Beth Mercer has been selected by Kansas and National 4-H to serve as a 2009 representative for the International 4-H Youth Ambassador Exchange Program to Finland. Mercer will travel to Chicago with three other Kansas 4-Hers on June 13 where she will meet up with 4-Hers across the United States. The group will then travel to Finland. She will stay with a 4-H family in Finland four weeks and then return to Kansas on July 13. She will learn about their culture, economics, politics and their 4-H program while living with a host family and participating in their family life. In turn she will teach her new family and other acquaintances about the 4-H system here, our people and government

Beth is currently a freshman at Riverton High School where she participates in volleyball, track and FFA. Her 4-H interests include showing sheep, goats and horses at the county and state level and leadership activities.

She also participated in various local, district and state 4-H activities as an eight year member of the Cherokee County 4-H.

Beth is the daughter of Randy and Christy Mercer of rural Columbus, the granddaughter of Ronnie and Wanda Mercer of Rural Columbus, and David and Evelyn McNorton of Topeka.

Beth will be conducting fundraising activities over the next several months. Also, contributions to help fund Beths trip can be sent to: Cherokee Co. 4-H Extension Council, P.O. Box 148, Columbus, KS 66725.

We hope the community will help her in this important youth experience of international cooperation and understanding.