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Minnesota Student Wins National 4-H Youth in Action Award and STEM Leadership Scholarship

Nicole Cash of Farmington receives $5,000 scholarship, sponsored by HughesNet®, and serves as the national 4-H youth spokesperson for STEM for 2023

CHEVY CHASE, Maryland, November 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — National 4-H Council today announced that Nicole Cash20 years, from Farmington, Minn. was named winner of the 2023 4-H Youth in Action Award for STEM sponsored by HughesNet. Cash will be nationally recognized for her leadership in applying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to improve people’s lives, which began when she led her robotics team in the development of a Power Wheels ride-on car modified for a toddler who is unable to walk. It inspired Cash to help his high school robotics team start their own chapter of the Kids Mobility Project. Come on baby come on!build more devices and create online resources so others can build even more.

Launched in 2010, the 4-H Youth in Action Awards, sponsored in part by HughesNetrecognize 4-H members who have applied knowledge gained in 4-H to create lasting impact in their communities while overcoming personal barriers.

As a national winner, Cash will have an exciting year telling her 4-H story, inspiring other youth and celebrating her leadership. She also receives a $5,000 a graduate scholarship and opportunities to showcase your story nationally, network with prominent 4-H alumni and HughesNet leaders, and be the official spokesperson for 4-H youth for STEM.

“4-H has given me the confidence to develop and hone my leadership skills, which has allowed me to lead the creation of something that truly makes a difference,” said Nicole Cash, Youth in Action Award Winner, STEM. “My experience in 4-H inspired me to help my team create their own chapter so robotics teams can build similar devices that solve problems affecting their communities.”

Working with his Minnesota Extension 4-H club, Cash found a passion for teaching and the outdoors, as well as acceptance as an LGBTQ youth. His involvement in 4-H has given Cash the confidence and skills to lead his robotics team, known as “Rogue”, to create an affordable, personalized mobility device for toddlers from of a Power Wheels car. She then helped the team launch their own chapter of the Children’s Mobility Project Come on baby come on!the first in the Midwest, and has hosted workshops and resources for other robotics teams – producing 27 of the devices nationwide so far.

“Nicole has made a significant contribution to supporting the independence of young people with disabilities through robotics and engineering. She exemplifies what it means to be a STEM steward and a pillar in your community,” said Pierre Gulla, Senior Vice President, Hughes. “Enabling internet access for people everywhere is core to our mission at Hughes. We are thrilled to recognize Nicole for her accomplishments in ensuring children of all abilities can live more accessible lives.”

Cash is one of four pillar winners of the 2023 4-H Youth in Action Award, including Matias Habib of Illinois (Agriculture), Norah Carter of Pennsylvania (Healthy lifestyle)and Sruthi Sudarsan of California (civic engagement). The announcement was made during National 4-H Week, held October 2-8 to celebrate and highlight the opportunities and impact that 4-H provides to youth across the country.

“We are proud to honor our 2023 Youth in Action Fellows, a group of exceptional young people who have overcome obstacles and made an incredible impact in their communities through Cooperative Extension’s 4-H programs,” said Jennifer SirangeloPresident and CEO, National 4-H Council. “By empowering these young people who stand out and fostering their skills to effect change, they can in turn inspire thousands of other young people who want to make a difference. When given the tools they need to lead, 4-Hs like Matias, Sruthi, Norah and Nicole become the next generation of changemakers in their communities and for our country.”

Cash specializes in ecology and outdoor recreation at University of Northern Michigan and hopes to pursue a career as a conservation naturalist.

To learn more about the HughesNet-sponsored 4-H Youth in Action Awards, and to see other pillar winners from across the country, visit the 4-H website: www.4-h.org/youthinaction.


4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, trains confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for the careers of tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly six million young people across the United States through experiences that build essential life skills. 4-H is our country’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA youth development program, serving every county and parish in the United States through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3,000 local offices of extension. Globally, 4-H works with independent programs to empower one million young people in 50 countries. The research-backed 4-H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; twice as likely to make healthier choices; twice as likely to be civically active; and twice as likely to participate in STEM programs.

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