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Jundt elected to NDFU youth council

September 27, 2013
Pierce County Tribune

Each year at North Dakota Farmers Union summer camps, youth vote for representatives to serve on the State Youth Advisory Council (SYAC). Each council member serves as a liaison for the NDFU youth program and helps define issues that impact youth. The council meets three times during the year and attends two senior camps the following summer at no cost. This year's elected leaders include:

Sierra Jundt, daughter of Dennis and Brenda, is a junior at Rugby High School. She is very active in Farmers Union and has been attending day classes and camp every year. Jundt hopes to build better communication skills as a SYAC member. She said, "I look forward to meeting and leading all the campers and everyone involved in North Dakota Farmers Union."

Nicollette Bitz, daughter of Darrell and Danita Bitz, is a junior this year at Napoleon Public School. She has been an active youth in the North Dakota Farmers Union family by participating in many years of camps, classes and award trips. Bitz said she hopes to improve her cooperation and compromising skills and looks forward to working with a team to create the camp structure. She added, "I'm excited to represent such an amazing organization. I hope that I can help promote it to adults and students so that they can take advantage of all the opportunities NDFU has to offer."

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Karly Held is a junior at North Star Public School. She is the daughter of Roger and Lisa, residing in Egeland, N.D. Held commented, "I hope to make campers be more excited about the camp project and speak up to be a good influence on others." She has been part of North Dakota Farmers Union for many years, traveling on the third year award tour, attending day classes and camp.

Nick Stevens, son of John and Arlette, is a senior at Valley City High School. His activities have included attending nine years of day classes, four junior and five senior camps as well as traveling on award trips. Stevens hopes to build his public speaking and organizational skills along with interacting with youth. He said, "I am looking forward to constructing camp and making it as great of an experience as what was done for me."

Nick Watne will receive his Torchbearer award at the state convention this year in recognition to his many years of participating in Farmers Union activities, classes and camps. He is the son of Mark and Michelle of Jamestown. As a senior, Watne is looking forward to serving on SYAC and gaining more leadership experience.

Lexie Weber is a senior at New-Rockford-Sheyenne School. She is the daughter of Jill and the late Bradley Weber, of New Rockford. As an active teen, Weber has gone to day classes and camp since she was eligible, went to All-States camp and will receive the Torchbearer award at the state convention this year. She added, "I'm looking to get even more involved with Farmers Union and give back to this amazing organization."

The group's first official assignment begins at the state convention held Nov. 22-23, 2013, in Minot.



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