Hope springs eternally
A 4-H’er who has been frequently mentored by Linda Semon, an A&T Extension 4-H program associate working in Yancey County, was one of 21 North Carolinians presented the state’s highest award for volunteer service by Governor Pat McCrory at a ceremony at the State Capital on May 5. While there were several recipients in corporate, individual, senior and lifetime achievement categories, Hope Milbry Robinson of Burnsville was the only recipient of the Governor’s Medallion Award honored as a youth volunteer for 2015. Robinson has been active in 4-H for 11 years, and many of her qualifications for the Governor’s Medallion Award were assembled through her participation in 4-H Teens Reaching Youth, 4-H healthy living and other local and statewide 4-H programs and activities. Robinson is a “Gold Level” 4-H Ambassador, and contributed 290 hours of volunteer service during the 2013-14 school year alone. She has served as a 4-H officer at club, county and district levels. The Yancey County Farm-City Youth Award for 2014, and the 2014 State NC 4-H Youth Volunteer Award both went to Hope Robinson. She also volunteers her own time and helped coordinate events and activities for other youth volunteers with GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program), the Humane Society and the Yancey County Library.
Dr. Ellen Smoak, interim associate administrator and a regional coordinator for the A&T Extension Program, says that “Hope has blossomed over the years into an amazing young woman. 4-H and Linda’s guidance have been instrumental in her development.”