The Fayette County 4-H program announced that six teens recently attended the 2015 National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga.
The Fayette County 4-H Teens received their expense paid trip to the week-long national event in recognition of winning a State 4-H Achievement Award. Top honors in the state went to the following teens in their respective categories: Cody Clyburn in swine, AJ (Albert) Greenslade in mechanical and engineering science, Kameron Rinehart in citizenship and community service, Todd Peterson in woodworking, Clare Sollars in gardening and horticulture and Virginia Schappacher in dairy.
Fayette County was honored to have six of the 28 Ohio 4-H teen representatives attend the National 4-H Congress, the most in the state. During the past 18 years, Fayette County has been well represented by teens achieving the honor of winning state 4-H Achievement awards with 32 teens attending the National 4-H Congress.
The National 4-H Congress program is a way to engage youth with others around the United States in understanding the needs of other young people, how to be a caring citizen, and issues and trends in agriculture and cultural diversity. While at Congress, the teens attended leadership sessions, had their pictures taken with Miss America, heard several motivational speakers, including Stedman Graham, toured the Atlanta Aquarium and also the Coke Museum and participated in three hours of a service project in different parts of Atlanta.
The group also participated in several evening events, which included an “International Night” that allowed the 4-Hers the chance to have dinner with representatives from France, Mexico, England, Spain, Japan and several other countries. The teens also participated in a dance or two, one which included video games and other fun arcade games. Teens were delighted when Santa made his appearance at the Gala Dinner the last night.
Fayette County 4-H officials said they are proud of these six exceptional teens and their involvement at the county, state and national levels.
To be eligible to win a trip to the National 4-H Congress, teens must submit a State 4-H Achievement Form for consideration at the county and state level. The form is located on the Ohio 4-H website and is to be completed by the teen submitting the application. State 4-H Achievement forms are due to the Fayette County Extension Office at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.
For information on becoming involved in the Fayette County 4-H program or for additional questions concerning the Ohio 4-H Achievement Form, scholarships, and/or Ohio Ambassador Applications, contact the Fayette County Extension Office at (740) 335-1150 or the county 4-H Extension Educator, Nadine Fogt at [email protected]
Nadine Fogt is a Fayette County Extension Educator and has been helping 4-H Youth Development for 19 years.