Sofia Sandberg, daughter of Jennifer and Andy Sandberg, and Alan George, son of Doug and Patty George, were selected as Buffalo County’s Wisconsin 4-H Key Award winners for 2023. The prestigious Key Award, one of the highest awards a 4-H member can receive, honors only a select group of 4-H participants across the state annually. The youth receiving this award are ones who have demonstrated consistent growth in their 4-H involvement, developed and applied their leadership skills, and actively participated in the functions of their club and their community.
Sofia Sandberg is a member of the Lucky 16 4-H club and will graduate in May from Mondovi High School. She was selected for a Key Award for her outstanding accomplishments in leadership and service on the 4-H club and county level. Sandberg is currently the President of the Buffalo County 4-H Leaders Association.
Alan George is a member of the Hilltop Climbers 4-H club. In addition to serving his 4-H community club, George has been an integral youth leader in the countywide 4-H Beef project including mentoring younger members and facilitating showmanship clinics for peers. George will graduate from the Mondovi School District in May.
Annie Lisowski, 4-H Youth Development Educator, on behalf of the Buffalo County 4-H Leaders Association, presented Sofia Sandberg and Alan George with their awards on January 15, 2023, at the Buffalo County 4-H Leaders Association meeting.
Key Award recipients are high school students with at least three years of experience in 4-H and one year as a youth leader. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau and Rural Mutual Insurance Company, sponsor the Wisconsin Key Award program. They have sponsored these awards for over 25 years, helping 4-H to honor some of Wisconsin’s finest youth.