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Locals enjoy 4-H Congress
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The 66th annual State 4-H Congress took place March 24 - 27 at the downtown Sheraton in Nashville. Participants from Warren County selected to attend the four-day educational event were Katie Beth Blankenship, Mitchell Woodlee, Wilson Love, Austin Barry and Clay Prater.
Prater and Barry were selected as state finalists and competed in the citizenship project while at Congress. Following an interview, Prater was selected as the level I citizenship project winner and received a $500 scholarship sponsored by Tennessee Farm Bureau.
The opening assembly featured the 4-H Congress Governor addressing the Congress theme of “Tennessee 4-H: Leading the Legacy.” The Tennessee 4-H performing Arts Troupe presented the program  “Tennessee, My Country Home.” Congress citizenship, leadership and public speaking finalists also took an active role in the performance by reliving famous moments in Tennessee history.
Since 1948, 4-H Congress has given 33,400 4-H members and volunteer leaders firsthand experience in state government. At Congress, delegates become senators or representatives and form a "junior" state Congress. Delegates voted on bills regarding current legislation issues.
Delegates at Congress had the opportunity to visit with State Representatives Charles Curtis and Judd Matheny. They participated in campaign and election procedures to elect a State 4-H Governor, Speaker of the House and Speaker of the Senate. Fun highlights of the event included a magic performance, motivational speakers, and a trip aboard the General Jackson.