USU 4H member to participate in Olympic torch relay

Utah State University Extension 4-H member Kelcie Thomas was among ten teenagers selected by Coca-Cola to serve as a torchbearer for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. Thomas’ selection was based on her involvement in community-oriented programs showing dedication in the area of balanced living. The Oak City native helped educate over 245,000 elementary school children about healthy eating and exercise habits through her project “Creating a Healthier You.” While a junior at Delta High School she completed a research paper on childhood obesity and was inspired to start her 4-H-Sterlng Scholar project to improve the lives of youths.Through fundraisers she raised money to buy equipment for physical education classes. Thomas will run the torch for 300 meters on January 18th through Calgary, Canada as it makes its way to Vancouver for the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Games on February 12th.

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