Ryan Holland is the 2016 recipient of the Millie Christofeno Perseverance Award. He received the award Wednesday night on the main stage at the granstands during the fair.
Ryan is 17 years old and the son of Anthony and Laura Holland of Elkhart. Ryan is a 10-year 4-H Member whose projects included foods, food preservation, microwave cooking, Ball canning, wearable art, home environment, cake decorating and child development.
He currently attends Ivy Tech College and studies Cyber Security with a minor in Criminal Justice.
The late Millie Christofeno taught Home Economics at Jimtown High School and was a 4-H Leader in Elkhart County for 43 years. Each year a 4-H Member is selected who exemplifies the values and lessons taught by Millie Christofeno during her life.