Penn State Extension in Chester County recognized 5 youth as part of their annual Spirit of the 4-H Award presented during the Chester County 4-H Fair on Aug. 7.
The Chester County Spirit of 4-H Award started in 1998 by Saddle Up 4-H Horse and Pony Club. The award went to a 4-H member that demonstrated the most spirit, enthusiasm, and willingness to do anything for 4-H or the community. It was an honor for 4-H members to be awarded the Spirit of 4-H Award. In 2007 Saddle Up 4-H Horse and Pony Club, with 4-H Advisory Committee support, made the Spirit of 4-H Award a county wide award that will be awarded to one Chester County 4-H member at the Chester County 4-H Fair each year.
4-H club leaders nominate one member from each club that demonstrated the most spirit, enthusiasm, and willingness to do anything for 4-H or the community. Once nominated the members are asked to complete and return an application to be reviewed by the 4-H Program Development Committee who selects the Chester County 4-H member that is most deserving of the award.
In 2019 we honored one 4-H member as the winner of the Spirit of 4-H Award and four additional 4-H members with Certificates of Achievement.
Those youth that were recognized with Certificates are:
Melanie Fusco, of South Coventry Township, a member of the Animal Crackers 4-H Pet Goat Club, Paparazzi Photography club, Tri-Community Dairy Club and Teen Council. She has been a member of 4-H for 4 years and believed 4-H has helped make her a better person. She had volunteered at local soup kitchen and helps younger children in her clubs with their 4-H projects.
Aaron Goldman of Oxford Borough is a member of the Oxford Sewing club and he says 4-H has been an amazing experience. He has completed many great projects and believes sewing is a skill everyone should know how to do. In his 4-H club they have created blankets for project Linus. He is also active in several local service project in the Oxford community and through the Leo Club at Avon Grove Charter.
Summer Lauren of West Goshen Township is a member of Lead Changers 4-H Horse club. Summer believes 4-H has helped her feel more comfortable with humans and animals. She feels 4-H has helped her learn time management skills. Summer is active in community service, and last year volunteered more than 100 hours helping at the local SPCA with their critter camp and fostering many animals. She is working to establish a new 4-H club based on her community service experiences.
Aaron Phillips of Warwick Township is a member of the Paparazzi Photo Club, Animal Crackers Pet Goat Club and Teen Council. He credits 4-H for impacting his life and teaching him important leadership skills. He says that 4-H has given him an opportunity to get involved in his community and give back by helping at the local soup kitchen with his clubs. His 5 years in 4-H have shaped his life in a good way and made him realize 4-H is more than just a farm program.
Our winner of the 2019 Chester County Spirit of 4-H Award was Suzanna Angstadt of West Caln Township.
Suzanna is an active member of the Windy Hollow 4-H Horse Club, Teen Council and the Paparazzi Photography Club. Suzanna credits 4-H for helping her become more outgoing and confident in all areas of her life. She uses the public speaking and leadership skills she learned through 4-H in various aspects of her life and says those skills have given her the confidence to speak in front of various groups and at her high school graduation. Suzanna frequently leads a variety of activities at her 4-H club meetings and teaching youth about horses as part of the 4-H Pony Partners equine outreach program. According to her leader, “she inspires all those she meets and leads with enthusiasm and confidence.”
Suzanna received a plaque in recognition for being selected winner of the Spirit of 4-H Award, as well as having her name on a plaque displayed at the 4-H Center.