4-Hers learn about Legislature

More than 1,000 West Virginia University County extension agents, staff, CEOS, master gardeners, volunteers and 4-Hers traveled to Charleston Friday to learn how decisions are made in West Virginia.

West Virginia University & West Virginia Extension Day at the Legislature filled the state Capitol in Charleston with blue, gold and green, as attendees toured the state Capitol and the Cultural Center, visited more than 50 displays in the Capitol rotunda, met with their delegates and senators and observed the House and Senate in session.

4-Hers from Upshur County attending the event included Spencer Loudin, Meg Presar, Megan Stell, Joanne Williams, Stephanie Hawkins, Mariah Zickefoose, Brett Wilson and Jeff McCrae. Randolph County 4-Hers who traveled to Charleston included Dakota Pritt, Billy McCauley, John McCauley, Cameron Broschart and Randolph County Extension Agent Amanda Haller.

The Randolph County delegation met with Sen. Gregory Tucker, D-Nicholas; Sen. Clark Barnes, R-Randolph; Del. Denise Campbell, D-Randolph; and Del. Bill Hartman, D-Randolph. Students were welcomed during the House of Delegates’ session, and listened while the House discussed and passed Senate Bill 359, and declared March 31 West Virginia State Trooper Day.

John McCauley said he wanted to attend West Virginia University & West Virginia University Extension Day because he finds government interesting.

“I like learning about the government of West Virginia and how it works,” John McCauley said. “I have been here three or four times and enjoy watching the House and Senate when it is in session.”

“I came to speak with our government representatives about the fundamentals of 4-H and how important 4-H is to me,” Pritt said. “I want to make sure the 4-H program continues and flourishes. I have also served as a page before.”

“This is my second time to the Legislature,” Broschart said. “I was a page before, and wanted to come to enlighten our elected officials about ways 4-H impacts a young person’s life.”

Billy McCauley said he wanted to attend the event because he thought it would be a fun experience.

Contact Beth Christian Broschart by email at bbroschart@theintermountain.com.