Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The National 4‑H Legacy Awards will take place on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC. If you would like to show your support for 4‑H, please consider purchasing tickets.

2017 Legacy Awards

The 8th annual National 4‑H Council Legacy Awards on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 celebrate the tremendous achievements of the 4‑H community. Sponsorship of the Legacy Awards is an excellent opportunity for your organization to support 4‑H's life changing work as we grow from empowering six million youth to 10 million youth.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Four Seasons Hotel
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007
5:30 - 6:45pm 4‑H Luminaries Reception sponsored by Molina Healthcare (invitation only)
6:00 - 6:45 pm Cocktail Reception
7:00 - 9:30 pm Dinner and Celebration

For more information about becoming a 2017 Legacy Awards sponsor, please contact Carolyn Fernandez (cfernandez@4-h.org), Development Director, Individual Giving (phone 301.961.2983 or 301.755.7068).

Sponsor Benefits

Sponsoring the Legacy Awards is an opportunity to share your passion for helping young people reach their full potential and to be a part of a distinguished group of corporate and civic leaders and institutions.

  • Network with leaders from Fortune 500 companies, elected officials, celebrities and distinguished guests.
  • Increase brand visibility in urban, rural and global markets.
  • Give back by empowering more young people with the 4‑H experience.
  • Connect with the 25 million strong 4‑H alumni community.

For more information about becoming a 2017 Legacy Awards sponsor, please contact Carolyn Fernandez (cfernandez@4-h.org), Development Director, Individual Giving (phone 301.961.2983 or 301.755.7068).

Your Hosts

The Legacy Awards are 4‑H's national event to celebrate the youth, adults and alumni who are making positive changes in communities every day.

Masters of Ceremonies and 4‑H alumni Anne Burrell - chef, TV personality and Food Network host - and Lazarus Lynch - chef, multimedia host and face behind the brand, Son of a Southern Chef - will lead the evening as we tell the story of 4‑H and its impact growing true leaders today.

Purchase Tickets

If you would like to attend the Legacy Awards but do not wish to sponsor the event, please consider purchasing tickets.

Grow True Leaders Corporate Honoree - $200,000

As the exclusive $200,000 Grow True Leaders Corporate Honoree of the Legacy Awards, you will enjoy prime visibility as the event co-chair in a place of distinction and prominence among our VIP guests, including leaders from Fortune 500 companies, celebrities and individual influencers.

The $200,000 Grow True Leaders Corporate Honoree carries the special distinction of our official sponsor of the 4‑H Luminaries Reception before the event, an exclusive invitation-only opportunity to connect and be photographed with some of 4‑H’s most distinguished alumni.

If you’re interested in being the Grow True Leaders Corporate Honoree, please contact Carolyn Fernandez (cfernandez@4-h.org), Development Director, Individual Giving (phone 301.961.2983 or 301.755.7068).

Legacy Champion Sponsor - $100,000

The $100,000 Legacy Champion Sponsor will join an esteemed cadre of leaders dedicated to growing the next generation of kids. Supporters at this level will enjoy significant recognition on site at the event, as well as through national media surrounding the event connected to the 4‑H Grows True Leaders brand.

Sponsors at the $100,000 Legacy Champion level will enjoy significant recognition, as well as the honor of serving as the entertainment sponsor of the event to introduce performer(s) on stage and participate in the performer(s) meet and greet and photo opportunity at the 4‑H Luminaries Reception, an invitation-only gathering of 4‑H’s most influential and distinguished alumni.

If you’re interested in being the Legacy Champion Sponsor, please contact Carolyn Fernandez (cfernandez@4-h.org), Development Director, Individual Giving (phone 301.961.2983 or 301.755.7068).

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2016 National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

MSNBC Anchor and NBC News Correspondent

Craig Melvin

Craig Melvin is a two-time Emmy Award-winning MSNBC news anchor and NBC anchor and correspondent. He currently anchors NBC Weekend Today.

Prior to joining MSNBC in July 2011, Melvin was a weekend anchor for WRC-TV, NBC’s owned-and-operated station in Washington, DC. Before that, he earned acclaim as an evening news anchor for WIS-TV in Columbia, South Carolina. Melvin is widely recognized for covering a range of events, from politics and major legal battles to breaking news. He currently reports on the 2016 presidential campaign.

Other recent coverage includes the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California and Charleston, South Carolina church shooting, as well as the deadly attacks in Ferguson, Missouri. He will head to Brazil soon for the Olympics.

Melvin was named “Best Anchor” by the South Carolina Broadcaster’s Association and was one of the youngest recipients of an Associated Press award for a report on innovative teaching. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, his home state. Melvin is also a 4‑H alumnus and enjoys contributing to organizations that support young people. He and his wife, Lindsay Czarniak, host of ESPN Sports Center, have one son.

U.S. Representative, Alabama’s 7th Congressional District

Terri Sewell

Congresswoman Terri Sewell is serving her second term as the U.S. Representative of Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. She is one of the first women elected to Congress from Alabama and is the first black woman to serve in the Alabama Congressional delegation. She sits on the House Committee on Financial Services and Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. While serving in Congress, Congresswoman Sewell has held several leadership positions including Freshman Class President in the 112th Congress. She was selected by Democratic leadership to serve as a Chief Deputy Whip and sits on the Steering and Policy Committee.

Congresswoman Sewell is an honors graduate of Princeton University and Oxford University in England and received her law degree from Harvard Law School. She was the first black valedictorian of Selma High School. She is a proud 4‑H alumna.

2016 Brand Champion Award

President & CEO, Dailey Advertising

Tom Lehr

Tom Lehr is President and CEO of Dailey, a renowned full-service ad agency based in West Hollywood, California. His 32-year career began in the Foote Cone & Belding media department, soon transitioning to account management work on blue-chip accounts across categories at Della Femina MacNamee and DDB. Lehr joined Dailey Advertising in 1996, with management responsibilities for the Nestlé, ConocoPhillips, Weyerhaeuser, Dole and Honda Powersports accounts. He assumed his present leadership role as chief executive in 2010.

The company has always believed in giving back to the community and is known for its work with National 4‑H Council as the chief creative architect of the new Grow True Leaders Campaign. Lehr is an avid music lover and songwriter, and has played guitar professionally throughout his life.

2016 Corporate Leadership Award

Deputy Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin

Accepted by: Lorraine Martin

Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s largest aerospace and technologies company, is committed to investing in and growing young people through its partnership with National 4‑H Council.

Since 2010, Lockheed Martin has been a transformative partner as the lead supporter of 4‑H Robotics and Engineering. For the past five years, the company has helped 4‑H significantly increase engineering interest across 4‑H, from science exploration to real-world work experience in the STEM field. The partnership is currently developing a new 4‑H career pathway initiative with the goal of creating a talent pipeline — one that grows innovation and diversity in the workforce to bolster the nation’s economy. Lockheed Martin employees, leadership and local facilities havehelped to further the company’s multi-million dollar investment through their donated time, talent and resources.

Just as the employees of Lockheed Martin work hard every day to “engineer a better tomorrow,” the company’s partnership with 4‑H inspires true leaders to grow a better tomorrow for the world.

2016 Youth In Action Awards

2016 Youth In Action Award Winner & Healthy Living Pillar Winner

Ruwanthi "Ru" Ekanayake

Ruwanthi “Ru” Ekanayake launched the first-ever 4‑H Healthy Living blog, allowing 4‑H’ers to share their stories, build bridges and create national discussions about health. She also organized a successful Healthy Living Summit across nine counties in California through the University of California Cooperative Extension, which led to more youth starting local healthy living programs including farm-to-table gardening and cyber-safety programs. As a member of the National 4‑H Healthy Living Ambassador Team, she is committed to helping people live their best lives by advocating a more holistic approach to healthy living that includes healthy nutritional habits, as well as mental and emotional well-being.

2016 Youth In Action Pillar Awards

Agriculture & Animal Sciences

Jacob Shuman

Sponsored by Bayer
Jacob Shuman became an advocate for bees through the Ohio State University Extension after finding out that Ross County was one of the unhealthiest counties in Ohio. In response to these findings he developed Teens Educating Adults and Children about Honey Bees (TEACH B) program. Through the TEACH B program, Shuman leads live bee education, demonstrations and lessons on the importance of bees to agriculture and the economy. He is an Ohio State ambassador and the recipient of the National 4‑H Council Merck Youth Agriculture Advocacy Award. He also had the honor of being recognized by Ohio Senator Bob Peterson for his work in environmental sciences.

STEM

Thaddeus Hughes

Sponsored by HughesNet
Through talks, demonstrations, workshops and interviews, Thaddeus Hughes has engaged more than 6,000 youth in the wonders of science. He has been a mentor for FIRST Lego League and the Illinois State Robotics Competition for four years. As a mentor, Hughes has been responsible for demonstrating new technologies and the engineering process. Simultaneously, he developed an afterschool program through the University of Illinois Extension called Spinning Robots in which he taught 50 middle schoolers basic circuitry and how to build simple robots. He is currently studying engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the top school in the nation for engineering.

Citizenship

Alexandria "Lexie" Lerblance

Alexandria “Lexie” Lerblance is the co-founder of the Teresa Lane Compton (TLC) Memorial Wig Closet. The closet is named after her grandmother, a hairstylist who recently died of tonsil cancer. The wig closet provides free high-quality wigs, head coverings, bras and prostheses to cancer patients going through treatments. Lerblance has had the opportunity to spread the word about cancer awareness through various speaking engagements including the Pink Ribbon Luncheon and the Federal Board of Education. Utilizing the leadership skills she has gained through Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension, the TLC Wig Closet has raised over $15,000 in donations and given away over 200 wigs to those in need.

2015

National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Javier Palomarez

Javier Palomarez is the President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), America’s largest Hispanic business association. The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined, contribute over $486 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 240 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide.

His opinions and points of view have appeared in leading media outlets including NBC, ABC, Fox, Univision, Telemundo, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Business Week, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, USA Today and many others. Mr. Palomarez is a seasoned public speaker, delivering numerous keynote speeches and panel discussions for some of the nation’s most influential institutions and conferences – including the Republican National Conventions, the Democratic National Conventions, The Atlantic, the Milken Institute, the George W. Bush Institute, Ernst & Young and the Kauffman Foundation.

Mr. Palomarez was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Minority Business at the Department of Commerce, and serves on the FCC Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity, Comcast NBCUniversal Diversity Advisory Council, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Advisory Board, the State Farm Bank CRA Advisory Council, and the Board of Children’s Medical Center – Dallas. He also serves on the Senate Task Force on Corporate Diversity and Inclusion and is a director of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR).

He has consistently appeared on Latino Leaders Magazine’s “100 Most Influential” list, and was named one of the “75 Most Influential Hispanics” and “Top 100 Green CEOs” by PODER Magazine. Palomarez was also profiled by El Pais, Spain’s leading daily news outlet, and was featured by the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) in “Ten Latinos Who Made History in 2012.” He is the recipient of the Latino Leaders Maestro Award and most recently, Palomarez received an honorary Doctorate from Westminster College, Utah’s premier Liberal Arts institution.

Youth In Action Award

Nosa Akol

National 4‑H Council is pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Youth In Action Award is Nosa Akol. Nosa is a 17 year old senior at Binghamton High School in New York. Her 4‑H experience began when she joined CITIZEN U 4‑H her freshman year of high school.

According to Nosa, CITIZEN U 4‑H helped her overcome bullying, develop self-confidence and build leadership and public speaking skills. She was a delegate at the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute. As a Wallace-Carver Fellow, Nosa received a paid internship at the Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health at Cornell University where she worked as a Biological Science Aide.

Nosa was also invited to be a panelist at the Norman Borlaug Symposium where she had the opportunity to speak with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about how micro-farming could help women and girls in South Sudan. In addition, Nosa delivered the keynote address at the 4‑H Career Explorations at Cornell University.

Within her community, Nosa was involved in the Great Pothole Solution Project to help map the location of potholes throughout the city of Binghamton. This spring, Nosa will partner with 4‑H alum Lazarus Lynch to lead a Hunger Banquet and Poverty Simulation to educate her community about childhood hunger and how they can become “hunger champions” in the fight to end world hunger.

As Nosa says, “My experiences in CITIZEN U 4‑H undid years of painful bullying, opened new doors and opportunities for me, and set me on a path to be an agent for change. 4‑H changed my life.” Congratulations Nosa!

2014

National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Andrew Bosworth

Andrew ‘Boz’ Bosworth is vice president of advertising at Facebook and inventor of the social networking site’s popular News Feed, the feature that broadcasts what your friends are doing on Facebook. He is an alumnus of the El Sereno 4‑H Club and a proud fan of 4‑H on Facebook.

A Harvard University graduate, Bosworth raised animals and showed them at the county fair, and took part in the National 4‑H Technology Corps. A friend in 4‑H taught him computer programming.

At Harvard, Bosworth was a teaching assistant in an artificial intelligence class, where met his future boss Mark Zuckerberg. Before joining his former student at Facebook, Bosworth worked as a developer on Microsoft Visio for almost two years. Prior to his current role, he also worked as director of engineering at Facebook overseeing engineering, product and design.

An undeniable influencer in the Facebook company culture, he created the Palo Alto-based company’s engineering boot camp, which helps new recruits get up to speed on Facebook’s computer code and culture. A photographer who takes snapshots of company events, he’s also something of an unofficial Facebook historian.

Bosworth is an advisor and angel investor in several small companies including Spindle, Sprint.ly and Balanced.

He grew up on a horse ranch and vineyard in the rolling hills of Saratoga in Santa Clara County, where his family has lived since 1891.

National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Anne Burrell

A renowned chef, author and TV personality, Anne Burrell is a proud alumna of 4‑H New York. She is host of the popular Food Network series Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and co-host of Worst Cooks in America.

With her trademark spiky blond hair and “pumped-up personality,” Burrell has worked at some of the top restaurants in New York, studied the culinary landscape and traditions of Italy, battled alongside Mario Batali as his sous chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and wrote a New York Times best-selling cookbook. She also started in her own right on Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs in fall 2011.

Growing up in upstate New York, Burrell’s passion for food and cooking began at an early age. After graduating with a degree in English from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, she pursued her interest in the restaurant business by enrolling in the Culinary Institute of America. Following graduation, Burrell spent a year in Italy attending the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners and worked at a premier Tuscan restaurant. During this time, she grew to appreciate and understand the philosophy of Italian cuisine and culture, and home her lasting culinary pint of view.

Burrell loves to cook up engaging culinary lessons for America’s kids to help them understand the science behind her mouth-watering recipes. She participated in the White House “We the Geeks” Google+ Hangout, along with White House pastry chef Bill Yosses and other special guests, to help kids and their parents see that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are key ingredients for culinary success. As part of Food Network’s partnership with Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds program, Chef Burrell also stars in a PSA to promote the fun of math and science.

Youth In Action Award

Andres Parra

Andres Parra is a remarkable Arizona 4‑H’er who credits 4‑H for putting him on a path to success, and empowering him to have a similarly positive impact on his peers and community.

Growing up as part of a Mexican immigrant family, Parra experienced many obstacles in life and struggled to find the motivation to excel in school. He was introduced to the 4‑H/United Healthcare Eat4‑Health program and discovered a passion for nutrition and exercise that led to more productive academic and personal health habits.

These habits led to compelling personal results for Parra, who dropped from 200 to 146 pounds by his senior year. Through the program, Parra also had an opportunity to lead community events and interactive educational activities empowering other young people to pursue healthy lifestyles. As a teen ambassador, Parra taught more than 200 5th and 6th graders about nutritious eating habits and making healthy choices.

His success as a youth ambassador opened the door to work for University of Arizona as an Instructional Aide at the Tucson Farm Village, where he taught nutrition to youth through the 4‑H Pima County Cooperative Extension program.

Parra is currently attending Pima Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Arizona and major in Nutritional Science.

2013

National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Temple Grandin, Ph.D

Dr. Grandin is a New Hampshire 4‑H alumna, where she was involved with the 4‑H horse project. Horses and the 4‑H horse project were a refuge from the teasing and bullying she experienced as an autistic child.

Her first research in animal handling was a result of her work as an assistant 4‑H leader for beef and lamb projects. This research project on the importance of proper animal handling procedures started her on the path to her notable career as an author, animal handling facility designer, and sought after public speaker. In 2010, HBO also produced a biographical movie about her accomplishments.

Dr. Grandin says: “Young people need to be exposed to agriculture in order for them to become interested in it. 4‑H is an ideal way to expose children and teenagers to agriculture.I know a number of students who had no background in agriculture and they found out that they enjoyed working with livestock when they had an opportunity to do it. Young people need to have opportunities to work with animals. Middle school is an excellent time to get students involved in agriculture and other specialized careers. 4‑H is a good position to expose young children to agriculture. Students need to learn that there is more to life than video games.”

Youth In Action Award

Elisabeth D. Willis

Elisabeth D. Willis is a junior in high school student, born and raised in Pittsburg County,Oklahoma. She has been an Oklahoma 4‑H’er since the age of five. In 2009, she applied and was selected to serve as a Oklahoma State 4‑H Ambassador and is currently serving in her fourth year in this role. Her service has included travel to various places including Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia.

Elisabeth is being honored with the Youth In Action award for her service learning project, which has raised $10,000 for the Therapeutic Equestrian Association of McAlester (TEAM). TEAM is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping youth and adults with disabilities access equine therapy. Many of the volunteers who make TEAM possible are present or past 4‑H members and their parents. Elisabeth helped establish a local TEAM 4‑H club to raise awareness of the program, as well as hosting an annual music festival, all profits of which go directly to TEAM.

Elisabeth says, “4‑H has impacted my life in so many ways. It has not only provided me with leadership development but also service learning project opportunities. Being so active in 4‑H as well as other organizations has challenged my life in an abundant way. I have learned through past 4‑H experiences that with help from others, I am not alone.”

In addition to her involvement in 4‑H, Elisabeth also plays basketball and is an active church member. Her future goals are to attend a bible college for at least one year and then to attend Southwestern Christian University, majoring in Sports Therapy.

Corporate Leadership Award

Tractor Supply Co.

TSC stores have been investing in 4‑H locally for many years, but in 2010, a national partnership with National 4‑H Council was launched that has already surpassed raising more than $2,000,000 for local 4‑H programs in more than 1,000-plus unique communities across America. Through semi-annual in-store Paper Clover fundraisers hosted across all TSC stores every fall and spring, a portion of proceeds from reusable bag sales, proceeds from Dumor Show Feed which supports 4‑H animal science learning activities, and sponsorship of premier events like National 4‑H Congress, TSC is helping fund the various ways that millions of 4‑H young people are learning life skills, citizenship and leadership qualities, and ultimately emerging as the future leaders of America. Their unceasing commitment and that of each their thousands of team members makes TSC a corporate pioneer of youth development and is why we are so proud to honor them with the 2013 4‑H Corporate Leadership Award.

Many 4‑H members and families are TSC customers, and so many TSC team members either grew up in 4‑H or are involved in 4‑H today. Mr. Gregory A. Sandfort, has been the President of TSC since February 2009 and its Chief Executive Officer since January 1, 2013. Under his leadership, the TSC/4‑H relationship has contributed to the growth in the resources that National 4‑H Council has been able to make available to local 4‑H communities nation-wide. These natural connections and the way that TSC’s corporate values: development, teamwork, initiative, honesty and integrity mirror the values in 4‑H is what makes our partnership so strong. The company’s mission is To work hard, have fun, and make money by providing legendary service and great products at everyday low prices, and just as TSC puts all of its effort toward delivering on that promise, they continue to deliver on the promise of helping millions of 4‑H young people make a difference in their communities today, and become the innovative, skilled workforce of tomorrow.

2012

National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Jennifer Nettles

Jennifer Nettles, lead vocalist for international super duo Sugarland, has become one of the most popular singer-songwriters in music today.

Since Sugarland exploded onto the music scene in ’04 they have sold over nine million records, achieved eight No. 1 singles and have won numerous awards including trophies from the Grammys, AMAs, ACM Awards, CMT Music Awards and CMA Awards. Nettles has won five ASCAP awards for her songwriting abilities, and in 2008 individually received a Grammy Award, ACM Award and CMA Award for penning the emotionally charged, platinum-selling No. 1 hit “Stay.” At the 2009 ACM Awards, Nettles was honored with the “Crystal Milestone Award” for being the first woman to be the solo songwriter on an ACM “Song of the Year” winner since 1972.

Nettles has been seen all over the media spectrum, with performances ranging from President Barack Obama’s inauguration celebration to Oprah, Good Morning America, Ellen, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and CNN Heroes, among others. Her fans have grown to expect Nettles to deliver memorable, heartfelt performances both individually and with surprise duet partners: At the 2007 AMAs, Beyonce joined Sugarland on stage for a countrified version of her hit single “Irreplaceable.” Two years later, at The Kennedy Center Honors, Nettles paid tribute to icon Bruce Springsteen, covering “Glory Days” and “I’m On Fire” with Ben Harper. In 2010, Nettles, Katy Perry and Keri Hilson opened VH1 Divas: Salute The Troops with a playful and sexy reprise of the WWII-era hit “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” and most recently Nettles treated fans to a show-stopping performance of “California King Bed” with Rihanna at the 2011 ACM Awards.

Nettles and Bush have performed in numerous European countries and headlined multiple U.S. tours, including their current two-year run on the Incredible Machine Tour, which continues to sell out venues across the country.

During her tenure in 4‑H, Jennifer was a member of Clovers & Company, Georgia’s official 4‑H performing arts group, for seven years. Her participation in the group is remembered for remarkable performances, including “Break It To Me Gently” in the 1990-91 show and in addition, Jennifer performed at National 4‑H Congress in Chicago and National 4‑H Conference in Washington, DC.

Jennifer Nettles grew up as a member of Coffee County, Georgia 4‑H. In addition to serving on the Junior and Senior State Boards, Jennifer won Georgia State 4‑H Congress honors for her Performing Arts project. She also served as a camp counselor at Rock Eagle 4‑H Center from 1993-1995.

Youth In Action Award

Nate Seese

Nate Seese is an active 15-year-old who found a way to make a difference in his East Lansing, Michigan, community through 4‑H.

When he joined the organization five years ago, he was able to combine his passion for raising livestock and his commitment to serving those in need. During his time in Byron Center Busy Workers 4‑H Club, he raised market lambs and hogs, and showed his projects at the Kent County Youth Fair.

But there was something more he wanted to do. Something that could reach beyond the applause for a profitable auction of his livestock.

Nate saw hunger was a problem in his community when he volunteered at the local food pantry. There, he says, it was “flooded with people who needed help.”

He coordinated with local businesses and found a way to donate meat from his 4‑H projects to local Byron Center’s food pantry. In two years, he’s provided 1,000 lbs of meat.

When he is not working on his 4‑H projects, the high school freshman is active in the jazz band and his local church. He also volunteers with a number of local organizations, including serving dinners and lending a hand at the Buist Community Assistance Center.

Nate plans to attend college after high school, and is considering studying Food Sciences or Pharmacy.

Corporate Leadership Award

DuPont

DuPont and 4‑H share the belief that the power of the work we do today, will transform tomorrow.

In 1990, 4‑H’s heritage of hands-on, agricultural science programming led to a strong partnership with Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. The alliance with Pioneer supported 4‑H Ag science throughout the decade, until DuPont acquired the company in 1998. But, DuPont also shared a common mission and vision with 4‑H, which allowed the two organizations to continue their strong partnership to this day. DuPont/Pioneer has been a proud supporter of 4‑H for the past 22 years, which is why we are proud to be honoring them with the 2012 4‑H Corporate Leadership Award. DuPont’s mission to be the world’s most dynamic science company, creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, and healthier life for people everywhere has allowed them to be involved in a diverse range of fields since 1802. The company is dedicated to delivering innovative, science-based solutions to leading global challenges including, food security, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting people and the environment through their collaboration with customers, governments, NGOs, and other thought leaders. This shared focus and commitment to scientific innovation makes the DuPont/4‑H partnership a natural fit.

A key factor in the strength of the partnership has been the passion of committed leaders. James C. Borel, Executive Vice President at DuPont, has served on the National 4‑H Council Board of Trustees since 2004, as a Board member, as chair of the Resource Development Committee, and, since 2008, as Board Chair. His leadership and vision for the DuPont/4‑H partnership has contributed to vast growth in the resources Council has been able to make available to the 4‑H movement in the US, and to recent efforts to develop a coordinated 4‑H movement globally.

In 2010, DuPont was one of the five founding partners supporting the launch of 4‑H’s global network initiative, contributing initial capital and momentum to begin to bring together 4‑H programs all across the globe. In October 2011, DuPont and National 4‑H Council announced an expansion of the partnership to strengthen youth development in rural communities within five African nations. DuPont’s commitment of $2 million over the next two years will allow the global 4‑H network to help African youth create sustainable livelihoods and improve household and national food security for people all across the continent.

The farmers and agronomists who will feed the world tomorrow are in fact, today’s young people. DuPont’s commitment will prepare them for the future through the support and positive youth development they experience in 4‑H.

2011

National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Nancy Grace

A Georgia 4‑H alumna, Nancy Grace is the powerful force behind CNN Headline News’ (HLN) top-rated Nancy Grace. A former prosecutor with an unparalleled record of success, she has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil and Larry King Live, among others, dispensing her firebrand take on the modern justice system. In 2011, Grace was named one of the most impactful and powerful women in entertainment by both leading industry trade magazines, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

Grace’s first book, Objection!, was published in 2005 and became an instant New York Times bestseller. Her two subsequent novels, The Eleventh Victim (2009) and Death on the D-List (2010), were also New York Times bestsellers, and a television movie adaptation of The Eleventh Victim premiered on Lifetime in November 2012. Grace was an executive producer on the film project. She is the recipient of several American Women in Radio & Television “Gracie Awards” for her Nancy Grace Investigates primetime report on Court TV and has been awarded the “Individual Achievement/Best Program Host” honor.

Nancy Grace initially came to television from the Atlanta Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, where she served more than a decade as a special prosecutor of felony cases involving murder, rape, child molestation and arson. Known for her authentic sensibility and for not holding back her opinion on high-profile cases, she was tapped to co- host Court TV’s Cochran and Grace and, later, the live daily trial coverage program, Closing Arguments. She also presided over the daytime hit Swift Justice with Nancy Grace, for which she received an Emmy® Award nomination.

As a Georgia 4‑Her since the age of 10, Grace participated in 4‑H Project Achievement every year. During college, Grace continued her 4‑H involvement as a counselor at Rock Eagle 4‑H Center . In 2011, she was honored with the Distinguished Alum Medallion and inducted as a Master 4‑Her.

Nancy Grace, her husband and her twins reside in Atlanta and New York City.

Youth In Action Award

Morgan Billingslea-Walker

The 2011 4‑H Youth in Action Award was given to Morgan Billingslea-Walker. While overcoming personal health issues, Morgan led the effort to make health and nutrition programs available to those in her neighborhood. She has offered them the opportunity for a better, healthier lifestyle.

Corporate Leadership Award

Coca-Cola

The 4‑H Corporate Leadership Award was presented to Coca-Cola for their work supporting the efforts of young people like Morgan making a difference in their communities. For 42 years, Coca-Cola has provided leadership to the organization, and funded grants that allow youth to work on cutting-edge environmental and balanced living programs that positively affect millions of people.

2010

Abraham Lincoln Vision Award

Dan Glickman

The Abraham Lincoln Vision Award was presented to Dan Glickman, former president of Refugees International and former Chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. Throughout his expansive career in political, legal and government positions, Mr. Glickman has always worked tirelessly to advocate on behalf of youth.

Youth In Action Award

Samantha Jo Ridley

The 2010 4‑H Youth in Action Award was given to 4‑H’er Samantha Jo Riddley, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota, and the first to attend college. Through 4‑H, she has helped her community in many ways, and has used her involvement in archery to bring the tradition back to her tribe.

Corporate Leadership Award

JCPenney

The 4‑H Corporate Leadership Award was presented to JCPenney in honor of its generous support and ongoing dedication to youth. For more than 50 years, JCPenney’s strategic partnership with 4‑H has impacted millions of youth all across the nation who participate in 4‑H Afterschool programming. The company’s support has provided millions of youth with a safe place to learn, grow and become smart, strong and socially responsible citizens. Accepting the award on behalf of JCPenney was Myron ‘Mike’ Ullman III, Chairman and former CEO of JCPenney.