Missouri youths attend National 4-H Congress

  • Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Twenty Missouri 4-H’ers attended the 99th National 4-H Congress, Nov. 29-Dec. 3 in Atlanta.

“Attending the National 4-H Congress is a culminating event for many 4-H’ers and a highly sought-after award,” said Teresa Bishop, program coordinator for the University of Missouri Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development. Delegates are chosen based on written applications and interviews.

The National 4-H Congress experience was an opportunity for 4-H members from across the country to come together and learn about community involvement, culture, diversity and service to others while meeting new friends and experiencing Atlanta, Bishop said. Speakers included U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.

“National 4-H Congress has been the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Mariah Barr, of Audrain County. “I learned so much about the future of agriculture and our nation. The opportunities to network with my peers and industry professionals were unparalleled. Frankly, I learned so much and made so many wonderful new friends that I simply cannot pick a favorite part of the whole experience.”

Meeting new people was a popular activity for many delegates. “I would say my favorite parts of congress were meeting all the different kids from across the country and learning how 4-H works in their state,” said Kendall Krueth, of Barton County. “I also learned how to make good first impressions and how to have good conversations in one of our workshops.”

Missouri 4-H is an active, dynamic organization of young people who are learning, growing and preparing to be the leaders of today and tomorrow while making a real difference in their communities, the country and the world. 4-H is the youth development program of the University of Missouri and the nation’s Cooperative Extension System. For more information on Missouri 4-H, visit 4h.missouri.edu.

Writer: Teresa Bishop

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