The recipient of the 2017 C.W. Lifer Excellence in 4-H Award is Mark Light, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Hardin County. Mark was selected by a review panel of his peers who were past award winners. The award was presented at this year’s Ohio State University Extension Awards Reception at the Fawcett Conference Center on January 23, 2018.
We are proud of Mark and his accomplishments. As an Extension Educator, Mark has invested extensive efforts to expand the Hardin County 4-H school programming in STEM curriculum such as robotics, circuits, film making GIS and 3-D printing. He has made direct efforts to include underserved youth in the 4-H Program fostering partnerships with the juvenile court system. In collaboration with others, Mark has written for and managed over 1.7 million dollars for STEM programming. 4-H is an important and visible part of Hardin County. Over 17% of youth in the county are involved in thirty-five traditional clubs. He works with 130 volunteers and staff to plan specialized training to improve 4-H members’ subject matter knowledge and life skills. Although he has only been a 4-H professional for twelve years, Mark has always had the goal of making the best of 4-H Better.