Lauren Garrison, 15, is a sophomore at Sherman Thomas Charter High School. She is beginning her seventh year as a member of the Howard 4-H Club, where she has been actively involved in rabbits, horse, shooting sports, rocketry, community pride, public speaking, and leadership.
Lauren is extremely proud to be the county winner in Leadership this year. She is an ambitious leader and looks forward to taking on any new task or challenge she is faced with. She took on teen leader roles for four projects last year and held the office of corresponding secretary, both of which have been fantastic learning experiences for her. A teen leader continually builds on the skills they have developed from previous years and uses those experiences to further improve the way they lead. “Through 4-H, I have developed the necessary leadership and presentation skills that will carry me through the rest of my life. I’ve found that as a leader in the club, you are a direct role model to the younger members,” says Lauren.
For the last five years, Lauren has been an elected officer in her club. Having been elected president for this year, she has a good foundation for the important job of leading her club. Lauren eagerly served as chairman for two service projects, the Madera County Animal Shelter and the Ronald McDonald House, and she was a committee member for several more. She used her six years of rabbit knowledge and showman skills to judge rabbit showmanship at Small Animal Expo. Lauren also served as a room monitor at County Presentation Day.
Lauren thoroughly enjoys giving back to her community by participating in community service projects throughout the year. “Some of these community service projects are very dear to my heart. I think it is important to help others in need,” says Lauren. Because she is a cancer survivor, Lauren enjoys most helping on projects associated with Children’s Hospital or cancer research. Last year she chaired a project to help the Ronald McDonald House with donations. She loved selling Kids’ Day papers, as all proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital. Lauren also assisted with the Relay for Life event which benefits the Cancer Society. “After filling 100’s of luminary bags with sand and placing them around the track, it was a beautiful sight seeing them all lit up in the dark while the teams walked the course.” ...