For the 12th consecutive year, Hoosier Ag Today has awarded a scholarship to a high achieving Indiana 4-H member for their communications skills. Presented at the Scholarship Recognition Luncheon at the 2017 Indiana 4-H Congress, the award was made to Crystal Xue of Hamilton County. She is a senior at Carmel High School who plans on a career in public service. Xue was the 2016 Public Speaking Achievement Award winner in Hamilton County and was the Professional Persuasive Presentation Sweepstakes winner at the 2016 Indiana State Fair.
Xue said good communication skills, both oral and written, are vital in both one’s personal and professional lives. She said her 4-H experience given her the chance to develop her communications skills and the self-confidence to use them. “She is a very impressive young woman who has the talent and drive to do great things,” said Gary Truitt, President of Hoosier Ag Today.
An example of how 4-H can prepare young people for later achievements was demonstrated by the keynote speaker at the luncheon, Indiana’s First Lady Janet Holcomb. Mrs. Holcomb was a 10 year, 4-H member and related how her 4-H background prepared her for her career in business and public service.
Forty-two 4-Hers received scholarships during the program, sponsored by some of Indiana’s top agribusinesses and the Indiana 4-H Foundation. The scholarship luncheon was sponsored by CountryMark and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.