4-H Youth are the Superheroes of the Future
By Kate Ewer, 4-H Community Educator
JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK (April 6, 2016) -- Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program connects youth to hands-on learning opportunities that help them grow into competent, caring, contributing members of society. In an effort to recognize the great things that 4-H youth accomplish, each month Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County will name a 4-H SuperYouth. This month we celebrate Elizabeth Comstock.
Fourteen-year-old Liz Comstock has been in 4-H for seven years. She is a member of the Harmony Haystackers 4-H club in Panama where she has completed many blue-ribbon clothing and textiles, food and nutrition, photography, fine arts, creative crafts, cake decorating, leather craft, leadership and recycling project. Liz is currently the president of her club and has previously been secretary for four years. During club meetings Liz is always willing to help her fellow 4-H’ers complete their projects. She easily exemplifies, “heart”, one of the four pillars of the 4-H pledge.
Liz has proudly represented Chautauqua County at the Western District Style Review where she has modeled clothes that she created in the clothing and textiles project. She has also been selected for Western District Presentations where she had the opportunity to compete against 4-H’ers in the Western District for a spot at the State competition in Syracuse. Many of her club projects have been on display at the New York State Fair.
In the barn, you’ll most likely find Liz working with her market hogs although she has raised and shown sheep. Her dedication to the Hog Project has allowed her to be a Junior Superintendent in the Hog Barn at County Fair and she sits on the 4-H Hog Project Advisory Committee as a junior member. Liz has received the Jr. Project Champion, a points-based award that is a summation of the youth’s participation and the quality of the animal that they raise, for five years in a row.
As a Teen Ambassador. Liz is a leader among her peers. She is the face of 4-H to our county and state legislature. She is always willing to help and works well with the other Teen Ambassadors and her 4-H peers when there is a big job to get done—whether it’s 4-H Awards Night or County Fair setup.
Liz is an involved freshman at Panama Central School where she is on the honor roll. She plays the flute and participates in chorus. Her dedication has given her the opportunity to participate in NYSSMA festivals in both band and chorus where she has scored Excellent and Outstanding. Liz has three school musicals under her belt as well. She’s active in Student Council and leads the IMPACT team. Recently Liz has traveled with the New York School of Urban Ministry (NYSUM) and Park United Methodist church to New York City for a mission’s trip.
Elizabeth Comstock is a youth who is dedicated to whatever she does—in and out of 4-H. She sets a great example for her peers and that is why she is the March 4-H SuperYouth.The 4-H Youth Development Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.
Last updated April 11, 2016