K-State Research and Extension News
May 14, 2013
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Kansas 4-H Geology Volunteer Honored

MANHATTAN, Kan.– Sarah Murphy has served as the countywide geology leader for Harvey, Marion and McPherson counties for 37 years.  She has a passion for geology and enjoys helping others find the passion within them.

To recognize her for many years of hard work and dedication to youth and the 4-H program, the Kansas 4-H Youth Development Program is proud to announce that Murphy, of Newton, Kan., is a recipient of the 2013 4-H Distinguished Service Award.

“The award, one of three presented in the state this year, will be presented at the Kansas 4-H Emerald Circle Banquet held in Manhattan, Kan., on May 30,” said Pam Van Horn, K-State Research and Extension state 4-H specialist and 4-H awards coordinator.

A charter member of the Jolly J’s 4-H club, Murphy has served as a Marion County 4-H volunteer for the past 45 years.

She has been a mentor, teacher and developer of junior leaders and works with them to prepare and teach educational sessions.

A mentor to many geology members, Murphy has been a coach and a teacher during her many years as a volunteer, assisting with exhibits and teaching members how to identify specimens.

Murphy has been part of a group of state 4-H geology volunteer leaders for many years.  For the last 30 years, she has helped check-in geology exhibits at the Kansas State Fair.

She was one of the first volunteers to apply for a position on the state 4-H Geology Action Team.  She has assisted with the writing and reviewing of lessons for the Kansas 4-H Geology Leader’s Notebook.

Along with other dedicated volunteers, she is very involved with the planning and facilitating of many state 4-H Geology field trips.  She is well known for developing judging classes and conducting the judging contest held with each field trip.


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Kaitlin Morgan
K-State Research & Extension News

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