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Illinois 4-H'ers to attend National 4-H Congress

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[NOV. 23, 2004]  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.

Highlighting this 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.

Other educational 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.

[News release from University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development]

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