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Brandi Moore, State President

This article was originally posted by Lacey Sudderth, a Staff writer with the McAlester News-Capital. It can be found here

It had been 66 years since the Oklahoma 4-H program last named a state president from Pittsburg County — until now.

Brandi Moore, 18, of Haileyville, said she was shocked after she was named president during the 2017-18 Oklahoma 4-H State Leadership Council Roundup on July 28 in Stillwater.

"I couldn't believe it," Moore said. "I am very excited because Pittsburg County has not had a 4-H president in 66 years."

Charles Smith was the last state 4-H president from Pittsburg County and was in attendance to see Moore announced as the next president.

Moore is an eight-year 4-H member from Pittsburg County. She has been involved with the 4-H program since she was 9 years old. Moore's project areas are leadership and public speaking and she has been a state project finalist in both.

"I started in 4-H by showing sheep that my grandmother had raised," Moore said. "I saw the kids wearing green jackets at the county fair and I wanted to know what all they did and how I could get there."

Moore said she was then inspired to start becoming involved in leadership and public speaking.

"I became very active on the county level and was county reporter for awhile," Moore said. "I was then elected as a State 4-H Ambassador and then I applied for my first year on state council when I was 16 and I served as the Southeast State Representative."

Moore recently completed her third year as a State Ambassador and completed her term as Southeast District Representative.

Last year, Moore also served as the State 4-H Secretary — third in command of the organization — before going for president.

Moore said she applied for the president seat in June and began campaigning. Moore said her biggest campaign strategy was using her Instagram account called "Moore for President."

"I used Instagram to let everyone know what office I was running for and promote what I have done on state council previously to 4-H members on social media," Moore said. "In July we had the State 4-H Conference and during the round-up me and my opponent gave a speech with PowerPoint in front of 900 people and answered questions."

Moore said during the last night of the conference, members voted her as president.

Moore said one her plans as the new president is to work on the service projects the organization does every year.

"We do two projects every year," Moore said. "We do the 'Change for Change' service project which is to raise money for the Oklahoma Children's Hospital and we raised $15,000 last year. We are going to see what other ideas we can come up with."

Moore said she would also like the state council to visit every county in Oklahoma.

"By visiting each county, we increase participation in our 4-H events," Moore said. "People get to see the state officers and know what we do. I think it is extremely important we do that."

Moore said the former state president, Jacob Sestak — a 10-year 4-H member from Lincoln County — was a great leader and she feels he represented 4-H well.

"We both received the State 4-H Ambassador the same year, three years ago," Moore said. "We go way back."

Moore said on Aug. 26 and 27, she will attend the State 4-H Council orientation in Stillwater.

"I am really excited about this," Moore said. "We will learn leadership skills and how to bring us together as a team."

Moore graduated high school in May and said she will be attending Northeastern State University this fall for speech pathology.