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Youth Represent N.D. at National 4-H Congress

Four North Dakota 4-H’ers were among more than 1,200 youth who participated in the 2008 National 4-H Congress.

Four 4-H’ers represented North Dakota at the 2008 National 4-H Congress in Atlanta.

Jessica Liffrig, a member of the Prairie Gems 4-H Club in Oliver County; Logan McLean, a member of the Golden Clovers 4-H Club in Cass County; Megan Ternquist, a member of the New Horizons 4-H Club in Walsh County; and Rachel Zahradka, a member of the Meadowlarks 4-H Club in Walsh County, were among more than 1,200 delegates from throughout the U.S. who participated in the National 4-H Congress from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2.

Delegates attended workshops, took part in service learning projects, toured Atlanta and listened to speakers, including Kirsten Haglund, who is Miss America 2008, and Dan Clark, author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”

“National 4-H Congress is a great experience,” Zahradka said. “There are so many different types of people and you get the opportunity to meet them. You also get to see how 4-H is different state to state.”

North Dakota’s other delegates agreed the trip was very educational.

“You learn a lot about the importance of helping others,” McLean said.

“I learned how important 4-H has been in the development and success of many people,” Liffrig said.

North Dakota 4-H program officials select delegates from among outstanding 4-H members through an application process. The North Dakota 4-H Foundation provides funding for the delegates to attend the National 4-H Congress.

Carrie Schumacher, 4-H youth development agent with the Extension Service office in Grand Forks County, chaperoned the delegates.

For more information on the National 4-H Congress, visit its Web site at http://www.national4-hcongress.com.

NDSU Agriculture Communication

Source:Brenda Vertin, (701) 231-7259, brenda.vertin@ndsu.edu
Editor:Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391, ellen.crawford@ndsu.edu
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