Hilton High School graduate Faith Avedisian, a member of the Buttonwood Livestock 4-H Club, received the 2020 Norman V. Ryan Monroe County 4-H Youth Development Scholarship to study agricultural business at SUNY Morrisville.
Avedisian credits 4-H in helping her gain leadership experience as an officer in her club and explore different careers at various events.
“The versatility that 4-H offers has allowed me to become a more open-minded and well-rounded person,” she said. “4-H has helped lead me to my future career path and helped me in deciding what college I would be attending.”
Avedisian showed her registered Jersey and Ayrshire cattle at county fairs and the New York State Fair. She completed the Junior Dairy Leader Program through the Cornell University Department of Animal Science.
“It is a pleasure to honor Faith with the Norman V. Ryan 4-H Scholarship,” said Susan Coyle, 4-H program leader. “Faith has been a member of 4-H since she was a young child. She has grown up trying new projects and new experiences. She has developed a passion for agriculture and will be continuing her education in the field. This will be a great fit for a young person who spends her summers showing cattle and educating the public about the dairy industry, and farming in general. Faith is a leader in Monroe County and across the state in the agricultural science field.”
Avedisian helped plan and execute the 2019 National Ayrshire and Brown Swiss Convention in Buffalo. She serves as the Monroe County Dairy Princess in support of the dairy industry.
The Norman V. Ryan Scholarship annually goes to a Monroe County graduating high school senior who demonstrated leadership and community service. Special consideration is given to teens planning to enter a field of study or employment as a result of their 4-H activities and experiences.