LEWISBURG, WV (06/30/2011)(readMedia)– The State Fair of West Virginia in partnership with S.J. Neathawk Lumber have created the fair’s first Youth Leadership Council with six youth from across the region having been selected via an application process that included a review of academic records and community involvement.
The selected youth will have the opportunity to enhance leadership and organizational skills through volunteering and developing programs and events for the State Fair of West Virginia. Council members will be expected to complete a minimum number of volunteer hours that tie into the preparation and execution of the annual fair, develop programs and events that promote the State Fair Scholarship Endowment, and participate in business meetings, planning meetings and serve on committees. The main objective of creating a council is to provide youth the opportunity to focus on the State Fair’s initiative of sustaining agricultural practices through public education initiatives relating to the importance of agriculture in our daily food supply.
The 2011 Youth Leadership Council includes:
Mari Slusher is a high school senior from Summit Point, WV. Mari is a member in the Jefferson County High School FFA Chapter and served as Parliamentarian this year. She plays softball for her high school team and is a member of the Country Pride 4-H Club. She was presented the FFA Greenhand Award and participates in the State Fair horse and pony shows.
Brittany Glover is a high school senior from White Sulphur Springs, WV. Brittany has attended the Girl Scout National Convention and the Forestry Association State Convention. She represented Greenbrier East High School at the state HOSA competition and is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. She has volunteered for Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity.
Jossie Brooks is a high school junior from Lewisburg, WV. Jossie was an an FFA Creed Contest winner and student secretary of the Wrangler National Rodeo. She was assistant vice president of the Greenbrier East High School FFA Chapter and a member of the Greenbrier County Livestock Association. She is in National Honor Society and spends time showing pigs.
Paige Redifer is a rising college freshman from Weyers Cave, VA. Paige has served as President and Vice President for the Junior American Boer Goat Association. She has tutored students at Stewart Middle School and was elected National Honor Society Secretary. She exhibits Boer goats at the State Fair of West Virginia. She has attended the National FFA Convention twice and is pursuing a degree in biology from Ferrum College.
Amanda McGuire is a rising college freshman from Union, WV. Amanda has been a teen leader in 4-H and treasurer of the Ever Ready 4-H Club. She was presented the WV HOSA State Leadership award and participates in Operation Christmas Child each year. She was co-captain of the Greenbrier East women’s basketball team and will be attending Marshall University. She was selected as a 2011 State Fair scholarship winner.
Erica McGuire is a rising college freshman from Union, WV. Erica has served as Vice President and Reporter of the Ever Ready 4-H Club. She was co-editor of her high school yearbook and she received third place in the nutrition category at the state HOSA competition. She participates in adopt a child and was a member of the Greenbrier East women’s basketball team. She will be attending Marshall University. She was selected as a 2011 State Fair scholarship winner.
The 2011 State Fair is themed “It’s All Here” and is scheduled August 12-20. Named a Top 100 event by the American Bus Association, the State Fair is a 501 © 3 non-profit corporation committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education. For more information, please visit www.statefairofwv.com, or follow fair events on Facebook and Twitter.