Butler Senior Named President of the PA 4-H State Council

Jillian Ranko

Butler Senior Jillian Ranko has been named the President of the Pennsylvania 4-H State Council!

Nearly 700 Pennsylvania 4-H youth gathered to network and enhance their leadership skills during the 2020 Pennsylvania 4-H State Leadership Conference from January 31 to February 2, at the Penn State Hotel and Conference Center in State College, Pennsylvania.

In addition to hosting leadership-oriented workshops and recognizing Pennsylvania 4-H state-level award winners, the new Pennsylvania 4-H State Council team was inducted. The new officers include: Jillian Ranko of Butler County, president; Audrey Ferrie of Warren County, vice president of operations; Amanda Hollabaugh of Adams County, vice president of events; Sydney Brown of Erie County, vice president of internal affairs; Laurie Enders of Armstrong County, secretary; and Alyssa Neff of Dauphin County, reporter/historian.

The Pennsylvania 4-H State Council is a premier group of young people selected from around the state to be the official spokespeople for the Pennsylvania 4-H program.  Throughout the next year of their term, these individuals will be representing the program at many industry events, planning state level events, and attending 4-H activities and meetings around the state.

President – Jillian Ranko, Butler County

Jillian has been involved with rabbit, alpaca, sewing, and leadership projects during her seven-year membership in Butler County.  A senior at Butler Area Senior High, she has also participated in rock orchestra, chamber orchestra, BotsIQ, St. Andrew’s CCD, and has served as the PA Alpaca Princess.  Jillian has also served as a 4-H camp counselor, which has taught skills she will further use during the next year.  She is the daughter of James and Jacqui Ranko of Butler, PA. Jillian was introduced to 4-H at the Big Butler Fair when she asked an alpaca owner about the animals. From there, she was hooked. While serving on Council, Jillian’s goal is to spread awareness of 4-H events and opportunities to the Pennsylvania 4-H members and encourage them to try new project areas.

To learn more about the officers and the Pennsylvania 4-H State Council Program, visit https://extension.psu.edu/programs/4-h/state-council.

Administered through Penn State Extension, 4-H is a community of more than 6 million young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. 4-H is found in all 67 Pennsylvania counties. County 4-H educators work with volunteers to deliver non-formal education opportunities to youth ages 5-18. To find your local program, visit the Penn State Extension website at https://extension.psu.edu/programs/4-h.

Congratulations, Jillian! 

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