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Clay County volunteer receives statewide honors

Danielle Holmes from Clay County has received the Minnesota 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year Award.

Danielle has empowered youth to conduct meetings more independently, deliver public presentations, and lead community service projects. As a 4-H Engineering Design Challenge coach, she encouraged youth to come up with their own designs and used open-ended questions to guide youth in discovering their own solutions.

Lisa Kasson-Bauer, 4-H Program Coordinator in Clay County, said that "Danielle has a gift for giving youth information and presenting it in a way that makes them curious and willing to explore. She uses her organizational skills, science education and work experience to the benefit of youth in Clay County. Her efforts have helped numerous 4-H'ers gain knowledge and experience in STEM, leadership and civic engagement."

Danielle was chosen by a panel of judges from an outstanding list of nominees. Next she will be considered for a regional award and, if selected, a national volunteerism award as well.

The National 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer Awards recognizes 4-H volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to 4-H. Each year state 4-H programs can nominate up to two outstanding individual volunteers to receive the award, which recognizes outstanding volunteers with fewer than 10 years of experience.

Becky Harrington
Director of volunteer systems
Minnesota 4-H

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