On Feb. 17, nine 4-H members traveled to Charleston to visit the Capitol and represent Randolph County 4-H.
Alisha Arbogast, Jeyna Collett, Lydia Plishka, Sarah Riggleman and Madison Wymer served as 4-H legislative pages. They were the guests of Delegates William Hartman and Denise Campbell, both D-Randolph.
During the floor session, the 4-H pages served members of the House in a nonpartisan capacity within the Legislature, and had an opportunity to interact with lawmakers while observing the legislative process at work.
Pictured from left are Summer Turner, Delegate William Hartman, Lydia Plishka, Sarah Johnson, Jonathan Stanley, Sarah Riggleman, Madison Wymer, Jeyna Collett, Rebekah Stanley, Alisha Arbogast and Delegate Denise Campbell.
Sarah Johnson, Jonathan Stanley, Rebekah Stanley and Summer Turner represented Randolph County 4-H as 4-H Teen Ambassadors and observed the Senate in session. They shared thoughts and ideas with Hartman and related how the 4-H program has influenced their lives. In addition, they had the opportunity to watch the House of Delegates in session, giving them a firsthand learning experience regarding the role of the legislators in the state and to learn more about state government in West Virginia.
Serving as legislative pages and ambassadors provided the 4-H'ers with a meaningful and exciting experience in state government and the opportunity to meet and work with other young people, their state representatives and those from different areas of the state. The 4-H'ers were accompanied by WVU Randolph County Extension Agent Amanda Johnson and chaperones Patricia Collett and Teresa Wymer.
Johnson said the day at the Legislature is one of many educational opportunities provided by the 4-H program in Randolph County, and the 4-H'ers enjoyed visiting the Capitol.
The WVU Extension Service serves as the outreach arm of West Virginia University. Extension has offices in all 55 counties, which provide citizens with knowledge in areas such as 4-H and youth development, leadership development, agriculture, family and consumer sciences, health, and community and economic development.
For more information about the 4-H program in Randolph County, contact the WVU Extension Office, 32 Randolph Avenue, Suite 102, Elkins, visit the website at randolph.ext.wvu.edu, or the Facebook page at Randolph Countywv-extension, or send and email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone the county office at 304-636-2455.