By Dan Bechtold, Editor
Lesley Soles is the new summer assistant at the Tripp County 4-H office.
Soles is no stranger to Tripp County 4-H as she is a hometown girl. Soles is the daughter of Shawn and Russ Soles of Winner and the college student graduated from Winner High School in 2015.
Soles attends South Dakota State University in Brookings where she is an ag education major.
She wanted to work this summer in her hometown. When her college advisor told her about the opening Soles applied and was hired.
She started work the end of May and will work until Aug, 15.
So far this summer, she has been doing a little bit of everything. There are a lot of workshops planned for the summer and Soles is either conducting the workshops or assisting the instructors.
So far she has helped with a grilling workshop where youths learned the basics of meat science and food safety and how they apply to grilling the perfect steak.
On June 8, Soles assisted with a cupcake decorating workshop. The summer assistant will conduct a workshop on growing crafts, making coasters and making bath mats out of old towels.
For 11 years, Soles was a member of the Clovervale 4-H Club and says this will help her when she is instructing youth. “I like working with kids and seeing how they progress,” she said.
Her experience in 4-H included showing animals and she is looking forward to helping with this year’s Mid Dakota Fair in Winner.
This summer, she is helping the local 4-H office staff get ready for the horse show and the fair.
While in high school, Soles was active in Future Farmers of America and is a member of the collegiate FFA. She is also a member of the Sigma Alpha sorority, a professional agriculture sorority.
Soles will graduate from college in May of 2019. After she graduates, she would like to be an ag teacher for a couple of years. “I want to show people the importance of agriculture and why it is so important in our community,” she said.
The variety of work will keep Soles busy this summer.