4-H has announced the names of the twenty individuals who will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame during a special ceremony to be held on Tuesday, October 12 at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.
The National 4-H Hall of Fame Class of 2021 Laureates who will be honored for excellence in citizenship, leadership, character and career accomplishments include: Daryl Buchholz, Kansas; Stephen L. Censky, National 4-H Council; Bryan Chadd, Arizona; Louisa Bauer Cole, New Jersey; John E. Dooley, Virginia; Karen L. Hinton, Nevada; Nancy Kissel, Wisconsin; Mike Klumpp, Arkansas; Julie Best Landry, North Carolina; Jeffrey D. Orndorff, West Virginia; Rev. Dr. Clementa Carlos Pinckney; South Carolina; Katherine M. Rickart, National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals (NAE4-HYDP); Dr. Robert M. Ritchie, Indiana; Jan Scholl-Kennedy, Pennsylvania; Carol Schurman, National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals; Dr. Janice A. Seitz, Illinois; Sandra Clarkson Stuckman, Michigan; Darrel Thomas, National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals; Bette Jo Clinton Van Kavelaar, Delaware; and Harlene M. Welch, Kentucky.
Each laureate was selected for the National 4-H Hall of Fame because of his or her significant contribution to 4-H, the nation’s premier youth development organization that serves over six million youth nationwide. 4-H programs in every state, U.S. territory and the District of Columbia as well as 4-H’s three national partners – National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals (NAE4-HYDP); National 4-H Council, and the Division of Youth and 4-H of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)/USDA, nominate outstanding individuals for this honor.
The National 4-H Hall of Fame was created in 2002 as a 4-H Centennial project to recognize and celebrate those people who have made a significant impact on 4-H and its millions of members for over 100 years.
“These individuals have touched the lives of many people, from 4-H staff and colleagues to thousands of 4-H volunteers and members throughout the nation,” said Jeannette Rea Keywood, chair of the National 4-H Hall of Fame.
About the National 4-H Hall of Fame
In 2002, the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA), National 4-H Council and National 4-H Headquarters at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA created the National 4-H Hall of Fame during 4-H’s centennial year. The National 4-H Hall of Fame was established to recognize 4-H volunteers, financial supporters, staff and pioneers who made major impacts within the 4-H movement at the local, state and national levels. Biographies and more information about inductees can be found on the National 4-H Hall of Fame website.
About the 4-H Youth Development Program
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across America annually with research based programs in leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. For over 100 years, 4-H has connected the science, engineering and technology innovations of land-grant universities to local youth and families. 4-H National Headquarters at NIFA, USDA provides programmatic leadership for the U.S. 4-H Youth Development program. 4-H programs are offered in every county in the United States. For more information about 4-H, visit the national 4-H website.