Joy Park, of Hanna, Duchesne County, was named one of 12 4-H Presidential Award winners at the National 4-H Congress in Chicago Dec. 3. The award includes a $1,500 scholarship and a silver tray presented in the name of President Bush.
Park says she graduated from a Tabiona High School class of 13, but her 4-H programs have given her a world perspective."My 4-H projects have taken me to Washington, D.C., three times and indirectly helped me get to Europe last summer. I have learned many skills through my projects, but one of the best lessons has been that you can be from a small town and still be successful on a national or international level," Park said.
"People have always had faith in me since I started in 4-H when I was 9. I remember assistant state 4-H leader John Paul Murphy telling me when he first saw me that he thought I could be a state ambassador. Seven years later it happened," Park said.
In addition to her $1,500 scholarship from the Reader's Digest Foundation, Park won another $1,500 scholarship earlier in the week from the Firestone Trust Fund for her 4-H leadership program.
According to Scott McKendrick, state 4-H leader at Utah State University, the Presidential Award is a great honor for Park and the state.
Park, 18, is a freshman at Ricks College, working on an associate degree in journalism. She says she plans to finish in April and then go on to Utah State University to major in journalism and possibly German.
"I have been really excited about getting back to Europe and eventually working with international programs. I was there last year when the Berlin Wall was still up and now I want to go back to see how things have changed," Park said.
This summer, she plans to join a study abroad program that will take her through several European countries.