Fillmore County 4-Her Madeline Kamler stays as busy as her bees in an organization that she credits for helping develop her leadership and communication skills.
Kamler, who will be a junior in the fall, said she’s been involved in 4-H for as long as she can remember. Although she doesn’t show animals – which is one component of 4-H – she said she’s embraced other 4-H opportunities like static exhibits, public speaking and teaching classes about pollinators.
Jump-started by a grant she received from the Nebraska Beekeepers Association about five years ago, Kamler now has two hives of bees and teaches 4-Hers and community members about pollinators.
“I didn’t think it would take up this much of my personality,” Kamler said. “It’s helped me develop my leadership skills. It’s helped me develop my communication skills. It’s gotten me a lot of connections with the community.”
Kamler said that 4-H has also been crucial in helping her decide what to do in the future. Although she’ll only be a junior at Shickley Public Schools, she said she plans to study secondary education and get a dual endorsement in science and Spanish.
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