4-H Court a growth experience

Rob Ruth/ChieftainMembers of the 2015 Wallowa County 4-H Court — from left, Teagan Miller, Deidre Schreiber, and Georgia Falk — all valued their experiences on the court during the past year. They enjoyed representing the community while building their skills to speak to groups, among other pluses.

Three Wallowa County girls who can be found helping with activities every day at the weeklong Wallowa County Fair are by now well accustomed to taking part in community events — not only in Wallowa County, but also at locations far removed from here.

As members of the 2015 4-H Court, Georgia Falk, Teagan Miller and Deidre Schreiber have had a hand in everything from judging Christmas lighting displays to riding in parades. They’ve attended conferences and other gatherings at which they could enhance interpersonal skills, and deepen their understanding of citizenship.

And before the 2015 Wallowa County Fair wraps up, they’ll help hand the 4-H Court honor off to a new group of girls, who will dive into the community representation role with relish, the way these special 4-H selectees always have.

Hearts are easily in it because there’s so much personal growth to be gained. Members of the outgoing 4-H Court — Georgia Falk, Teagan Miller, and Deidre Schreiber, recently shared some thoughts about their experiences on the Court and about the value of 4-H participation generally.

“It’s helped me with my public speaking a lot,” says Miller, 15, a sophomore this fall at Wallowa High School. A member of the Wallowa Trailblazers 4-H Club, she’s showing her mule, “Diamond Holly,” at this year’s fair, where she’s also showing a variety of animals through FFA — rabbits, chickens and even a Longhorn heifer.

Miller is a member of the Wallowa County 4-H Senior Horse Bowl team that qualified for the national competition to be held this November in Kentucky. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance,” she said.

Teagan, who plans to eventually become a marine biologist, is the daughter of Cheri and Alan Miller.

Schreiber, 14, an Enterprise High School freshman, is a member of the Crazy H’s 4-H Club and the Nez Perce Riders. She’s showing her 4-H horse, “Sage,” at the 2015 county fair, where she’s also taking her FFA poled Hereford heifer, “Lucy in the Sky.”

Like Miller, she’s successful in 4-H horse competitions. Deidre was on the county’s Intermediate Horse Bowl, Horse Judging, and Hippology teams that all placed first at Oregon’s 2015 4-H Spring Horse Classic held in Yamhill County.

One 4-H-related trip that held special meaning for Deidre was her attendance of the Experiencing Citizenship Conference, held in Salem during spring break. There she met District 29 Senator Bill Hansel and District 58 Representative Greg Barreto, who brought her onto the House floor. “I’ve always loved politics. It was really cool to see the process,” Deidre said.

The daughter of Debbie Schreiber and Charlie Warnock, Deidre’s career goal is to become a veterinary pharmacist.

Falk, 15, a sophomore at EHS, belongs to the ECO 4-H Club. Her entries at fair are in livestock, scrapbooking, and cooking. Her sheep, “Thor,” is entered in the FFA competition.

Intent on one day becoming a professional singer, Georgia appreciates how much her poise has increased through her participation in 4-H. The 2014 Talent Show, for example, was a watershed moment for her. “For the first time ever, I sang in front of 20 people,” she said.

In April, Georgia served on the governing board for the East Oregon Leadership Retreat. “I was chairman, so I made sure everything was in order,” she said. The conference program provided another great opportunity. “I led a class on personalities,” she said.

Georgia’s parents are Mike and Wendy Falk.

Each 4-H Court typically keeps a scrapbook tracking its activities. Among other documented events, the 2015 Court’s scrapbook shows that this year’s trio sold raffle tickets for the Hells Canyon Mule Days chip lottery, rode in the HCMD non-motorized parade, hosted 4-H Family Appreciation Night, helped with the 4-H Radio Auction, volunteered with the Enterprise Elks Christmas basket program, were part of the Enterprise and Joseph Christmas parades, and helped with Oregon’s Junior Miss Rodeo Coronation — all before their year was even half over.

It’s a quick pace, but the girls like it. According to Teagan Miller, “Getting to help people out and getting to see all the different events” are two big benefits of Court membership.

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