Celebrate 4‑H's Legacy. Grow True Leaders.

On March 20, 2018, we honored those who make life-changing experiences possible for millions of kids and recognized outstanding 4‑H youth making a difference in their communities.

Proceeds from this event enable National 4‑H Council to continue growing the next generation of leaders and advance the 4‑H youth development movement on behalf of young people everywhere.

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2018 National 4‑H Council Legacy Award Honorees

Abraham Lincoln Vision Award

United States Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue

Honorable Sonny Perdue, United States Secretary of Agriculture

Throughout his life, Sonny Perdue has experienced the agriculture industry from every possible perspective. Uniquely qualified as a former farmer, agri-businessman, veterinarian, state legislator, and governor of Georgia, he became the 31st United States Secretary of Agriculture on April 25, 2017. Perdue’s guiding principles include the following — to maximize the ability of American agriculture to create jobs, sell foods and fiber as well as feed and clothe the world; prioritize customer service for taxpayers; ensure that our food supply is safe and secure; and maintain good stewardship of the natural resources that provide us with our miraculous bounty.

Perdue has been a long-time supporter of 4‑H, noting that young 4‑H’ers give him great hope and faith in the future of American agriculture. He has spoken at several 4‑H events, including the National 4‑H Congress and in celebration of National 4‑H Week.

Perdue has been married to Mary Ruff Perdue for 45 years and has four children and 14 grandchildren. He and his wife have also served as foster parents for eight children awaiting adoption. Perdue is a licensed airplane and helicopter pilot and avid outdoor sportsman.


Corporate Leadership Award

John Y. Kim, President, New York Life

New York Life Foundation

John Y. Kim, President

New York Life Logo

Since 2005, the 4‑H and New York Life partnership has focused on supporting families with financial literacy educational programs as well as the expansion of Juntos 4‑H – a program dedicated to empowering more Latino youth to succeed in high school, graduate on time and pursue a college education.

Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has provided $240 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations since its founding in 1979, including 4‑H.


National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Photo of Zippy Duvall, 2018 4‑H Alumni Medallion Honoree.

Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation

Zippy Duvall, a third-generation farmer, was elected president of the American Farm Bureau Federation in January 2016, before which he served as president of the Georgia Farm Bureau. As president of AFBF, Duvall’s mission is to ensure that the independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization remains a voice for agricultural producers at all levels. One of this year’s National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion winners, Duvall has also been recognized with several state appointments, including then-Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue’s Agricultural Advisory Committee and the Georgia Development Authority. His many state honors also include Georgia Dairy Family of the Year.

In 2017, the Georgia 4‑H alumnus was honored by National 4‑H Council as a founding Alumni Luminary, an exclusive group of accomplished and influential 4‑H alumni.


4‑H Brand Champion Award

David Cohen, Comcast Corporation

David Cohen, Comcast Corporation

Cohen is Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation, as well as the Company’s Chief Diversity Officer and has played an instrumental role in raising awareness of 4‑H through the Grow True Leaders campaign since 2016. Under Cohen’s leadership, Comcast has aired 4‑H’s public service announcement thousands of times at no cost to 4‑H.

Cohen’s broad portfolio of responsibilities with Comcast include corporate communications, government and regulatory affairs, public affairs, legal affairs, corporate administration, and community investment, and he also serves as senior counselor to the CEO. Cohen has received numerous awards for his civic and charitable activities, including the Community Hero Award, the American Red Cross Citizen of the Year Award, and the President’s Volunteer Service Award. He has also been awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Drexel University, Rider University, and Rowan University. Cohen lives in Philadelphia with his wife and their two sons.

2018 Youth in Action Pillar Winners


Serena Woodard

Eufaula, Oklahoma

When Serena Woodard joined 4‑H and began to actively contribute to her community, she never would have guessed that one day she would need her community’s support as well.  Through her 4‑H journey, Serena developed the leadership skills she needed to start an...


Kyra-Lee Harry

Brooklyn, New York

At just five years old, Kyra-Lee Harry’s passion for helping others was sparked when she received the unexpected and scary news that her mom’s lungs had collapsed on both sides. Though she didn’t fully understand the situation at the time, she knew...

Healthy Living

Sophia Rodriguez

Hinesville, Georgia

Sophia Rodriguez knew that she wanted to help military youth like herself.  The mentorship and support she received from her family, educators, and 4‑H leaders helped her cope with the emotional toll of growing up in a military-connected family.  However, she knew many...


Cassandra Ivie

West Jordan, Utah

For Cassandra Ivie, being a part of 4‑H meant developing her passion for STEM while learning the value of unity amongst diversity.  Through 4‑H, she gained the confidence and experiences she needed to become a STEM leader; skills that she is putting...

2018 Sponsorship Opportunities

Download the 2018 4‑H Legacy Awards Sponsorship Opportunities booklet.

Sponsorship Opportunities


The Green Carpet

Before kicking off the Legacy Awards, we interviewed special guests about importance of youth to take action and be doers in their community. Check out our Green Carpet playlist.

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2017 Sponsors

We are grateful to the many sponsors of the 8th annual Legacy Awards. Thank you for your belief in young people and support of National 4‑H Council’s mission to provide more kids with access to high-quality 4‑H programs and experiences.



2017 National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Kent Bazemore

Kent Bazemore is a shooting guard for the Atlanta Hawks, where he is currently in his fifth NBA season. Raised in Kelford, North Carolina, a town of less than 300 residents, Kent earned a scholarship to Old Dominion University. It was here that he received...

2017 National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Dr. Faustino Bernadett

Selling eggs door to door in his red wagon was how this 4‑H alumnus from Chico, California, got his start. Dr. Faustino Bernadett later graduated from the University of California, Davis, before obtaining his Doctor of Medicine from the University of California, San Francisco, and...

2017 National Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Aubrey Plaza

Aubrey Plaza is an actress and producer who currently stars in FX’s new show Legion, a Marvel Comics science fiction series. Aubrey also stood out in the Emmy nominated comedy series, Parks and Recreation, earning nominations for an American Comedy Award for ‘Best Comedy Supporting...

National 4‑H Youth in Action Winner and Citizenship Pillar Winner

Amelia Day

Sponsored by U.S. Cellular
When Amelia Day escorted her father to an appointment at a veteran’s hospital in 2012, she didn’t know that the visit would spark an idea for a 4‑H service project that would reach far beyond her hometown. A 4‑H’er since...

2017 Brand Champion Award

Osborn Barr

With offices in St. Louis, Kansas City and Nashville, Osborn Barr is an integrated advertising and communications agency that specializes in building connections between brands and rural audiences. Rural isn’t a zip code to Osborn Barr. It’s an attitude and belief system where hard work,...


MSNBC Anchor & 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 TODAY Weekend. Melvin is widely recognized for covering a wide range of events. He currently reports on the 2016 presidential campaign.

Melvin is a 4‑H alumnus....


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...

Youth in Action National 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...

4‑H Brand Champion Award

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...

Corporate Award

Lockheed 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....


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...


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...

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...

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...


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...

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...

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...


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...

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...

Corporate Leadership Award


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...


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...

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


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...


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...

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...

Corporate Leadership Award


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....