2019 National 4-H Youth Summit on Agri-Science

Delaware 4-H’ers Emma Sparpaglione, Jacob Maske and Jenna Anger.

The National 4-H Youth Summit on Agri-Science was held on January 10-13, 2019 at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD. 4-H youth attending were able to develop their skills and knowledge needed for the challenges facing agriculture, food security and sustainability. This summit was a partnership of agricultural scientists, researchers, leaders, politicians and advocates that helped to emphasize hands-on educational experiences for the 4-H youth. The workshops offered were led by experts in the agricultural community. During the workshops, youth had the chance to study all phases of agriculture from veterinary science or GMO production to fossil fuel research while learning about various leadership opportunities available in this field. Two favorite workshops included “colors” and the Congressional Award. They enjoyed learning about which “color” most fits their personality and how people in different “colors” should work together. They also learned about the Congressional Award that is available to be applied for by 4-H members. They had the opportunity to visit the Botanical Gardens and had a great experience seeing some of the many Washington monuments at night on a guided tour.

Attending from Delaware 4-H were 4-H members Jacob Maske, Emma Sparpaglione, and Jenna Anger. They were chaperoned by Sussex County 4-H Volunteer Beth Sparpaglione. During the summit, the youth had the challenge of creating a plan to instill a program into their 4-H program and community. They created a project that will provide a summer camp to youth geared towards entomology, which will take place in the upcoming summer in Sussex County where they will partner with Cooperative Extension Educators.

Our delegates had a wonderful experience attending this summit and learning about agriculture while having the opportunity to discuss topics important to Agri-science. One 4-H delegate, Emma Sparpaglione of Sussex County related, “I had an amazing time at the National Youth Agri-Science Summit. It was so educational and informative and I feel that I learned so much and so many things that I wouldn’t have learned if I had not attended. I especially enjoyed listening to Serena Woodward’s story which I found to be very intriguing and cool how she came from where she originally was to her current role now.” Delaware 4-H is very appreciative to the Delaware 4-H Foundation which provide funding support to provide these 4-H youth the opportunity to attend this important summit.