KOOSKIA Kamiah High School’s Davi Murphy, 17, is no stranger to travel. The senior was born in India, has traveled with HOSA and with her family. Now, she will make the trip to National 4-H Teen Congress in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 24-28.
For Murphy, 4-H green runs in the family’s blood. Her mother, Elayne, was heavily involved in 4-H, and before her, Davi’s grandparents (Elayne’s parents), Evan and Betty Parrish, were immersed in the youth development program.
“4-H has helped me to grow and develop as an individual,” Davi said. “Through 4-H, I have become very good at public speaking and I am comfortable being in front of a crowd. I also have become an organized person and I’m good at getting things accomplished.”
Davi is a member of Kamiah-Woodland 4-H Club and is a past member of both Valley Livestock and More 4-H clubs in Clearwater Valley and Muddy Buddies in Grangeville. She had been in 4-H for 11 years. Some of her past projects include pet rabbit, sewing, Making the Most of Me, quilting, and market goat.
She has won the top senior constructed garment award, grand champion rabbit fitting and showing, reserve grand champion market goat fitting and showing, as well as top model in sewing for the senior division and top quilting project.
At school, she plays on the Kamiah Girls Varsity Volleyball team. She is also vice president of the Kamiah HOSA Chapter and president of National Honor Society. She is a lector and participates in St. Catherine’s high school level religious education classes.
“Throughout my 4-H career, I have held several leadership positions such as vice president and president,” Davi said. “I have used what I learned in these positions and transition it over into my academic and extracurricular life. 4-H has also helped me make friendships all across the state which I know I will maintain for the rest of my life.”
That 4-H commitment is generational in Davi’s family.
“As a young 4-Her, I admired a framed picture my dad hung on the wall,” Elayne said. “It was from National 4-H Congress in Chicago, and was taken above a large ornate ballroom at the Conrad Hilton Hotel in Chicago, either in 1953 or 1954.”
Elayne said the “Idaho” tables were identified and numbers were used to identify the Idaho delegation.
“My dad loved to tell stories about his experience there, and it made me determined to excel so I could compete for one of those coveted spots,” she said.
In 1966, Elayne was enrolled in a club in Sagle (Bonner County), where she took cooking and sewing projects under Stella Hawkins. When the family moved to Riggins in 1969, she became a part of the Salmon River Rustlers 4-H Club. Her mother was leader for cooking and sewing, which she continued to take. She also took knitting.
In 1973, Elayne was selected to attend National 4-H Congress in Chicago.
“The highlights of my trip were having lunch with/getting my picture taken with Miss America and the president of General Motors, visiting the Museum of Natural History and listening to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra,” she recalled.
“On the amusing side, when I was scurrying to get to one of my sessions I almost ran over Colonel Sanders—yes, the original Colonel Sanders—who was having a reception with the states’ poultry winners,” laughed Elayne.
Her father also led a gun safety group, and she was a teen leader.
“At that time, gun safety was a relatively new project. In conjunction with gun safety, I did a self-determined survival project, which the state later adopted for its curriculum,” she said. “I attended all the 4-H functions that were offered—4-H camp, teen conference, Know Your Government and Take Pride in Idaho conferences.”
In all, she was in 4-H nine years.
“4-H had a profound influence on my life. Through 4-H I learned how to keep records, set goals, write, speak, present myself, as well as work with others and lead,” Elayne said. “Little did I know all these skills would actually influence my choice of careers [with the U.S. Forest Service]. The scholarships I earned through 4-H contributed significantly to my college education.”
Davi’s older brothers, Bryan and Shawn, were also Idaho County 4-H’ers.
Following graduation, she plans to attend college and pursue a bachelor’s degree but is not yet sure where or in what subject.
In the meantime, she will prepare for National 4-H Congress amidst her busy schedule.
“The theme of this year’s conference it ‘Be True, Be You,’” she said. “While I am there, I will get to listen to extraordinary speakers, experience cultural diversity through showcases, workshops, and educational tours.”
She will also have the opportunity to tour Centennial Olympic Park, the Atlanta History Center, the Georgia Aquarium, The College Football Hall of Fame and the Carter Presidential Library.
Quite a list of accomplishments and prospects for an Idaho County youth. And Elayne is excited her daughter has the occasion to travel and learn through 4-H.
“I am so blessed to have had a daughter with whom to share my passion for 4-H,” she smiled. “And I couldn’t be prouder that she is becoming the third generation 4-H’er in our family to attend a National 4-H Congress. I hope she makes as many memories and friendships as I did in 1973.”