WILTON – The Franklin County Extension Association announced that Mt. Blue High School senior Kyrie Harnden of Wilton has been chosen to receive the 4-H Annual Award. This award is given to a 4-H member who has demonstrated the character and life skills that 4-H promotes, and who will pursue further education after high school. Harnden has been a member of the Dandy Crafters 4-H Club for 10 years. She plans to attend college and to become a registered nurse.
“4-H has developed me into the person I have always wanted to be,” Harnden said. Her work in many diverse projects (from the arts and music to fitness and health) show her progress. She has held many leadership positions in the Dandy Crafters over the years, and has helped her club to achieve many community service awards. She was a delegate to the Citizen Washington D.C. Focus in 2012.
In addition to 4-H, Kyrie has been very active at Mt. Blue High School in Jazz Band, choir, Interact Club and varsity track, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She plays field hockey and basketball, and has taken dance lessons for more than 10 years. The Franklin County Fiddlers and the Old Crow Indian Band benefit from her membership.Harnden has participated in two mission trips to Nicaragua. Whatever the need, she is always ready to help her family and the community at large.
The Franklin County Extension Association supports the work of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Franklin County. 4-H is one of the association’s important programs, providing hands-on background in agriculture, community service, science and technology. For more information about 4-H, contact the Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-287-1478.
The association is giving its award for the first time this spring and intends to make this award an annual event. While a portion of the award will be taken from operating expense, the association seeks donations in any amount from community members to enrich its Award Fund. Donations can be sent to the Franklin County Extension Association, 138 Pleasant St., Farmington, Maine 04938.