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Rebecca Hill started her new job as the Marion County 4-H extension agent last week, but she's already impressed with what she's seen, including the shooting sports club, the livestock club and weekly craft classes.
"They've been going on even without an agent, so that says a lot about how great the volunteers are here in Marion County," said Hill, 22.
Hill replaces Julie Howell, who left the 4-H position in January of 2009.
Hill is a graduate of Washington County High School and Morehead State University, where she majored in agriculture. During an internship in Lexington, she figured out that she wanted to become an extension agent.
Before she was hired as the Marion County 4-H agent, she was working at the Farm Service Agency, but she was also volunteering with 4-H in Marion and Washington counties.
And 4-H is nothing new for Hill. She grew up in a family that was active in 4-H. Her brothers participated in shooting sports, and Hill was in the horse club and speech competitions.
"The speech contest was very beneficial for me," Hill said. "The speaking contests allowed me to come out of my comfort zone. They're why I'm able to do what I'm doing now."
Next week, Hill will be going to 4-H camp with local campers.
"I'm excited about that," she said. "I haven't been since I was a kid myself."
For now, Hill said she'll be learning more about the county and listening to kids to find out kinds of programs they would like.
"That's really what it's all about, finding out what the kids are interested in and developing programs for them," Hill said.