MANHATTAN -- It happens once a year, yet typically reflects years of time and effort.
In announcing the 2012 state 4-H project award winners, Pam Van Horn noted that each of the recipients has demonstrated leadership, citizenship and personal growth during their 4-H career.
"Often, success in a 4-H project serves as an integral part of the foundation for their career choice or a lifelong interest," said Van Horn, who is a K-State Research and Extension state 4-H youth development specialist. She coordinated the awards program this year.
The awards will be presented at the 4-H Emerald Circle Banquet, May 31, in Manhattan. Uniontown's Cole George took honors in the horse category, a news release said.
The projects are designed to explore a variety of interests, but also reflect three core competencies integrated into 4-H programs: Science, engineering and technology; citizenship, leadership and service; and healthy living.
Thirty-one 4-H members have been tapped for the 2012 state awards, which are based on work completed in 2011; the award recipients represent 14 counties and seven extension districts.
Each state award recipient earns a commemorative project medallion and an invitation to National 4-H Congress, set for Nov. 23-27 in Atlanta, Ga. Winners also receive a $400 travel scholarship from the Kansas 4-H Foundation to help defray the cost of attending the Congress, a professional-development conference for youth.
A state project winner is eligible to earn the top award in a project one time, but may earn it for a different project during another project year. However, he or she is only eligible to attend 4-H Congress once during his or her 4-H career.
For more information, visit www.Kansas4-H.org or at each of K-State Research and Extension's county and district offices.