McKenzie Low has been named Livingston County Outstanding 4-H Member for 2019. This is the highest award given for 4-H achievement and overall involvement in the Livingston County 4-H Program.
McKenzie, a thirteen-year member of 4-H, has explored a variety of project areas and gained leadership skills through participation in numerous events and activities.
As a result of her involvement in the 4-H Program, McKenzie has gained valuable life skills that can be carried into adulthood. She knows how to care for animals, garden, sew, and cook her own food.
During her time in 4-H, McKenzie has also taken part in events like Produced in New York (PINY) and Public Presentations at the district and state levels. These experiences have served to further develop her competence and confidence in her own skills.
McKenzie has a long and varied list of contributions to not only the 4-H program, but her community as well. She has served on the 4-H Advisory and STARR Planning Committees; was elected Teen Council President; assisted in events like PINY, Bucket Brigade and Let’s Get Outdoors Day; and has participated in hours and hours of community service activities.
“I have gained a lot of confidence in myself and my skills because 4-H has opened so many doors for me,” she said. Reflecting on her own growth through the program, McKenzie states, “I have found that I am very comfortable in a leadership role because I have spent so many years in 4-H being given the opportunities I have.”
Her leader noted, “McKenzie always has a smile on her face and an awareness of those around her in need. Perhaps her best qualities are her ability to put people at ease, speak kindly and draw in teens who feel on the outside of a group.”
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that she is planning to pursue a college degree in social work and hopes to work with teenagers in the future. In fact, the most recent entry in her 4-H Summary Book states, “It is amazing to me the amount of confidence I possess because of the opportunities I have received and the people I have worked with. I believe any high school teenager’s life would benefit from this opportunity, from the positive support generated within 4-H. I hope to bring that to my future career.”
McKenzie’s hard work, leadership and generosity make her most deserving of being named 2019 Livingston County Outstanding 4-H Member.
To learn more about the Livingston County 4-H Program, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County at 585-991-5420 | 585-335-1752.
Renee Hopkins, McKenzie Low, Mark Whittmeyer
photo courtesy o fCourtney Weimar