"Because of 4-H, I can ..."

Lily Putkela, 12, winner of the 4-H Mark of Excellence Award for Lake County, meets with the Lake County Board of Commissioners to present her essay on what 4-H means to her. Lily is one of 20 youths throughout the state honored with this 4-H award. (Courtesy/Lake County 4-H)

Lily Putkela, 12, winner of the 4-H Mark of Excellence Award for Lake County, meets with the Lake County Board of Commissioners to present her essay on what 4-H means to her. Lily is one of 20 youths throughout the state honored with this 4-H award. (Courtesy/Lake County 4-H)

Lily Putkela, 12, winner of the 4-H Mark of Excellence Award for Lake County, meets with the Lake County Board of Commissioners to present her essay on what 4-H means to her. Lily is one of 20 youths throughout the state honored with this 4-H award. (Courtesy/Lake County 4-H)