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Sierra Stensrud from Montello was recently named the 4-H Columbia County Key Award winner for 2017.

CONTRIBUTED/Columbia County UW-Extension

Sierra Stendsrud, of rural Montello and a Portage High School senior, has been selected as the Columbia County, Wisconsin 4-H Key Award winner for the 2017 4-H year.

The prestigious 4-H Key Award, one of the highest recognitions a 4-H member can receive, honors a select group of 4-H participants annually. The youth receiving this award are those individuals who have demonstrated consistent growth in their 4-H involvement, developed and applied their leadership skills, and actively participated in their 4-H club and their community.

According to Columbia County 4-H Youth Development Program Assistant, Pat Wagner, this year’s winner exemplifies the goals and values of the Wisconsin 4-H Program. To date, Stensrud’s nine-year 4-H career has included the following: participating with members of the Dekorra Rocketeers 4-H club; completing 4-H project work in a variety of areas, including poultry where she has participated at the state level through Avian Bowl as well as with the county level Poultry Service Learning Project; serving a term on the Columbia County 4-H Ambassador team; and traveling to Washington, D.C. as a part of the Citizenship Washington Focus educational travel opportunity.

4-H Key Award recipients are high school students with at least three years of experience in 4-H and one year as a youth leader. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau and Rural Mutual Insurance Company sponsor the Wisconsin 4-H Key Award program. They have sponsored these awards for over 25 years, helping 4-H to honor some of Wisconsin’s finest youth.