Thursday, June 13, 2013

Students from Diamond and Seneca Elected to Missouri State 4-H Council; Other Local Students Attend

Contact: Lynda Dumond, youth program assistant
Tel: (417) 223-4475

NEOSHO, Mo. -- Teens from Newton and McDonald counties recently attended the 68th Annual State 4-H Congress (May 29 – 31) on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., with nearly 300 other Missouri teens.

Participants experienced life on a university campus and elected the next State 4-H Council. Workshops were held on topics like creating websites, citizen response to active threats, babysitting, livestock judging and food preparation with locally grown products and more.

The State 4-H Council represents Missouri 4-H youth, provides youth input on 4-H policy issues, and plays a major role in the statewide 4-H youth events of University of Missouri Extension.

Cady Littlefield, a coming-senior at Diamond High School and an active member of the Diamond Renegades 4-H Club was re-elected to the State 4-H Council as one of four Regional Representatives. She is the daughter of John and Sheila Littlefield, Diamond. Cady was also selected to represent Missouri 4-H at National 4-H Congress in Atlanta. She is one of only 20 teens selected based on a paper application and interview to evaluate member growth in 4-H.

Greg Vangunda, the President of Lucky Clover 4-H Club and a coming-senior at Seneca High School, was elected Regional Representative to the State 4-H Council. He is the son of Manford and Dana Vangunda, Seneca. Greg placed 5th high individual in the Missouri 4-H Congress Livestock Judging Contest.

Emily Paul, a Sophomore at University of Missouri-Columbia and a McDonald County 4-H member retired as the State 4-H Council Representative to the State University of Missouri Extension Council. During her year, she launched a program to increase 4-H youth that serve on local county Extension Councils, which resulted in youth serving on both Newton and McDonald County MU Extension Council. Emily is the daughter of James and Shelley Paul, Neosho.

There are currently over 23,000 youth participating in 4-H clubs, with over 290,000 youth being reached a variety of Missouri 4-H programs. For more information on 4-H youth programs, visit the 4-H website at Missouri 4-H is a program of MU Extension.

For information on 4-H contact any of these 4-H youth development specialists in southwest Missouri: Karla Deaver in Lawrence County at (417) 466-3102; Velynda Cameron in Polk County at (417) 326-4916; Bob McNary in Jasper County at (417) 358-2158; Amy Patillo in Howell County at (417) 256-2391; or Jeremy Elliott-Engel in Newton County at (417) 455-9500.

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