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4-H Introduced Kern scholarship awardee to career possibilities

Scholarship awardee Lizzie B 
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bergem is a 2017 recipient of the Kern Scholarship.

Now a freshman at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Lizzie is enjoying college and learning new things every day.

"My dream career would be to work as a 4-H Educator for the University of Minnesota Extension. I want to be able to give back to this program because it has shaped me into the person that I am today." Lizzie was involved in the program for 11 years and has jumped at every opportunity she could. Her highlights include fashion revue, barnyard Olympics, showing sheep, and helping out at 4-H after school programs.

Lizzie with fellow State Ambassadors 
As she has gotten older, she has realized the value of her 4-H experiences. "I learned over the years that training animals takes time, repetition and patience. The more you work with your animal, the better they will be in the show ring." She sees that these same principles apply to working on any type of project. "When working with youth, you need to have patience with them and take the time to get to know them. That is one of the best parts of the 4-H program." She has been able to make strong bonds with the adults that have had patience with her and gotten to know who she is.

Her leadership experiences are extensive. At the club level, she has held several offices such as historian, secretary, treasurer, and president. She has also been the treasurer, vice president, and president of West Otter-Tail County 4-H’s Federation. From 2016-2018, Lizzie has served as a Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador.

Outside of all of her 4-H involvement, Lizzie was involved at her high school, Kennedy Secondary School in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. She loved singing in choir, taking dance classes, and volunteering each week at her church by teaching Sunday School.
Congratulations, Lizzie!

Laura Wyatt
Extension Development Office 

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