These members are experiencing all 4-H offers

Illinois 4-H challenges youth to try new things, experiment in project areas that interest them, and explore opportunities around the state and country. The 4-H Experience Award recognizes youth who excel in that challenge. The award is sponsored by the Illinois 4-H Foundation.

“We celebrate youth whose 4-H experiences have expanded outside their home county to the state, national, or international level,” said Lisa Diaz, University of Illinois Extension assistant dean and Illinois 4-H director.


Youth earning the two highest levels, diamond and emerald, are recognized at the state level. The individual winners in each category include:

Diamond Level Community service Award

Elaine Miller, Hamilton County


Diamond Level Leadership Award

Emma Hawkinson, Knox County; Ariana Ramos, Grundy County; Kaylee Ramos, Grundy County; Matthew Rich, LaSalle County; Mia Truhlar, Grundy County.



Diamond Level Project Learning Award

Kaylie Adams, Union County; Kimberly Adams, Union County; Dale Cain, Knox County; Remington Curry, Pope County; Avery Edler, Will County; Dalton Engel, Knox County; Palin Goebel, Grundy County; Zita Goebel, Grundy County; Savannah Meadows, Massac County; Vivienne Pratt, Livingston County; Elizabeth Rich, Shelby County; Jordyn Swinford, Pope County; Maelin Walker, Union County.


Emerald Level Community Service Award

Courtney Lynn, Danielle Lynn, Maddi Jo Maxwell, Kate Miller and Camryn Parker of Hamilton County.



Emerald Level Leadership Award

Marie Barnickel, Lee County; Elizabeth Berberich, DuPage County; Lauren Brademas, Champaign County; Brayden Caraynoff-Huber, Kendall County; Amie Case, Mariah Conaway, Mercer County; Lee County; Taylor Crouch, Macon County; Anna Curley, McDonough County; Erin Curley, McDonough County; Sarah Darnell, Hamilton County; Jillian Donkle, Grundy County; Katelyn Engel, Knox County; Caleb Grover, Christian County; Braylee Gilmore, Macoupin County; Julian Heidrich, Kendall County; Sofie Heidrich, Kendall County; Alexandria Helling, Macoupin County; Logan Helling, Macoupin County; Kate Henkel, Woodford County; Emma Hughes, Montgomery County; Michael Hoxie, Grundy County; Anthony Joiner, Macoupin County; Saralynn Joiner, Macoupin County; Anthony Kreke, Effingham County; Libby Larking, Livingston County;


Anabelle Lee, Coles County; Mindy Leek, Pulaski County; Lauren Mohr, McLean County; Katherine Mueller, Peoria County; Lydia Oker, Kendall County; Caitlyn Richards, Hamilton County; Josh Rossi, Grundy County; Delaney Smith, Champaign County; Shealee Swisher, Jackson County; Ciera Terry, Pulaski County; Sara Timm, Marion County; Jacob Truhlar, Grundy County; Nalia Warmack, Grundy County; Ava Winternheimer, Hamilton County; Rachel Wolff, Macoupin County;



Emerald Level Project Learning Award


Hannah Barger, Pope County; Callysta Borders, Union County; Abagayle Britton, Pulaski County; Kevin Britton, Pulaski County; Morgan Crouch, Macon County; Tyler Deien, Clinton County; Ashton Dillow, Pulaski County; Alexander Ford, DuPage County; Alexander Ford, DuPage County; Elizabeth Franzen, Kendall County; Justin Irwin, Boone County; Lillian Kennedy, Ogle County; Erin Kistner; Montgomery County; Kendall Knodle, Montgomery Country; Kierstan Lampe, Clinton County; Hannah Maher, Knox County; Gabriel Pauline, Macoupin; Garrett Pratt, Livingston; Emily Reppy, Kendall County; Sydney Reppy, Kendall County; Hannah Rossi, Grundy County; Leah Rossi, Grundy County; Sarah Rossi, Grundy County; Abigail Rozanas, Boone County; Alaina Smith, Randolph; Chase Smith, Randolph County; Riley Smith, Randolph County; Blake Twenhafel, Clinton County; Eiralys Unzicker; Elowyn Unzicker; Evan Unzicker; Shiloh Willis; Lucas Wolff; Dylan Zwilling.





About 4-H: Illinois 4-H prepares and empowers youth for success. University of Illinois Extension provides 4-H programs in every county in Illinois. Illinois 4-H impacts the lives of 200,000 youth each year through sustained learning clubs and groups and short-term programming.


About Illinois 4-H Foundation: The Illinois 4-H Foundation’s mission is to build a relationship to generate financial resources for Illinois 4-H. Funding from individual donors, our Illinois 4-H Project Partners, companies, and friends of Illinois 4-H help the Foundation support statewide programming initiatives along with scholarships, assistance to National events, grant opportunities, Teens as Teachers and assists us in filling funding gaps.


For Further Information Contact:

Source: Angie Barnard, Director, Illinois 4-H Foundation, 217-333-9295

Source: Dr. Lisa Diaz, Assistant Dean & Director 4-H Youth Development, 217-333-0910

News Writer: Katie Duitsman, Illinois 4-H Leadership & Recognition Specialist, 217-333-0910