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Local Youth Wins 4-H State Award

2019 Michigan 4-H State Award recipient Micaela Geborkoff, Jr. Leadership and Service awardee from Houghton-Keweenaw County

A local youth is the recipient of a prestigious 4-H state award.

Over 80 outstanding Michigan 4-H members from 31 counties state-wide gathered on the campus of Michigan State University in June to celebrate their accomplishments through the Michigan 4-H State Awards Recognition Program.

During the event, 36 youth received Michigan 4-H State Awards in 20 award categories that showcase the diverse array of 4-H knowledge, skills, and experience. State Awards are the highest honor bestowed on Michigan 4-H members.

2019 Michigan 4-H State Award recipient Micaela Geborkoff, Jr. Leadership and Service awardee from Houghton-Keweenaw County and Logan Sandell, Jr. STEM delegate from Houghton-Keweenaw County.

Two members of the local Houghton Service 4-H Club were chosen as delegates for 4-H State Awards, Micaela Geborkoff (Jr. Leadership and Service) and Logan Sandell (Jr. STEM).

Geborkoff was chosen for the 2019 Junior Leadership and Service 4-H State Award.  “We congratulate Micaela for her accomplishments and contributions to her club, community, country, and world,” says Anne Kretschmann, Houghton-Keweenaw County 4-H Program Coordinator, “she exemplifies a key component of 4-H which is leadership to others.”

Geborkoff has learned to use her passions to make a difference on the issues she cares about. She is the president of the Houghton County Service 4-H Club, whose members strive to have a positive impact on the community and world.

The club participates in many service projects and volunteer days in the area, like invasive species removals, native plant restoration, trash cleanups, home winterization, school gardening, and Father’s Day flood cleanups.

Through 4-H she has expanded her leadership and service qualities and skills. Geborkoff joins other 4-H State Award winners to become a part of an elite group of 4-H youth who have demonstrated the highest level of excellence.

Hosted by MSU Extension, the awards ceremony was held at the Spartan Stadium on the campus of MSU in East Lansing and attended by 4-H award delegates, their families, 4-H staff members and volunteers, partners, donors, and sponsors.

Youth competing for awards were 13-19 years old with 3 or more years of 4-H experience who submitted an application showcasing the learning experiences, knowledge, and skills they’ve acquired through their participation in 4-H, as well as their contributions to their local 4-H programs, clubs, and communities.

Submissions were reviewed by a selection committee who determine which members are selected as award delegates. Delegates were invited to participate in one of two additional phases: an interview process for seniors (ages 16-19), in which their skills and experience were further evaluated, or a vigorous leadership program for junior delegates (ages 13-15.)

Awards were made possible by the generous donations of the Michigan 4-H State Award Recognition program sponsors. To learn more about 4-H opportunities in the area please contact the Michigan State University Extension office at (906) 482-5830.

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