4-H'ers Rewarded With Trip To National 4-H Congress

December 22, 1998

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Forty-five 4-H'ers from Pennsylvania were selected to attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 27-Dec. 1, giving Pennsylvania the third largest delegation. National 4-H Congress brings the best 4-H members from across the nation together to share ideas and improve their leadership skills.

Delegates included:

From the Southwest Region: Jennifer Crider of Butler, Jana Gallagher of Uniontown, Tammy Trimble of Indiana, Amanda Davis of Marion Center, Charity Iams and Amanda Winnett of Amity, Tracy Ross of University Park, Jeff Sarault of Ligonier and Natalie Fowell of Meyersdale.

From the Northwest Region: Ryan Stahlman of Fairmont City, Jennifer Giani and Brian Neely of Emlenton, Paula Gevin of Cochranton, Cosha Naples of Meadville, Devon Skelton of Edinboro, Brent Cornwell of Waterford, Christopher Rodgers of Slippery Rock, Amy McCuean of New Galilee and Veronica Hersman of Polk.

From the Capital Region: Kristi Cunningham of Biglerville, Chad Funt of Arendtsville, Kandy Baum of Mechanicsburg, Danielle Sanderson of Carlisle, Jason Kramer of Dauphin, Joanna Wames of Harrisburg, Beth Diehl and Kristen Shuman of Newburg, Joel Buckwalter of Ephrata, Elisa Ranck of Paradise, Betsy Howard and Rachael Krall of Lebanon, Rachael Price of Dover and Jay Rishel of Seven Valleys.

From the Southeast Region: Vicki Miller of Perkasie, Erica Davis of Kutztown, Oralyn Folk of Bernville, Lauren Annett of Lincoln University, Pamela Wilkinson of West Grove, Rob Davis of Springfield, Andrea Oleykowski of Upper Darby, Kiera McAllister of Allentown, Tiffany Smith of Kempton, Vanessa Polk and Megan Sly of Gilbertsville and Holly Miller of Bangor.

Delegates chose from a variety of workshops taught by experts in the field. Topics ranged from conflict mediation and leadership skills to biotechnology, agriculture and the environment. The Franklin Covey Company conducted a workshop on time management and planning; the master chef from the Hyatt Regency Hotel taught a workshop on food; and CNN broadcasters conducted a workshop on presentations.

Delegates also attended workshops on conflict mediation and world diplomacy at the Martin Luther King and Jimmy Carter Centers. Other cultural workshops included Irish step dancing taught by a "Riverdance" cast member, as well as ballroom and swing dancing.

As audience members, delegates had the chance to voice their opinions on national television for CNN's "Talk Back Live" show.

Other events took place at the Sci-Trek Museum, Centennial Olympic Park and Georgia Tech Center for the Arts. The Coca-Cola Company sponsored a tour at Coca-Cola World and a dance at the old Train Depot.

Speakers included Tim Daggett, 1984 Olympic Gold medalist in men's gymnastics; Scot Hollenbeck, 1992 Paralympic Gold medalist in wheelchair racing; Nicole Johnson, 1999 Miss America; and Dan Clark, former NFL football player. All speakers focused on leadership and self-determination.

Each county in Pennsylvania can select and send two members to National 4-H Congress The event will be held in Atlanta Ga. for the next three years. For more information, contact Phil Hoy at phoy@psu.edu or 814-863-7875.

4-H is open to all youths ages 8-18 regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin or disability.

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EDITORS: For more information, contact Phil Hoy at 814-863-7875.

Contacts: Kim Dionis KDionis@psu.edu 814-863-2703 814-865-1068 fax

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