Recently, 350 Tennessee senior high 4-Hers received the opportunity to attend the 69th annual 4-H State Congress. Since 1948, 36,000 4-Hers have attended this premier 4-H State Event.
Caroline Brooks, Grant Hitchcock and Emily Pennington represented Warren County. Brooks and Pennington attended Congress as delegates, with Hitchcock attending as a citizenship senior level 1 competitor.
While at Congress attendees had the opportunity to visit the Tennessee State Museum, listen to various speakers, meet with their Representative and Senator, and take a ride on the General Jackson.
Delegates participated in a “Know your Government” session. This activity allowed delegates to serve as a Representative or a Senator and go into session to debate and pass bills. Delegates also voted in an election for the roles of Tennessee 4-H Governor, Speaker of the House, and Speaker of the Senate.
While at Congress, Pennington was elected the 2017 4-H Congress Speaker of the Senate and will return to 4-H Congress next year to fulfill her duties.
Pennington thoroughly enjoyed her Congress experience and said, “What we do now does not just affect our today, it affects our tomorrow. With the speakers, the government sessions, and even in the election, my eyes were opened to the simple fact that we have opportunities to make differences.”