National 4-H Congress

first_img“We haven’t abandoned our agricultural roots,” Stewart said. “We’ve expanded theaudience we serve.” “We want them to see the new South. This is a progressive region with the best ourcountry has to offer in climate, industry and agriculture,” she said. “We have shown acooperation of mutual respect between agriculture and business. And that link is clearin Atlanta. National 4-H Congress brings together 4-H’ers from across the nation and U.S.territories. The teens will discuss challenges they will face in the future and will searchfor solutions. National Congress also has changed to mirror the changing face of 4-H. One big part of the learning experience of the event is community service. “Experiential learning works whether you’re raising a steer in Hahira or a backyardgarden in Decatur,” Stewart said. “We’ve found urban and suburban applications foragriculture. And we’ve established 4-H as the premiere organization teachingleadership and citizenship to America’s youth.” “What better place to teach service and diversity than ‘Atlanta: The City Too Busy toHate’?” Stewart said. “That’s a vital message these young people need to take home.” The Congress convenes the day after Thanksgiving each year. It lasts for four days. Using the lessons of the past 80 years, National 4-H Congress combines its youngmembers’ leadership, citizenship and technological skills. And it puts them to work. “This program will give us an opportunity to unite young people from a multiculturalbase to network, discuss youth issues and establish relationships they will build on forthe rest of their lives,” Stewart said. “Atlanta will be a part of that.” “Plus, Atlanta offers gracious living you can’t get any other place in the world,” shesaid. “National 4-H Council determined that (as it was), it could no longer be funded,”Stewart said. “After National Council abandoned sponsorship, states picked it up andredefined the mission as an educational experience. They strengthened the programfrom just a recognition event.” “National 4-H Congress began as a recognition program for outstanding performance inproject areas,” said Susan Stewart, who coordinates the event. 4-H reaches city and suburban kids in the same way it reached rural students at the turnof the century. Georgia’s 4-H reputation helped land National Congress in Atlanta. “It still is,” said Stewart, a UGA 4-H specialist. “But it has expanded to be aneducational experience that exceeds the scope of what any one state could offer.” Stewart hopes the students won’t leave without a good dose of Southern hospitality. The big event almost ended in 1994. “We now hope National 4-H Congress will help us spotlight Georgia’s outstandingprogram,” Ryles said. “We hope it will introduce 4-H to a new generation ofGeorgians.” The Congress will bring more than 1,200 young people to the city each year. It won’t be another Olympics. It will be a big deal, however, to thousands of youngAmericans. For four years starting in 1998, Atlanta will be the host city for theNational 4-H Congress. A site selection committee made the announcement this week. With more than 5.5 million members (more than 170,000 in Georgia), 4-H reaches anever-changing population. It now includes 1 million city dwellers and more than 2million suburbanites. Only a little more than 700,000 live on farms. About 24 percentare minorities. “National 4-H Congress is the premiere event for 4-H across our country,” said BoRyles, state 4-H leader with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “Citiesnationwide bid for the Congress. We’re thrilled the committee chose Atlanta.”last_img read more

Lady Cards Victorious Over St. Nick’s Lady Trojans

first_imgThe St. Louis Lady Cardinals hosted the St. Nicholas Lady Trojans last night.  Bringing home two wins last night were the Cardinals.The 7th Grade game ended with a final score of 34-8.  Scoring for St. Louis were Catherine Streator with 15pts, Claire Saner with 7pts, Rhea Miller with 6pts, and Ava Owens, Madison Wanstrath and Lilly Schebler all bring 2pts each.  We were able to rebound on the offensive and defensive ends which was something we have been working on.  Nice job ladies great game they are now 14-1 on the season.The 8th Grade Lady Cardinals also won last night with a final score of 35-18.  Scoring for St. Louis were Megan Bauer with 21pts, Ava Owens with 6pts, Sadie Wachsmann with 4pts, Haley Geisen and Anna Wanstrath both scoring 2pts each.  These ladies played a great defense game and worked the offense very well also.  Nice job ladies.The Cardinals will play Thursday at home against Jac-Cen-Del.  Tip of 7th grade is at 6pm and 8th grade night will follow that game.  Come join us to show support for our 4 amazing 8th graders!Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Erin Trenkamp.last_img read more

CA braces for aftershocks of 7.1 earthquake

first_imgCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsom is requesting federal assistance after Friday’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake.Newsom has placed California’s Office of Emergency Services on its highest alert.OES Director Mark Ghilarducci told reporters they have significant reports of fires, mostly as a result of gas leaks or gas line breaks near the epicenter just outside Ridgecrest in Southern California.No fatalities or serious injuries have been reported.Emergency officials are bracing for strong aftershocks.The White House says President Trump is being kept up-to-date on the latest 7.1quake by several teams as he and the First Lady vacation at Trump’s Bedminister golf course in New Jersey.Related content:New 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocks Southern Californialast_img