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Juniata County 4-Hers attend state conference

STATE COLLEGE – Four 4-H members from Juniata County joined nearly 600 young people in State College during the first weekend of February. They were all in town for the PA 4-H State Leadership Conference. The weekend is an opportunity for 4-Hers to come together for leadership training, networking and learning experiences.

4-H teens from Juniata County included Clara McCahren, Hunter Strawser, Marissa Woodward and Carter Wynn. The weekend, themed “Leadership in Overtime,” kicked off with welcome addresses by the Director of PA 4-H Dr. Joshua Rice, and PA Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding. The Pennsylvania 4-H State Council–a premier group of young people selected from around the state to be the official spokespeople for the Pennsylvania 4-H program–in conjunction with the PA 4-H State Office, coordinated the weekend event.

Saturday was a full day of leadership workshops for the 13-18 year old attendees of the leadership conference. Those workshops included topics such as teambuilding, stress management, understanding leadership styles, etiquette, interview preparation and camp counselor track.

One of the highlights of the Conference is always the keynote speakers.

Friday keynote Clint Pulver entertained the older teens with his comedy and message about leaving a mark and making the best for the world instead of best in the world.

The event concluded on Sunday with an ode to 4-H service.