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Opportunity of a Lifetime for 20 Missouri 4-H'ers
Missouri Ag Connection - 06/23/2022

This fall, 20 Missouri 4-H delegates will travel to Atlanta, Ga., 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 are:

- 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

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

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