Bayfield girl is a shining light of 4-H

All over this county we have shining stars. One bright star I would like to highlight today is Sadie Yates.

Sadie is the daughter of Troy and Molly Yates of Bayfield. Sadie has been a member of the Pine River 4-H Club for the last 11 years. She is acting vice president of the La Plata County 4-H Council and member of the senior 4-H Livestock Judging Team.

Sadie’s commitment and dedication to the 4-H program has allowed her to achieve great accomplishments. She has received awards and ribbons through completing projects in photography, food preservation, quick breads, cake decorating, shooting sports, rabbits, sheep and beef. The diversity of these projects has made Sadie a very well-rounded person.

In addition, Sadie has shown great leadership throughout the program. She is active in preparing cake-decorating workshops, meetings with “get-to-know-you” activities, club dances and fundraisers. Furthermore, she has attended leadership-development conferences throughout the state and has participated in our Interstate Exchange program. These opportunities have allowed Sadie to develop the life skills to be a responsible and caring young adult.

I asked Sadie to provide me with a statement about how these life skills and opportunities had affected her. This was her response:

“I would not have been able to learn any of these skills or lessons without all of the leaders and volunteers 4-H is blessed with. Each and every one of these people has helped someone every day and led them in the right direction. Some of our leaders have stuck with us even after their kids have aged out of the program, while others never had kids in 4-H but wanted to help regardless.

“These leaders and volunteers are the heart of 4-H, and without them our members would not learn and gain as much as we do. They are all amazing. I know I would not be the person I am today without their leadership and guidance. Many of La Plata County’s 4-H leaders have been my role models and who I look up to each and every day to guide me along the right path. Because of their leadership, I want to follow in their footsteps and, hopefully, be as good of a role model to younger members as they were to me.”

For the last four years, 4-H livestock judging has been a major part of Sadie’s life. This has allowed her to gain strong public speaking and reasoning skills. It has also given her a promising future after 4-H. Last year, Sadie earned her GED diploma at Pine River Learning Center because she has been home-schooled for the last six years.

Next year, she plans to attend Casper College in Casper, Wyo., and join the livestock judging team. This is a major accomplishment because Sadie will be the first generation of her family to attend this level of higher education.

The La Plata County 4-H program is extremely proud of Sadie Yates and encourages her to keep her star shining bright.

felsengh@co.laplata.co.us or 382-6463. Greg Felsen is La Plata County 4-H youth development agent.