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Source: National 4-H Council press release

Chevy Chase, Maryland - National 4-H Council is pleased to announce that longtime 4-H members and youth leaders Tess Hammock of Forsyth, Ga., and Andrea Vessel of Cincinnati have been elected trustees for National 4-H Council's Board of Trustees. Both bring extensive and unique 4-H experience to the board. As trustees, they will set strategic direction for the future of National 4-H Council, supporting the organization's overall commitment to positive youth development.

"As youth-adult partnerships are key to our organizations' success, the inclusion of young people in our strategic decision making process is imperative as we continue to steer 4-H in creative new directions," said James C. Borel, Chairman, National 4-H Council Board of Trustees. "Tess and Andrea bring a wealth of valuable experience and fresh perspective to the Board and we are looking forward to their contributions."

Tess Hammock, a five-year 4-H member, served on the 2011-2012 Georgia 4-H Board of Directors and has won numerous state and national honors. An Agricultural Communications major at the University of Georgia where she is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, Tess has participated in a variety of 4-H national conferences, including the 2011 National 4-H Congress and the 2012 National 4-H Hall of Fame Induction where she served as youth emcee and host. In addition to her active volunteer service with Save a Pet, Inc. and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, Tess is also a member of Sigma Alpha Omega where she is president of the Iota Class.

Andrea Vessel brings 12 years of 4-H youth experience to the Board of Trustees. A former Ohio State Ambassador, Andrea was selected as an Ohio delegate to the National 4-H Congress in 2010 and served as a collegiate facilitator to the National 4-H Conference in 2012. She has also served as president of the Extreme Team 4-H Club, been a member of the Ohio State 4-H Fashion Board and the Ohio Teen Council and earned the State Leadership Achievement Award, Ohio State Fair 4-H Exhibits and Activities Scholarship, and Outstanding Family and Consumer Sciences Member Award. Currently, Andrea is a member of the National 4-H Healthy Living Management Team and is a Justice and Law major at American University in Washington, D.C.

"Tess and Andrea are prime examples of how 4-H can positively impact young people's lives," said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., National 4-H Council President and CEO. "We are excited to leverage their unprecedented knowledge of the 4-H system as we continue to build and deliver high-quality 4-H positive youth development programs to millions of young people across the country and around the world."

About 4-H:

4-H is a community of six million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within USDA. 4-H programs are implemented by the 111 Land-Grant Universities and the Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the country. Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/4-H and Twitter at @4H.