Townley elected president of state 4-H council

June 24, 2016

Story source: Rachel Augustine, 573-884-7641

2016 Missouri State 4-H Council

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Sarah Townley, a member of the Busy Bees 4-H club in Dade County was elected president of the State 4-H Council. Her election was announced at the conclusion of the 71st annual State 4-H Congress.

In all, 233 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 marketing, agriculture education and leadership development.

“State 4-H Congress is a place where teens find positive new friends, develop leadership skills and explore possible careers as they experience life on a university campus,” said Bradd Anderson, MU Extension 4-H youth development specialist. Delegates also worked to set priorities for the 36 peers they elected to represent their regions on Missouri’s State 4-H Council.

Townley, a freshmen at the University of Arkansas, is from Golden City, Mo. She succeeds Laura Bardot of Lonedell, Mo.

Claire Ludwig of Jefferson City is the new vice president. She is a senior at Helias High School and is a member of the Jefferson City 4-H Club in Cole County.

Blake Summers, a 4-H member in Saline County was elected treasurer. He is a sophomore at the University of Missouri.

Jordan Collins, a member of the Kids Rock 4-H Club in Scott County is the new secretary. She is a senior at Chaffee High School in Chaffee, Mo.

Other officers include Luke Walker, Phelps County, 4-H Foundation trustee; Delaney Schmidt, St. Charles County, state extension council liaison; Kenlyn Shettlesworth, Boone County, Kids Helping Kids coordinator; and Brynne Davis, Clay County, county youth liaison coordinator.

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 23,000 Missouri youths participated in 4-H clubs. Missouri 4-H programs reached more than 260,000 youths in 2015.

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