Delaware youth attend 4-H National Conference, meet their representatives

During the first week in April, more than 200 delegates from across the country attended the 2011 National 4-H Conference held at the National 4-H Headquarters in Chevy Chase, Md. Delaware 4-H was proud to send an outstanding delegation of eight youth leaders to this event.

Delegates took time to soak in the sights and sounds of our nation’s capital as the gorgeous blooms of spring enveloped the city and surrounding areas. Workshops and seminars focused on a variety of topics important in the lives of our teens today such as bullying, distracted driving and healthy living. Opportunities were also made available for delegates to meet and hear leading public officials in government like USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Education Secretary Arnie Duncan.

In addition, Delaware 4-H teens were able to connect with members of their Congressional delegation in their Capitol Hill offices as they met with U.S. Sen. Christopher A. Coons and U.S. Rep.  John Carney. Both members of Congress took time out of their busy schedules to answer questions and share insights on their experiences representing the people of Delaware in our nation’s capital.

Funding to attend National 4-H Conference is provided annually thanks to generous contributions from the Delaware 4-H Foundation. All of us in the Delaware 4-H family thank the Foundation for their tremendous support.

The 4-H youth attending were: Jackie Arpie – Sussex County, Haley Gerardi- Kent County, Melanie Jackson-Kent, Seth Kurz – New Castle County, Mary Catherine Lagano-Sussex, Renee Moore-New Castle, Hunter Murray- Sussex, and Bree Wilkins- Kent.

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. It is supported by Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and Delaware State University. Click here for more 4-H National Conference photos.

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