From left: Chloe Ragland, Katherine Anne Thierfelder, Claire Brooks

1. Where are you from and which county program do you belong to?

I am from McMinnville, where I am a member of Warren County Senior Honor Club.

 2. How did you first become involved with 4-H?

Like most 4-Hers, I was first introduced to 4-H in the fourth grade. Due to the passing of my former competitive cheerleading coach, I suddenly had a lot more free time. This time was immediately filled with 4-H, as it became an outlet where I could express myself. I was strongly encouraged by my family members to continue past the fourth and fifth grade to Junior Honor Club, where I fell in love with this program.

3. Tell us a little bit about you and what sorts of hobbies you have outside of 4-H.

Currently, I am a sophomore at Warren County High School. I enjoy painting, playing the piano, yoga, participating in school clubs, like Beta Club and Interact, and participating in my church’s youth group.

4. What leadership roles have you held in 4-H before Congress?

I have led workshops and cooking camps within my county. I was also Club President for two years, Club Service Project Chair, Club Social Media Chair and volunteered at a church camp.

5. Why did you want to run for a 4-H Congress Officer position?

I wanted to become more involved in the organization I love the most and I was encouraged by older 4-H members to run. I thank them endlessly because without their encouragement, I would never have even considered running.

6. Which projects do you compete in and which is your primary focus?

I have a strong interest in Leadership and Citizenship, but my main project I compete in is Performing Arts and Recreation. Because I won in Level I Performing Arts and Recreation, there is a possibility that I might compete in Personal Development at Roundup. Within Performing Arts and Recreation, I participate in my local theater group and am a member of the 4-H Performance Troupe.

7. If you could give a piece of advice to a younger 4-Her, what would it be?

Get involved and stay active in 4-H! Most members fall out of 4-H during the middle school and high school level, which is where it really gets good. 4-H can give you big opportunities that you could never even imagine.

8. What is your favorite part about 4-H?

4-H is the only competitive club that I have ever participated in that encourages participants to pave the way for others. I love encouraging others to succeed right along beside me. With the friendships that we could not have formed on our own, we have realized we are stronger together.