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Communications and careers trip to Chicago

[JUNE 18, 2004]  "From Medieval Times to exploring the Shedd Aquarium, we had a blast in Chicago," said Logan County 4-H'ers who learned about many wonderful, exciting jobs found in the Chicago area as they participated in a recent two-day trip to learn about careers and communications.

Logan County members from Lincoln attending were Ellen Splain, David Fulton, Daniel Fulton, Katrina Schreiner, Matthew Runyon and Zack Huffer. These 4-H'ers were part of a group of 40 4-H'ers from the West Central Region of University of Illinois Extension who went on the trip.

The group's first stop was Health World in Barrington, a children's health education museum and learning center. The center offers "hands-on" opportunities to learn more about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. The young people had the opportunity to climb a human skin wall with warts, hairs, wounds and other objects that acted as hand- and foot-holds. 

The 4-H'ers saw one job that isn't much in demand right now -- a knight. They feasted and watched a jousting match at Medieval Times in Schaumburg. They also toured behind the scenes and talked with one of the actors who plays a knight in the performance.

They investigated displays at the Museum of Science and Industry and experienced an American history lesson while viewing "Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West" at the Omnimax Theater. Many also enjoyed communication activities and swimming at their hotel.


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Logan County 4-H'ers on the Communications! Careers! Chicago! trip were (front) Ellen Splain, Daniel Fulton, (back, left to right) Katrina Schreiner, Mathew Runyon, David Fulton and Zack Huffer.

All activities during the trip centered on communications techniques and career choices. Chaperones were John Fulton, from Logan County; Marilyn Baughman, Pike County; Susan Pennell, Tim Rahe and Sharon Wilson, Morgan-Scott Unit; and Karen Long, Macoupin County.

[News release by Patty Huffer,
Logan County Extension
community worker]

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