Washington County was honored to have four recipients of the TN VOL STATE Award. This is the highest honor a 4-H member can receive. Recognition is based on outstanding records in project achievement, leadership, citizenship and service in 4-H and to their community.
Our local inductees were Grace Kellner, Spencer Nelson, Rebecca Pearson and Jaelyn Fleenor. All are rising seniors, except Pearson, who graduated from Daniel Boone High School this year. Each one is also a 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador.
Grace Kellner also was a State Level II Winner in her portfolio project area of Food, Nutrition, Health and Fitness. This accolade also comes with a scholarship. Grace has been active in 4-H since fourth grade and has been involved in public speaking and leadership and has served as a past Honor Club 4-H President. She has served on the Appalachian Fair Youth Board, Beta Club and Student Council and soccer team at Daniel Boone High School.
Spencer Nelson is very active in 4-H and has been recently elected to the TN State 4-H Council as a Senior Representative. His major projects in 4-H are personal development and citizenship. During camp and our Healthy Living Retreats, he led the flag retirement ceremonies. Besides 4-H he is also an Eagle Scout and enjoys playing basketball and piano.
Rebecca Pearson was the 2022 4-H Washington County Honor Club President and has served as an Eastern Region Officer. While at 4-H Round-Up, Rebecca received the 4-H Tennessee Farm Bureau Health Plans Scholarship to help pursue her career in the medical field. Leadership and personal development are her main 4-H projects, but she was also involved in HOSA, BETA and NHS clubs while attending Boone. She enjoyed that 4-H allows you to meet new people and to be a life-long learner.
Jaelyn Fleenor attends Science Hill High School. She began her 4-H career in Ohio as part of the Cloverbud program. Once in Tennessee, she quickly became an Honor Club Member and then All Stars. Her main project is photography. Last year she was the State Level I winner for her portfolio. Jaelyn has also served as an Appalachian Fair Youth Board Member. She is proud to be a member of her schools JROTC program and participates in Wreaths Across America yearly.
Washington County 4-H is fortunate to have a strong group of young people serving in a leadership capacity. Please salute and congratulate these young people for their accomplishments.