By Madera County 4-H
Ryan Ylarregui, 17, is a junior at Madera High School. He has been a member of Howard 4-H for eight years, where he is active in sheep, poultry, cooking, food preservation, community pride, citizenship and leadership. One of Ryan’s biggest accomplishments this past year was having a state-winning record book. He was one of 15 4-H members in the state that received this high award.
He has been the county winner in poultry for the past five years. His project consists of large breed and bantam Orpingtons and Moderns. He is part of the County Small Animal committee where he helps organize the Small Animal Expo where younger members get to learn about poultry. He is the teen leader for the poultry group in his club.
Ryan loves 4-H and all the opportunities that it offers. Besides showing sheep and poultry, there are lots of other ways 4-H makes him feel more successful. Ryan had the opportunity to travel to UC Davis for a State Leadership Conference this summer. He met other 4-H members from all over the state, participated in leadership sessions and was motivated by dynamic speakers. He was a Teen Leader Award Winner last year where he helped run the county 4-H events.
He enjoys being involved in his community. Last year he helped weed and plant flowers in front of the Madera County Historical Museum, sold Kids’ Day newspapers, made activity books and craft kits for patients at Children’s Hospital Central California and filled luminary bags at Relay for Life...