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What’s Your 4-H Story?

Summer Marx as a child at the Shelby County Fair and now.

Our alumni have amazing stories to share about the impact 4-H had on them as youth and how it has shaped their lives and careers since aging out of the program. Continue reading to learn more about some of the ways 4-H has changed the lives of our alumni.

You can also share your 4-H story with us by completing our survey. We would love to hear from you and share your 4-H experiences in an upcoming newsletter or on our Facebook page!


“4-H has had a tremendous impact on my life, and I am extremely grateful to everyone who invested in me through their time and mentorship. I work for Farm Credit Mid-America as a financial officer, and without 4-H, I likely would not have this. My position allows me to blend my love for people, problem solving, and finance together into one amazing career.”

- Summer Marx, Shelby County 4-H alumnaTabitha Bartoe with her rabbit at the Madison County Fair and now.


“4-H influenced me to help others, make the world a better place, and sparked my love for community service. I am passionate about the climate and keeping the Earth clean, and 4-H has given me the tools and skills needed to share this message with my community. I am currently a student at Valparaiso University, where I am pursuing a career as a broadcast meteorologist and continuing my community service work by serving as a college mentor for kids.”

- Tabitha Bartoe, Madison County 4-H alumna

Jared Dorsch with his outstanding market steer at the Muskingum County Fair.


“4-H has been one of the most important organizations I've been a part of. It's a pathway for young people to learn to become productive, successful, and genuine people. 4-H taught so many important things, from public speaking and responsibility to leadership and time management skills. The self-motivation to complete an individual project was instilled in me at a young age and this mindset has stuck with me through college, a successful internship, and the last 17 years while running my own financial planning practice.”

- Jared Dosch, Muskingum County 4-H alumnus

Casey Ellington with one of her chickens.


“4-H helped me build a foundation of service and personal development. I was able to attend college and career tours through my county Extension office and had the opportunity to participate in programs like CARTEENS. Through these experiences, I have gained the tools and skills needed to build the strong future and life that I lead today.”

- Casey Ellington, Brown County 4-H alumna