Greene County 4-H'ers Selected for State Recognition
Two Greene County 4-H’ers will serve the 2012-2013 school year on statewide leadership groups following results recently announced after interviews were held for state 4-H recognition in Ames on March 24th. Kami Badger, a sophomore at Jefferson-Scranton High School, was selected to the Iowa State 4-H Council. Meanwhile, Emily Rumley, a junior at Jefferson-Scranton, will return to the Iowa 4-H Technology Team for her second year.
As a member of the State 4-H Council, Badger will join 39 other energetic young leaders from across the state, meeting four times a year. During those meetings, the council gets to know each other through team building activities, promotes 4-H, and helps to ensure continued funding for the Iowa 4-H program. One of their major responsibilities is to plan the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, held in Ames every June. Badger is a member of the Greenbrier 4-H Club and currently serving as vice-president. She’s also secretary for the Greene County 4-H Young Leaders group and has attended the Citizenship Washington Focus trip to Washington, D.C.
Rumley will continue to develop her technology skills as a second-year member of the State 4-H Tech Team, where participants share their technology skills with others, while also learning new technology and leadership skills. The Tech Team also participates in community service activities and prepares presentations for the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, including a wrap-up video of the three-day event. Rumley is currently serving as secretary of the Hardin Clovers 4-H Club and holds the position of treasurer for the Greene County 4-H Young Leaders group.
“We’re really proud to have Kami and Emily represent Greene County 4-H at the state level,” said county youth and families coordinator Sarah Jo Fevold. “These beyond-the-county leadership opportunities show how much impact 4-H can have on developing important skills needed for college, career, and life in general.”
Badger and Rumley were part of a group of 157 4-H’ers from across the state who were interviewed by Extension staff, Extension volunteers, and former 4-H’ers currently in college. Participants interviewed for a wide array of state recognition opportunities, including National 4-H Conference, National 4-H Congress, State 4-H Council, Iowa 4-H Technology Team, and state 4-H project awards. The interviews were only half of criteria taken into consideration, however. Judges also evaluated up to four pages of application materials submitted in advance that offered more detail on the applicants’ participation, leadership, citizenship, and growth in the 4-H program.
For more information about Greene County Extension, including 4-H and youth programming, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/greene.
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