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4-H introduced this pre-med student to her career and vocational passions

Lindsey McGurran is a recent graduate of East Ridge High School and one of the recipients of the 4-H Foundation's Ada and Helmuth Schroeder Scholarship.

Lindsey with a fellow State Ambassador
Lindsey grew up in Washington County, where she was active in the 4-H Youth Teaching Youth program. In Youth Teaching Youth, 4-H teens get to teach elementary school children valuable life lessons, such as managing negative peer pressure, healthy eating, and internet safety. Lindsey’s experience in this program strengthened her leadership and communication skills. It also helped her discover a career interest working with children.

Lindsey continued to build her skills and passions by serving as a Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador. This group of young people from across the state represent 4-H at events and in the media for a full year. They also plan regional and state 4-H leadership conferences that are attended by hundreds of fellow young people.

The most memorable experiences from Lindsey’s year as a 4-H State Ambassador were the discussions she had with middle school youth. She often served as a small group facilitator during conferences helping 6th graders more deeply explore topics and ideas. "Youth have a perspective on life that is so optimistic," said Lindsey. "Every time they state their viewpoint, it always makes me think about my life differently."

Lindsey welcomed many fair-goers into the
4-H Building during the State Fair
Outside of 4-H, Lindsey continues to show her strong commitment to community service. During her junior year of high school, she initiated a service club at her high school called Project Service. Through this club, Lindsey learned how to plan, organize and run service events. "I feel the greatest service projects contain direct contact with those in need, because those are the ones where you can first-hand experience the positive effects of service."

Lindsey is attending the University of Minnesota, pursuing a career in medicine. She aspires to attend the U's Medical School and hopes to one day work with children. A minor in Spanish will help her use her language and vocational skills on medical mission trips.

Congratulations Lindsey for winning the Ada and Helmuth Schroeder Scholarship from the Minnesota 4-H Foundation!

By Megan Slater
University of Minnesota student
Minnesota 4-H alum

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