CORVALLIS - The Oregon 4-H Ambassador program has selected 115 outstanding Oregon 4-H members from across the state to participate in its activities during the coming year.
"This group represents the largest number of 4-H members ever chosen for the prestigious program, and is a reflection of an increase in 4-H membership in recent years," said Duane Johnson, Oregon State University Extension 4-H youth development specialist.
Last year, more than 50,000 youth took part in 4-H programs, an increase of 8,500 participants.
"Participation in the ambassador program is one of the highest honors a 4-H member can earn," Johnson said.
To become an ambassador, 4-H members must undergo a rigorous review of their accomplishments in 4-H and in community and school activities. Ambassadors must be at least in the 10th grade.
The ambassadors fulfill an important function for the OSU Extension 4-H Youth Program. They promote the 4-H Program throughout the state and participate in a variety of state, county and local activities.
Included among those activities are giving talks about 4-H to community groups, setting up 4-H displays in stores and shopping centers, promoting 4-H activities on radio and television talk shows, and recruiting new 4-H members. In addition, the ambassadors train 4-H leaders and members, and provide leadership for 4-H educational programs at the county and state level.
The new ambassadors will learn more about their responsibilities to help represent and promote the 4-H program at the 4-H Ambassador Weekend, June 19-21 at Linfield College in McMinnville.
The weekend, sponsored by the Oregon Farm Credit System, will also include classes on life skill development, workforce preparation and citizenship, Johnson said. The focus of this year's training includes effective communications, teamwork, resume development, and youth leadership in community and state issues.
Some of the ambassadors will be invited to participate in the 1998 National 4-H Youth Congress in Memphis later this year.
Selected as 1998 Oregon 4-H Ambassadors are:
ALBANY: Mandi McDowell, Evie Moe, Erica Ward
ASTORIA: Katie Weidman
AZALEA: Hope Gard
BANKS: Brandee Williams
BEAVER: Katie Pearn
BLODGETT: Annika Kessi
BONANZA: Kendra Smith
BORING: Angela Buckwalter
BURNS: Shelly Simpson
CANBY: Elizabeth Perkin, Shirine Salem
CANYON CITY: Erick Keerins
CENTRAL POINT: Kinsy Biskeborn, Layton DeZell, Christine Petersen
CHILOQUIN: Cassy Dimick-Gallagher
CLATSKANIE: Jenny Jauron
CLOVERDALE: Tami Buell, Amy Hopkes
CONDON: Sam Bates
COOS BAY: Penny Gillson
CORBETT: Heather Marsh
CORVALLIS: Leslie Charles, Dara Easley, Denise Giles, Sarah Greer, Ashley Packard
COTTAGE GROVE: Chris Cochrane
COVE: Jessie Barreto, Brandon Ritter
DEXTER: Jennifer Newcomer
EDDYVILLE: Shane Grant
ENTERPRISE: Shawna Rahn
EUGENE: Danna Magnuson, Ryan Magnuson
FOREST GROVE: Kendra Brenner
GRANTS PASS: Anya Hunt
GRESHAM: Kelly Nemmert
HILLSBORO: Myra Coe
IONE: Jessica Krebs
JUNCTION CITY: Andrea Adams, Rachel Mourek
KEIZER: Sarah Boatner
KLAMATH FALLS: Rachel Cook
LA GRANDE: Tove Ryman
LEBANON: Kari Ainsworth, Jed Smith, Karen Thomson
LINCOLN CITY: Jennifer Fitzpatrick
LOSTINE: Ramirose Attebury, Lacey Vernam
MCMINNVILLE: Rebecca Kirk
MEDFORD: Jessica Cartwright, Brooke Huard
MILTON-FREEWATER: Tiffanie Forthman, Kevin Walker
MOLALLA: Kara Goggin
MONROE: Erin Holman
NEHALEM: Abigail Collett, Joel Collett, Jennifer Gallusser, Megan Gallusser
NEWBERG: Kara Holveck, Kelly Mills, Sharon Reilly, Laura Stewart
OREGON CITY: Sabrina Balgamwalla, Karen Jeffrey
OTIS: Ken Gibson
PHILOMATH: Sara Gourley
PLEASANT HILL: Daniel Olson, Jennifer Olson
PORTLAND: Andrew Bernhard (Zip Code: 97232), Megan Marconi (97215), Peter Mattson (97229), Katie Mengershausen (97214), Vanessa Stewart (97201)
PRINEVILLE: James Kessel
RAINIER: Ryan Blaylock, Jessica Villhauer, Jared Villhauer
REDMOND: Jessica Haavisto
ROGUE RIVER: Arianne Cease, Jason Krebs
ROSEBURG: Vicki Fry
SALEM: Cheri Andersen, Tiffany Andersen, Erin Jensen, Bryan Gonzalez, Noelle Reeves
ST. HELENS: Lacy Ogan, Kirsten Syrstad
SCIO: Ben Gerding, Jr., Becky Pape, Brian Pape
SEAL ROCK: Kyla Ryan
SHERIDAN: Luke Monroe
SHERWOOD: Kristi Price
SILVERTON: Amariek Jensen
SUMMERVILLE: Melissa Forester, Julie Smith
SUTHERLIN: Darci Boak
TILLAMOOK: Janell Alberto, Becky Hogan, Tifany White
TOLEDO: Casey Hettman
TROUTDALE: Tara Dunlop
UNION: Axel Clark, Audrey Stockhoff, Mia Swanson, Christy Upshaw
VERNONIA: Dawn Pendell
WILSONVILLE: Brian McGregor