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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Nearly 700 Pennsylvania 4-H youth gathered to network and enhance their leadership skills during the 2020 Pennsylvania 4-H State Leadership Conference from January 31 to February 2, at the Penn State Hotel and Conference Center in State College, Pennsylvania.

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. 

Eleven 4-H members were recognized for attaining the highest achievement possible in the Pennsylvania 4-H program, the Diamond Clover Award. 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.

The youth who were honored include:
Abigail Bruner – Indiana Co.
Tristan Cole – Greene Co.
Kaitlyn DeLeo – Bucks Co.
Makayla Gould – McKean Co.
Lucas Hayman – Somerset Co.
Julia Jumper – Westmoreland Co.
Hannah Noel – Westmoreland Co.
Robert Schick – Venango Co.
Brenna Tento – Montgomery Co.
Caela Tobin – Bucks Co.
Hannah Wareham – McKean Co.

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 your local program, visit the Penn State Extension website at

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