First new 4-H scholarship awarded

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The first Hugh Mitchell — Western Fair 4-H Endowment Fund Scholarship has been awarded to Emily Duenk of Denfield.

Duenk is pursuing her Masters of Science in the Plant Science department at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown campus. She was recognized for her involvement in several initiatives that demonstrate unique collaborations within 4-H, her school, and the community. In particular, Emily has excelled at showing and raising beef cattle. She enjoys assist- ing younger 4-H members in learning the skills required to raise cattle and show them to their advantage in the show ring.

The $2,500 scholarship was established this past year and is awarded to an existing or former 4-H member from Middlesex County, between 17 and 21 years of age, who are exemplary in their demonstrations of the 4-H pledge.

The scholarship is named in honour of former Western Fair Association CEO Hugh Mitchell, himself a graduate of the University of Guelph, in recognition of his lifetime achievements relating to rural-urban relationships.

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