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35 Arkansans join 900-person National 4-H Congress in Atlanta

By Mary Hightower                                                                              
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Jan. 13, 2017 

Fast Facts:

  • 35 Arkansas State Record Book winners attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta
  • National 4-H Congress had nearly 900 delegates from 44 states, Puerto Rico 

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LITTLE ROCK – Thirty-five Arkansas 4-H State Record Book winners were among the nearly 900 youth who gathered in Atlanta for the annual National 4-H Congress, a premier leadership event for senior 4-H’ers. 

The event, held Nov. 25-29, 2016, provided an opportunity for 4-H Youth from 44 states and Puerto Rico to network, learn from one another and be recognized for their achievements.  Delegates attended educational workshops covering the 4-H initiatives of leadership, healthy living, and science and technology. 

“Among the outstanding youth we had going to Atlanta was one selected to serve on the Leadership team and three who were chosen as official Congress entertainers,” said Priscella Thomas-Scott, State 4-H Events Coordinator. “The four had to submit applications and videos and were selected from among all applicants by the Congress design team.” 

Kennedy Blue of Howard County served on the Congress Leadership Team. Lane Fritch of Benton County performed “Popular,” from the musical “Wicked.”  Katie Gardner, Washington County, performed a tap dance to James Brown’s “I Feel Good” and Timothy Davis of Jackson County performed a dance routine to another James Brown song, “Super Bad.” 

Among the highlights of the delegation’s trip to Atlanta were visits to the CNN studios, Coca Cola headquarters, Martin Luther King, Jr., Visitor Center and the Georgia Aquarium. Miss America Savvy Shields, a fellow Arkansan, was the gala speaker. Delegates also participated in a day of community service. 

For more information about the 4-H Youth Development program, contact your county extension office. A list of numbers may be found here:   


The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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