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Oklahoma 4-H'er on National Stage

Oklahoma 4-H'er on National Stage

A Pittsburg County 4-H’er put the Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development Program on the map when she received a national honor in July 2013.

Elisabeth Willis of Canadian was recognized as a national 4-H Youth in Action Award recipient. This prestigious award is presented to outstanding 4-H’ers and corporations for their work on behalf of the 4-H youth development movement. She was recognized at a ceremony in New York City in April.

Willis has been instrumental in raising nearly $10,000 to benefit the Therapeutic Equestrian Association of McAlester (T.E.A.M.) through organizing 4-H music festivals. Funds have been used for horse feed, student tuition and vet bills, as well as setting some aside for a new riding facility.

“After volunteering with the T.E.A.M., I knew I wanted to help the program so it could serve more youth in our community,” Willis said.

Mike Carter, OSU Cooperative Extension 4-H educator in Pittsburg County, said Willis is a wonderful example of the positive impact 4-H has on today’s youth.

“Elisabeth sees the big picture in 4-H. For her, it’s not about the jacket or the awards,” Carter said. “It’s all about making a difference in her hometown.”

Willis, a member of the Canadian Sr. 4-H Club, has held offices on the local, county and district levels, as well as served as a State 4-H Ambassador since 2009. She is a senior at Canadian High School and the daughter of Gary and Rachel Willis.

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