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June 13, 2024 - 2:48pm --

Amelia Bender and Emma Smith, both Morrow County 4-H members recently returned home from participating in the Ohio 4-H Greece Immersion Trip to the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Greece. This unique opportunity, organized by Ohio 4-H, aimed to immerse participants in Greek culture while exploring diverse career pathways in agriculture and related fields.

Led by Steve Brady, assistant professor and 4-H educator, and Margo Overholt-Seckel, program manager, Ohio 4-H Workforce Development and Pathways, they were one of 13 Ohio 4-H teens who participated in the transformative adventure to explore into Greek culture while also gaining valuable insights into agricultural practices and career pathways. The trip, which spanned 10 days, allowed participants to immerse themselves in the vibrant traditions and customs of Greece, fostering cross-cultural understanding and global awareness. "Bender and Emma embraced the spirit of curiosity and ambition that we strive to cultivate in all our 4-H members,”said Brady. “By participating in the Ohio 4-H Global Immersion - Greece, they both had the opportunity to broaden their horizons, forge meaningful connections, and lay the foundation for a successful future."

Throughout the immersive experience at the American Farm School, Bender, Smith, and their peers engaged in a diverse range of activities, including hands-on agricultural experiences, cultural excursions, and interactive workshops. From exploring ancient landmarks to learning about sustainable farming practices, they gained invaluable insights into Greek culture and the agricultural industry.

As Bender and Smith represented Morrow County on the global stage, their participation in the Greece Immersion Trip not only highlights their dedication to personal and professional development but also serves as an inspiration to aspiring youth in Morrow County and beyond.

Following her return from Greece, Bender and Smith undoubtedly brought back a wealth of knowledge and experiences to share with their peers in Morrow County and across Ohio. Their journey exemplifies the impact of 4-H programs in empowering youth to become confident, capable leaders in their communities.

" The Ohio 4-H Global Immersion trip is a testament to Ohio 4-H's dedication to shaping well-rounded leaders who are prepared to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world," said Kirk Bloir, state 4-H leader.

Ohio 4-H is the youth development program of OSU Extension, the outreach program of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.