Sioux County 4-H Extension Assistant named

Marlena Griesse has been appointed 4-H/youth development extension assistant for Sioux County. The appointment was announced by Jenny Nixon, Extension Educator and Unit Leader in Sioux County, where Griesse has been office manager since 2011. She will continue to be based in the office at Harrison, telephone 308-668-2428.

Marlena GriesseGriesse's responsibilities will include implementing educational programming in 4-H and youth development in Sioux County and working with other Extension 4-H Assistants and Educators in delivering 4-H programming and youth educational opportunities in the northern Panhandle.

Griesse has a bachelor's degree in agricultural business from the University of Wyoming, with a concentration in farm and ranch management and a minor in animal science. She participated in Masters of Beef Advocacy in 2013 and High Plains Ranch Practicum in 2007.

In addition to UNL Extension, her work experience includes serving as an ag inspector for the Nebraska Division of Weights and Measures. She volunteers as an emergency medical technician for the Harrison Volunteer Fire Department and Purple Pride scholarship program.

She has been very active in 4-H. She organized the Sioux County Youth Horse Judging Clinic and Competition in 2013 and 2014, with youth from five states participating. She has taught youth about horsemanship, meat judging, and sewing. She received the Sioux County Heart of 4-H Award in 2012 and the Sioux County 4-H Outstanding Alumni Award in 2013.