COOPERSTOWN — State Senator James Seward was named a Distinguished 4-H Alumnus at the annual meeting of Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties on Dec. 12.
Seward is the first documented New York Distinguished Alumnus to be listed in the National Directory.
A native of Otsego County, Seward attended Oneonta public schools and graduated from Hartwick College with a bachelor’s in political science. He also studied at the Nelson Rockefeller Institute of SUNY Albany.
Seward was first elected to the state Senate in 1986. Today, he serves as chairman of the Insurance committee and is active on committees for Agriculture, education, finance, health, higher education, mental health and rules.
“The ideals I learned while a 4-H member helped give birth to my interest in public service and continue to foster my passion each and every day. The leadership and life skills taught through the 4-H program provide a sound foundation that have served our alumni well and will guide the current crop of young members toward future success. I am extremely humbled to be named a Distinguished 4-H Alumnus and will strive to live up to this prestigious honor,” Seward said in a news release.
As a 4-H Club member, in the Jolly Junctioneers 4-H Club, Seward learned the importance of leadership, public speaking and community service. Participating in 4-H events and activities, the value of projects completed and the challenges and responsibilities experienced in 4-H contribute to the personal and leadership development of 4-H alumni, according to the release. A majority of alumni feel 4-H experiences have also significantly contributed to their success in the workforce and the knowledge and skills gained through 4-H continue to benefit them in their adult lives, according to the release.