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National 4-H Week to be celebrated

Monday, October 3, 2011

Members of Barry County 4-H Clubs participated in the state speaking contests. Participants are pictured above. In the front row, from left, are: Meghan Thomas, Tegan Roller and Michala Peterman. Back row: Emily Paul, Heyley Heupel, Noah Tucker, Preston Farmer and Deborah Schellhorn, State 4-H Council Kids Helping Kids coordinator.
National 4-H week is Oct. 2 through Oct. 8, and area counties are celebrating 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world.

Recent findings from Tufts University's 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth not participating in 4-H. The Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-Her's receive play a vital role in helping them get involved in their communities.

During 4-H week, youth from all over the nation will complete a single, innovative experiment on 4-H National Youth Science Day, which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The 2011 National Science Experiment, "Wired for Wind," will introduce young people to the possibilities of using wind as a clean, widely available and low-cost source of renewable energy.

The Lawrence County 4-H Livestock team competed in the North American International Livestock Exposition Contest in Louisville, Ky., in November, 2010. The team qualified to represent Missouri at the event after earning State Champion Honors at the state contest. The team earned third high overall team honors in the swine division. The team was sponsored by Southwest Missouri Cattleman's Association and the Missouri 4-H Foundation. These sponsors helped make the trip to Louisville and practice trips possible. The team is pictured above. In the front, from left, are Jon Bellis, Courtney Spencer, Chad Vaught and Justin Vehige. Back row: coach Jim Spencer, Jr. The team brought home 14 plaques and 15 ribbons from the national contest.
In Lawrence County, there are more than 150 4-H members and 50 volunteers involved. There are currently eight clubs with meetings held in Aurora, Freistatt, Mt. Vernon, Miller, Pierce City and Round Grove.

Lawrence County's 4-H clubs and leaders are: Blazing Saddles, Aurora, Renee Wilson; Farm and Home Boosters II, Round Grove, Donna Stevenson; Jolly Ranchers, Freistatt, Colleen Pugh; Kountry Kids, Aurora, Karla Grimm; Miller Champs, Miller, Penny Harrington and Betty Highfill; Mt. Comfort, Mt. Vernon, Janella Spencer and Kaylynn Pennell; Pleasant Acres, Pierce City, Michelle Eck; and Rockin Riders, Mt. Vernon, Kimberly Eagles.

A new club will be forming this fall in Aurora called robotics. Tiffany Davis and Donna Howerton are the contacts for this new group.

Barry County 4-H groups and leaders include McDowell 4-H, Jerry Thomas; and Exeter Trailblazers, Sherry Tucker. There is also a new club forming in Wheaton with Jerry Skinner as the leader.

For more information or to join a club in Lawrence County, contact Karla Deaver at 417-466-3102. To join a club in Barry County, call Jeremy Elliott-Engel at 417-455-9500.

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