Joy Sparks Spirit of 4-H Award Winner Announced



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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Joy Sparks Award Spirit of 4-H Award Winner Announced


Maureen Ernst was honored as the fourth recipient of the “Joy Sparks Spirit of 4-H Award,” as New Castle County 4-H Club held their annual Achievement Banquet at Kirk Middle School on Thursday, October 11, 2012. The dinner and awards ceremony were attended by nearly 100 active 4-Her’ers, and Mallory Vogl, 4-H Extension Educator.

The Joy Sparks Spirit of 4-H Award recognizes outstanding individuals who exhibit enthusiasm, dedication, and exemplify 4-H Spirit and Values. The award is named in memory of 4-H State Program Leader, Joy Sparks, who died February 17, 2009.

Vogl describes, “Ernst is a person who goes above and beyond in continuing to serve the 4-H community. She definitely carries out activities like Joy representing the four 4-H ideals: heads, hearts, hands and health.”  Maureen is a mother of four and all of her children are either current or past members of 4-H. Maureen has been involved in 4-H for about 14 years and is currently the organizational leader of the 4-H Club Future Discovery Team. Over the years, she has assisted in many committees and 4-H events. Recently, with the help of leader Robyn Hunter, the two have created the NCC 4-H Garden Club. The club has flourished with the help and direction of Carrie Murphy, NCC Horticulture Agent, and the NCC Master Gardener volunteers. In addition, Maureen also spends many summer hours volunteering with the 4-H garden at Nemours. “All of that combined makes Maureen a perfect fit for this award. New Castle County is truly honored to have a volunteer who represents and leads as wonderfully as Maureen does”, Vogl stated.

4-H is the world’s largest youth group, teaching leadership, creativity and other life skills. 4-Hers participate in many events, contest and project areas. Delaware 4-H is a nonprofit organization that does not discriminate against sex, race or religion. The New Castle County 4-H and Youth Development program is just one of the many programs offered by the University of Delaware’s New Castle County Cooperative Extension Office. For more information, visit: or contact the office at 302-831-2506.