THAYER -- For the fifth consecutive year students from the four Oregon County School Districts -- Alton, Couch, Koshkonong and Thayer -- converged on Thayer to participate in the Oregon County Youth Summit.
The summit was held at Thayer Youth Activity Center.
Jim Ronald, 4--H youth specialist with University Outreach, welcomed the students to the summit. The students, 12 from each school, were chosen for the event.
Some of the activities involved in the summit included: "Playing the Brain Game" and several challenge course teambuilding activities including "Let's Have a Meeting", "Balloon Tower" and "Pipe Line."
After lunch students were given their "Noble Request" assignments. This is where the student teams from each school will be involved in an assignment to benefit others in their communities. According to Nancy Reed with University Outreach and Extension, each team will be presented $100 to expand and increase and then set goals for their project. "After the teams decide on a project they will have to Dec. 12 to submit their ideas to me," she said.
"They might decide to start a business or stage a benefit. Their youth summit group will become the core organizational committee. They will be expected to keep good financial records, keep minutes of their meetings and record their meetings on tape," Reed said.
The Oregon County Youth Summit Committee consists of Ronald, Paula Miller and Reed.
Local sponsors of the event included Thayer/Mammoth Spring Rotary Club, Oregon County Extension/Forest Service, Simmons First Bank, FNBC, Alton Bank, Bank of Thayer, Young's Produce and Hirsch Feed. Reed said she appreciates all the support from the community.