evans, Fayette County-

“Riley credits 4-H for shaping him into the person he is today stating '4-H afforded me several opportunities to practice good citizenship and to perform community service.'  This State Junior Fair Board member lives the 4-H pledge of “hands to larger service” organizing a 5K which raised over $1,400 for the county food pantry.  The National Service Learning Conference showcased his texting and driving project.  As the Ohio 4-H Teen Advisory Council’s (TAC) chair of the fundraising committee and co-chair of the service committee, TAC donated over 1,200 items to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  The State 4-H Achievement Award recipient for Leadership, Riley was county Junior Fair Board President for two years, 4-H camp counselor for five years, OMK counselor for three years, and a delegate to the National 4-H Congress and National 4-H Conference.  Leading by example with 4-H projects, service, character, and leadership, Riley was honored in being named an Outstanding 4-H’er."

Natalyn Landis, Fairfield County-

"Natalyn truly embodies the 4-H pledge.  She clears her head to clearer thinking when being the youth spokesperson for the Ohio 4-H program while representing the program in a positive light.  She puts her heart into all she does, whether she is leading the Teen Leadership Council meeting or serving on a committee.  Her hands have conducted thousands of hours of community service, in addition to helping others realize their potential for success.  She is also an advocate for healthy living, and has coordinating a 5K walk/run for pediatric cancer, serves on the Race Planning committee on the Teen Leadership Council, and has completed a host of health related projects.  Natalyn is one of those teens who you hope others aspire to be like; her enthusiasm for the 4-H program is contagious, she believes in herself and others, and truly makes an impact in the club, community, country, and world."

Emma Newell, Fairfield County-

"Emma is the epitome of what a 4-H member should strive to be.  Even her email address has “4-H Girl” in it!  From the beginning of her 4-H career, she has sought out new experiences to better herself and others. She has tirelessly promoted 4-H to youth throughout the county, state, nation, and even world.  Her promotion is done largely in part by training dogs and other animals to serve others.  Emma’s heart of service not only impacts the 4-H world; she has taken her love of dogs and service into the school system, nursing homes, and college campuses.  Having a servant’s heart enables her to truly impact her club, community, country, and world."

Clara Selle, Delaware County-

"Through her 4-H career, Clara has fully enthusiastically embraced all that 4-H has to offer.  Her early project experiences offered an outlet for her passion of animals. After taking the first Vet Science project, she found her calling to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.  Clara’s thirst for knowledge and hands-on experiences became evident as she started participating in Equine and Dog Bowl teams.  Through these teams she practiced time management, self-discipline, perseverance, responsibility, humility, resourcefulness, patience, flexibility, respectfulness and gained a hard work ethic.  She shows her dogs and horses at national levels and has won multiple championships, but that is not why she deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.  It is her passion about 4-H, her excitement about passing on what she has learned to others, and her desire to impact others in a positive way through 4-H that makes her deserving of this award."


Teen Of the Year

2017 Honoree

Sponsored by the Ohio 4-H Foundation.

Natalee Blackford, Ashland County-

"Natalee has taken opportunities of the Ohio 4-H program to the next level.  When there is a new endeavor or encounter, she jumps in with both feet and completes the tasks to her fullest potential.  She makes sure to challenge herself and others to truly make the best better.  Innovative, responsible, and hardworking are words I would use to describe Natalee.  She has a caring heart, includes all individuals in programs and activities, and pushes others to be the best representative of Ohio 4-H possible.  Ohio 4-H is lucky to have an individual that is as dedicated and devoted to the program as she is!"