4-H youths travel to nation's capital for 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus

  • Published: Friday, Aug. 26, 2022

WASHINGTON – Seventeen Missouri youths traveled to Washington, D.C., July 2-11 for the 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus event.

Members of the 2022 delegation:

  • Alexandria Creason – Adair County
  • William Hickman and Emmalyn Schnieders – Clay County
  • Mia Gebhart – Crawford County
  • Owen Neely – Dade County
  • Ashley Suter and Aubrey Suter – Greene County
  • Carissa Caple, Bailey Carter, Abby Jones and Emily Taylor – Henry County
  • Rachel Johnson – Jackson County
  • Ryan Munsterman – Johnson County
  • Maddy McDowell and Alexandria Erdman – Lafayette County
  • Katherina Mehling – Marion County
  • Nolan Olinger – Ray County

Highlights of the trip included Fourth of July fireworks on the National Mall and visits to the Smithsonian Institution, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, World War I Memorial, the White House, Capitol Hill, Arlington National Cemetery, National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, Air Force Memorial, Mount Vernon, Washington Monument and the National Archives.

While in D.C. the group met Missouri 4-H alumni Blake Wright and Madelyn Derks, who both now work for Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri’s 4th District. Youths also met Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri’s 6th District. On the return trip, they toured Monticello and Colonial Williamsburg.

Because of their experiences on this trip, youths reported they better understand that history is more than just dates and places, are better at communicating with public officials, are better at communicating with those with different beliefs and are seeking to learn more about civic engagement, said University of Missouri Extension 4-H state educator Maria Calvert.

Major support for 4-H Civic Engagement programs is provided by the Missouri 4-H Foundation in partnership with the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives; Aaron and Erica Baker; Mary Davis; the Hertzog Family; the Martz Family; MFA Foundation; Miller Family Foundation; Missouri Pork Association; Marla J. Tobin, M.D.; and the Turner Family.

About 4-H

More than 55,000 members strong, Missouri 4-H is an active, dynamic organization of young people who are learning, growing and preparing to be the leaders of today and tomorrow – making a real difference in their community, country and world. 4-H is the youth development program of the University of Missouri and the nation’s Cooperative Extension System. For more information on Missouri 4-H, visit 4h.missouri.edu.


The Missouri 4-H delegation spent a day on Capitol Hill during the Citizenship Washington Focus event in July 2022.

Writer: Maria Calvert

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