Marissa Chevalier, Meriya Halverson, Gabriel Stange, Isaiah Stange, all Golden Fireballs 4-H Club; John Jamieson, Lone Pine 4-H Club; Nicholas Lentz, Rolling Hills 4-H Club; and Jacob Schurtz, Forest Timberwolves 4-H Club were a few of hundreds of 4‑H youth who attended the 95th annual 4-H & Youth Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus held June 22-25.

The seven delegates and chaperones Doug Jamieson and Cindy Croes joined about 500 other young people representing UW-Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program in celebrating the 94th  anniversary of the youth program in Wisconsin at the conference.

The annual four-day conference gives youth a chance to learn about a variety of 4-H and other youth programs, experience hands-on learning in a university campus atmosphere, strengthen life skills such as communication and leadership, gain knowledge to share back home, and exchange ideas and form friendships with youth from around the state.

The delegates attended workshops and assemblies developed around the theme “It Starts With Us” which highlighted leadership, individual responsibility, goal setting, healthy living, and living up to potential. Students participated in a variety of community service projects designed to stimulate interest in replicating similar projects in their own communities.

Workshop topics included everything from communication arts to building leadership skills, healthy living, STEM topics, youth citizenship, and a host of other exciting subjects.

The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation provided financial support for this conference.

The 4-H & Youth Conference is open to 4-H members in 7th-10th grade at the time of selection. (Art Team, Drama Company, Press Team, Showcase Singers and Youth Leader Council members may be 9th-13th grade); be a 4-H member or member of another Extension program; carry county approval through time of award trip.

 For more information about 4-H or other UW-Extension Youth Development programs, visit www.uwex.edu/ces/4h  or contact the St. Croix County 4-H Youth Development office at 715-531-1930.