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New Carroll County faculty extension assistant settles into role

Ann Dicke
Ann Dicke

Ann Dicke is the new Faculty Extension Assistant for 4-H Youth Development at the Carroll County Extension office. She began her journey in extension on March 30 and said she is still learning the ropes. Prior to accepting the job with extension, she lived and worked on her family's dairy farm in Minnesota. Dicke, 23, resides in Frederick.

The Times caught up with Dicke to ask her about her experiences so far, what she hopes to accomplish, and what she is most looking forward to.

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Q: Why did you decide to apply for the position?

A: I applied for this position because it combines my passion for health and working with youth into one role. It also gave me the opportunity to give back to an organization that I grew up with. I was involved in showing animals, participating in demonstrations, attending camps, and entering projects at the county and state fair level in Minnesota. Even though I'm a thousand miles from home, I feel the comfort of the smaller, rural community of Carroll County.

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Q: How has your prior experience prepared you for your role?

A: Growing up on a farm and participating as an active 4-H member has provided me with the life skills and opportunities to be successful. Recently, I finished a semester-long internship at Mayo Clinic in the Health Promotion Department located in La Crosse, Wisconsin. I worked alongside professionals learning how to plan, coordinate, and implement employee wellness programs. I also attended several community outreach meetings where I built relationships with other professionals.

Q: What will your responsibilities be?

A: I will be responsible for 4-H outreach programs, specifically healthy living and human science programs. I am also responsible for any school and after-school programs related to my focus area.

Q: What are your goals for the program?

A: My overall goal for the Carroll County 4-H program is to build a healthy living program based on a holistic approach focusing on nutrition, stress management, and physical activity targeted toward 4-H youth and families.

Q: How will you achieve this goal and future goals?

A: I plan to achieve my goal by getting to know the people of Carroll County and their interests in healthy living. From there, I will create a plan and timeline of the programs, resources, and events that would be successful.

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