Owen County welcomes a new face for 4-H

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Jessi Williams returns to birthplace to teach youth

By Molly Haines

Local 4-Hers can expect to see a new face around Owen County this spring.
Born in Owen County, Jessi Williams, 28, had her public school years in Boone County, but knew one day she would return to what she says she has always considered “home.”
After spending five years in the horse industry, Williams finally returned home in October when she became an assistant to Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science Judy Hetterman.
On March 24, Williams became Owen County’s extension agent for 4-H Youth Development.
“I’ve always loved the sense of community here,” Williams said. “Everyone helps everyone out and Owen County just really feels like home.”
A former 4-Her herself, Williams attended Murray State University where she received a bachelors degree in animal science. She received her graduate degree from the University of Kentucky in Career Technical and Leadership Education.
Growing up, Williams said she was involved in the 4-H horse club and after working in Lexington with the Kentucky Equine Education Project wanted to become more involved with the youth.
“I love working with kids and getting to know them, their parents and the 4-H volunteers in the community,” Williams said. “4-H is a strong youth development program and there are so many options to participate in, there’s really something for everyone.”
As Owen County’s extension agent for 4-H, Williams will oversee all of the 4-H clubs and projects and recruit 4-H members and volunteers.
The project clubs include sewing, livestock, horse and shooting sports. Williams said there are also 4-H school and community clubs.
With summer approaching, Williams said she is looking forward to events like the Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show, where 4-Hers will run the concession stands.
“I’m excited to watch the youth grow and develop over their time in 4-H,” Williams said. “Plus I never went to 4-H camp as a 4-Her, I’m looking forward to that. I hear it’s an experience.”