DeKalb County Extension Agent
Inducted May 14, 2009
Annette Mehurg Wardrup started her 4-H career as so many do, in her youth. Her 4-H agent, Celeste Martin, encouraged her to try many different things. She participated in every 4-H activity, eventually turning to a leadership project. She taught 80 DOT lessons to underprivileged children and wrote every state about controlling air pollution on Earth Day in 1970. She won a National 4-H Leadership Scholarship and was the recipient of the Presidential Silver Tray.
With more than 26 years as the agent in the DeKalb 4-H program, she helped many 4-H’ers win state awards in record books, clothing, foods, and leadership. “She always took the time to help any 4-H’er to be the best they could be,” says Mary Massingill. “She took a unique look at my project and helped me turn my Fashion Revue project into a winning consumer education project.”
Wardrup won the NAE4-HA Distinguished Service Award. Since her retirement, she has stayed active in volunteer activities. Currently, she is co-leader of a Junior Master Gardener Club.
Wardrup went out of her way to make sure everyone in 4-H learned, had a good time, and felt better about themselves.
Nominated by Mary Massingill