Penn State Extension-Chester County and Chester County 4-H have announced the winner of the 2013 Chester County Spirit of 4-H Award.

This year’s winner is Madeline Martin of West Grove. An active 4-H member for 11 years, she has distinguished herself as a teen leader, participating in county, state and national leadership activities. She served as 4-H camp counselor for the 4-H residential summer camp, as well as several other science and enrichment camps this summer. Madeline also represented Chester County this past spring at the national 4-H conference in Washington, D.C.  Most recently, Madeline earned eligibility at Penn State’s 4-H Achievement Days to compete at the national level with her turkey barbeque/avian bowl project.

Originally a club award of the Saddle Up 4-H Horse and Pony Club, the Spirit of 4-H Award gained county recognition in 2007 when it expanded eligibility to include all county 4-H members. With the support of the 4-H Advisory Committee, the Spirit of 4-H Award has been presented to one deserving Chester County 4-H member at the annual 4-H Fair each August.

This year, four additional 4-H members were recognized with Certificates of Achievement for their leadership contributions to their individual 4-H clubs.  Alex DiJoseph of Coatesville, a member of Clever Clovers 4-H and the Robotics Club; Lydia Lion of Coatesville, a nine-year member of Gum Tree 4-H Horse Club and a State 4-H Council member; Lead Changers 4-H Club’s Jessica Petree of Cochranville, and Brianna Titi of Reinholds, Pa., a member of the Pony Tails 4-H Horse Club, all received honorable mention recognition.

More information about Penn State Extension and the 4-H program is as www.extension.psu.edu.