After a long journey within 4-H, John Goodwin will begin the next chapter of his life at Virginia Tech. Goodwin grew up in Orange County, where his mother got him involved in 4-H from a young age. He has been an active member of 4-H his entire life, with his favorite activity being showing at the Orange County Fair.
Along with showing at the county fair, he has showed at the state fair, participated in and been a teen leader for 4-H camp, attended 4-H congress, and was a member of the Dairy Club. 4-H has not just given Goodwin the chance to participate in a breadth of activities, but also gave him the chance to make friends and learn different life skills. "4-H is important to me because I have been doing it for almost all my life and it is how I have made a lot of friends in Orange. 4-H has taught me about public speaking, being outgoing and how to educate the public on agriculture as well as taught me some stuff about agriculture that I didn't know before," Goodwin said.
When asked to describe 4-H, Goodwin said that it is a "community service organization for youth that teaches about agriculture as well as other life skills." Through 4-H his biggest accomplishment and favorite memory have been becoming a 4-H All-Star, the highest honor a 4-H member can receive. While at Virginia Tech, Goodwin plans to study Agribusiness.