(From left) Debra Spurling, Eat Well community education assistant; Wendy Ames and Marjorie Peronto, extension educator, pose with the 2019 Annette Valenoti Leadership in Action award that was awarded posthumously to Wendy’s mother, Jill Ames. JILL AMES PHOTO

Cooperative Extension presents leadership awards

Carla Scocchi (right), 4-H youth development professional, presents the 2019 4-H Youth Leadership in Action Award to McKenzie Evans. 4-H PHOTO

ELLSWORTH — Two local women were honored with leadership awards Oct. 24 during the Hancock County Extension Association’s annual meeting.

The 2019 Annette Valenoti Leadership in Action Award was awarded posthumously to Jill Ames of Trenton, and accepted by her daughters, Andrea and Wendy. Jill was a Master Gardener volunteer who gave many volunteer hours to the Friends in Action garden at the Moore Center in Ellsworth, and organized the 2017 Master Gardener plant sale and open house. She also completed the Eat Well Volunteer program training and volunteered at Loaves and Fishes in Ellsworth, providing recipes, samples and fresh veggies to clients of the food pantry.

The recipient of the 2019 4-H Youth Leadership in Action Award was McKenzie Evans of Gouldsboro. She is an active participant and supporter of the Hancock County 4-H program and has taken full advantage of just about every opportunity that 4-H has to offer. At 16 years old, she has acquired an impressive set of skills such as speaking comfortably in front of large crowds, facilitating activities for groups of all ages and gaining a strong sense of responsible citizenship, according to extension staff. She has pursued leadership opportunities at the county, state, and even national level, traveling all around New England and even to Washington D.C. for a National 4-H Youth Summit Series in agricultural science.

For more information about UMaine Cooperative Extension in Hancock County, visit extension.umaine.edu/hancock/.