Mr. and Miss Carroll County 4-H take on leadership roles at the fair

Mr. and Miss Carroll County 4-H take on leadership roles at the fair
Thomas Wolf and Bethany Nusbaum are this year's Mr. and Miss Carroll County 4-H. (DAVE MUNCH/STAFF PHOTO / Carroll County Times)

Shuttling seniors from the Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair's activity tent to the parking lot is just one of the duties Thomas Wolf, 17, and Bethany Nusbaum, 18, are in charge of as Mr. and Miss Carroll County 4-H.

The duo, who has had a presence at the fair all week, supervised the 2015 4-H Ambassador team Thursday as they handed out water and Turkey Hill ice cream to seniors enjoying a performance by an Elvis impersonator.


"We're just trying to make them happy and have a good day," Nusbaum said. "This event allows them to get out and enjoy some music."

Tom Diffendal, one the Ambassador team advisers, said the Ambassador program is geared toward youth development, just like any other 4-H activity.

"It is a leadership development program where kids can develop skills such as responsibility, accountability and public speaking. These kids are the best of the best," Diffendal said.

Wolf and Nusbaum endured a comprehensive interview process before being selected as the program's leaders, Diffendal said. Each also completed a 5-minute presentation on leadership for two community members, the Carroll County Kennel Club's Laurie Walters and the Kiwanis Club's Josh Hiscock.

"We have it that way so the community picks the best advocates to promote the 4-H program," Diffendal said.

The two have been involved with the Ambassador program in previous years, he said.

"I'm super excited the community picked those two," Diffendal said. "They have different backgrounds in 4-H, so they complete each other. They are already great leaders and are great role models

Kim Dixon, Carroll County Extension's 4-H Educator, said Wolf and Nusbaum gave outstanding presentations.

"They were the most mature and ready to lead," Dixon said. "They had a vision of what to do with the ambassador program."

Nusbaum, of Westminster, is deeply involved in the 4-H program. She has been a member of the South Carroll Tree of Life Club in Woodbine since she was 5 years old. Nusbaum is the club's vice president and competes in baking, public speaking, writing, crafts, sewing, woodworking, and art. She has also shown horses and pigs at the fair.

"My whole family is involved in 4-H," Nusbaum said. "Sometimes when you dream of something happening and it finally does, it surprises you. I dreamed of being Miss 4-H since I was a Clover, but I never thought it would happen because I was always surrounded by other older 4-H'ers on the team who would get it."

Nusbaum, who attends Carroll Community College, said the most important thing about the Ambassador program is that 4-H'ers develop qualities like leadership, responsibility and teamwork.

"As Miss Carroll County 4-H I encourage other 4-H'ers to become better leaders. I have to be strong in what I believe in and also be a good listener. I think I've made a difference," she said.

Outside of 4-H, Nusbaum is involved in mission activities through the Crosswind Church in Westminster.


"I've been to Honduras to help build a clean water well and teach kids about hygiene. I find that my 4-H life and my church life often combine because I use my public speaking skills in worship leading," she said.

Wolf, of Lineboro, has been a member of the Carroll County Hot Shots for nine years. He competes in mechanical arts, welding, the lawn tractor racing and the small engine events.

"The fair is our biggest community service project. I help get other 4-H'ers active in different leadership roles and try be a good role model to show what a good leader is," he said.

Wolf, who will be a student at Carroll Community College, said he is also a leader in training at Hot Shots shotgun camp and has participated in horse judging.

Jenn Hiscock, an Ambassador program adviser, said both Nusbaum and Wolf deserve their titles.

"Toward the end of my 4-H career, Bethany and Thomas were up and coming and very involved," Hiscock said. "They can take all of their expertise and help assist other 4-H'ers. It's a pleasure working with those two."