Cut Bank High School senior Hadley Barbie is no stranger to the MSU Extension. Her grandfather was an agricultural adviser in Pondera County for many years, and her mother was a 4-Her before her. The Pickard and Barbie family have a long history of success in 4-H and MSU Extension, so it’s not surprising that Hadley was selected to represent Montana 4-H in the 2022 National 4-H Congress Career Communications Competition. Here’s how 4-H impacted Hadley’s life:
“As a fourth generation 4-Her, I was thrilled to attend this year’s 4-H convention in Bozeman. This is my 10th year at 4-H and I am proud to be a Junior Leader and Ambassador in Glacier County. I have had rewarding experiences through 4-H as well as lifelong friendships. I also just finished my third 4H camp as a camp counselor, definitely one of the highlights of my 4H year. I will graduate in May and attend Montana State University in Bozeman in the fall where I will be pursuing a nursing degree.
The Montana 4-H Congress offers a wide range of topics to learn about, which got me excited. The event I attended was Career Communication. This event required me to create a cover letter and resume and prepare for the interview portion of the competition. As this year’s Montana 4-H Congress Career Communications 2022 winner, I’ve earned a trip to Atlanta, Georgia. 4-H has proven time and again that it gives me opportunities to improve myself, build life skills, travel and make friends. I would also like to thank everyone who helped me raise funds for this amazing trip. At this year’s Marias Fair we held a Kiss the Pig contest and with the help of my generous community vote for their lucky nominee, I was able to fully fund my trip.
As someone active in the 4-H leadership project, I greatly appreciate the opportunity to hone my leadership skills and generate ideas for use at the local and county levels. I plan to contribute the ideas and 4-H energy I am generating to help lead the Glacier County 4-H Cloverbud program. It all starts here. Being able to share my love of 4-H with these young members and hopefully give them an opportunity to learn more, build friendships and have an unforgettable experience are my ultimate goals.”
Hadley will give up her family vacation by leaving Thanksgiving Day for Atlanta, where she will represent Glacier County 4-H. For more information on how to join 4-H in Glacier County, contact the Extension Office at 406-873-2239. You can also email Lisa Terry at [email protected] or Kari Lewis at [email protected]