Where are you from and which county program do you belong to?
I am from Centerville, Tennessee, and I am a part of the Hickman County 4-H program.
How did you first become involved with 4-H?
I started doing speeches in the fourth grade and continued from there. My mom and my Extension Agent went to college together, so she urged me to be involved in 4-H from the very beginning.
Tell us a little bit about you and what sorts of hobbies you have outside of 4-H.
I am also a member of the Fairfield Church of Christ youth group. I love to sing and dance, so I’m heavily involved with the theatre program at my school, Hickman County High School. I choreographed the last two musicals we’ve done. I also love to take part in anything crafty, such as painting, sewing and jewelry making.
Why did you want to run for a 4-H Congress Officer position?
When I went to Congress as a freshman, I saw the officers and thought they were so cool. The more I did in 4-H, the more I fell in love with the program, and I knew I wanted to be as involved as I could be. I didn’t decide to run for a Congress office until just a few weeks before Congress. I initially looked at the election as a potential learning experience, but during the process, I realized it could be a long-term ordeal. I love this organization so much and I’m very blessed with the many opportunities I’ve been given.
If you could give a piece of advice to a younger 4-H’er, what would it be?
My advice to a younger 4-H’er would be to be as involved as you can. 4-H has something for everyone, so you should always be able to find where you belong. Sometimes finding your place can be a scary thing, so try to go into everything with an open mind and a willingness to learn. Your best triumphs will come from failure, so don’t be afraid to fail.
What is your favorite part about 4-H?
It’s hard to pick a favorite part, but I think the people I’ve met through this organization will be what I remember most. I’ve met 4-H’ers from several different counties, regions and states. I’m so grateful to 4-H for giving me the skills and confidence I needed to put myself out there and converse with so many different types of people. I know I will be lifelong friends with some of the folks I’ve met through 4-H.
Who has been your biggest influence in 4-H?
I think Justin Crowe has been my biggest influence in 4-H. On State Council, he always urges us to represent ourselves and 4-H in the best way we can. He has taught me so much.
How does it feel making history with Congress being postponed?
I have mixed emotions. On one hand, new officers have not been elected, so it’s pretty cool to be making history in that way. But on the other hand, I was so very excited for Congress, and I was very disappointed about it being postponed. I know this is a year that none of us will ever forget.