Outstanding youth receives 4-H Premier’s Award


Seventeen-year-old Jess Verstappen has been selected by 4-H Alberta to receive its highest honour. The grade 12 student from High Prairie, AB was chosen from among the province’s top senior 4-H members as the Premier’s Award Recipient during the 57th 4-H Alberta Selections Event, held at Olds College recently. Jess Verstappen is a member of the Coyote Acres 4-H Club; Jess’ 4-H projects include: small engines, market steer, ewe lamb, mature ewe, market lamb, and light horse; and her hobbies include: rodeo, horse riding and helping out on the farm.

“It’s youth like Jess who are continuing to shape our thriving agriculture industry through their dedication to 4-H and their rural communities. I congratulate her for her hard work and achievements.”

- Dave Hancock, Premier of Alberta

In addition to announcing the 4-H Premier’s Award Recipient, 14 senior 4-H delegates were named as 4-H Alberta Ambassadors to promote 4-H and youth involvement in Alberta. 4-H Alberta has also selected educational events and conferences throughout Canada and the United States.

“As the longest-running youth organization in our province, 4-H is part of our province’s strong agricultural foundation and ensures our helping shape our future rural leaders.

Congratulations to Jess and the 2014 ambassadors for their exemplary leadership and commitment to

4-H and their communities.”  Verlyn Olson, Minister, Agriculture and Rural Development

The winner of the prestigious award represents 4-H Alberta at various regional and agricultural events throughout the year and will also have the opportunity to meet with the Premier and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

A complete list of ambassadors and winners is available on the Agriculture and Rural Development website.

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