Opportunity of a lifetime for 20 Missouri 4-H'ers

  • Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2022

COLUMBIA, Mo. – This fall, 20 Missouri 4-H delegates will travel to Atlanta, Georgia, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. They will attend National 4-H Congress to network with peers from across the country. While there, they will attend workshops, complete service-learning opportunities and tour some of Atlanta’s landmarks.

“Thanks to 4-H, I have had and still have a safe environment where I can grow as a person and gain new leadership skills and experiences, and for that I am very thankful,” said Claire Starbuck, of Johnson County, during the application process.

“4-H affords me the opportunity to try new things; it also inspires me to bridge one opportunity to another,” said Jake Bartlett, of Platte County, in his 4-H story essay. Local 4-H club and county opportunities, along with state 4-H events, prepare teens for national programs.

Potential delegates traveled to Columbia to complete their interviews. The top 20 applicants were selected and announced at closing ceremonies during State 4-H Congress in June.

“Getting to meet them in person and see their commitment to Missouri 4-H was really inspiring,” says Megan Kershner, Missouri 4-H awards coordinator.

2022 National 4-H Congress delegates

  • Abigail Arnold, Pettis County
  • Jake Bartlett, Platte County
  • Nicole Benne, Warren County
  • Allison Brown, Newton County
  • Tannah Cassatt, Jasper County
  • Lynn Dyer, Lafayette County
  • Keon Engeman, Henry County
  • Victoria Gibbs, Cass County
  • Konnor Hoerrmann, Linn County
  • Maesen Hoerrmann, Linn County
  • Trae Hoerrmann, Linn County
  • Nathaniel Hudson, Jasper County
  • Caleb Johnson, Jackson County
  • Melanie Loesch, Cole County
  • Ryan Munsterman, Johnson County
  • Elizabeth Ravasini, Cass County
  • Andrew Shelton, Barton County
  • Claire Starbuck, Johnson County
  • Ashley Suter, Greene County
  • Tysen Wilson, Macon County

About Missouri 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, visit 4h.missouri.edu.

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