Dexter Ormond Named 4-H SuperYouth For August

Dexter Ormond from Kennedy is the August 4-H SuperYouth, pictured with DairyBud Ellie Ames at the 2017 Chautauqua County Fair.

Dexter Ormond of Kennedy has been named the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program August 4-H SuperYouth.

Dexter has been involved in 4-H for 11 years. He is active in the dairy project and just finished serving his second year as a junior superintendent in the 4-H Dairy Barn at the Chautauqua County Fair. Dexter has served as a junior superintendent and is willing to help wherever needed. He is a role model for many younger participants and helps with any task that needs done to better the 4-H dairy barn.

At this year’s county fair, Dexter was asked by a 4-H DairyBud for help showing her calf in the show ring. According to the 4-H member’s mother, “My daughter wanted Dexter to help her because he was a great showman (she had just watched him show) and Dexter helped her all the time and he was very nice. My daughter spent hours talking with Dexter, learning from him throughout the fair week, he was patient, and not once did he ignore or act bothered by her. Dexter is a perfect example of a good 4-H’er to look up to.”

Having been raised on a dairy farm, Dexter’s life has always revolved around agriculture and his family. 4-H and Junior Holstein Club are farm related activities that take up a large part of Dexter’s time. Dexter always fulfills his responsibilities on the farm before taking part in any other activities. These chores on his family’s dairy farm include: field work, equipment operator (cleaning barns, feeding cows and heifers), working with the automated milking system (robot milkers), and working with the dairy animals. Dexter said he has learned so much from his parents and grandfather working on his family’s dairy farm that he has developed an interest to further study agriculture in college.

He is also active in the 4-H Dairy Youth Explorers Career Exploration Program.

“Dexter is always eager to learn new information and is a role model to other youth in the program,” said Lisa Kempisty, extension educator who facilitates the Dairy Youth Explorer program. “His easy going, pleasant personality and contagious friendly smile makes him such a pleasure to know and work with! Dexter Ormond is truly one of the most outstanding 4-H youth I have worked with throughout my 30-plus year career assisting with the Chautauqua County 4-H dairy program.”

Outside of 4-H, Dexter is a recent graduate of Falconer Central School where he was active in wrestling, cross country, baseball, honor society, and math club, receiving many awards for his outstanding achievements throughout high school. Dexter began his college studies last month at Pennsylvania State-Behrend to pursue a degree in agriculture engineering.