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Local student wins National 4-H Youth in Action Award

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BINGHAMTON, NY -

A Johnson City student was honored in Washington DC with a 4-H Youth in Action Award.

Clyde Van Dyke is a 12th grader with the P-tech program at the Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

He worked on mapping the impact of the opioid epidemic over a 16 year period using geographic information systems, and 4-H youth recognize him as one of four pillar students in the STEM fields.

He says it's an honor to receive an award especially after overcoming people earlier in life telling him he wouldn't be able to succeed.

Van Dyke said "Just giving youth the voice and showing them what 4-h can do for you is such a powerful experience that i got to share with others... And just being able to stand on the stage and meeting Jennifer Nettles and Carla Hall... And just being able to be honored in such a powerful way was so incredible for me..." 

The award comes with a 10 thousand dollar scholarship, which Clyde plans to use at SUNY Delhi next year to study computer information systems.