UPDATE (03/13/2019) – Clyde Van Dyke has won the 4H Legacy Awards, congratulations!
(03/12/2019) – A Johnson City teen is in DC waiting to find out if he is chosen as the overall winner in the 10th annual 4H Youth in Action awards.
18 year-old Clyde Van Dyke has already won the Youth in Action Pillar Award for STEM and a $5,000 scholarship.
During the 4H Legacy Awards, he could be selected from 4 finalists for another $5,000 scholarship.
Van Dyke received the recognition for his work in geospatial digital mapping.
He says he’s excited to be meeting so many other 4H’ers. “Seeing how they come together and seeing how 4H creates positive change across all communities, it just makes me feel real heart-warming knowing that I’m part of an organization that touches kids’ lives every single day. And being able to be the advocate for youth across the nation, it’s just a powerful feeling to me, it’s incredible.”
Van Dyke was also recognized for overcoming some long odds.
He and his sister are being raised by a low-income single father after his mother died when he was 3.
Van Dyke is currently a student in the P-Tech program with BOCES and SUNY Broome which allows him to earn his high school diploma and an associate’s degree at the same time.