Dorothy Hertzler, 95, of Oregon County recently donated the original ribbons and test scores from her win, in 1928, as the 4-H National Health Champion.
Hertzler joined the Oregon County 4-H club when she attended the one room school house in the Cane Hill School District, located east of Thayer.
To compete for the national award, Hertzler traveled to Elizabeth McCormick Memorial hospital in Chicago in December of 1928 when she was only 13, during the National Boys and Girls 4-H Congress.
A physical examination, Hertzler had to answer several health questions, including how much coffee and tea she had a day and how many vegetables she ate and whether they were canned or fresh.
Hertzler continued on with 4-H, becoming an organization leader. She later went on to being involved in many civic and community organizations.
Her favorite parts of 4-H, when she was a girl, were the sewing and cooking clubs.
Hertzler encourages all Oregon County youth during National 4-H week, Oct. 3 -- 9, to look into becoming 4-H members and to remember that it's not just a club, but an institution that has influenced many generations and will continue to do so into the future.
Hertzler's ribbons and test scores will soon be on display at the Oregon County 4-H offices. For more information about the Oregon County 4-H, or to become a member or a volunteer, contact Becky Bassett, 4-H Youth Program Assistant, at 417-778-7490.