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Enid’s Madison Nickels – 4-H Club Spotlight – Presented by Enid Farm Credit

Enid High School junior Madison Nickels has spent the last seven years in the 4-H Club and is currently serving on the Oklahoma 4-H State Council as the Reporter. She also serves as a State 4-H Ambassador, and a State 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador. Nickels is a Level II State Project Winner in Fabrics and Fashions as well. Away from the 4-H Club, Nickels plays on the varsity tennis teams as a doubles player and is involved with the school choir. Nickels and her partner were state qualifiers last season. 

“I started as a Cloverbud when I was five,” said Nickels. “I’m a third generation 4-H’er so joining was never really a question. My parents met in the program so I like to say that I legitimately wouldn’t be here if not for the 4-H program.” 

Nickels said there are many things about 4-H that she enjoys, but the people are always at the top of the list. 

“My favorite part about 4-H is the people. The friendships I’ve made throughout my time as a 4-Her are amazing,” said Nickels. “Our club does a community service project each month. Some of the things we have done involve the Great American Cleanup and a bake-and-take where we bring cookies to public service individuals, and we provide things to families in need during the holidays.” 

Nickels is a very active student splitting time between her activities and finding time to be part of National Honor Society, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 

“The club I’m most involved in is FCA, where I serve as the secretary and I’m a member of the worship and praise band,” said Nickels. 

Nickels said the 4-H Club isn’t just Ag or animals. 

“Lots of people think you have to show livestock to be in 4-H when in reality you can do anything. I like to say that I do everything offered in 4-H but show livestock. 4-H can be as much or as little as you want it to be. It’s very much a go at your own pace organization,” said Nickels. “There is truly something for everyone in 4-H whether your interest is science or photography you will find something you enjoy. 4-H helps prepare you for your future and teaches valuable life skills that will help you become successful.” 

Her mother has played a big role in her life and Nickels said her encouragement and support has meant everything to her. 

“My biggest influencer would be my mom, Jessica. She has encouraged me since day one to do all that’s offered to me and has believed in me when I’ve chosen to run for offices. She helps me live up to my full potential. She is always glad to help when I need it in my project areas and is my main supporter through it all,” said Nickels. 

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