Teens credit 4-H for their success

From right, 4-H members Morgan Young, Cassidy Ener, and Casey Bornschein share with Encana represenative Sandy Kent what 4-H has done for them at a Mesa County 4-H Foundation meeting at Stocker Stadium. Encana is a sponsor of the Mesa County 4-H clubs.

Seated around a table, 80 feet above the ground, were several teenagers determined to be successful, and they credited 4-H for putting them on a path toward making it happen.

The Mesa County 4-H Foundation brought together graduating seniors and Foundation sponsors in an open house Wednesday night in the fourth-floor hospitality suite of the Lincoln Park Tower to share stories about what the Foundation has done to support 4-H members “learn, lead, serve and succeed,” as its brochure stated.

The Foundation is a nonprofit that offers 4-H members college scholarships or grant support to attend leadership conferences.

Anna Faskin, 19, and Lindsay Ross, 19, used Foundation support to attend the 2012 Citizenship Washington Focus Trip in June in Washington, D.C. While there, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare, Faskin said.

Being in the nation’s capitol gave the college students, and former 4-H members, a glimpse into what’s required to be a responsible leader and citizen in the present and future, the young women said.

Both were still on college break Wednesday and got to present to Foundation sponsors and a graduating 4-H members information about their experience in Washington, D.C. this past summer.

Some may think of 4-H as nothing but children showing animals, but Faskin and Ross, in addition to four current 4-H members — Morgan Young, 17, Garrett Guthrie, 17, Cassidy Ener, 17, and Casey Bornschein, 18 — reiterated that anyone who thinks 4-H is only for ranch kids with cows is missing the point of the club and what the Foundation wants to support in area youth.

Each teenager said 4-H taught him or her, among other leadership traits, responsibility, improved public speaking, business knowledge and sound decision-making.

“I don’t know if I can thank 4-H enough,” said Guthrie, whose current project is turning his 2001 Jeep Cherokee into a more fuel efficient, turbocharged vehicle by this summer’s Mesa County Fair.


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