This youth was a member of the Copper Country Horse Riders 40H Club for about 8 years. The club frequently made horse cookies and had an annual Horse Fun Day. She and her family helped with selling hotdogs and a variety of food items on those days to help support the club activities. The family also helped at a fundraiser for the Houghton Keweenaw County 4-H Endowment of the Michigan 4-H Foundation.
She expanded her 4-H experience by showing a variety of projects in the Houghton County Fair usually in foods, sewing, and arts and crafts. She won the Ball/Kerr Preserving Award at the Houghton County Fair. Her culinary experience was well on its way.
Her high school freshman year she attended MSU 4-H Exploration Days where she took a tie-dying class and equine psychology class. She seemed quiet, a little shy, and happy on this trip as she was with many friends from her 4-H Club.
Building her skills in 4-H she states, "4-H has been a positive experience for me. I was vice president and later president of the Horse Riders Club until I left for college. This taught me leadership and allowed me to meet new people." Currently she is a culinary student at a Michigan college.
During a winter break she came to the Youth for the Future 4-H Club meeting . She offered to do a cooking demonstration for the club members at a later meeting. She brought in her professional cooking utensil bag and explained what was in it. Later she showed the group how to make chicken tenders, salad, and homemade dressings. She talked about choosing good meats, vinegars, oils and a variety of educational materials for the younger youth to learn. She is confidant, knowledgeable, and a talented young woman who clearly has chosen a career, which she is excited about and willing to give back and share with others.
Even two months later the young participants are still talking about the demonstration. Not only has 4-H had an impact on this person, she has given back and had an impact on the younger youth. Truly a 4-H success story!