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Lake County teen selected to serve as SD State 4-H Ambassador

Pictured (right to left): Kate Hamilton, Beadle County; Hayden Niles, Day County; Shane Rist, Turner County; Grace DiGiovanni, Turner County; Emma Eppe, Lake County; Ashley Bondesen, Lincoln County; Madison DeMent, Minnehaha County; Emily Robbins, Brookings County; Dillon Browning, Brown County; Logan Tlam, Davison County; Carter Effling, Marshall County; and Eli Hamre, Walworth County.

A Lake County teenager has been selected to serve as a South Dakota State 4-H Ambassador.  Emma Eppe is one of sixteen teens from across the state selected to serve on the 2021-2022 State 4-H Ambassador team.

In order to be selected, 4-H’ers must submit an application containing a personal narrative and three letters of recommendation from an SDSU Extension Professional, a 4-H leader or volunteer and a 4-H member or alumni.  After submitting an application package, candidates participate in an interview with the State 4-H Ambassador Program Coordinator and industry or 4-H professionals. Candidates are then selected on their perceived ability to serve as a positive role model to other youth and as a champion for South Dakota 4-H.

The ambassadors selected for this year include:

  • Kate Hamilton of Beadle County with a focus on leadership
  • Emily Robbins of Brookings County with a focus on health and wellness
  • Dillon Browning of Brown County with a focus on leadership
  • Izzy May of Butte/Lawrence Counties with a focus on leadership
  • Laurie Vifquain of Butte/Lawrence Counties with a focus on leadership
  • Logan Tlam of Davison County with a focus on leadership
  • Hayden Niles of Day County with a focus on science
  • William Karels of Grant County with a focus on leadership
  • Isaac Sousa of Grant County with a focus on leadership
  • Emma Eppe of Lake County with a focus on agriculture
  • Ashley Bondesen of Lincoln County with a focus on leadership
  • Carter Effling of Marshall County with a focus on agriculture
  • Madison DeMent of Minnehaha County with a focus on agriculture
  • Grace DiGiovanni of Turner County with a focus on health and wellness
  • Shane Rist of Turner County with a focus on agriculture
  • Eli Hamre of Walworth County with a focus on leadership

For more information about the South Dakota State 4-H Ambassador program, contact Hilary Risner, SDSU Extension Regional 4-H Youth Program Advisor, at [email protected] or (605) 394-1722.



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