A group of 4-H club members from around the state have a new opportunity to demonstrate their leadership skills as they begin serving as State 4-H Ambassadors.

Kyleigh Merrick, a member of the Dale 4-H Club in Pottawatomie County, is one of nine 4-H'ers selected for this honor.

Cathy Allen, assistant specialist with the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service, and adviser for the State 4-H Ambassadors, said the purpose of this group truly lies in its name.

"This group of 4-H'ers truly are ambassadors for the entire 4-H Youth Development Program. It's their job to help spread the word about what 4-H is and the positive impact it has on Oklahoma youth, help club members and volunteers feel good about being involved and encouraging others to serve as leaders," Allen said. "All nine of the new ambassadors have wonderful leadership and public speaking qualities that will serve them well in their new role. They're also full of new and exciting ideas on how to fulfill their responsibilities and how they can 'make the best better' across Oklahoma."

Sonya McDaniel, FCS/4-H educator in Pottawatomie County, said she is excited to have Merrick as an ambassador.

"Kyleigh exemplifies what it means to be an ambassador. She is a great role model for all of our         4-H'ers in Pottawatomie County and I know she will be a great asset to the group," McDaniel said.

The Oklahoma 4-H Ambassador Program began when the first members were selected in 1994. Since that time, this group has definitely made a positive impact on the Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development program as a whole.