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Ohio 4-H Members Selected as National 4-H Youth in Action Finalists

Madelyn Smith

4-H Youth in Action awards are presented by National 4-H Council to young leaders who share their accomplishments in agriculture, civic engagement, healthy living and STEM. This year, Ohio was honored to have two 4-H members recognized as finalists for this prestigious award.

Madelyn Smith from Franklin County was honored as a healthy living finalist. She puts her knowledge of health-related topics to use personally and in service to her club and community. Most recently, she was a presenter at the vaping seminar with the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics – presenting to 100+ health professionals and educators, as well as a teen member on their advisory panel. Shannon

Shannon Hale from Paulding County was recognized for her agricultural efforts. She discovered many students in her school were on free or reduced lunch programs. She worked with others to create and maintain a community garden to benefit the local food pantry. Shannon also worked with other community leaders to establish a farmers market, supporting both local famers and community members. 



Congratulations to these two hard-working young women!  Check out more from National 4-H!