BRITT | When junior Liliana Hill isn’t busy with school at West Hancock, she finds herself involved with many 4-H activities.
Hill attends club meetings, participates in workshops with her local Britt Broncos group and advocates leadership as a member of the Hancock 4-H County Council.
She also promotes 4-H at the state level as a member of the 4-H State Council. She is an eight-year member of the Britt Broncos and a fifth-year member of the Hancock 4-H County Council.
“It was posted in a newsletter and I thought it sounded like fun,” said Hill, 17. “I like 4-H anyway so I applied and got a friend to join the council with me in seventh grade.”
The council is a way for like-minded 4-Hers to step up and learn leadership skills, Hill said.
Hill said she enjoyed being on the Hancock 4-H County Council but felt there was even more she could be doing with 4-H.
She said Hancock County 4-H Youth Coordinator Victoria Schmidt told her about the State Council and told her she'd be good at it.
Hill applied with a resume and was interviewed. Even then, only 40 high school 4-Hers are selected to represent Iowa each year.
Since there are 99 counties in Iowa and 40 State Council members, each also serves as an ambassador for another county. Hill is the ambassador for Kossuth County and attends many of their events as well.
She said she helps promote the “4-Hers for 4-H Fund,” where every club is encouraged to donate $3 per each club member. Hill said the money goes towards several things, including 4-H scholarships and a three-day state conference for anyone in eighth through 12th grade.
Hill said the state council conducts their business during four annual retreats, held at Clover Woods in Madrid.
“We plan state conference, learn more about 4-H at the state level and talk about what we have done in our county and in our ambassador role,” Hill said.
Hill said she has learned each county runs their clubs and meetings a little differently. While attending awards night in Kossuth County, only 30 miles a way, she learned pledges are said differently
The leaders liked what Hancock County youth added and plan to start implementing the words and gestures into their own meetings. “We can all learn from each other,” Hill said, with a smile.
After high school, Hill said she would like to become a veterinarian and wants to attend Iowa State University – the backbone of 4-H in Iowa.
She said she would also like to be a 4-H club leader, as being part of the club can be lifelong.