ALBANY — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties’ 4-H Youth Development educators, Margaret Smith and Andrew Randazzo, have each been recognized with state and national awards that were presented at the recent New York State Association of Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Educators annual conference as well as the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents annual conference.
Randazzo was recognized with the state Special Service Award. This award recognizes members of the professional association who have developed a new technique in programming, worked successfully with new audiences, and/or have been innovative in utilizing resources, people and situations. The individual must have been a member of the association for one to five years.
He was nominated for this award by 4-H Issue Leader, Linda Tripp, who also received letters of recommendation from Leslie Reed, Friends of Clermont; Debbie Valerio, Windham, Ashland, Jewett Central School; Ingrid Hill, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County; Amy Hilliard, Country Cousins 4-H Club; Patricia Goodwin, Chatham Central School; Jane Miller, Friends of Lindenwald; and Marilyn Wyman, Natural Resources and the Environment Issue Leader for CCE Columbia and Greene.
Smith has been honored with awards at the state, regional and national level. She was recognized at the regional level as part of a team who created the 4-H Safe Space logo in the Communicator Awards category of Promotional Piece Team. Smith was also part of the team recognized at the state level in the Specialty Awards category of Excellence in Teamwork for the Capital District Tractor Safety Certification Program.
She received the national Achievement in Service Award which recognizes members of the national association who have been creative and innovative in programming efforts with demonstrated results. They must have been a member of the association for three to seven years.
She was nominated for this award by 4-H Issue Leader, Linda Tripp, who received letters of recommendation from Lisa Lafferty, Farm Friends 4-H Club; Chrys Nestle, CCE Washington County; Beth St. Clair Bedell, Questar III; Deborah Grusenmeyer, Sr. Extension Associate, Cornell University; Catherine Annese, Flora and Fauna 4-H Club; and Emily Ooms, 4-H Alumni and Cornell University student.