University Park, Pa. -- Five Pennsylvania youth leaders were elected to serve one-year terms in executive positions on the Pennsylvania State 4-H Council at the 2010 Pennsylvania State 4-H Leadership Conference held recently in State College, Pa.
The Pennsylvania State 4-H Council is a pre-eminent group of young people selected from around the state to be the official spokespeople for the Pennsylvania 4-H program to government, university and industry officials.
--Jeanette Blank of Middleburg, Pa., has been selected to serve as president of the council. A freshman at Penn State majoring in telecommunications, Blank has been involved in Snyder County 4-H programs for 11 years through the Rabbits and Teen Leadership projects.
--Jamie Forinash of Springboro, Pa., will serve as vice president of operations. A freshman at Edinboro University, Forinash has been involved in Crawford County 4-H programs for nine years and has completed Market Swine, Rabbits, Shotgunning and Teen Leadership projects.
--Christy Lambert of Berlin, Pa., has been selected to serve as the vice president of events. A senior at Berlin Brothersvalley High School, Lambert has been involved in Somerset County 4-H programs for eight years and has completed Goat, Lamb, Rifle, Cooking and Teen Leadership projects.
--Rachel Gruver of Rimersburg, Pa., has been elected to serve as secretary of the council. A senior at Union High School, Gruver has been involved in Clarion County 4-H programs for 10 years and participates in such projects as Horses, Swine, Sheep and Goats.
--Justine Bush of Muncy, Pa., has been selected to serve as reporter and historian. A sophomore majoring in business administration at Lycoming College, Bush has been involved in Lycoming County 4-H programs for 10 years with a variety of projects including Horses, Veterinary Science and Teen Leadership.
Pennsylvania 4-H is a nonformal youth development education program of Penn State Cooperative Extension. Open to youth between the ages of 8 and 19, 4-H helps participants become self-directed, productive and contributing members of a diverse society by empowering them to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.
The 4-H council officers represent more than 100,000 4-Hers across Pennsylvania through 4-H programs and presentations with regional and state-level civic groups, and through interactions with local, state and national government officials and Penn State administration. During the year, they promote Pennsylvania 4-H at a variety of programs, including the Pennsylvania Farm Show and Penn State's Ag Progress Days.
They are actively involved in state-level 4-H programming, leading their peers in educational workshops. Also, they plan and implement the annual statewide 4-H Leadership Conference in State College. Beyond their major role of promoting Pennsylvania 4-H, officers plan and administer the opening and closing ceremonies of 4-H Capitol Days and State 4-H Achievement Days.
Each council member also will devote four hours of service to a cause of their own choosing, visit five 4-H clubs within their counties and act as hosts and masters of ceremonies at regional and state 4-H events.