Every year at the Ohio 4-H Conference, notable alumni are presented with the Ohio 4-H Alumni Award. It is given to alumni who have achieved great success in career or service and can attribute part of their accomplishments to their 4-H involvement. Both of this year’s winners demonstrate how 4-H helps youth discover their passion and strength to build successful careers and serve as strong community leaders.
David O’Brock, a successful businessman and community leader in Estonia, credits his success to his 4-H involvement. Ohio 4-H gave him the opportunity to develop public speaking and life skills when he first travelled to Estonia as part of the International 4-H Youth Exchange (IFYE). He now lives in Estonia, running several large companies while serving as chairman for a local school board and on the board for the Estonian National Endowment for the Arts.
A 4-H photography project led Cheryl Hagemeyer-Vetter to her lifelong career. After her 4-H experience, she attended the Ohio Institute of Photography to study personal portrait photography. For the past 25 years, she has ran her own successful studio with her sister. In addition to her business, Cheryl serves as a volunteer in Wood County and enjoys the opportunity to support 4-H while having fun and building lifelong friendships.
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