NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The 68th annual State 4-H Congress was held March 22-25 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Murfreesboro. This year’s theme was “Building a Solid Foundation.” This event hosts approximately 500 of Tennessee’s youth, volunteer leaders, county agents, and state staff, who all spent three busy days around Murfreesboro and Nashville learning about Tennessee’s State Government.
This year, Moore County sent four delegates — Erin Dodd, Hailey Beaver, Brandon Hill and Casey York — and 2015 State 4-H Congress Speaker of the House, Andy Huffer, along with County Agent Lorie Burtts.
Sunday evening, the delegates and leaders attended the 4-H Pageant, performed by the Tennessee 4-H Performing Arts Troupe, the Congress Officers and all of the 2015 competition finalists.
On Monday morning, following breakfast and morning announcements, the delegates were separated into two groups, Senators and Representatives, to participate in the “Know Your Government” session. During this session, students were able to explore many aspects of their state government and the state’s history.
Following the session, the two groups of delegates were able to visit Tennessee’s House of Representatives and Senate. During this visit, students were introduced to five new bills, and were able to have a support, opposition, and open debate concerning the bills.
After the afternoon session, the Moore County delegates were able to meet their State Representative David Alexander and State Senator Jim Tracy. During the visits, students had a question and answer session, and were able to gain more insight about the state government.
On Tuesday, during the morning sessions, delegates boarded the buses for the General Jackson boat ride where they had lunch and attended a concert. That evening, delegates attended a banquet honoring 4-H Congress Sponsors, recognizing winners of the Public Speaking and Essay Contests and inducting next year’s Congress Officers. The 4-H Dance was the final event before heading home Wednesday morning.
—By HAILEY BEAVER. Moore County 4-H Congress Reporter
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