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2020 4‑H Legacy Awards

The Legacy Awards is National 4‑H Council’s premier fundraising event. Each year, we honor those who make life-changing experiences possible for millions of kids and recognize outstanding 4‑H youth making a difference in their communities. The 4‑H Legacy Awards will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from 6-9:30 PM at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC (1150 22nd Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037).


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4‑H Youth in Action Winner

New York 4‑H’er Clyde Van Dyke was honored at the 2019 4‑H Legacy Awards as the National 4‑H Youth in Action Award winner. At a young age, Clyde was told that he would likely not graduate high school or become successful. He was introduced to 4‑H through the Tech Wizards program, which changed his life in drastic ways by introducing him to his passion for STEM and provided him with the support he needed to develop confidence. Clyde is passionate about using technology to spark community change!


Grow True Leaders Corporate Leadership Award

For more than 100 years, Bayer and 4‑H have instilled the importance of science in life and career. Together, we have created the Science Matters program – a program designed to equip at least 25,000 students with the tools they need to deepen their understanding...

Jennifer Nettles

4‑H Brand Champion

Jennifer Nettles is an award-winning singer, songwriter and musician, as well as the lead singer of Sugarland, a solo artist and a film and Broadway star. She is also a National 4‑H Luminary, the National 4‑H Celebrity Spokesperson, and was the recipient of the Distinguished...

Carla Hall

Master of Ceremonies

Carla Hall is best known for co-hosting ABC’s Emmy award-winning, popular lifestyle series, ‘The Chew’, as well as for competing on Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ and ‘Top Chef: All Stars’, where she won over audiences with her philosophy to always cook with love. The 4‑H alumna...

Honorable Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

United States Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers is Eastern Washington’s chief advocate in Congress, who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2004 and served as Chair of the House Republican Conference from 2012 to 2018. Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers is also the co-chair of...

Bob Baffert

Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Bob Baffert is a race horse trainer and a two-time Triple Crown winner, who grew up in an Arizona border town where his family owned a working cattle ranch and chicken farm.  All seven of Baffert’s siblings were 4‑H’ers (Arizona 4‑H), with Bob learning about...

Ericka Flanigan

Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Ericka Flanigan, a Colonel in the United States Air Force who has received numerous awards and honors, has served the Air Force in various capacities. As Vice Wing Commander of the 70th Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Wing, the 4‑H alumna (South Dakota 4‑H) currently leads 5,700...

Charlie Kimball

Distinguished 4‑H Alumni Medallion

Not only was Charlie Kimball the first licensed driver with diabetes to win a race in the Verizon IndyCar Series, he is the first licensed driver with diabetes in the history of IndyCar. Kimball currently drives the No. 23 Chevrolet for Carlin, having started his...

Clyde Van Dyke

National Youth in Action and STEM Winner

Johnson City, New York

Clyde Van Dyke was told at a young age that he likely would not graduate from high school or ever be successful. Facing many challenges, he didn’t have the support he needed and lacked the confidence to get out of his...

Addy Battel

Youth in Action Winner, Agriculture

Cass City, Michigan

Whether she is teaching youth with special needs to care for farm animals or fighting hunger in her hometown, Addy Battel demonstrates the leadership skills she gained in 4‑H through her passion for empowering youth to be the change they want to...

Mason McClintock

Youth in Action Winner, Civic Engagement

Alma, Georgia

From his retro sense of style to his effervescent personality, Mason McClintock always felt different from others his age. Then, 4‑H came into the picture, and became an outlet for him to be himself, feel encouraged by his peers and adults and find...

Elisabeth Watkins

Youth in Action Winner, Healthy Living

Linden, California

Elisabeth Watkins, a California 4‑H’er, became passionate about healthy living during elementary school. After facing health challenges that forced her stop competitive gymnastics, she found her purpose and her passion in 4‑H cooking projects. As she learned more about nutrition, living a healthy...

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities by downloading the 10th Anniversary Legacy Awards sponsorship guide.


The Green Carpet

Before kicking off the 2019 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.

Thank you to the 2019 Legacy Award sponsors who are helping grow the next generation of True Leaders.