Gordon County 4-H will be hosting an Open House on Monday, September 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This Open House will showcase all of the programs offered in 4-H, along with all of the staff members, volunteers, teen leaders, and current 4-H’ers in the programs. Youth will meet new friends, play games, explore 4-H programs, and enjoy activities while parents will learn about opportunities for their children and themselves in 4-H. All school-age children and their parents are welcome to attend. Supper will be provided. Sign up for a text message reminder of the open house by texting @gcount to 81010. This article is the final one in a series leading up to the Open House on current 4-H’ers and 4-H alumni of Gordon County to highlight the impact 4-H makes on its members.
High School Junior Olivia Forrest
What years have you been in 4-H?
I joined 4-H in 2011 as a 5th grader.
What activities do you do in 4-H?
I am very active in 4-H. I have been on the BB team, wildlife judging team, poultry judging team, Lifesmarts team, and archery team. I have attended many conferences, camps and District Project Achievement (DPA). I enjoy being involved in the many 4-H community service projects. I was selected as a STEM ambassador this year as well as elected to the Secretary position on the County Council officer team.
What DPA projects have you done and what was your specific topic in each of them?
I have competed in District Project Achievement since 5th grade. My first year I competed in the History category and my project was about World War II. During my middle school years, I competed in the International category and my topic was China. Since starting high school I have competed in the Communications category with a project about foreign languages.
Why have you stuck with 4-H through high school?
4-H was an organization that accepted me as I am and gave me the chance to explore my different interests.
What are you most excited for this year in 4-H?
I attended Senior Camp this year for the 1st time. It was great! I met a lot of 4-Hers from all over the state and made some new friends and I am looking forward to attending again. I also ran for Northwest District senior board officer last year. I was not elected but it was still exciting and I am excited to try again this year.
How has your time in 4-H helped you in high school and as you prepare for life after high school?
4-H has given me a head start on public speaking so I am not afraid to speak in public like most of my peers. Also, completing a 4-H portfolio is excellent practice college applications and resumes.
Best 4-H memory?
My best 4-H memory is my mother telling me “don’t expect to win 1st place” while waiting for the announcement of winners in the 8th grade. When they announced my name as 1st place, what a wonderful feeling!
What do you want people to know about 4-H?
When I mention to people to think about joining 4-H, the usual response is I don’t live on a farm or I don’t have any livestock. 4-H is not all about agriculture. There is something for everyone. 4-H really gives back to the community with so many service projects.