Eagle teen named 4-H ambassador
EAGLE ” Every good program needs a strong ambassador.
Local 4-Her Keegan Hammond, 17, will be traveling the country during the coming year as a National 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador. Hammond’s duties will include making appearances at sporting and shooting shows, meeting with corporations and donors on behalf of 4-H and youth shooting sports.
Hammond, a senior at Eagle Valley High School, has long been a mainstay of the local shooting sports program. She was named to the national ambassador position this summer, following a competition in Rapid City, S.D. The process starts with 92 possible ambassador contenders from 46 states.
During the competition in South Dakota, Hammond had to present written and impromptu speeches before a selection panel and resume writing. Additionally, the contest included etiquette training, such as how to properly handle a four-course meal at a 5-star restaurant.
“The training they received will help them throughout their life in whatever profession they choose to pursue,” said Conrad Arnold, an extension educator who heads the 4-H ambassador program.
Hammond is the only 4-H Shooting Sports Teen Ambassador from Colorado and is one of just 10 ambassadors nationwide. The ambassadors rotate through assignments. Her duties could take her to Las Vegas, Reno, Nev., Atlanta, Indianapolis, Louisville, Ky. and Grand Island, Neb. The ambassadors are flown to their assignments.
“These ambassadors have become a very vital part of getting the message about 4-H shooting sports spread across America,” said Arnold.
Hammond is in her sixth year of 4-H. She’s president of the County 4-H Council; and also lead the local 4-H Shooting Sports Club, the “Whistling Bullets.” Her duties included helping club members prepare projects for the recent Eagle County Fair.
“Definitely, 4-H has pretty much become my life. I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Hammond said.
She’ll handle those ambassador duties along with the business of being a high school senior. Hammond also participates in the Colorado Mountain College duel-enrollment program, and will graduate with an Associate’s Degree in science (chemistry emphasis) just before she graduates from high school. Then she intends to study metallurgical engineering in college.
Hammond is the daughter of Dave and Lisa Hammond of Eby Creek.
This story first appeared in the Eagle Valley Enterprise.