Delaware 4-H’ers attend National Congress

delegates at the National 4-H CongressSeven teens from Delaware 4-H participated in the 91st Annual National 4-H Congress November 23-27 in Atlanta, Georgia.  This year’s theme was “Become a Catalyst for Change.”   The event is held each year to recognize 4-H members who are fourteen to nineteen years old across the United States for their many years of community service, leadership, and project work.  4-H members from Delaware are asked to submit a project book with a summary of their community service, citizenship, & leadership experience over their years in 4-H.  They also focus on one or two of the main 4-H projects that have been most involved in. The Delaware 4-H Foundation sponsors this trip for the delegates and chaperones.

Jackie Arpie (Sussex), Dylan Bradley (Kent), Maggie Durig (Sussex), Angela Lagano (Sussex), Kenny Schelich (New Castle), Travis Waller (Sussex), and Abby Zaun (Kent) were the delegates from Delaware. Bo Waller, Sussex County 4-H Club Leader and Jill Jackson, 4-H Staff, served as chaperones for the trip.  Guest speakers during the event included:  Dan Thurman, Eugene Schoenfeld, Miss America – Laura Kaeppeler, and Dan Clark.  4-H delegates from across the United States and Puerto Rico enjoyed getting to know others, participating in hands on learning workshops, an International Dinner/Dance with entertainment from Hawaiian and Puerto Rican dancers, community service projects, tours of Atlanta, and a formal gala and dance.  A wonderful week of learning and fellowship was had by all!

View photos of the delegates and their adventures on the Delaware 4-H Facebook page.