This fall the Clare County 4-H program hosted an ambassador contest. This year five area youth applied for the position to serve their community as representatives of 4-H. Being an ambassador of 4-H selected youth will attend parades, MC shows and competitions, present awards and ribbons, greet buyers at buyers banquets, and promote 4-H as needed at local clubs and organizations.
Youth, who entered the contest provided a record of their 4-H experiences, wrote essays explaining what 4-H means to them and attended an interview in front of three judges. On hand to evaluate our local youth were lead reporter from The Clare County Review, Donna Thompson – Clare County Fair and Erin Rolland, a past 4-H member who continues to serve and volunteer her time through 4-H.
This years competitors were Mia Fetzer, Cameron McInnis, Madelyn McLavy, Kailyn Brugger and Krista Gott.
Mia is 10 years old and attends Farwell Middle School. She is involved with 4-H shooting sports, home arts and the dog program. According to Mia 4-H is about learning new things, meeting new people. She wants to be an ambassador because she feels she would do a good job and set a good example for other kids in her community. Mia participates in mant sports and is also helps with the Farwell Chamber of Commerce. Mia’s parents are Mike and Molly Fetzer from Lake.
Nine-year-old Cameron McInnis attends Farwell Elementary. He is involved in MSCAR, Kids Choir, Rocket Football, Little league and Youth Wrestling. Keeping up with Cameron are Annajeanelle & William McInnis of Farwell. Cameron has been in 4-H for 5 years, he shows goats, cavy, rabbits and chickens. Cameron would like to be a Junior Ambassador because he could help the Cloverbuds with their showmanship, he also say that he loves 4-H.
Also competing is the daughter of Ann and Tim McLavy from Harrison, Michigan. Madelyn is 14 years old and a Harrison High School student who enjoys volleyball. In 4-H Madelyn’s interest are rabbits, pocket pets, dogs and home arts. She likes to help out with the Cloverbud program. Madelyn feels that being a 4-H ambassador would improve her leadership, conversation and listening skills. She wants to be able to voice her opinion and listen objectively to others opinions as well.
Kailyn is 15 years old and attends Farwell High School. She is involved Basketball. In 4-H she shows horses, goats and crafts, Being in 4-H has helped her overcome a lot of fears and is and is willing to try different things. She feels that by becoming a 4-H ambassador it will continue to help her grow and help teach others what she has learned through 4-H. Kailyn’s parents are Russ and Dottie Brugger from Farwell.
Our final competitor is Krista Gott, she is 16 years old and attends Farwell High School. She is daughter of Elizabeth and Rick Gott. Krista’s many interest include Basketball, Track and riding horses and texting. Krista served as a Junior Ambassador in 2008.
According to Krista she feels that serving as an ambassador would be a great opportunity to teach her responsibility and to conquer the fear of talking in front of large groups of people. 4-H means a lot to Krista, she says it’s a great way to help the community and a great place for a kid to be a kid and get active.
4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. For more information about 4-H and its activities contact Michelle Neff at the MSU Extension Office. 225 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 439 County Bldg., Harrison, Michigan 48625. Phone: 989-539-7805