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Ohio youth attend National 4-H Congress

Large block letters that say "Welcome 4-H National Congress 2021".

On the day after Thanksgiving, 44 4-H members traveled to Atlanta for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. National 4-H Congress is an educational program focused on leadership, and it makes a lasting impact on participants. In Ohio, youth who win an Ohio 4-H Achievement Award are selected to attend.

Allie Carter, 4-H member from Fairfield County, shared her experience. “It was great to meet people from all over the country. I loved learning how 4-H is different in other states, but also how much we all have in common. By the end of the week, I felt connected to The group who attended Congress dressed up for the gala.everyone and didnt want to leave!”

When Kaylee Sharp, Fairfield County 4-H member, was asked about her favorite part of the experience, she said, “At National 4-H Congress, I not only got the opportunity to meet youth from 37 different states, but also to listen to some amazing speakers. My favorite lesson was from Emmanuel Ohonme of Samaritan’s Feet. He said, ‘We always have the chance to make our choices, but we seldom have the chance to pick our consequences. So be careful with the choices you make.’ Dan Clark, a motivational speaker said, The Ohio delegation at their group service project.‘Your life matters now, because if not now, when? And most importantly, what are you going to do that makes that determination?’ ”

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