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What's Happening with 4-H in Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark Counties
Ethan Scholl

Two selected for Celebrity Choice Awards at State Fair

Congratulations to two 4-H members from our counties who were selected to receive the Celebrity Choice Awards at the State Fair for their exhibits.  This award was designed as a 4-H promotional statement … it was judged on the exhibit's "WOW" factor. Judges were instructed to look for exhibits which made a statement: "This is what Illinois 4-H members are capable of… or "this is what I...

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What a day at the Illinois State Fair!

It's something they work hard on all year – raising and caring for their livestock, training them for the 4-H show ring, preparing the animal for judging, learning all about the breed, submitting the required paperwork, transporting the animal and tending to it at the fair – these examples are just some of what 4-H members must do to be successful in showing their livestock. The best ones advan...

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4-H Health Jam a Great Success

With great success I was able to launch the 4-H Health Jam program at Kewanee Central for 114 fifth graders. The kick-off event had five sessions at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center including fitness, CPR, body systems, healthy foods/My Plate, diabetes prevention. Then weekly speakers included the following topics as requested by the teachers: personal hygiene, suga...

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Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Diaz!

Lisa Bouillion Diaz has been selected to lead University of Illinois Extension 4-H youth development programs in Illinois. George Czapar, U of I associate dean and Extension director, recently announced that the longtime Extension youth development specialist will serve as the new assistant dean for Extension youth development. "Dr. Diaz has a record of leadership within 4-H," said Czap...

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QC Teen Leadership Academy Planned by Teens

Many thanks to the QC Teen Leadership Academy Planning Committee for an excellent conference planned for Saturday, March 14 at the WIU Riverfront Campus.  Youth attending learned about personality types and how to get along with others, culture and diversity, Hunger Ambassadors and Science Ambassadors. Our last session was Guys in Ties which was hilarious!  Planning committee members w...

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Youth Had Fun at Science Siesta

Twenty girls experienced a hospital setting at the 2015 Science Siesta program recently.  Thanks to Hammond-Henry Hospital for the great experience.  We got the see the lab where blood is drawn and cultured, the emergency room, Imaging (cat scans and MRI machines), surgery and physical therapy including the pool, and exercise equipment!  The staff along with Julie West were superb to w...

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County Agricultural Fairs Contribute to Local Economies in Illinois

Congratulations to the Mercer County 4-H Federation who contributed to this study during the 2014 Mercer County Fair!  Attendees of the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs (IAAF) annual meeting heard the results of the Economic Impact of Illinois Agricultural Fairs study conducted in the summer of 2014. The study, conducted by the University of Illinois Extensio...

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