Hannah Swanson of Westford was awarded the 1st place Kent Lage Leadership Award for 2023. Hannah will attend McGill University in Montreal in the fall.
Hannah currently serves as the President of the Stoneybrook 4-H Saddle Club. She has shown her horse at the Middlesex County 4-H Fair and for the fairgrounds’ show series. She also has participated in the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Kentucky in both Horse Bowl and Communications. She will represent the Hippology team for the Roundup in 2023.
Hannah contributed to planning horse shows and a recent horse clinic as the youth representative to the Middlesex Horse Advisory Council.
In addition to her 4-H activities, Hannah plays the violin and viola in her school orchestra and teaches violin to four students. She also participated in her school’s Nordic ski team this past winter.
Ella Griswold, a resident of Hingham, is the 2nd place recipient of the Kent Lage Leadership Award. Ella plans to attend Purchase College, State University of New York and major in Theater Design, Technology & Management.
Ella has been involved in A Round of A-Paws 4-H Club for the past eight years, serving as President, Secretary and Treasurer. In the club, she participated in dog obedience, agility, and safety activities.
Ella has shown her dog, a Bernese Mountain/Poodle mix, at the Marshfield and East Middleboro Fairs. She also taught “Dog Breed Bingo” at the 4-H Winter Workshops and attended the 4-H National Conference in 2022.
Outside of 4-H, Ella has built sets and stage-managed theater productions, both at Hingham High School and Company Theater in Norwell. She also skis for her school’s ski team.