Local youth attend the 70th Annual Tennessee 4-H Congress

Friday, April 14, 2017
Marshall County youth attended the Tennessee 4H Congress in Nashville to learn about state government by serving as a youth legislature for the day. Pictured from left: Skylar Jett, McKenna Hunter, Brandon Thornhill (Top), Senator Jim Tracy, Representative Rick Tillis, Jayme Ozburn, and Tanner Reese.
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For the 70th year, 4-H members from across Tennessee gathered in Nashville for the Tennessee 4-H Congress.

The annual event, which took place March 19-22, gave 4-H’ers the opportunity to learn about the day-to-day functioning of state government by assuming the roles of state representatives and senators. Since it’s beginning in 1948, 4-H Congress has given more than 34,000 4-H’ers and volunteer leaders firsthand experience in state government.

Five Marshall County 4-H members joined an additional 300 ninth and tenth grade 4-H’ers from all over the state to become legislators and form a “junior” state Congress. They had an opportunity to debate and vote on youth-oriented bills in the House and Senate Chambers. In addition to learning about government and the state Capitol, delegates met one on one with local legislators, Senator Jim Tracy and Representative Rick Tillis.

In addition to learning about state government, delegates participated in a number of other activities including the Tennessee 4-H Congress Pageant, a luncheon on the General Jackson Showboat, the election of the 2017 Tennessee 4-H Congress officers, the inaugural ball and a service-learning project.

4-H’ers also competed in an essay contest based off the 2017 4-H theme “Tennessee 4-H: Made from Scratch.” The winner of the Marshall County contest was Skylar Jett.

The theme for the Tennessee 4-H Congress service project is “Our Hands to a Larger Service.” Delegates collected items to benefit military service men and women who are currently deployed. The items collected were assembled into care packages and sent to military units deployed around the globe.

Youth attending from Marshall County at the 2017 Tennessee 4-H Congress were McKenna Hunter, Skylar Jett, Jayme Ozburn, Tanner Reese, & Brandon Thornhill. Amanda Jett served as the Volunteer Leader for the Marshall County group.

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