Makayla Koch is president of Missouri Community Betterment Youth Ambassadors. 

Judges with the Missouri Community Betterment program will be in Houston on Tuesday. 

The Houston 2016 projects set to be highlighted include:  Houston Community Kitchen,  Elaine Campbell;  Lone Star Annex,  Brad Gentry;  Pregnancy Resource Center of South Central Missouri,  Debra Stockard; Lynch-Tweed Civil War House,  Jackie Smith;  Texas County Food Pantry solar panels,  Tanya Pacheco; and youth projects,  Amber Lange. 

In preliminary submittals, projects listed  an estimated material and labor  dollar value to the community.  The Houston projects totaled more than $307,000  cost to the community which included $135,000 in grants.  Other costs included donations from community groups and businesses.

In addition to Houston projects, Makayla Koch has been nominated for a Youth Leadership Award.

Houston will be evaluated along with five communities that are in the same population category.  They will receive an award given out at the Oct 23-24 meeting in Columbia.  Houston will have five adult representatives  and the Y.O.U.T.H. representatives at the meeting.  Makayla Koch is the state president of the Missouri Community Betterment Youth organization and Elaine Campbell is a state ambassador.

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