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Young people

July 15, 2007

Recognized twice in one year on the National 4-H level is rarely heard of; however, Catherine Staley earned national 4-H recognition twice in 2007.

Staley was one of four 4-H members selected to represent West Virginia at the 77th Annual National 4-H Conference in Chevy Chase, Md., in March. The 4-H'ers participated in a wide variety of activities that encouraged them to share their ideas for improvement to the National 4-H program, including roundtable discussions in small groups and workshops about leadership and the importance of community service.

The conference's theme was "Citizenship" and to explore this topic the group made excursions to many of the national monuments while discussing what it means to be a United States citizen.

Staley was also honored as one of eight collegiate 4-H members, nationwide, to represent Jefferson County, W.Va., at the National 4-H Curriculum Summit. Over the past years, a need to refocus and revamp the standards by which 4-H instructional materials are designed has developed. Leaders, volunteers, agents, 4-H council members, youth, and many other stakeholders recently came together to examine current standards and brainstorm new ideas pertaining to 4-H curriculum.

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Staley worked as a collegiate facilitator at National 4-H Curriculum Summit hosted by the National 4-H Headquarters at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase.

The daughter of Jim and Peachy Staley of Scrabble, W.Va., Catherine is a 12-year 4-H member of the Ridge Runners 4-H Club in Shepherdstown, W.Va. She attends Marshall University, where she is active in the collegiate program.

To learn more about 4-H or collegiate 4-H programming, please contact the WVU Jefferson County Extension 4-H Agent, Shanna Nicodemus, 728-7413, ext. 1, Shanna.Nicodemus@mail.wvu.edu.

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