Illinois 4-H'ers to attend National 4-H
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CHAMPAIGN -- More than 1,200 4-H delegates from across
the nation will gather in Atlanta, Ga., for
National 4-H Congress Nov.
26-30. Illinois will be represented by 28 teens, including Rachael Tibbs,
Middletown, in the animal science category.
National 4-H Congress
offers states an opportunity to send outstanding 4-H youth to this
event and provide them with an expanded educational experience
through seminars, community service projects and tours sponsored by
local and national 4-H program donors.
year's event will be presentations by the dynamic Dan Thurmon and
the newly crowned 2005 Miss America, Miss Deidre Downs. All
delegates will participate in a special cultural program at the
Atlanta History Center.
experiences during National 4-H Congress include delegate
participation in workshops focusing on cultural differences, team
leadership development and the power of youth. Many youth will also
participate in tours of CNN, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library,
Atlanta Zoo, the World of Coca-Cola and more.
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Throughout the year,
over 300,000 University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development
program participants can receive recognition for their work at the
local, county and state level. County nominations for curriculum
area winners are sent to the state selection process in January to
begin an intense review that includes application judging, 4-H story
judging and interviews. The process helps judges select the top 4-H
members in various curriculum areas. Many of these winners are
selected for a trip to National 4-H Congress.
The national event is
conducted by Cooperative Extension Service staff on behalf of the
Cooperative Extension System of the state land-grant universities
and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research,
Education and Extension Service.
University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development]