Hannah Burke is a senior at Blue Mountain High School. She is the Vice President of the Schuylkill County 4-H teen council and the Schuylkill Haven community garden manager. Hannah earned her Your Employability Skills (YES) certificate in May, is a founding member of Co-Victory Gardens campaign, and studies soils in Envirothon. She is also the CEO of her own business: Best Buds Gardening Co., LLC.
Hannah is a 2018 graduate of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) graduate, the leader of The Urban Garden Initiative (TUGI) Orwigsburg chapter, an International Club member, a Leo Club member, a historian of Green Club, a Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) member, and a founding member and director of Food and Agriculture for Jefferson Grange #1384. She also plays varsity tennis and is a Mini-Thon member.
During her time in 4-H she has participated in the PA State Leadership Conference, Capital Days, National Agri-science summit, the Leader in Training (LIT) at Camp Seven Mountains, Wildlife and Forestry Field Day, and has been a counselor at Camp Shehaqua.
Additionally, through 4-H Hannah has participated in the Dolphin Tank, a “Shark Tank” like event, where she won $1,000 to put toward revitalizing her high school’s greenhouse. Through participating in Curbing Our Climate Appetite (COCA) she has taught students about climate change in Mexico, Puerto Rico, New Jersey, and Florida as well as 4-H members and Girl Scouts in Pennsylvania.
In the summer of 2019, Hannah attended the Climate Reality Leadership conference educational training hosted by former Vice President Al Gore in Minneapolis, MN. She also attended Kode with Klossy, a coding camp in Philadelphia where she created an app called Hello World that educates people about Earth’s different biomes. And she participated in the Husky Dog Pound competition at Bloomsburg University where she pitched her gardening business to a group of investors.
This past spring Hannah was accepted into Pennsylvania School of Excellence in Agricultural Sciences (PSEAS) hosted by Penn State. She also attended Schuylkill Acts and Impacts, where she learned the impacts of coal mining on water quality and went kayaking down the Schuylkill River.
A complete list of all 2021 honorees is available here.