INDIANAPOLIS — Young people from around the state gathered for the 4-H Junior Leader Conference.

Thomas Carroll, a homeschooled senior from Lawrence County, showed his love for the program by wearing a homemade 4-H suit.

“This is my ninth year in 4-H,” he said.

“I decided to go all out this year and next year. I decided to make this 4-H suit for sewing and fashion revue.

“We noticed that this fabric was going on sale. But I thought everyone else might buy this fabric, too, so I wanted to make it different. So, I did something I hadn’t seen on any other sewing project — and light it up.”

During his time in 4-H, Carroll has done projects ranging from robotics to foods.

“You don’t think about it when you’re in 4-H, but looking back at previous years — I can cook, I can bake, I can sew, I can raise my own animals and I can treat people a lot better,” he said.

Students shared their stories with AgriNews:

4-Hers build leadership, communication skills

“We’ve done all sorts of things this week. We had a dance class just for fun, and more important things — like business etiquette and communication classes. Things to help us really build our leadership skills. I enjoy all the people that I meet. The connections I make here will go on for years.”

4-Hers build leadership, communication skills

“We have skill sessions that essentially prepare the delegates for leadership skills they can use in the future. First aid, time management, business, how to tie a tie — a lot of practical life skills. I think 4-H has given me my foundation and my foundational skills.”

4-Hers build leadership, communication skills

“I learned a lot of time management skills through 4-H. A lot of responsibility and solo work. Learning how to really research and find my own answers without having to always ask for help. It definitely increased my people skills, especially through camps like this.”

Erica Quinlan can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 193, or equinlan@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Quinlan.

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