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Thursday, August 4, 2022
Cotton County 4-H'er Takes Top Honor at State 4-H Roundup
When Zach Wagner was younger, he heard the quote, “The only thing limiting yourself is yourself.” It didn’t mean much to him until he started down his 4-H path. What a journey that has been, culminating in receiving the highest award a club member can achieve on the state level.

The Cotton County 4-H’er was inducted into the Oklahoma 4-H Hall of Fame at the Honors Night Assembly during the 101st State 4-H Roundup at Oklahoma State University. In addition, he received the Ira Hollar Advanced Leadership Scholarship. This $1,200 scholarship is sponsored by the Ira Hollar Endowment. He also received the $1,200 Rule of Law Graduating Senior Scholarship sponsored by the Rule of Law Endowment.

A self-described shy, keep-to-himself kind of kid, Wagner said his life began to change when he joined 4-H.    
“I attended meetings and entered a few items into the county fair, but I wasn’t really involved in any 4-H competitions or fun activities,” he said. “When my best friend invited me to go to summer camp with him, that’s when things really changed. This opened my eyes to 4-H and made me realize that I had only opened one door to an entire world of new activities.”

He said he kept trying new things, all while keeping that quote in the back of his mind. While attending the Youth in Action Conference, he discovered he had a certain skill he could use – leadership.

“I learned I could use the abilities I was blessed with to teach people, to lead them, to care for them,” he said. “I became more and more involved and kept stretching my horizons and found a drive to keep doing activities. 4-H changed my life.”

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