Missouri youths gathered with others from across the nation for the 2021 National 4-H Congress, Nov. 26-30 in Atlanta.

During National 4-H Congress, youths participated in a wide range of educational workshops, service-learning projects and keynote speaker presentations. They also had the opportunity to tour Atlanta landmarks such as Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, College Football Hall of Fame, Centennial Olympic Park and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center. This year’s event was the 100th National 4-H Congress.

Missouri’s delegation comprised 37 youths from across the state. Typically, 20 youths are selected to attend this national event each year. However, with the 2020 National 4-H Congress being canceled, Missouri 4-H was able to take youths selected for both years to the 2021 event.

The 2021 delegation:

  • Ryan Davis, Barton County
  • Connor Lincoln, Bollinger County
  • Kaleb Vaughn and Matthew Vaughn, Boone County
  • Evan Miller and Laine Schmalzried, Cass County
  • David Farr and Rachel Wiese, Clay County
  • Daniel Gilmer and Matthew Carlton, Clinton County
  • Taylor Riley, Cole County
  • Caroline Herigon, Cooper County
  • Jillian Powers and Kaylyn Powers, Gasconade County
  • Kaci Persell, Grundy County
  • Kate Rogers, Harrison County
  • Bailey Carter, Henry County
  • Brett Rockers, Jasper County
  • Riley Edmunds and Zachary Munsterman, Johnson County
  • Libby Shaver, Laclede County
  • Caedon Bergman and Sonya Rodekohr, Lafayette County
  • Kaitlynn Foster, Lincoln County
  • Keri Schindler and Lydia Althoff, Marion County
  • Courtney Keatson, McDonald County
  • Ava Engemann, Montgomery County
  • Ada Tucker, Newton County
  • Alexis Van Brocklin, Pettis County
  • Dylan Hamilton, Putnam County
  • Eli Kigar and Elsie Kigar, Scotland County
  • Hallie Bond and Laura Kenagy, Vernon County
  • Kelsey Miller and Nathan Benne, Warren County

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.

For more information about 4-H, visit or contact your local MU Extension center.

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