New York State 4-H'er Clyde Van Dyke named 2019 Youth in Action NATIONAL WINNER
New York State 4‑H’er Clyde Van Dyke was honored at the 4‑H Legacy Awards as the NATIONAL 4‑H YOUTH IN ACTION AWARD winner. At a young age, Clyde was told that he would likely not graduate high school or become successful. He was introduced to 4‑H through the Tech Wizards program, which changed his life in drastic ways by introducing him to his passion for STEM and provided him with the support he needed to develop confidence. Clyde is passionate about using technology to spark community change!
With this honor, Clyde will receive an additional $5,000 scholarship (for a $10,000 total award) and will serve as an ambassador for 4-H at events throughout the country for the next year, while he attends college at SUNY Delhi in pursuit of a degree in Digital Forensics.
Along with Clyde (STEM), 3 other youth were honored for their work in individual pillars. Addy Battel (Michigan) for Agriculture, Mason McClintock (Georgia) for Civic Engagement, and Elizabeth Watkins (California) for Healthy Living.
The 10th Annual Legacy Awards event also honored for alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Award: Honorable Cathy McMorris Rodgers, two-time Triple Crown race horse trainer Bob Baffert, United States Air Force Colonel Ericka Flanigan, and IndyCar Series driver Charlie Kimball.
The event raised more than $1.1 million dollars for 4-H programs across the nation.