STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — More than 300 Pennsylvania 4-H youth gathered to network and improve their leadership skills at the 2022 Pennsylvania 4-H State Leadership Conference Jan. 28-30 at Penn State College’s State Hotel and Conference Center.

Along with hosting leadership-focused workshops and recognizing Pennsylvania 4-H state-level award winners, the new Pennsylvania 4-H State Council team was installed.

The Pennsylvania 4-H State Council is a leading group of young people selected from across the state to be official spokespersons for the Pennsylvania 4-H program.

Throughout the next year of their tenure, these individuals will represent the program at numerous industry events, plan statewide events, and attend 4-H events and meetings statewide.

Elizabeth Bruner, Indiana County, Outreach Committee

Elizabeth is a homeschooled senior who has been a 4-H member for 13 years. His list of 4-H projects is long: leadership, shotgun, archery, air rifle, wildlife, forestry, market and goat farming, market hogs, horses, embryology, gardening, sewing and journaling. of fashion.

“I love how the 4-H program not only provides many opportunities for members, but teaches young people life skills such as leadership, teamwork and problem solving that will be beneficial throughout of their lives,” she said. “4-H prepares young people to be the leaders of tomorrow by improving the best.

Elizabeth’s plans include attending Penn State Dubois to pursue a bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries science to become a wildlife biologist.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Clark and Connie Bruner, of Blairsville.

Samantha Kriley, Armstrong County, Communications Committee

Samantha is a senior at Lenape Technical School and has worked in 4-H for 12 years. His 4-H projects have included horse riding, leadership as a club officer and county council member, cooking, bike safety, square dancing, and horseback riding.

Outside of 4-H, Samantha can be found leading worship, teaching in children’s ministry, and planning youth group events at Harvest Church.

She is also a captain of the West Shamokin Color Guard.

“4-H has always been a place where I can go to improve, appreciate and accept myself and others,” she said. “I have been fortunate to have leaders who have invested in my development as a leader, friend, daughter and sister, and mentor to younger members. Throughout my years in 4-H, I have have developed a lifelong relationship between county, state and country.

In particular, she plans to participate in an apprenticeship program at Penn United Technologies.

Samantha is the daughter of William and Sandra Kriley of Rural Valley.

Alice Polcrack, Sullivan County, Chair

Alice is a senior in Sullivan County High School and has been in 4-H for nine years. In 4-H, she has participated in projects such as County Council Leadership, Cooking, Rifle, Archery and Rabbits. She is the first person from Sullivan County to serve on the State Council. Her plans include going to college to pursue a degree in public health with a pre-medical track. Alice is the daughter of Erik and Jane Polcrack, of Shunk.

Miranda Wezner, Montgomery County, Secretary, Communications Committee

Miranda is a senior at Perkiomen Valley High School and an eighth-grade member of 4-H. As a member of the program, she has been involved in Rabbit, Beekeeping, Cooking, Market Goat, Photography, Junior Toastmasters, and Veterinary Science projects.

Additionally, she has taken 4-H exchange trips to Wisconsin and California. Among other things, she plans to go to university to major in agricultural education and she plans to publish her poetry this year.

She enjoys being outdoors, including hiking, running, and fishing. Miranda is the daughter of Marc and Wendy Wezner of Collegeville.

Logan Fortin, Erie County, Events Committee

Logan is a senior at Fort LeBoeuf High School and has been in 4-H for 11 years. His projects have included hogs and cattle, as well as leadership through the Erie County Teen Council and as an officer in its clubs.

Logan’s plans include attending the University of Edinboro to major in criminal justice and possibly pursue a master’s degree. Outside of 4-H, he plays football and was named an All Region First Team Left Tackle. He is also co-owner of 4-10 Bros. Show Cattle. Logan is the son of Denny and Lisa Fortin, of Waterford.

Alexandria Neff, Dauphin County, Events Committee

Alexandria is a junior at Covenant Christian Academy and a 10-year member of 4-H. She is a member of the Dauphin County Friendship Community Club, the Fur and Feathers Club and the Exchange Club. She is involved in a range of projects including poultry, rabbits, spinning and other textile arts, gardening and art. Alexandria credits 4-H with making her a more confident and responsible person. Her plans include going to college to study biology or veterinary medicine.

Alexandria is the daughter of Dale and Janell Neff, of Harrisburg.

Cailyn Shaffer, Venango County, Events Committee

Cailyn is a senior from the Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District and a nine-year member of 4-H. As a member of the Cranberry Clovers club, she has participated in crocheting, baking, cooking, expressive arts, photography, health and wildlife projects. She also focuses on leadership as a member of the Venango County Teen Council. Her plans include earning a degree in speech therapy to become a speech therapist. Cailyn is the daughter of Randall Shaffer and Kristie Shaffer, of Emlenton.

Jordan Armagost, Venango County, Outreach Committee

Jordan is a senior at 21st Century Cyber ​​Charter School and an 11-year member of 4-H. He has previously completed sewing, woodworking, rocketry, hiking, biking and camping projects, and is currently working in the market and beef farming. Jordan was the 2020 Venango County 4-H King. His plans include joining the Army National Guard as an 88M, being a heavy truck and trailer operator, and remaining heavily involved in his county’s 4-H program as a volunteer. Jordan is the son of John and Jody Armagost, of Grove City.

Sarah Grace Ferber, Montgomery County, Outreach Committee

Sarah Grace is a homeschooled senior who has been a 4-H member for eight years. She has been involved in the following 4-H projects: Poultry, Reptiles, Goat, Rabbit, Canine, Archery and Public Speaking. Among other things, she plans to attend college for wildlife conservation to conduct management efforts and continue her research on endangered species. Sarah Grace is the daughter of Barbara Ferber, of Fleetwood.

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