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Ramsey County 4-H'ers gain performing experience through Arts-In

Singing. Dancing. Taking risks. Making friends. Building confidence. Creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Arts-In is 4-H performing arts program open to boys and girls of all ages. Participants create and learn a short musical, which they perform at individual county fairs and the state fair throughout the summer. While different county 4-H programs take different approaches to implementing Arts-In, the basic mission is the same: to give youth a performing experience that they won’t soon forget.

Ramsey County 4-H is not new to the Arts-In scene. They were one of the first counties in the state to have an Arts-In program. However, in recent years, the program’s focus has been creating youth leaders by giving older youth the opportunity to be student directors. Student Directors are deeply involved in the decision-making and planning stages of the production, giving them an additional sense of ownership of what they are creating together.

In order to make the experience as memora…

Julianna Langlois: "4-H creates the perfect atmosphere for you to try something new."

Julianna Langlois recently completed her final year of Minnesota 4-H. She grew up in Hermantown, Minnesota and was a member of two South Saint Louis County 4-H clubs, the Fireflies and the Hurricane Hooves.

Her absolute favorite part of 4-H was being a Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador for two consecutive years. "I learned so much about myself and it really steered my life in the direction I want to go. I learned how to interact with others and plan events with different groups of people in mind," Julianna said. Another highlight was from this past State Fair, when she placed 5th in rabbit showmanship out of dozens of passionate competitors.

Julianna uses the 4-H pledge to guide her almost every day, whether she realizes it or not right at the moment. "I’m always using my head to have clearer thinking. Whether it be about my future plans, my classes, or my friends, I try to wisely resolve any issues that come up. I use my heart to remain loyal to my friends in college. For…