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Stevensville teen gets highest 4-H award

michael lee project playground WMichael Lee, 17, of Stevensville has become the first recipient in Queen Anne’s County of one of the highest 4-H awards — the Diamond Clover — after constructing a new playground in Centreville.

Similar to the Boy Scout Eagle Award, the Diamond Clover is given to 4-H members who have completed six levels of tasks, such as helping with community fundraisers and participating in 4-H events. For the final level, a member must organize and conduct a large-scale service project with the goal of ensuring long-lasting benefits to the community.

“The Diamond Clover Level Six Project is designed to further develop life skills in leadership,public speaking, record keeping and community service,” says Sally Rosenberry, 4-H extension program assistant, who served as Michael’s advisor during his project. “I was able to watch Michael grow in all of these areas as he worked on his … project.”

Lee redesigned the layout of the playground and led a team of volunteers last October to demolish the old playground and build a new one. The entire process took two years and cost about $22,000.

“There were a few ideas in the works, but this playground really needed to be built, and the park board wanted a new playground as well. So I decided to take up the task,” says Lee, who has been in 4-H for 11 years and is a member of the Shooting Stars club [OR Shooting Stars Club?] out of Stevensville.

“The playground that he created at the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park will benefit the community for years to come,” Rosenberry says. “He has set the bar high for future Queen Anne’s County 4-H’ers who will complete their Diamond Clover Level Six Projects in the future.”

Michael, a student at Wye River Upper School, is relieved the project is finished but feels good about what he has accomplished.

“I am extremely proud of what I have done and feel great [knowing that] kids will have a new place to play now that the playground is up,” he says.

By Alexis Pecknay

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