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Ohio's state 4-H program earns $20,000 for raising 17,778 hands through online voting.

June 14, 2018

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FIRST PLACE: Ohio 4-H finished in first place in the Raise Your Hand competition with 17,778 4-H alumni hands raised.mangostock/Getty Images

For the second year in a row, Ohio 4-H alumni and friends brought home the $20,000 first prize to their local 4-H programs in the National 4-H Council’s Raise Your Hand competition. Ohio raised nearly 18,000 hands through online voting.

With all 50 states participating through online voting, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., Ohio 4-H finished in first place with 17,778 hands raised.

Runners-up were Nebraska 4-H (14,115) in second place and Kansas 4-H (10,020) in third place.

Ohio 4-H is the statewide youth development program of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

“I’ve said that the lyrics of ‘Carmen Ohio,’ the alma mater of Ohio State University, truly live within our community of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences,” says Cathann Kress, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and the dean of CFAES. “‘Time and change will surely show how firm thy friendship,’ applies to our 4-H alumni and supporters as well. I consider 4-H to be the first CFAES class youth can take — and am proud that Ohio 4-H once again will benefit due to the overwhelming support of our loyal community,” Kress says. “Thank you all for your dedication and support of our 4-H youth.”

Ohio’s 2018 total "hands raised" eclipsed last year’s winning tally of 11,811 votes. Unlike last year, when Ohio led gate to wire, the Buckeyes found themselves neck and neck with Nebraska 4-H. Leading up to the last week of the 2018 contest, Nebraska was ahead by 83 votes. In come-from-behind fashion, the Buckeyes doubled their hands raised in the last week to secure the $20,000 for hands-on learning experiences.

4-H, the largest youth development program in the nation, called on alumni and friends to raise their hands to help bring 4-H to 10 million youth by 2025. Currently, 4-H empowers nearly 6 million young people in every county across America, including 156,000 4-Hers in Ohio.

Source: OSUE

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