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Cecilia Mainzer Represents Ohio on National 4-H Congress Design Team

Cecilia Mainzer

National 4-H Congress is a five-day educational experience that is the premier nationwide event for 4-H members. Participants have the opportunity to engage in leadership, citizenship, global awareness, and inclusion while networking with other 4-H members. Ohio 4-H member, Cecilia Mainzer, was selected as one of seven youth to plan the trip for participants.

Here is what Cecilia shared about the experience: Cecilia with the Ohio delegation.

National 4-H Congress was one of the most amazing opportunities I have had in 4-H! For five days in Atlanta, Georgia, I was able to see over 800 delegates discover what it meant to “Go Beyond.” As one of the seven Design Team members, I helped plan and organize this national event where 4-H’ers from across the nation could be inspired and challenged. Our theme, “Go Beyond,” had five different components for each day. Go Beyond Expectations, Limits, Ordinary, You, and The Now not only encompassed our daily activities, but also our view into the future “to make the best better”. Cecilia at National 4-H Congress.

Being a Design Team leader gave me the opportunity to utilize the skills and leadership abilities that the Ohio 4-H program instilled in me. I built strong connections, not only with my fellow Design Team members, but with the delegates as well, because of what Ohio 4-H taught me. 

I was so honored to serve as a Design Team member and represent Ohio 4-H on a national level. I am forever grateful for the 4-H program that made me who I am today and am excited to see what else 4-H can help me accomplish in the future!  Design Team members with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.

Members of the Design Team.