By Madera County 4-H
Matthew Ylarregui, 13, is an eighth grader at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. He has been a member of Howard 4-H for five years. He is actively involved in sheep, poultry, community pride, cooking, food preservation, shooting sports, public speaking and leadership.
He has been the county winner in Achievement for the past three years. He strives to do his best in everything he does. He is a straight-A student, plays football and baseball and wrestles, on top of being very involved in the Madera County 4-H program.
One of his achievements last year was winning first in poultry and sheep showmanship. Showmanship is one of his favorite things to compete in. He got to compete in both Small and Large Animal Round Robin where he has to show all species of animals. He found that quite a challenge and realized he has a lot to learn. In public speaking he gave a speech titled, “Assuming Responsibility” for which he received a gold prize at County, Regional and State Presentation Day.
In his fifth year of 4-H, Ylarregui was chairman for the Christmas Star Program, Game Night, and Howard 4-H club’s community service project to collect and put together toiletry items for the Madera Rescue Mission. He was also treasurer for the club where he learned how to budget, write checks and balance the monthly statements. One of his favorite leadership roles this year was being a junior counselor at 4-H camp where he got to plan out night activities and help with sessions. He was a junior leader for both the sheep and poultry project...