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Growing Leaders: Reviving UA Collegiate 4-H

University of Arizona Students are looking for a few more heads, hearts, and hands ready to grow Collegiate 4-H this Spring.

"4-H is important because it is an organization that teaches youth how to be successful in life whether it be through showing livestock, competing in judging competitions, or just being a part of the club in general. It truly teaches you lessons that you will use further in your life so you can be the best adult and person you can be," says UA Student and new Collegiate 4-H President Patrick Halvorsen.

After a few years of slowing membership - Halvorsen and several other students - are reviving the club, and looking for more enthusiastic members to join. Halvorsen, who transferred from New Mexico State University, reached out to administrators at the University of Arizona, looking for a chance to help grow Collegiate 4-H in Arizona.

Halvorsen has been involved in 4-H since he was about 7, and wanted the chance to be involved on the UA campus.

"Collegiate 4-H is important because it continues to work on the skills learned as youth and to help change those to help a person who is finding what they want to do in life, it helps so that we can also can have volunteer work or to find internships for our members for what they are wanting in their lives," Halvorsen says.

Right now, Halvorsen is majoring in physiology, and wants to be a surgeon. He emphasizes *anyone* is welcome to join UA'S Collegiate 4-H, whether or not they've been involved in 4-H before, and says he's looking forward to the year ahead.

"I am thrilled to have taken this position, it will come with great responsibility, but I am truly excited for all that may come, and for what we can do as a club later down the road."

Click here to head to the 4-H Website, to learn more about University of Arizona Collegiate 4-H, or click here to email Patrick Halvorsen.

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