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Washington County 4-H Names 4-H'er of the Year

Emily Campbell of Montpelier, recipient of the 2012 Washington County 4-H'er of the Year award, is all smiles as she poses with her 4-H club leader, Carol Fleck. (photo courtesy of UVM Extension 4-H)

Montpelier--A 16-year-old Montpelier 4-H club member has been recognized as the 2012 Washington County 4-H'er of the Year by the Washington County 4-H Foundation.

Emily Campbell, daughter of Jack and Pamela Campbell, was selected for this honor for her leadership, service and mastery of projects. As a seven-year member of the Partridge Hill Horse Lovers 4-H Club, Emily has excelled in the horse project and earned a spot on the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension State 4-H horse judging team that competed at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, Ky., last November. Competing at this prestigious national horse event was a goal she set for herself when she first joined 4-H.

The U-32 High School junior has provided leadership as a club officer and served on the Vermont 4-H Teen Congress board. As a board member she helped plan this annual UVM Extension event, which brings 4-H'ers from throughout the state to the UVM campus for three days of educational workshops, team-building exercises, community service projects and fun activities.

Emily credits the many life skills she has learned in 4-H as one of the reasons she was selected to represent the United States as a delegate to the sixth annual International Earth Science Olympiad

(IESO) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, last October. At the Washington County Youth Leader Presentations and 4-H Achievement Night in November, she gave a presentation on her experiences at IESO, highlighting how she used life skills that she learned through 4-H including leadership, planning, organization and teamwork.

To learn more about the 4-H program in Washington and Orange Counties, contact UVM Extension 4-H Educator Michael Wilson at (802) 223-2389, ext. 205 or by e-mail at