2015 State 4-H Congress

West-Central Regional Representative for Missouri State 4-H Council, Zachary Parsons

A teen out of Warrensburg, MO was elected for a second time to represent the West-Central Region with the Missouri State 4-H Council. Zachary Parsons, 16, was re-elected during the annual State 4-H Congress in early June.

Thousands of teens across the state participate in local 4-H programs. over 200 of which attended the State 4-H Congress in Columbia. Parsons said the election process was anything but simple.

“You have to get interviewed by a set of judges,” Parsons explained. “They choose out of those people, however many, to go and run for regional representative. Then you have to go to the State 4-H Congress, and continue campaigning around you region the entire time.”

Parsons job is to visit with members of his region and voice their opinions and input regarding 4-H policy issues and statewide events. He said the job can become difficult to keep up with.

“It definitely has not been easy to continue to make good grades while staying active in sports that I do, and a lot of the things that I do in my free time,” Parsons said. “It’s really not easy, but it’s something that I do enjoy, so it takes a lot of precedence over a lot of things.”

Parsons said the experience is one he will never forget, and he is grateful for the opportunity.

“I love being on the council. I’ve made so many life-long friends that are almost like family now. The experiences that I’ve gained on the council, and the experiences I still want to receive in the future … it’s something you can’t get anywhere else.”

To hear KMZU’s Andy Campbell and Zachary Parson’s complete interview, click below: