Mark Manno inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame

Mark Manno Portrait
Mark Manno

The National 4-H Hall of Fame posthumously inducted Mark Manno, former 4-H program leader at the University of Delaware, for his lifetime achievements and contributions, which impacted thousands of youth and families across the state. Manno’s career and service was well known on campus and throughout Delaware during his four decades with Cooperative Extension.

“Mark was a one-of-a-kind, outgoing individual with a huge heart and passion for youth and the 4-H program,” said UD Cooperative Extension director Michelle Rodgers. “His legacy continues through the ongoing programs, contacts and networks that he helped establish. He is an eternal part of Delaware 4-H’s DNA.”

Manno was one of only 15 people across the country welcomed to the prestigious club during the 2018 ceremony at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Mark’s wife Sandy, of Newark, Delaware, along with his sons Tony and Mark and daughter Nikki Szymurski accepted the recognition. Manno is only the eighth Delaware inductee.

“The loss of our dad was not just a loss for our family, but a loss to the entire 4-H community,” Nikki said. “However, his legacy lives on, not only in the enduring programs he created, but in the people he inspired along the way.”

4-H, the largest youth program in the country, is supported through land grant institutions such as UD. Carried out via Cooperative Extension, the 4-H Youth Development program provides experiences for young people, including in-school and afterschool programing, special events, and day and overnight camps. 4-H’s experiential project areas include health, science, agriculture and citizenship to name a few. Thanks in large part to Manno’s abilities and dedication, Delaware rose to the most youth per capita involved in 4-H of any state.  >>>> Continue reading on UDaily!

Delaware delegation at National 4-H Hall of Fame honoring Mark Manno
At the 4-H Hall of Fame award ceremony, Mark’s Manno family (seated) is surrounded by former and current Cooperative Extension staff and volunteers from across the state of Delaware. From left to right seated: Mark Manno’s son, Mark, wife Sandy, daughter Nikki and son Tony.