Barnickel receives top Lee Co. 4-H award & scholarship

Top Senior 4-H’er, Marie Barnickel, left, receives her certificate and gift from Ambassador Amie Case. (Photo contributed)

LEE Co. - Marie Barnickel, a 2018 graduate of Mendota High School, was among the Lee County 4-H members and volunteers honored during the Lee County 4-H annual recognition luncheon. The event took place at the Lee County 4-H Center in Amboy on Oct. 27.

The Lee County 4-H Federation group hosted the achievement portion of the event. Throughout the year, 4-H members work hard in their clubs, communities, county and state. Achievement night gives them the chance to be recognized for the work they have done. Recognition was also given to Lee County leaders for their hard work and years of service.

Barnickel was named “Top Sr. 4-H’er” and she also received “Sr. County Outstanding – Gold Clover” along with fellow members, Molly Biggs, Alyssa Gascoigne, Kayla McCormick and Addison Wetzel. In addition, Barnickel and Madeline Prestegaard were each presented a Foundation Scholarship.

Following lunch, the Lee County Extension Foundation hosted a silent dessert auction fundraiser to benefit the Lee County Extension programs. Many baked items were auctioned including an apple pie, cookies, cream puffs and many more. Proceeds from the auction will go toward scholarships given to outstanding 4-H members.

The University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. For more information on University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development programs, contact the Lee County Extension Office at (815) 857-3525 or [email protected]


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