Arkansas 4-H state record book winners are spending their Thanksgiving break in Atlanta at the National 4-H Congress, the premier leadership event for senior 4-H’ers.

In Atlanta, the youth will join teens from all over the United States for the 99th national 4-H Congress. This year’s conference theme is “Go Beyond” and focuses on leadership, citizenship, global awareness and inclusion. The teens also will participate in a day of service in Atlanta.

“The program is designed to help youth continue their development as the leaders of this millennium,” said Angie Freel, interim associate department head for 4-H, who will be accompanying the group. “All of our delegates are state record book winners and are among our best and brightest young people.”

During the five-day conference, the youth will attend educational workshops and service-learning events. They will also hear noted speakers, including U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.

Highlights of the trip will include visits to the Atlanta Zoo, CNN studios, Coca Cola headquarters, Martin Luther King, Jr., Visitor Center and the Georgia Aquarium.

Funding for the trip is provided by the 4-H Foundation.

Delegates include the following:

Ashley County — Phebe Dawson|

Baxter County – Chase Blum

Benton County — Paige Barrett, Faith Fritch, Hannah Jackson, Jacob Jarding, Maddie Mitchell, Megan Pigeon, Morgen Puryear, Calvin Snyder, Destiny Wilson and volunteer Shannon Mitchell

Clark County — Tyler Thompson

Cleburne County — Stephen Wilson

Conway County — Victoria Lehmann

Faulkner County — Alex Wilson

Green County — Olivia Gardner

Hot Spring County — Eva Berryhill

Howard County — Abbie Lamb, Nicholas Trombley and volunteer Jim Lamb

Independence County — Natasha Hightower

Lonoke County — Clayton Stark

Madison County — Shelby White

Miller County — Kyleen Hewitt

Mississippi County — Macie Smith

Pope County — Jelaina Payton

Sebastian County — Olivia Branum, Emily Dunn and Taylor Looper

Sevier County — Brennen Seymour

Washington County — Casey Burden and Nealie Den Herder

White County — Savannah Watkins

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