The state's highest 4-H award was recently awarded to Rachel Miller of Benton.
Miller, along with 19 other 4-H members from across the state, was honored for lifetime 4-H achievements. Miller was awarded $1,000 and also received a Legacy of Leadership Scholarship and the Experience Award. Her winnings added up to $2,000 in scholarships.
As a first generation 4-H member, Miller was mentored by an older member who helped her step out of her shell and get involved in a variety of things on the local level. As Miller grew older, she stepped up her involvement, becoming a member of the Speaking for Illinois 4-H roster and participating in Legislative Connection at the State Capitol. From there, she was selected as a delegate to National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C., and worked on a briefing for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency.
During high school, she took a nursing assistant class and had rotations at a nursing facility. Her 4-H club began volunteering at the facility a few times a year to both aid the residents and teach the younger members the importance of respecting elders. Miller is currently a student at St. Louis University, on her way to a medical degree. She is a past winner of the Illinois 4-H LCP Award.