Setting Goals: The Sky is the Limit!

by Grace Huddleston

I started 4-H back in 2008 with just one goat and one goal in mind, showing at the county fair. Since then my goal has turned into goals. I have continued with 4-H and have joined the FFA, becoming 4-H Goat Club President and FFA Chapter President for two years running. As a fourth year 4-H member, I now raise goats and cattle full time, with the occasional hog and lamb on the side.
 Both organizations have allowed me to hold extensive leadership roles, as well as learn valuable life skills such as responsibility.

Being in 4-H and FFA, I’ve grown an interest in the agricultural legislative process. Through 4-H, I will have the opportunity to visit our state capitol on January 31. I will be talking with the Virginia legislators as well as learning about state government procedures, meeting local legislators, and encouraging civic engagement. While at the capitol, I will be able to share my own 4-H story with legislators who are supporting our program, as well as meet other Virginia 4-Hers.

This program was open to 8 senior 4-H members that were willing to give up two days, one for training and one for the event, to participate. I am currently a senior attending Monroe Technology Center enrolled in the Environmental Plant Science program. This opportunity will enrich and enhance my career plans for the future. In the fall of 2012, I plan on attending Delaware Valley College to major in Extension and Agriculture Education.