LITTLE ROCK — Thirty-seven Arkansas 4-H members are back from National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, where they were recognized for their achievements and continued learning about leadership, citizenship, global awareness and inclusion.
National 4-H Congress in Atlanta is the premier leadership event for senior 4-H members, and all attendees had winning project record books at the state level, a requirement to attend.
This year’s event was all the more special because it was the 100th National 4-H Congress.
The group left early on Nov. 26, the day after Thanksgiving, from the Little Rock state office of the Cooperative Extension Service, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Last year’s trip was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s conference theme – “A Century of Empowering Youth” – focused on leadership, citizenship, global awareness and inclusion.
The group, made up of high school students and a few college freshmen, attended numerous educational workshops, service-learning events and performed community service while in Atlanta, said Arkansas 4-H events coordinator Priscella Thomas-Scott, who organized the trip. Attendees heard nationally known speakers, including Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau, and Dr. Carrie Castille, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
The Arkansas Governor’s Award is the highest award an Arkansas 4-H member can receive. It is awarded each year at the Arkansas 4-H State O-Rama.
The Arkansas 4-H Foundation funded the trip. Highlights of the five-day trip included a tour of Atlanta, visits to the Atlanta History Center, Martin Luther King, Jr. Visitor Center, Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Zoo, and other attractions.
Congratulations to the following delegates:
Arkansas County – Rob Phillips and Magon James
Benton County – Tayte Christensen, Emma Davis, Brandt Bowen, Karlie Lindsay, Jessica Hope, Wyatt Jackson and Conner LaBrecque
Clark County – James Colby Daniell and Xander Adams
Columbia County – Mallie Dooly
Conway County – Kristin Lehmann
Cross County – Carlee Nguyen
Faulkner County – Victoria Puckett and W. Jonah-Leo Smith
Green County – Jasa Reed and Wesley Watkins
Howard County – Alexander Trombley
Independence County – Sarah Barber
Johnson County – Abby Frizzell
Madison County – Aaron Mahan and Sarah Mahan
Montgomery County – Baylie Clay
Pope County – Gracey Killins, Sidnye Nealy and Spencer Warren
Sebastian County – Jenna Frederick, Kimber Campbell and Lindsey Garretson
Washington County – Tarik Biswell, Emma Gardner and Janna Morse
White County – Annabelle Ferren, Delaney White, Aspen White and Will Pruitt
To learn more about 4-H and other extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @AR_Extension.