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State 4-H Congress

State 4-H Congress is an annual state event designed to supplement our county 4-H programs. This event provides positive leadership and educational opportunities for senior 4-H members from across the state in an effort to develop these young people to their fullest potential. To meet the needs of a diverse and changing society, State 4-H Congress aims to inspire productive citizens and catalysts for positive change.

The official delegation is made up of 4-H members, 4-H–certified volunteer adult leaders, and Extension agents/staff registered for the entire event. It is expected that all counties will be represented.

The annual event takes place on the campus of Mississippi State University.

View the State 4-H Congress Handbook (M2204)

Winners from the 2019 final competitions.





Consumer Judging (Team)

1   Pearl River
  2   Noxubee
  3   Lee Team 1

Consumer Judging (Individual)

1 Lili Thomas Lee
  2 Jaykanze Bryant Noxubee
  3 Abigail Hartline Pearl River

Poultry Egg Prep

1 Jace Welborn Jasper
  2 Chelsea Doss Clay
  3 Da'Nasia Caston Adams

Automobile Driving

1 Micah Crawford Tate
  2 Kye Meeks Benton
  3 Hailey Wells Lauderdale

Robotics Team

1   Oktibbeha
  2   Tishomingo

Electric Judging

1 Carson Long Pontotoc
  2 Sam Madden< Lauderdale

Small Engines

1 Matthew Crawford Tate

Clothing Construction II

1 Ashley Adams Washington

Clothing Construction III

1 Kierra McClinton Walthall
  2 Katie Whitehead Franklin

Clothing Construction IV

1 Olivia Branum Pearl River

Photography Judging

1 Mary Kathryn Smith LeFlore
  2 Tae’ Angelo Carter Washington
  3 Davis Westbrook Yazoo

Dairy Products Judging (Ind.)

1 Diamond Sharpe Lee
  2 Aaliyah Westmoreland Lee<
  3 Chloe Pina Pontotoc

Dairy Products Judging (Team)

1   Lee
  2   Pontotoc
  3   Coahoma

Wildlife Judging Team

1   Pontotoc A
  2   Forrest
  3   Tishomingo

Wildlife Judging (Ind.)

1 Coledon Montgomery Pontotoc
  2 Mabry Chamblee Pontotoc
  3 Elizabeth Grace Nichols Pontotoc

Tractor Operation

1 Davian Powell Holmes
  2 Gabe Entrekin Pearl River
  3 Caycen Ratcliff Stone

Compact Tractor Driving

1 Taylor Vowell Leake
  2 Levi Woodard Clarke
  3 Ben Wilkinson Amite

Citizenship Bowl

1   Pontotoc 1
  2   Washington
  3   Pearl River

Horticulture Judging (Team)

1   Pontotoc

Horticulture Judging (Ind)

1 Anne Taylor Pontotoc
  2 Amy Priest Pontotoc
  3 Laura Lee Brown Pontotoc

Seed ID and Quality Judging (Team)

1   Pontotoc
  2   Perry

Seed ID and Quality Judging (Ind.)

1 Elizabeth Swinford Benton
  2 John Williams Benton
  3 Laura Brown Pontotoc

Livestock Bowl (Team)

1   Union
  2   Pontotoc
  3   Chickasaw

Winners from Thursday 5/30/2019 Competitions





Clothing Selection

1 Jarius Anders Walthall
  2 Hunter Brooks Lowndes
  3 Courtney Jackson Jasper

Forestry Judging Team

1   Rankin
  2   Lee
  3   Amite

Forestry Judging Individual

1 Ashlyn Henderson Wayne
  2 Payton Lemoine Rankin
  3 Caly Haskins Rankin

Insect Collection

1 Jacob Lindsey Lee
  2 Peyton Horn Bolivar

MS 4-H Team Cook-Off

1   Amite
  2   Lowndes

Child Development Team

1   Pontotoc 1
  • Danalyn Buchanan
  • Alvia Buchanan
  • Morgan McGoughy and
Tykirah Ivy
  2 Anna Vowell Lee
      Pontotoc 2

Child Development Individual

1 Presley McMillan Tishomingo
  2 Craig Hinton Harrison
  3 Ingrid Bengston Benton


1 Dylan King Marshall
  2 Tamarcus Funches Tunica
  3 Robert Jones, Jr. Marshall

Career Pursuit

1 Lana Estes Union
  2 Debreanna Taylor Hinds
  3 Elizabeth Reaux Stone


1 Lathe Ward Pontotoc
  2 Ben Johnson Lee

Public Speaking I

1 Tashunti Trice Lee
  2 Sean O’Neil Clarke
  3 Ashanti Wigley Humphreys

Public Speaking II

1 Daniel Laudadio Alcorn
  2 Anna Grace Carter Rankin
  3 Savana Mars Adams

Interior Design (Level I)

1 Madelynne Goodson Oktibbeha
  2 Reocca Rice Oktibbeha
  3 Swayze Browning Union

Interior Design (Level II)

1 Lacy Raines Union
  2 Olivia Howell Holmes
  3 Molly Whitehead Franklin

Interior Design (Level III)

1 Hannah Dean Chickasaw
  2 Macy Freeman Amite

Winners from Wednesday 5/29/2019 Competitions






1 Taylor Vowell Leake
  2 Chase Foster



Beef VP

1 Nina Hay Lauderdale
  2 Dallas Stroud Scott
  3 Elizabeth Rone Panola

Clothing VP

1 Andreanna Page Humphreys
  2 Bre' Cameron Pike
  3 Jasmine Triplett Humphreys

Conservation VP

1 Cedric Jones Kemper
  2 Tamorris Luster Noxubee
  3 Brooklyn Roberts Clarke

Consumer Ed VP

1 Lacy Raines Union
  2 T'ajahlon White Lee<
  3 Reocca Rice Oktibbeha

Dairy Animals VP

1 Swayze Browning Union
  2 Anna Vowell Leake

Dairy Foods VP

1 Katelyn Casey Pearl river
  2 Lana Estes Union

Dairy Foods VP

3 Peyton Barber Pearl river

Engineering VP

1 Kylie Headley Oktibbeha
  2 Anna Grace Carter Rankin
  3 Juan Bankhead Noxubee

Entomology VP

1 Brianna Buggs Washington
  2 Alonzo Ramsey Kemper
  3 Ashlyn Wilson Pearl river

Foods and Nutrition VP

1 Kim Strouse Pearl river


2 Cassin Gant Oktibbeha
  3 Ja'don Lavallais Pike



Gardening/Horticulture VP


Daniel Laudadio




Jamiya Mason




Renee Harris

Pearl river




Health VP


Myra Thompson




Alvie Mixon




Madison Tingle





Other Projects VP


Sean Watkins




Atley Thompson




"Gabe" Entrekin

Pearl river

Personal Development VP

1 Rosalyn Ware Hinds
  2 Madelynne Goodson Oktibbeha
  3 Kacilyn Pegues Lee

Photography VP

1 Izaun Baxter Harrison
  2 Malik Lenard Pike
  3 Shay Chandler Noxubee

Plant and Soil Science VP

1 Jaykanze Bryant Noxubee
  2 Damion Mckenzie Pike
  3 Reslyn Ramsey Kemper


1 Brandon Booth Newton
  2 Jaykanze Bryant Noxubee
  3 Anna Grace Carter Rankin

Sheep/Swine/Meat Goats VP

1 Debreanna Taylor Hinds
  2 Moiya McCullough Panola
  3 Carmen Hamilton Rankin

Vet Science/ Pet Care VP

1 Katelyn Humphreys Lowndes
  2 Connor Hidalgo Lee
  3 Zion Harris Noxubee

Modeling Squad Small Team

1   Washington
  2   Chickasaw
  1   Pontotoc
  2   LeFlore
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Filed Under: Health and Wellness, The PROMISE Initiative June 5, 2020

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A health leadership team led by the Mississippi State University Extension Service has received a national award for its work to address mental health challenges in the state’s agricultural community.

Directors of the PROMISE Initiative will receive the Southern Distinguished Team award from Epsilon Sigma Phi, during the organization’s annual national conference in October. PROMISE stands for “PReventing Opioid Misuse in the SouthEast.” Epsilon Sigma Phi is a nationwide organization for Extension professionals.

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Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Children and Parenting, Healthy Homes Initiative June 4, 2020

June is National Healthy Homes month! To celebrate, we’ve created a blog post to focus on an important health concern that could happen in and around your home. 

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Filed Under: 4-H, Coronavirus June 1, 2020

With social distancing measures still in place, Mississippi 4-H’ers will participate in the state’s first-ever Virtual State 4-H Congress in 2020 instead of the traditional in-person gathering.

Filed Under: 4-H, About Extension, Extension Administration April 29, 2020

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service’s cancellation of in-person educational meetings and events through August 1 does not affect events hosted by other organizations, which Extension personnel and clients may participate in.

All scheduled Extension face-to-face educational events and meetings through that date have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Coronavirus, Mental Health First Aid April 17, 2020

When confronted with the need to change or adapt to life’s circumstances, people cope with the resulting stress in many ways. David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the domino effect of multiple changes caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic may result in trauma.

“Usually trauma is a major life event that leads to intense stress reactions,” Buys said. “But we are seeing so many changes in such a short time it’s a struggle to manage our feelings and thoughts without falling into anxiety and depression.”

Success Stories

A young girl smiles and holds up a Lego creation.
Volume 6 Number 1

It was the summer of 2018. Grenada Elementary School teacher Dianne Brewer—a classroom veteran of more than 25 years—was working at the local Yalobusha County library, and she saw a group of 5-year-olds enthusiastically participating in a 4-H LEGO Engineering lesson.

A teenage boy stands outside with a firearm resting on his shoulder.
4-H, 4-H Safety Programs, 4-H SAFETY
Volume 6 Number 1

4-H S.A.F.E.T.Y. is Mississippi 4-H’s biggest program. Competitors in the Safe Archery and Firearms Education and Training for Youth program are immersed in essential firearm-safety training to learn maturity, self-discipline, responsibility, and sportsmanship.

A large, green, grassy field stretches out behind two young men riding brown horses along a fence.
4-H, Youth Horse
Volume 6 Number 1

Cousins Tredell and Anthony Meeks brought home top honors at the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championship in Georgia in 2019. The pair has participated in the family pastime since they were small children but decided to join 4-H 6 years ago to meet new people, learn new things, and compete among their peers.

A man wearing a light blue shirt with “US Jersey” above the chest pocket stands smiling in front of several cows.
4-H, Support 4-H, Agriculture, Livestock, Dairy
Volume 6 Number 1

Neal Smith grew up in Picayune in Pearl River County and has lived in Ohio for 27 years. As the chief executive officer and executive secretary for the American Jersey Cattle Association, Smith has been able to stay connected to the reason he joined 4-H as a child—his love of dairy cattle. He first joined 4-H because he wanted to show his Jersey calf at the Pearl River County Fair.

Two boys sit on two horses facing the camera. Both boys are wearing blue shirts and safety helmets.
4-H, Youth Horse
Volume 6 Number 1

Tredell and Anthony Meeks have been riding horses since they were small children. But 6 years ago, they decided they wanted to join 4-H in Holmes County and participate in competitions. “We saw other 4-H members who were doing horse competitions, and we thought it looked like fun,” says 18-year-old Anthony. “We wanted to try it.”


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