June 21, 2002 | By: Aimee D. Heald

Nine teens had hopes of becoming part of the newest 4-H officer team, but only four could be elected to serve. After months of preparation, campaign planning and anticipation, 4-H officer candidates finally were able to solicit votes during Senior Conference on the University of Kentucky Campus.

When the final ballots were counted, Shon Marie Simpson from the Licking River Area was the choice for President. Simpson, a recent graduate of Bath County High School plans to attend UK in the fall to study political science.

“I’ve been an active 4-H member for the past eight years,” she said. “I have spent that time developing leadership skills, strong character, a committed work ethic and a determination to be instrumental in the continued growth and success of 4-H in Kentucky.”

Simpson is the daughter of Robert and Connie Simpson and her Extension agent for 4-H is Tera Rawlings. She was also active in Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Y-Club, Student Government, golf team, Family Career and Community Leaders of America and Educational Talent Search.

Miguel Carlin, Northeast Kentucky Area, was elected Vice President. Carlin is a recent graduate of Ryle High School in Boone County and plans to study agriculture at UK in the fall. 

“I want to be able to celebrate the past successes of Kentucky 4-H,” he said. “But also, I want to look to the future.”

Carlin is the son of Robert and Freda Carlin and his Extension agents for 4-H are Christy Eastwood and Quentin Terry. He has also been a delegate to National 4-H Congress and National 4-H Conference.

4-Hers elected Julie Dodson, Mammoth Cave Area, to serve as 2002-2003 Secretary. Dodson has been involved in Kentucky 4-H for eight years and is a sophomore at Western Kentucky University.

“Throughout my years as a 4-H member, I have had many amazing experiences,” she said. “That included gaining many leadership qualities, going on outstanding trips and making friendships that will last a lifetime.”

Dodson is the daughter of John and Wanda Dodson and her Extension agent for 4-H is Janet Turley.

Cristina Brady, Bluegrass Area is a 17-year-old high school senior at Henry Clay High School in Lexington. She is the new 4-H Treasurer.

“I will strive to do my best on every task placed before me,” she said.

Brady is the daughter of Janine and Scott Brady and her Extension agent for 4-H is Lisa Adams. She also is interested in Fencing and even taught a course on the sport at Senior Conference.

The advice that outgoing president Sarah Back gave the new officers is a quote from Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. “You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”