Youth attend National 4-H Congress

Monday, December 9, 2013
Nichole Gann (pictured far left in front row) represented Marshall from nearly 900 youth delegates in the 2013 National 4-H Congress Nov. 29-Dec. 3 in Atlanta.

Nichole Gann, of Marshall, was among the nearly 900 youth delegates from 45 states and Puerto Rico attending the 2013 National 4-H Congress Nov. 29-Dec. 3 in Atlanta. The National 4-H Congress experience allows 4-H members from the across the country to learn new skills through workshops, hear from nationally recognized speakers and experience southern culture.

Selection for this trip combines scores from a written recognition form and interview. Attendance at National 4-H Congress is a culminating event for many 4-H'ers and a highly sought after award. Only 20 4-H members from Missouri were selected to attend.

During National 4-H Congress, members participated in a wide range of educational workshops and heard from speakers such as the current Miss America. Delegates also participated in a morning of service around Atlanta. Activities included working in classrooms, cleaning up parks, preparing meals for homeless and shut-ins, sorting books to send to Africa and much more. Youth had the opportunity to tour some of Atlanta's landmarks such as Coca-Cola, CNN, the Martin Luther King, Jr. visitor center and others.

A permanent mark of 4-H in Atlanta are the two Habitat for Humanity houses delegates have paid for. Currently, National 4-H Congress is working on its third Clover House. Missouri delegates donated $100 to the project as well as $310 to Kids Helping Kids, a Missouri fund that helps 4-H'ers and their families.

For more information about 4-H, visit www.4h.missouri.edu or contact your local Extension Center at 660-886-6908.