Cowley County 4-Hers earn state award

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Kansas 4-H 2019 Key Award winners Faith Brown, middle, and Melissa Henderson, right, are pictured with 4-H Youth Development Agent Kelsey Nordyke.

Faith Brown and Melissa Henderson have been selected to receive 2019 Kansas 4-H Key Awards.

A unique award to Kansas 4-H, the Key Award is given to recognize leadership, citizenship and service to 4-H programs and the community, said Pamela Van Horn, coordinator of the state’s 4-H awards program.

“Recipients are selected through an application process,” said Van Horn, a Kansas State University extension specialist.

To be considered for the award, a member must be at least 16 years old, have been a 4-H member for four or more years, enrolled in the 4-H Leadership Project for four or more years, and have clearly demonstrated leadership, citizenship and a concern for others in their 4-H programs and their community. The award has been given annually since 1952.

“The goal of the Key Award is to encourage young people to explore opportunities for community service and to begin building leadership skills as they contribute to their community,” Van Horn said.

The opportunities can lay a foundation for a lifetime commitment of citizenship and service to build and improve home communities and the larger world.

The award is underwritten by the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas and the Kansas 4-H Foundation.

Brown and Henderson received their awards Nov. 9 at the Cowley County 4-H Achievement Night at Cowley College’s Brown Center.

Both Faith and Melissa are members of the Burden 4-H Club. Faith is the daughter of Brett and Becky Brown, of Winfield; Melissa is the daughter of Becky and Vance Henderson, of Burden.

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