Kimberly McGraw (SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor - Clark & Spink Counties) believes "a true leader leads by example, is humble, and realizes they still have much to learn—all while inspiring others to reach their full potential."
Nathan Linke (4-H Youth Council Member) joined youth council to be a part of higher leadership in the 4-H organization. "I wanted to represent the organization that has given me so many skills and opportunities," said Linke.
William Kessler (4-H Youth Council Member) joined youth council during his first year at TLC. "I saw how welcoming and fun everyone was on the council and I wanted to be a part of it," said Kessler.
Allison Duerre (4-H Youth Council Historian) joined 4-H Youth Council to be a member of a state team that is known for their leadership and ability to impact youth across South Dakota.
Emily Foiles (4-H Youth Council Member) joined the South Dakota 4-H Youth Council because previous council members made a huge difference in her life, and she wanted to "pay it forward."
Andrew Mairose (4-H Youth Council Member) joined Youth Council because he had two sisters who had previously served on the council and they encouraged him to join. He felt that 4-H had given him many opportunities over the past 9 years so he wanted to give some of his time back to 4-H.
Marie Robbins (4-H Youth Council Vice President) joined youth council because she attended the Teen Leadership Conference (TLC) and had so much fun that she wanted to be a part of the event's planning. She also wanted to help promote 4-H on a statewide level.
The 4-H Science of Agriculture will engage youth in exploring and developing science-based solutions to agricultural problems they have identified in their communities. 4-Hers will work on teams of 3-4 youth, in 6th grade and above.
Jace Woodward decided to join Youth Council because he had heard so many great stories from his friend who had served as an officer. He also wanted to help plan the Teen Leadership Conference, which had become one of the highlights of his summer every year.
Aspen Stover, 4-H Youth Council President, decided to join youth council because she saw it as an amazing opportunity to meet wonderful people that she could learn from, grow with, and turn to as if they were her second family.