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The Key Award, the highest award a 4-H member can receive, recognizes 4-H members who have achieved significant
leadership at the club, community and state levels. The Key Award is a prestigious award rewarding 4-H members for their hard work and accomplishments as well as the contribution they have made to the overall 4-H program.
The objective of the Key Award is to encourage the growth of Missouri youth in the areas of leadership, community service and project excellence.
Kirsten Shramek, an 11-year member of the Spring Branch Helping Hands 4-H Club, in Lincoln County, received this award. She was recognized at the Missouri 4-H Foundation Scholarship and Awards Banquet held at the Columbia Expo Center in Columbia, Mo. on September 20.
Holding every office in her club and several offices in the Lincoln County 4-H Teen Leaders, Kirsten has been an active 4-H’er. She has also served as reporter for the Lincoln County 4-H Council and has served as reporter for the Lincoln County 4-H Council and has served on the Missouri State 4-H Council as a representative for the East Central Region. Kirsten has been active in community service projects such as the annual American Red Cross Blood drive, 8-Hour Food Drive for the local food pantry, and Bell-Ringing for the Salvation Army. This past year, Kirsten not only participated in seven 4-H project areas such as International Foods and Swine, she volunteered as a project leader in photography. Her 4-H experiences have also included helping to organize officer training for the county and leading judging clinics in the local clubs.