A Kendall County 4-H member recently claimed the top award for her work in the veterinary science project area. Lydia Oker was presented a $200 cash prize during a ceremony held Saturday, Oct. 5 in Champaign.

Lydia’s project work centers on vet and animal science, including cats, poultry, swine, and rabbits. She is a youth ambassador for the Illinois Pork Producers. She advocates for livestock and 4-H as a member of the Livestock Ambassador Team at events, including the state fair and 4-H Legislative Connection. 

“4-H is a very supportive and enriching program. I have been able to grow and learn in 4-H. I have met people from all over the country. I have been given opportunities to participate in many events and programs which I know will help me down the road.” 

She plans to pursue a career in the swine industry, she said, perhaps as a global export coordinator who oversees global breeding and genetic interests.

The Auxiliary to the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association sponsors the award.

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