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4-H youth show great leadership qualities


Dear Editor,

Each year State 4-H awards for outstanding achievement are presented to

4-H members who best represent the 4-H goals of learning, loyalty, and service.

This year three Lapeer County 4-H members received the 2007 state 4-H awards. They are Amy Straight of North Bird Club who was recognized for achievement in Poultry; Rick Straight of North Branch Bird Club, for Agriculture; and Tiffany Weiss of Busy Beavers 4-H Club, for Rabbits.

Amy has been a 4-H member for 9 years. She started in the Swine project, and in 2002, started showing poultry as well. Over the past five years she has bred and hatched over 50 birds in five different varieties of Japanese poultry. Amy says her 4-H experience has helped her develop leadership, time management, teamwork and stress management skills, just to name a few. She is considering becoming a licensed poultry judge in the future.

Rick Straight is Amy's younger brother. He has been a 4-H member for nine years. During this time he's experienced livestock judging, raising swine and poultry, growing crops, and making indoor projects. He's learned the importance of careful planning, proper timing, and maintenance of equipment. Rick also says 4-H has taught him the importance of forgiving others because, as he states, no one is perfect. Rick is also the current Lapeer County 4-H King.

Tiffany Weiss, a 4-H member for 11 years, was recognized for her achievement in the rabbit project. As a 4-H member, Tiffany has raised several breeds of rabbits. Her primary focus has been on the Satin breed and raising high quality animals. Tiffany has won many awards and is now a 4-H rabbit judge. Her 4-H experiences have helped her become an excellent communicator and an outstanding leader.

These young people are great examples of how a young person can grow and achieve their goals through the opportunities offered in the 4-H Youth Development program. The 4-H program is open to all youth, ages 5 to 19 years. For more information, contact 810-667-0343,

Pat Waugh, 4-H Educator, Lapeer County MSU Extension
September 05, 2007

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