STATE COLLEGE — Two McKean County 4-H members were honored recently at the 2020 Pennsylvania 4-H State Leadership Conference at the Penn State Hotel and Conference Center in State College.

Makayla Gould and Hannah Wareham, both of McKean County, were among the 11 participants recognized with the Diamond Clover Award, the highest achievement possible in the Pennsylvania 4-H program.

The Clover Award Program encourages 4-H members to explore new projects and activities that will help them acquire the seven Leadership Life Skills: communicating, decision making and problem solving, getting along with others, learning to learn, managing, understanding self, and working in groups. Engagement with the Clover Award Program is generally a multi-year process.

Nearly 700 Pennsylvania 4-H youth gathered at the conference to network and enhance their leadership skills.

County 4-H members from across the state participated in workshops designed and delivered by 4-H educators, Penn State faculty and special invited speakers. The workshops included topics that encouraged youth to build their skills in public speaking, teambuilding, conflict resolution and communicating through social media. The 4-H youth who attend the conference are current and future leaders in their communities, schools and 4-H pursuits.

At the close of the conference, the new Pennsylvania 4-H State Council team was announced. The Council is a premier group of young people selected from the commonwealth to be the official spokespeople for the Pennsylvania 4-H program. The new officers include: Jillian Ranko of Butler County, president; Audrey Ferrie of Warren County, vice president of operations; Amanda Hollabaugh of Adams County, vice president of events; Sydney Brown of Erie County, vice president of internal affairs; Laurie Enders of Armstrong County, secretary; and Alyssa Neff of Dauphin County, reporter/historian.

Administered through Penn State Extension, 4-H is a community of more than 6 million young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is found in all 67 Pennsylvania counties. County 4-H educators work with volunteers to deliver non-formal education opportunities to youth ages 5-18.

To find a local program, visit the Penn State Extension website at https://extension.psu.edu/programs/4-h.

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