Meet some future leaders – news – times reporter – new philadelphia, oh

n Kennedy Allen, daughter of Deborah and Bruce Allen, is a senior at Indian Valley High School who participates as a class officer, in student council, pep club and BBBS. She hopes to attend Cleveland State University and become a physician’s assistant. Her dream goal is to serve in a medical capacity in a third world country. Allen learned about the leadership program through 4-H. “I was interested in learning to speak in public,” she said. “I volunteer at the Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital and need to be able to speak easily with the people I contact. Working with this team has given me more confidence in communicating with the public.”

“After having traveled to India and Europe, I have spoken to several groups about how those experiences have given me a broader perspective on life, and I’ve definitely learned about time management,” Allen said.


“One of the podcasts by Amber Selking we listened to was about adversity. I learned that if we want to have a champion mindset, we must face adversity differently. We are developing skills that help us to overcome rather than be done in by, adversity.”

n Cade Liggett, also a senior at Indian Valley and the son of Matt and Ruthie Liggett, raises and shows Simmental Cattle nationally. He is a member of National Honor Society, Livestock Judging, Ohio Junior Simmental Association, American Junior Simmental Association and 4-H. “At shows, we have to compete in educational competitions including: public speaking, livestock judging and sales talk. While the cattlemen’s quiz and genetic evaluation quizzes strengthen our knowledge of the breed, the other three strengthen our knowledge of basic life skills. Through our training on the leadership team, I have become comfortable speaking before large audiences.” Liggett hopes to attend either Ohio State or Kansas State University, and pursue a career in accounting, nursing or law.

n Chelsea Grove, daughter of Scott and Jennifer Grove, is a senior at Indian Valley, and also attends classes at Kent State Tuscarawas. She has been involved with 4-H for nine years, and a member of FFA for three. Grove said, “I’ve shown hogs, feeders, calves, a steer and was a state qualifier for a cooking project. My future career aspirations are to go to Kent State University Tuscarawas to study Early Childhood Education and perhaps teach third grade social studies.”

n Ciara Grove, Chelsea’s younger sister, who is a sophomore at Indian Valley, chose as her power statement, "You don’t get anywhere without hard work." Ciara is a seven-year member of the Happy Homesteaders 4-H club where she holds the position of treasurer. She is also a member of FFA. “I applied to be a member of the team because my sister enjoyed it so much last year,” she said. “Through the guidance of our team, I have learned how important it is to handle stress and pressure correctly, to treat it as a privilege, rather than something frightening or too much to handle.” Ciara wants to pursue a leadership career in the agricultural field. She believes that the organizations she belongs to have helped her become a more confident and experienced public speaker, and that by learning a good work ethic, she will have the opportunity to become a capable leader.

n Riley Randolph, who is 13 and the daughter of Chet and Jen Randolph, is the youngest member of the team. She attends Welty Middle School, where she is involved in dance, National Junior Honor Society, Show Choir and the 4-H program. Randolph said she has been a member of 4-H for five years, and believes she has learned three important things: responsibility, being proactive and being prepared for possible job interviews.

“In the future, I would like to be a nurse practitioner or a pharmacist,” Randolph said. “I have had many successes during livestock interview judging. I have received three interview awards, golds every year with every species I’ve shown, and this year I received two perfect scores. All of this makes me realize how much I would like to become a leader and help others to achieve. I take my power statement from Mahatma Gandhi, who said, ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’. The leadership team is helping me to work in that direction.”

n Adeline (Addy) Kendle, daughter of Todd and Christine Kendle, is 14, and an eighth grader at Welty. She is currently taking art lessons, is an active member of her church youth group, serves as president of her 4-H club and spends much time taking care of her animals. Over the course of eight years, she has completed 12 projects. Kendle said, “What really drives me to do my best is the power statement, ‘Never hope for it more than you work for it’. My goal for the 2016 Tuscarawas County Fair was to win Supreme Sheep Showmanship. It was very challenging, but by employing that belief, I was able to win.”

n Ali Anderson, 14, daughter of Robin and Vickie Anderson, is a freshman at New Philadelphia High. Born in China and adopted by her parents when she was 18 months old, Anderson was diagnosed in second grade with Aspergers, a high functioning form of Autism. “This was a good thing because it explained why I didn’t fit in, but a bad thing because of all the obstacles I would have to overcome,” Anderson said. “Animals were my way of coping. They loved and didn’t judge me.” She joined 4-H in the third grade and began showing fancy chickens and dairy goats. Along with the chickens and goats, she has three dogs and four birds, including an African Grey parrot. She would like to become an exotic animal veterinarian.

“I joined this team to help me overcome my fear of people, and speaking in public,” Anderson said. “It has pushed me to come out of my shell and face my fears. A statement made in the movie, ‘Wonder’ has become my power statement: ‘Why try to blend in when you were made to stand out’? I am so very glad I found this group. It has changed my life.”