GREENVILLE – Molly Hunt, a 2017 graduate of Greenville High School, has been selected as one of the 2019 Ohio 4-H Teen Hall of Fame inductees.
“Shocked and humbled are just two feelings of many,” said Hunt on social media after she learned about the honor. “Completely jazzed to join friends and mentors into this incredibly elite group. I can’t wait to get inducted in March! Darke County Proud!”
The Ohio State University student was nominated by Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, in Darke County Rhonda Williams, and selected by Ohio 4-H Extension Professionals.
“I was very pleasantly surprised to find out I was being inducted,” Hunt said. “It is incredibly humbling to know I have made an impact in the 4-H community that has given me so much love and support and I am incredibly thankful to my family, friends, mentors especially Rhonda Williams, Theresa Ferrari, and Kayla Oberstadt (and many others). Without them, nothing I have achieved could have been possible. I am proud to bleed green and represent Darke County with this prestigious honor.”
Hunt, an earth science major with focus in geological sciences, paleontology, and Antarctic polar science with a minor in archeological anthropology, now lives in Columbus.
The daughter of Brian and Teresa (Luce) Hunt of Greenville has been an active member of The OSU community for the past two years, and “truly loves going to school here.”
“While I am no longer a 4-H member as I aged out as of Jan. 1, I have remained involved,” she said. “I recently published ‘Geology Can You Dig It?’ a self-learning project book for Ohio 4-H (first 4-H member ever to write a project book in the state of Ohio). I served on the Teen Leadership Council last year, also on the National 4-H Youth Summit Series Design Team for the past two years, I was named the 2018 Ohio 4-H Teen of the Year, and National 4-H Youth in Action honorable mention. In 2018, I was named Ohio 4-H Achievement Winner for Personal Development and was able to attend National 4-H Conference and National 4-H Congress.”
Over the summer, she said she was a camp counselor at 4-H special needs camp.
“I also was the Georgia 4-H liaison for Ohio 4-H, working with their state officers for the sharing of ideas and information,” she added. “I am the current Collegiate 4-H National Conference co-chair, and member at-large. I work part-time for the State 4-H office as a research assistant focusing in healthy living. I write a monthly column in the Early Bird about 4-H.”
Hunt said outside of 4-H involvement, she spends her spare time researching historic fossils as a student researcher for the School of Earth Sciences, a member of Sigma Gamma Epsilon National Geological Honorary, American Institute of Professional Geologists student chapter, Guiding Eyes for the Blind dog trainer, and Alpha Sigma Upsilon SHARP Chapter the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., agricultural sorority philanthropy chair, and OSU Department of Dance student assistant. I have served as an intern for Congressman Davidson, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and OSU Extension. I have also been a recipient of several scholarships in the past two years.”
She plans on earning a Ph.D. in paleontology and eventually being a research paleontologist at a major U.S museum the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
“I have wanted to be a scientist since I was 5 years old,” she said.
She’s living her dream.
PHOTO CAPTION: Molly Hunt