Townley elected president of state 4-H council

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Missouri 4-H Foundation
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The 2016 State 4-H Council Executive Committee. Front row, from left: Kenlyn Shettlesworth, Brynne Davis, Claire Ludwig and Jordan Collins; back row, from left: Delaney Schmidt, Luke Walker, Sarah Townley and Blake Summers.

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Published: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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 June 1-3 on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia. Teens participated in a variety of hands-on workshops on topics 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 freshman 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 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 and 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 Co.

About the Missouri 4-H Foundation

For more than 65 years, the Missouri 4-H Foundation has been the resource development partner of the MU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program, providing program funds, community service grants, higher education scholarships and volunteer recognition. MU Extension 4-H is a community of nearly 270,000 youths from across Missouri learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.