WEST CHESTER, Pa. — The Spirit of the 4-H Award was started in 1998 by the Saddle Up 4-H Horse and Pony Club. The award went to a member of the club that demonstrated the most spirit, enthusiasm, and willingness to do anything for 4-H or the community. It was an honor for 4-H members to be awarded the Spirit of 4-H Award. In 2007 Saddle Up 4-H Horse and Pony Club, with 4-H Advisory Committee support, has made the Spirit of 4-H Award a county wide award which was awarded to one Chester County 4-H member at the Chester County 4-H Fair on August 10, 2022.
4-H club leaders nominate one member from each club that demonstrated the most spirit, enthusiasm, and willingness to do anything for 4-H or the community. Once nominated, the members are asked to complete and return an application to be reviewed by the 4-H Program Development Committee who select the Chester County 4-H member that is most deserving of the award.
In 2022, we honored one 4-H member as the winner of the Spirit of 4-H Award and three additional 4-H members with Certificates of Achievement.
The youth who were recognized were:
Emma Uhlman – Emma is a nine-year 4-H member who participates in the Beef, Sheep, and Swine clubs. She credits 4-H with helping prepare her for future life and finding a strong passion for agriculture. She feels that participating in 4-H has taught her about hard work and prepared her for whatever life throws at her. She has engaged in several community events to promote agriculture and made many friends through her 4-H journey. Emma resides in West Whiteland Township.
David Gober – David has been a member of the Northern Chester County Horse and Pony Club for eight years. He credits 4-H with having a big impact on his life and showing him how he can impact his community and the world. David volunteered over 100 hours last year with various 4-H activities and is working toward his Diamond Clover Award to help military service personnel. David resides in West Pikeland Township.
Emma Dechert – Emma is 9-year-old, second year 4-H member of the Tri-Community Dairy Club. Emma loves her cow and cannot wait to show her. She wants to be a dairy princess to promote the dairy industry. Emma enthusiastically helps at her club activities and encourages others to join 4-H. She resides in South Coventry Township.
The winner of the 2022 Chester County Spirit of 4-H Award was Melinda Stoltzfus. Melinda is finishing her 4-H Career this year after 10 years in the program. She has been engaged in the Beef, Sheep, Swine, Market Goat, and Teen Council clubs. She has a passion for agriculture and promotes the Ag industry. She is an accomplished Livestock Judge participating in various local and national judging events, and this year won the Pennsylvania 4-H Livestock Judging contest and was also part of the second-place team. Melinda says “the 4-H program has been truly life changing” for her. She resides in West Marlborough Township. In recognition for being selected the winner of the Spirit of 4-H Award, Melinda received a plaque and will also have her name on a plaque displayed at the 4-H Center.
–Penn State Extension