RACINE — The 2016 Ohio 4-H Achievement Awards were presented recently at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus, and 2015 Southern graduate Gage Smith was recognized.
The evening was hosted by the Ohio 4-H Foundation, and Smith was presented with the Gardening and Horticulture Achievement Award, sponsored by The James and Helen Dusthimer Family.
The Foundation was founded in 1945 as part of The Ohio State University Development Fund, and is governed by a volunteer Board, comprised of business and industry leaders, OSU Extension personnel, and 4-H youth representatives from around the state. The nonprofit organization solicits and receives nearly $1.1 million annually to benefit the Youth Development Program. It also recognizes the contributions made by 4-H members and adult volunteers.
Smith has participated in gardening and horticulture projects as a five-year 4-H member, and is currently enrolled at Ohio State ATI, majoring in agribusiness. He has been active in the Meigs County Junior Fair and was the 2015 Scholarship winner and fair king.
Smith is spending his summer as acting clerk for the Meigs County Commissioners before returning to OSU in the fall.
He, along with other 4-H Achievement Award winners, will attend the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta this November with other youth from across the country.
Smith said he is pleased to be presented with the award and is looking forward to attending the Congress this fall.
“This award showcases the dedication that I have had to Meigs County 4-H over the past years. My 4-H experience is about more than ribbons and awards, it’s about the lifelong skills and the memories that I have made. I am excited to make many memories while I represent Ohio 4-H at the National 4-H Conference in Atlanta, GA.”
Reach Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155, Ext. 2551