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Berkeley Co. Youth fair organizers proud of alums

August 02, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - People like Lauren Hunley make Berkeley County Youth Fair organizers proud.

Hunley was in third grade at Back Creek Valley Elementary School when she decided to join 4-H.

Hunley tried various projects, including baking, leaf collecting and animal livestock.

And Indian lore.

The more Hunley studied Native American culture, the more she liked it.

She did projects on Indian headbands, medicine men, horse paintings and musical instruments.

It was a passion that never waned and today Hunley is a top student at the University of New Mexico for her studies in anthropology and prehistoric archaeology.

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Hunley, a second-year student, was on the dean's list both semesters and has been selected for a national dean's list.

Looking back, Hunley said it was clearly her first projects in 4-H that sparked her interest in Indian history.

"It guided me," said Hunley as she set up another Indian exhibit at the beginning of the 57th annual Berkeley County Youth Fair Sunday.

"I realized I wanted to continue with this," said Hunley, a 2003 graduate of Martinsburg High School.

Hunley said she hopes to get a doctorate degree and work in cultural resource management programs which require significant Indian historical areas to be studied before development at the sites can occur.

Hunley met up with a group of youth fair organizers Sunday and they celebrated the good news of her achievements at the University of New Mexico.

Hunley's study of Indian history is the kind of story which makes youth fair organizers proud because her start in 4-H helped fuel a "lifelong expedition," said Barbara Frankenberry, a longtime fair organizer who has been involved in many different parts of the event.

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