Three young women have been selected to serve as the Wallowa County 4-H Court for the coming year –– Kaesie Melville, Maggie Zacharias and Bailey Vernam.
The court’s top priority is representing 4-H at community events across the county, including the upcoming Wallowa County Fair. Candidates were evaluated in three categories, including 4-H experiences, person and civic experiences and recommendations.
Kaesie, 14, will be a freshman at Enterprise High School this fall. She is the daughter of Alesha and Bryan Melville.
She has been in 4-H for five years. Her most recent 4-H experiences was attending the Oregon 4-H Hawaii Natural Science and Cultural Study Tour in late June.
For Kaesie, serving as 4-H Royalty is an opportunity to teach people who are in 4-H and younger kids “what you can do and how it can benefit your life.”
Maggie, 15, will be a freshman this fall at Joseph High School. Her parents are Luke and Marilee Zacharias. She has been in 4-H for six years.
She says 4-H has taught her responsibility.
“When you have an animal, you have to take care of it every day, feed and water it, work with or it won’t be a good animal or it could die,” she said.
Maggie said her interest in being on the court stemmed from watching other members over the years.
“I want to help encourage other kids in 4-H and go as far as I can go,” she said.
She will compete in Western and English categories in this year’s horse events at the fair.
Bailey, 14, will be a freshman at Enterprise High School this fall. Her mother is Shannon Vernam.
She has been in 4-H for five years.
She most wants to give back to the 4-H program and spread the word to get more children involved.
“I feel that it’s a really great opportunity to serve and in some ways a preparation to get onto bigger courts like Chief Joseph Days Rodeo.”
Bailey plays the violin and mandolin and enjoys a number of animal-related activities.
She will have a dog, horse and pig in this year’s county fair.