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Fremont County Educator Receives UW Extension’s Most Prestigious Award

November 14, 2011
Alex Malcolm received the Jim DeBree award, the UW Extension Service's highest most prestigious award.

A University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service (CES) educator from Fremont County has received the most prestigious honor in UW extension.

Alex Malcolm, 4-H and agricultural and natural resources educator, was presented the Jim DeBree Excellence in Cooperative Extension Award during the organization's recent annual training conference In Evanston. Malcolm is based in Riverton.

"It was a shock to be recognized by my peers," says Malcolm, who started with UW CES in 1998 in Fremont County. "We have many educators who are doing a lot of great work in the state, and to receive this award is very humbling. It is a great honor to have joined those who have received this award."

The award, honoring the retired UW CES administrator, is given to those who demonstrate a high level of professional performance and leadership within their program areas and communities.

Nominations noted Malcolm's effort to expand the 4-H program, cited livestock and science project programming and his organizing and implementing the annual Showcase Showdown three times. Wyoming 4-Hers participate in contests and learn new skills during the event. He has developed a shooting sports program and has helped coach four state champion horse judging teams.

"He genuinely cares for the people he serves and works hard to meet their educational needs," wrote one nominator. "I am proud of the educator he has become, and I know he is the kind of individual that Jim DeBree would be proud to have as part of his extension team."

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