Each year, 4-H members are recognized at the county level for their accomplishments in leadership, project mastery and community service - members with higher scores are eligible to apply for awards at the state level as well. This year, two local members applied and received the Illinois State 4-H Awards.
Kendall Knodle of Starr Shooters 4-H Club, received the Diamond Level Leadership Award and Erin Kistner won Emerald for Leadership. Youth earning the two highest levels, diamond and emerald, are recognized in a reception in Champaign.
Illinois 4-H challenges youth to try new things, experiment in project areas that interest them and explore opportunities around the state and country. The 4-H Experience Award recognizes youth who excel in that challenge.
"We celebrate youth whose 4-H experiences have expanded outside their home county to the state, national or international level," said Lisa Diaz, University of Illinois Extension assistant dean and Illinois 4-H director.
Erin Kistner of Starr Shooters 4-H Club, also went on to win the IL 4-H State Award in Communications.