Local teen meets, shadows state officials at 4-H Legislative Academy

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Nevin Sharkey of Sikeston with state Sen. Wayne Wallingford at the 4-H Legislative Academy in Jefferson City, Mo.
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. Ė Nevin Sharkey, 18, a member of the Lincoln University 4-H program of Scott County, participated in the University of Missouri Extension 4-H Legislative Academy, Feb. 18-20.

Nevin was one of 15 youths selected statewide to represent Missouri 4-H at the academy in Jefferson City.

State Sen. Sandy Crawford and state Rep. Jeff Knight, legislative hosts of the 2019 academy, introduced the youth delegates on the floors of the Missouri Senate and House. 4-H delegates dined with legislators, agricultural leaders and guests at the Jim Russell Foundation legislative banquet.

Nevin and the other delegates learned about Missouri history through tours of the State Capitol, Governorís Mansion and Supreme Court. The academy included opportunities for the youths to meet Gov. Mike Parson, First Lady Teresa Parson and Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe.

Nevin and the group also visited the Missouri Department of Conservationís Runge Nature Center and the Missouri Department of Agriculture headquarters, learning about 4-Hís partnerships with state agencies as well as internships and scholarships available from Missouriís agricultural commodity groups and Missouri Farm Bureau.

4-H Legislative Academy presenting sponsors included FCS Financial, First State Community Bank and the Missouri Pork Association. Delegate sponsors included the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, Axiom Strategies, Missouri Automobile Dealers Association, Missouri Cattlemenís Association, Missouri Corn Growers Association, Missouri Trucking Association and Nelda Godfrey.

Missouri 4-H is a dynamic organization of young people who are learning, growing and preparing to be the leaders of today and tomorrow, making a real difference in their community, country and world. 4-H is the youth development program of the nationís Cooperative Extension System. For more information, visit 4h.missouri.edu.