The Winn Parish Journal recently sat down with Winn Parish 4-H member and Louisiana 4-H President Anna Little. Miss Little is a senior at Winnfield Senior High School. Her parents are Rob and Marianne Little and she has one brother, Eli who is a freshman at WSHS. She plans to attend Louisiana Tech University in the fall to major in Accounting. When she isn’t preparing for college, Anna spends time with her pets (dogs, cats, chickens, and ducks), family, and friends.
WPJ: How long have you been in 4-H?
Little: I started in 4-H as a Clover Bud in the 3rd grade (9 years.)
WPJ: What do you like about 4-H?
Little: I loved going to 4-H Camp and 4-H Fashion Camp every Summer from 4th grade to 6th grade. When I first started going it was strange for me because I had never been away from home, really. But, I loved it! Since 6th grade, I’ve gone to 4-H University every Summer and it’s something I’ve looked forward to every Summer.
WPJ: You’re President of Louisiana 4-H. Tell us about that.
Little: My journey to becoming President of Louisiana 4-H started in 9th grade when I applied and was accepted to be on the Fashion Board, which I served on during 9th and 10th grade. Then, in 11th grade I applied, interviewed and was chosen to be a National Conference Delegate, which consists of four 11th graders from around the state.
Then Mrs. Karen encouraged me to run for President and I wouldn’t be in this position without her. I really didn’t want to do it at first but Mrs. Karen just kept encouraging me so, I finally decided to do it. The President is selected by 128 4-H delegates from around the state. I’m not a risk-taker and running for this office was definitely a huge risk and out of my comfort zone.
WPJ: What’s been your biggest challenge as President?
Little: Juggling my responsibilities has definitely been a challenge. I try to attend as many events as possible in order to set an example because I know other 4-Hers are watching and thinking “if she’s president and she’s not here, why should I be here?”
WPJ: What have you learned while serving as President?
Little: I’m more confident taking risks now and this experience will help me to be more confident taking risks in the future. It’s helped me improve my communication skills by being more outgoing and taught me how to delegate and that I don’t have to shoulder all the responsibility.
WPJ: Has being President helped you become a leader?
Little: Yes! I’ve learned to learn my team’s strengths and to assign them jobs that they excel at.
Miss Little has an impressive list of accomplishments including Winn Parish 2021 Student of the Year, WSHS 2021 Valedictorian, Cheer Co-Captain, as well as state awards in FFA (Future Farmers of America) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America).