A nine-year 4-H member has earned this year’s Russell B. Ace Scholarship with her outstanding development in horse, dog, horticulture, home improvement, and community service programs.
According to a pres release from the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County, awardee Sarah Knop has served as president of her 4-H club and chair of the June Walk/Trot/Novice Horse Show and been a mentor to younger members in her club and the county 4-H Program.
“The lessons I have learned in 4-H have molded me into the individual I am today,” said Knop. “The skills from public speaking competitions have given me confidence when speaking in front of and with others. This has been an advantageous skill in high school, when making a speech in front of the class and will continue to benefit me in my higher education and the work force when presenting a project or idea to others. The experiences I have had and lessons I’ve learned in 4-H go far beyond the show ring. The knowledge I have collected applies in the classroom to my biology classes and at home in the barn. The lessons of leadership, connection and service I have learned alongside my peers have equipped me with wings I need to fly.”
Sarah has excelled at the 4-H Horse Bowl and Hippology contests by qualifying for and competing at the national level representing New York State. She has also qualified for the New York State Fair 4-H Dog and Horse Shows.
The scholarship was established in 2007 by Livingston County 4-H in memory of Russell B. Ace, the first 4-H Agent in the county. It recognizes one current 4-H member who has demonstrated leadership skills and served their community through active participation in the Livingston County 4-H program. The winner is awarded a one-time scholarship of $1,000 to be used toward a secondary education program, resulting in a certification or degree.
To learn more about the Livingston County 4-H Program, you can contact CCE Livingston County at (585) 991-5420 or (585) 335-1752. Interested families can also check out www.ccelivingstoncounty.org for more information.