HARTINGTON — The Cedar County 4-H Council awarded two major awards at their October meeting. Each year, two 4-H members are honored with the Outstanding Service and Outstanding Achievement awards. To be eligible for these awards, a member must have completed a minimum of five years in the Cedar County 4-H program and be at least a junior in high school. There must be evidence of a variety of projects, leadership and community service exhibited in the 4-H story they submit to the awards judging committee. Each recipient receives a plaque sponsored each year by the Cedar County News and a $200 scholarship from the 4-H Council. The winner’s names are also added to the Outstanding 4-H members plaque which is sponsored by the 4-H Council and can be seen in the Extension Office.
This year’s 4-H Achievement Award went to Trisha Dybdal, the daughter of Larry and Krista Dybdal, Newcastle. Dybdal has been a 4-Her since 2006 and has participated in numerous projects from Decorate Your Duds to Photography to Breeding Beef. The 4-H program has allowed her interests to expand throughout the years. She truly believes that her years and experiences in 4-H have led her to the local, state, and national level leadership positions that she currently holds. She currently is a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
This year’s 4-H Service Award went to Brian Potts, son of Lee and Jackie Potts,Laurel. He has been in 4-H for nine years and has learned a wide variety of skills and knowledge. 4-H has shaped him into the person that he is today and it is the organization that he is the proudest to be a part of. Helping and serving people in 4-H has led him to want to continue to help people in his future. He is currently a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.