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4-H provides endless enrichments for students

At GRC, many students are involved in Beta Club, FFA, Skills, and sports. However, outside of school there are many other opportunities to be a part of. 4-H is one of these.

4-H is a youth development program devoted to building leadership skills and opportunities for members to succeed in the community, while putting into practice the statement of “empowering kids to lead for a lifetime and learn by doing.”

“4-H is a place to meet new people and learn new skills,” said senior Charlie Castle. “It has also given me more confidence and improved my public speaking along with interaction skills.”

Many people don’t know how many opportunities 4-H offers. Clark County 4-H offers sewing clubs, art clubs, livestock clubs, shooting sports, teen council, and cooking classes.

“The best part of 4-H is that there is something for everyone,” said 4-H agent Aubrey Lawson. “The skills you learn in these programs will help you build a positive foundation for the rest of your life.”

4-H has seven core content areas to choose from; agriculture, family and consumer sciences, healthy living, communications, leadership, science engineering and technology, and natural resources. 

“4-H has given me so many amazing friends and experiences,“ said junior Jill Akers.

 “It has taught me how to sew, create relationships, and has given me contacts and networking opportunities.” 

Regardless of background, socio-economic status, race or gender, everyone is provided opportunities through clubs, events, and conferences. 

“4-H gives me opportunities that nothing else can give me, such as traveling to nationals this past June,” said junior and member of the Nationals Team Garrett Goldhahn. “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and it has made a big impact on my life.”

4-H’ers aim to include a diverse population from all networks of people while giving a chance to learn and have fun for everyone. According to Akers, members in 4-H are “kind and accepting.”

“It provides a stepping stone for people to learn leadership and life skills,” said Castle. 

The 4-H mission statement states that 4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.

“There is always a place for you in 4-H,” added Akers.

There is so much to do between sewing and shooting sports, to speech competitions, livestock, and crafting.

Where else can you get that many opportunities than through 4-H?


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    Beth AkersJan 19, 2024 at 9:37 am

    Great article!

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    Jean CastleJan 19, 2024 at 6:48 am

    Such a well written and informative article. Very interesting. Good job, Heidi!