Mitchell Moon chosen to lead state 4-H council

July 31, 2017

Story source: Bradd Anderson

2017 State 4-H Congress delegation

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Mitchell Moon, a member of the Tipton 4-H Club in Moniteau County was elected president of the State 4-H Council. His election was announced at the conclusion of the 72nd annual State 4-H Congress.

In all, 240 teens ages 14-18 attended the State 4-H Congress, held on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia June 1-3. Teens participated in a variety of hands-on workshops including interview skills, leadership studies, dance, nutrition and laughter.

“Youth in 4-H get to explore a wide variety of skills and interests,” said Bradd Anderson, MU Extension 4-H youth development specialist. “State 4-H Congress is a place where teens can belong, become better leaders and explore careers on a university campus.” Delegates also worked to set priorities for the 36 peers they elected to represent their regions on Missouri’s State 4-H Council.

Moon is from Tipton, Mo. He succeeds Sarah Townley of Golden City, Mo.

Other officers include Corbin Bell, Lafayette County, vice president; Echo Essick, Carroll County, secretary; Reed Niemeyer, Pike County, treasurer; Holly Hatfield, Adair County; McKell Norris, Buchanan County; Alyssa Engeman, Henry County; and Abby Schmidt, St. Charles County.

The State 4-H Council represents the voice of youth for Missouri 4-H, serving as mentors, ambassadors and playing a major role in the statewide 4-H events of MU Extension. Last year, more than 21,000 Missouri youths participated in 4-H clubs. Missouri 4-H programs reached more than 220,000 youths in 2016.

State 4-H Congress is generously supported by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, the MFA Foundation, the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council and Monsanto Company. The State 4-H Council is generously supported by Missouri 4-H Foundation emeritus trustee Mary Davis and Monsanto Company.

About Missouri 4-H

4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for careers tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly 6 million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills.

University of Missouri Extension 4-H connects the technical knowledge of Mizzou to a community of more than 200,000 youths from across Missouri learning about the sciences, leadership, citizenship and skills for life. For more than 65 years, the Missouri 4-H Foundation has been managing funds for the MU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program, providing higher education scholarships and recognizing 4-H volunteers.