Grandview High School senior Loni Woolley is the new state president of Texas 4-H, making her the first 4-H president from Johnson County in more than 25 years.

“I’m so excited,” Woolley said. “There’s not even words to explain how cool it feels.”

Woolley was elected Wednesday during the Texas 4-H Council Education Workshop in Brownwood. Woolley beat 33 other council delegates to win the position. She’ll serve as Texas 4-H’s chief spokeswoman, leading the more than 658,000 Texas 4-H members.

“I will be speaking at different livestock shows, schools, community groups, as well as 4-H clubs around my county,” she said. “I’ll also be representing Texas 4-H at major livestock shows, and leading the Texas 4-H Roundup and Texas 4-H Congress.”

Woolley, 17, said she particularly looks forward to participating with the Texas 4-H Congress.

“It’s held in Austin and is like a mock-legislative conference that we get to put on,” she said.

She also anticipates making many friends and memories as president.

Woolley was previously president of Johnson County 4-H and on the 4-H state council. Although 4-H members must be at least 8 years old, Woolley said she started in club activities indirectly through her family.

“I’ve been involved ever since I could walk,” she said.

Loni is the daughter of Larry and Leslie Woolley of Grandview, who are both former Erath County 4-H members. Leslie Woolley said her family is extremely proud of Loni’s accomplishment.

“We’ve just been so excited because it’s the opportunity of a lifetime,” she said. “It’s one of those things where it’s a dream come true for a kid. So when she told us she was president, we said, ‘Oh my gosh, how awesome!’”

Leslie expects great things from Loni, even after her 4-H work finishes, she said.

“It’s just so exciting,” Leslie Woolley said. “It’s one of those life-changing things where we know that any résumé or job application she puts that on will be a feather in her hat. It will definitely be a positive experience.”

The last state 4-H president from Johnson County was Tim Parnell of Alvarado, who took the office in 1980.

4-H is a nationwide youth organization operating under the Cooperative Extension System of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.



Philip Navarrette can be reached at

817-645-2441, ext. 2337, or reporter@trcle.com.

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