Local 4-H educator wins extension award


LARAMIE – The University of Wyoming (UW) Extension honored the 2021 award winners at the annual spring conference.

Megan Brittingham, a 4-H educator from Goshen County, earned the Jim Debree Excellence in Extension Award. According to a press release on Monday, the award is the extension’s highest honor. Brittingham received the award for her “outstanding performance, leadership and professionalism.” 

Brittingham leads traditional 4-H programming such as project workshops and judging practice while also expanding non-traditional programs in the county.

“Local students look forward to her classroom programs, including hatching chicks, designed to present STEM lessons in a fun and interactive way,” the release stated.

Brittingham was described by one nominator as someone who “strives to ensure all those around her grow as individuals, serve others and embrace the possibilities of expanding knowledge.” 

Brittingham joined the UW Extension in 2010. She has previously received the Extension’s Newer Employee Recognition Award and Creative Excellence Award. 

Other award recipients included Joddee Jacobson, Natrona County 4-H youth development educator, received the UW Extension’s Newer Employee Award. The award is given to employees with six years or less in the UW Extension.

“Jacobson brings a passion for learning and teaching to the Extension team,” the release stated. “During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, her dedication and ability to think outside the box ensured that 4-H participants didn’t have to miss out on the annual county fair.”

The Agriculture and Horticulture Online Convention 2021 Coordination team—Scott Cotton, David Keto, Kristi Hansen, John Hewlett and Jennifer Thompson received the Creative Excellence Recognition Award for putting together the event during the pandemic. 

“In an impressive show of creative collaboration, the convention team facilitated real-time roundtable discussions, Q&A sessions via Zoom and access to recorded presentations,” the release stated. “The new conference model increased engagement and accessibility across the state while successfully capturing a wide variety of extension programming.”

About the University of Wyoming Extension

Since 1914, the University of Wyoming Extension has provided lifelong learning opportunities to Wyoming citizens across the state. With roots in agricultural education, the UW Extension supports rural communities facing contemporary challenges and changes. The UW Extension brings the University’s resources to each of the state’s 23 counties and the Wind River Indian Reservation. To learn more about the UW Extension, call (307) 766-5124 or visit www.uwyo.edu/uwe.

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