Louisiana Local Volunteer Earns 4-H Regional Salute To Excellence Award

CHEVY CHASE, MD – The National 4-H Council, along with 4-H National Headquarters, NIFA and USDA, has awarded Carolyn Whisonant Lang with the 2015 Salute to Excellence Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award in the South Region.

         Lang, who lives in Winn Parish, LA, was chosen for the award over candidates from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and the Virgin Islands.

         This prestigious award is presented annually to the volunteer in the region who has dedicated more than 10 years of their life to working with youth and exhibits exceptional commitment and contributions to 4-H and the community.

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         As the winner, Lang will receive a customized plaque, a donation in her name to the 4-H Club of her choice and nationwide recognition from National 4-H Council.

         Involved in 4-H for more than 38 years, first as a club member and now as a leader, Lang brought the same principles in leadership that she attained as a club member to her new role leading Winn Parish 4-H. She motivates and teaches youth in their project work and community service activities, challenging them in a way that promotes positive decision-making.

         Lang is a dedicated role model and outstanding role model for 4-H members and other youth in the region. Her tireless efforts have earned her numerous awards in Winn Parish and throughout Louisiana, culminating in her induction into the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame in 2013.

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          “The Salute to Excellence is the greatest honor that 4-H gives to our volunteers in the field, and none in the region were more deserving this year than Carolyn Whisonant Lang,” Jennifer Sirangelo, CEO & president of National 4-H Council, said. “She has dedicated her life to helping 4-H grow confident, capable and caring kids with the life skills to thrive in today’s world, and she continues to positively influence the lives of our youth.”

         Lang is now a finalist, along with three other candidates from across the country, to win the Salute to Excellence National Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award. Announced in the beginning of April, the winner will receive a trophy, have their name added to the National 4-H Salute to Excellence wall in the lobby of National 4-H Youth Conference Center, receive another cash prize to donate to the 4-H Club of his/her choosing and be honored at a reception in Washington D.C.

         Gene and Sharon Swackhamer established the Salute to Excellence Volunteer Award to emphasize the important work of 4-H volunteers across America. The awards, made possible by generous funding from Monsanto Company, recognize 4-H volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to 4-H while promoting service through volunteerism as both an opportunity and a privilege.

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         4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people with the skills to thrive in their lives today and careers tomorrow. In the United States, 4-H programs empower more than six million young people through the 110 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. Outside the United States, independent, country-led 4-H organizations empower one million young people in more than 50 countries. The research-backed 4-H experience includes a caring adult mentor, a meaningful leadership opportunity and hands-on projects in Science, Healthy Living, Food Security and Citizenship.

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