Local 4-Her selected as event photographer

Friday, March 5, 2010
Saline County 4-H member Libby Owens, right, spent a day shadowing Harrison Sweazea, the Missouri Senate photographer.

COLUMBIA, MO. -- Elizabeth "Libby" Owens from Saline County was selected as the event photographer to represent Missouri 4-H and University of Missouri Extension at the Missouri 4-H Legislative Academy held in Jefferson City on February 15-17, 2010.

Youth from across the state converged on Missouri's Capital to "Capture the Capital...in session."

This three day experience was sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development Program and many partners to make this program a success. Youth were able to tour the capital, be introduced on the House and Senate floors, and also held a discussion panel with leaders from several ag organizations.

The program also included a presentation by Marty Oetting of University of Missouri Government Relations. The Legislative Academy delegates enjoyed a tour of the Missouri Supreme Court with Justice Mary Russell.

During this event that Libby Owens, of Saline County, had a wonderful and rewarding opportunity to experience job shadowing with Harrison Sweazea, the Senate Photographer for a day at the Capital.

On Tuesday evening, delegates were given a first class tour Whispering Gallery capitol tour by District 1 Representative Brian Munzlinger. The delegates concluded their stay in Jefferson City with a meeting with Governor Jay Nixon, a luncheon with the Missouri Department of Conservation, and a visit to Central Dairy.

This great event will be enjoyed by many others because of the wonderful photos that were taken by Libby Owens.

The delegates would like to thank all the legislators for their hospitality and support of the University of Missouri Extension and 4-H programs.

They would like to send special thanks to the legislators that allowed them to spend some time with them during the course of the three days and to Senator Bill Stouffer and his Chief of Staff, Aaron Baker, for all their help and hospitality.