A Johnson City teenager has received national recognition for using his mapping skills to examine serious societal issues.
18 year-old Clyde Van Dyke is the recipient of the 2019 4H Youth in Action Pillar Award for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Van Dyke has been a member of Broome County 4H for 4 years and its Geospatial Mapping Club for 3.
He’s produced digital maps that examine the national opioid epidemic, obesity in the United States and the availability of 4H Summer camps in New York State.
Van Dyke’s personal story also played a role in his selection.
He and his sister are being raised by a low-income single father after his mother died when he was 3. “I wanted to take how I came from a poverty-stricken family and being told at an early age that I wouldn’t graduate or become anything at all, and showing others that I wasn’t going to let that define who I am. And just going beyond the boundaries and excelling anywhere I can please.”
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.
He is one of four 4H pillar winners who will be receiving a $5,000 scholarship and are in the running for another 5 thousand dollar scholarship to be presented at the 10th annual 4H Legacy Awards banquet in Washington DC in March.