WOOSTER -- The new Holmes County 4-H Extension educator can summarize her role fairly easily.
Her position, said Janessa Hill, involves "overseeing and operating the 4-H program in Holmes County."
Elaborating on all that entails is a little trickier, particularly since she has been on the job for under a year.
"It encompasses a lot," said Hill, a 2008 graduate of Northwestern High School with an associate's degree in wildlife science from Hocking College and a bachelor's degree in agricultural communications from The Ohio State University. Hill additionally earned her master's degree in environmental studies from Ohio University.
"A wide variety of schooling ... and life lessons learned" aren't her only attributes for the job of heading the 4-H program. In some ways, she has been training for it all of her life.
The OSU Extension Office is "in my blood," said Hill, whose mother is Melinda Hill, a longtime OSU Extension agent.
Janessa Hill's background experience in 4-H is a laundry list of projects and programs.
Growing up, she showed polled Hereford cattle from her grandfather's farm in Granville at the state and national level. The sale of a grand champion heifer she bred paid for two semesters at Hocking College.
"It was pretty cool," she said.
She is also a horsewoman who participated in horse shows for 3 1/2 years during her years as a 4-H club member.
It may have spanned a longer period of time, but her mother, Hill recalled, said she had to be old enough to drive and haul the horse trailer.
"I also took market goats (to the Wayne County Fair) for a few years," she said.
Then there was the Wayne County Shooting Sports club advised by her father, Rick, in which Hill also participated.
As if all that weren't sufficient to develop a wide range of experience, Hill additionally completed a "plethora of life skills" projects for 4-H.
"Not many people know that I know how to sew," she said, recalling her grandmother's encouragement for her apparel projects, which led to participation in the fair’s clothing style review.
But her love of the outdoors, engendered by her grandfather, is the major motivator for Hill's pursuits.
"(He) fostered my passion," Hill said, and set her on a career path blending her interests.
One of her goals is lessening the divide she sees between environmental resources and agriculture, which she thinks are a combined package.
Hill began working at Fin, Feather and Fur when she was 15 1/2; and when she became employed there full-time, she handled educational training and then social media.
But "I really wanted to get back into education," Hill said. When the Holmes County job came open, it was "close to home" and "a great fit."
In looking forward to the Holmes County Fair, she knows she will be assisting 4-H advisers and working with the Senior Fair Board and Junior Fair Board on "any and all activities."
She is still learning a lot about her role, she said, and gaining knowledge from all the great people with whom she works. Hill described her colleagues as "amazing."
In the future, she anticipates furthering the engagement of older youth in 4-H and the fair.
"Junior Fair Board opened up so many doors for me," said Hill.
"I'm ready to move on," she said, but also to "take suggestions" about pursuing her new position.
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