LOGAN — Not everyone can be a leader, but when a young person, such as Ryan Patton emerges, they are destined to do wonderful things for themselves and their community.
Patton, a recent Logan High School graduate, was recognized at the state level for his many accomplishments while in 4-H.
He is the son of Gerald and Crystal Patton, a member of The Purple Clovers 4-H Club, and received the Ohio 4-H Achievement Award for Community Service during an award’s ceremony at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Wednesday, June 5.
Patton received the competitive award based on his 4-H achievement record, which includes career accomplishments in the following categories: Citizenship and Community Service Award (trip award) and Rabbit Achievement (first runner up).
Patton’s community service record includes leadership or participation in the following areas: river clean up, supply drive for a homeless shelter, supply drive for the dog shelter, community dances, and traveling to Washington, D.C. to represent Hocking County 4-H in Citizenship and Community Service activities.
As the state winner, Patton will receive an all-expense paid trip to the National 4-H Congress, which will be held in Atlanta, Georgia for a week in November. “Go Beyond” is the theme and it is a perfect description of Patton’s past and future.
“Ryan has been an outstanding 4-H member and leader! Everyone associated with 4-H in Hocking County is very proud of his accomplishments,” stated Joyce Shriner, retired 4-H Educator with OSU Extension, Hocking County.
States have a competitive process to determine who gets to be the representative at 4-H Congress each year. According to the 4-H Congress website, this event has been a “premier, nationwide opportunity for 4-H members across the country for over 99 years.”
When the members attend, they are involved in workshops, activities with other 4-Hers from around the country and they get to listen to “world renowned guest speakers.”
Patton is continuing his community leadership efforts here in Logan this summer by organizing and hosting a benefit on Saturday, July 6 to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association.
The event is being held at the Hocking County Fairgrounds from 12 to 2 p.m. More information can be obtained by calling Patton at 740-603-8769.