Whitney Cornell has been selected as a 4-H State Ambassador. This is no small achievement. Only nine individuals were chosen to represent the 4-H program in the State of Utah. There were several candidates from every 4-H program and county in the state.

Cornell’s list of accomplishments is very impressive. She is a five-year member of the Kane County 4-H Teen Council and is currently serving as Kane County 4-H Vice President and a Southwest Utah 4-H Ambassador.

Cornell worked tirelessly with the help of her 4-H mentor Angie Reidhead for several months. She finished a three-month project where she took the 4-H maker movement to each classroom of fifth graders in Kane County, as well as Fredonia. She taught them how to build a working LED flashlight out of a popsicle stick. 

She taught the same class to 4-H representatives from all of the State of Utah.  She introduced these youth to available technology such as 3D printing, LED wearables, soldering, robotics and computer science the 4-H program offers.

Cornell had to endure two days of intense interviews with state 4-H officials, and demonstrate her skills in public speaking, an illustrated talk, impromptu speaking, formal interview, and a leadership workshop in which she taught. This process would make most adults quit, but Whitney represented herself, her family, and Kane County at such a high level she was selected as one of the top nine individuals in the state.

She is the first person from Kane County to be elected as a 4-H State Ambassador. The 4-H program in Kane County, run by USU Kane County Extension Agent Elizabeth Davis and the USU Kane County 4-H Coordinator Angie Reidhead, offers several leadership programs that create opportunities for teens to serve at the county, region, and state levels.

Whitney Cornell will represent Kane County well. Thank you for raising the bar for all the youth in our county.