Local Winner Celebrates 4H, Key Award Winner

Local Winner Celebrates 4H, Key Award Winner

Madeline Horvath of Menomonie, Wisconsin has been selected as the University of Wisconsin, Dunn County 4-H’s Key Award winner for 2024.

“I think that a lot of people think of 4H as just being about animals or farming, so when kids find out that they can pursue almost anything that interests them and go on fun trips with their friends they get more excited about their future in 4H.”

– Madeline Horvath

This prestigious award is one of the highest recognitions that a 4-H member can receive.  Earning the 4-H Key Award is an honor of distinction that only a select few 4-H participants may obtain. Because Madeline had already earned the 4-H Citizenship, Achievement, and Leadership awards, she could qualify for the Key Award, but what set her apart was her consistent growth in her 4-H participation, her development and application of the leadership skills that she learned, and her active involvement in, not only her club, but in her community as well.

Madeline has been an active member the Cedarlings 4-H Club for 10 years and is currently serving as the club’s President having previously been the Vice President and Historian for the Cedarlings.  During that time she has participated in the Dunn County Fair where she has brought projects from a variety of categories such as, photography, cultural arts, woodworking and baked goods.  Madeline says that her leadership skills have improved through 4H and that she has been able to broaden her ability to work and talk with diverse groups of people.

Madeline’s favorite 4H experience was the American Spirit Experience event where she traveled to the East Coast to learn about American history. It was so much fun to travel to all these places and meet new friends. Madeline has enjoyed her time with 4-H so much that she has decided to stay in the program through graduation.

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