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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.

2019 State 4-H Congress officially begins on May 29, 2019, and ends May 31, 2019. 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)

2019 Winners will be announced


Winners from Thursday 5/31/2018 Competitions

Sheep/Swine/Meat Goat Visual Presentation
Mikayla Shelton – Calhoun County
Clothing Selection
Da’Naeja Porter – Pike County
Community Action Showcase
Emerald Bowen – Lowndes County
Child Development Track
Tajuan Beckworth, Kyauna Ellis, and Keynnicka Johnson. High Scoring Individual – Crystal Hinton – Harrison County
Personal Development
Kacilyn Pegies – Lee County
Career Pursuit
Aubrey Quartana – Forrest County
Public Speaking I
Daniel Laudadio – Alcorn County
Public Speaking II
Shae Phillips – Lee County
Engineering Visual
Emma Grace Carter – Rankin County
Robotics - Matthew Crawford, Micah Crawford, and Cooper Hadley – Tate County
Poultry Judging
Connor Hidalgo, Amanda Johnson, Joe McCreary, and Micah Taylor – Lee County. High scoring individual – Amanda Johnson – Lee County
Poultry Egg Preparation Contest
Katie Norris –  Marion County
Compact Tractor
Jack Fly – Tallahatchie County
Construction Level I Contest
Kierra McClinton - Walthall County
Clothing Construction Level II
Katie Whitehead – Franklin County
Clothing Construction Level IV Contest
Hunter Brooks – Lowndes County.
Citizenship Bowl
Andrew Rodgers, Tucker Shannon, Coledon Montgomery, Alaina Weeks, and Bailey Daniels – Pontotoc County
Electric Contest
Vinny Sanders – Tishomingo County
Small Engine Contest
John Williams – Benton County.
Automotive Driving Contest
Levi Woodard – Clarke County
Tractor Operation Contest
Taylor Vowell – Leake County
Seed ID Team 
Kaitlyn Williams, Christian Stonnington, and Nathan Pulliam – Stone County
Consumer Judging Contest
Josie Donna, Mabrey Chamblee, Elizabeth Nichols, and Bailey Daniels – Pontotoc County

Photography Track 
Ashlynne Vaughn – Lauderdale County

Meats Judging 
Connor Hidalgo, Jacob Lindsey, and Trevor Phillips – Lee County. High scoring Individual – Trevor Phillips – Lee County

Dairy Products Judging 
Kristin Ray, Daniel Martin, Alaina Weeks, and Preston Rigby – Pontotoc County. High Scoring Individual – Daniel Martin – Pontotoc County

Livestock Bowl
Ken Hall, Skylar Noblin-Laminak, John Soignier, and August Thornton – Hinds County. High Scoring Individual – Skylar Noblin Laminak – Hinds County

Dairy Bowl 
Mabry Chamblee, Kristin Ray, Alex Barron, and Preston Rigby – Pontotoc County. High Scoring Individual – Shelby Abrams – Chickasaw County

Entomology Insect Collection
Peyton Horn – Bolivar County

Entomology Insect ID
Sam Simpson – Lee County

Horticulture Judging
Nicole Brewer, Richie Lilly, Abby Galloway, and Alex Barron – Pontotoc County

Horticulture Judging High Individual
Nicole Brewer – Pontotoc County

Nia McCalphia – Newton County

Marisol Garcia – Lauderdale County

Interior Design I
Lacy Raines – Union County

Interior Design II
Bryce Bateman – Amite County

Interior Design III
Hailey Brewer – Pontotoc County


Winners from Wednesday 5/30/2018 Competitions

Conservation Visual Presentation 
Bo Henderson – Wayne County 

Entomology Visual Presentation 
Katelyn Casey – Pearl River County

Beef VP
Claire Breakfield – Marion County

Dairy Animals VP
Maggie Boswell – Rankin County

Dairy Foods VP
John Mark Huff – Rankin County

Dairy Posters
8-10: Karigen Pruitt – Rankin County
11-13: Serna Williams – Kemper County
14-18: Austin Housley – Rankin County

Foods & Nutrition VP
Teiryne Miller – Lee County

4-H Team Cook-Off
Gavin Reeves and Brooklynn Roberts – Clarke County

Gardening Horticulture VP
Jaykanze Bryant – Noxubee County

Other Projects VP
Myra Thompson – Oktibbeha County

Power Point Event
Hayley Cross – Desoto County

Ryan Henderson – Greene County

Photography VP
Cherlandra Chandler – Noxubee County

Clothing VP
T’Ajahlon White – Lee County

Vet Science/Pet/Care VP
Audrey Sanders – Lamar County

Vet Science /Pet Care Visual Presentation
Audrey Sanders – Lamar County

Health Visual Presentation
Tashunti Trice – Lee County

Ryan Henderson – Greene County

Modeling Squad
Drake Merritt, Jeremiah Mahan, Nicole Long, Macy Ruth, Morgan Huey, Maegan Curtis, Tristan Gazaway and Jordan Prewett – Pontotoc County



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Publication Number: P2751
Publication Number: F1143
Publication Number: F1144
Publication Number: M2102
Publication Number: M2204


A teenage girl holds the halter on the face of her muscular, white steer as she and a tall man standing behind them look at the photographer.
Filed Under: 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Livestock, Volunteers, Youth Projects, Agriculture, Livestock February 8, 2019

 The Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions began in 1969 as a conversation between two Mississippi State University livestock specialists dedicated to building better youth through livestock programs.

Two middle-school-aged girls and a middle-aged male teacher look on at another girl poking a hole in the side of a black tray for a science project.
Filed Under: STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math January 25, 2019

Growing food on Earth is challenging enough, but two Armstrong Middle School robotics teams are exploring the cultivation of leafy greens in space.

Filed Under: STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math, Children and Parenting, Environment October 31, 2018

Mississippi State University received three grants Oct. 22 totaling almost $900,000 to enhance the advancement of scientific and environmental literacy among children and young people living near the Gulf Coast.

Black and white Hostein cows and light brown Jersey cows graze on green grass.
Filed Under: Youth Livestock, Dairy October 19, 2018

On a rainy day in early autumn, hundreds of people packed into the Mississippi State University Joe Bearden Dairy Center to learn where their milk, butter, yogurt, and ice cream come from. (File Photo by Kat Lawrence)

Filed Under: 4-H, Leadership and Citizenship October 18, 2018

Forty-three Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H members were recognized recently during the annual Mississippi Congressional Award ceremony for their self-development accomplishments.

Success Stories

A man with a white 4-H shirt and khaki pants stands in the Mississippi capitol building holding a golden frame with the 4-H green four-leaf clover in the center. Surrounding the logo in a circle are more than 20 4-H pins.
4-H, 4-H Forestry, Community, Economic Development
Volume 4 Number 3

Harry Dendy of Clinton first joined the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H Youth Development program in Chickasaw County 62 years ago, when he was 10 years old. Forestry was his main project area.

A teen with brown hair and wearing a green Junior Master Wellness Volunteer T-shirt stands in front of the Cleveland, Mississippi, Welcome Center.
4-H, Volunteers, Community, Leadership, Junior Master Wellness Volunteer
Volume 4 Number 3

Katelyn Orr helped Cleveland residents get their hearts pumping and burn a few calories during the Community Walk in April.

A man wearing a green and white plaid shirt, blue jeans, and a brown baseball cap stands in front of a bright red machine parked inside a metal building.
4-H, 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Livestock, Youth Projects, Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Livestock, Beef
Volume 4 Number 3

Greg Chambers is one Mississippi producer who’s focused on innovating. Whether he’s growing soybeans and wheat on his Prentiss County property or raising cattle and goats on other acres, Chambers is always looking for a better, more efficient way of doing things.

A young woman with brown hair and a pink shirt stands smiling while holding a black and white speckled chicken next to her face.
4-H, 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Livestock, Youth Poultry, Join 4-H, Support 4-H, Youth Projects
Volume 4 Number 3

When Emma Grace McGrew became Mississippi’s 2017 Miss Hospitality, a year of exciting experiences awaited the former Prentiss County 4-H’er and self-proclaimed country girl.

A blonde woman in a white shirt and ponytail stands in front of a wooden wall and holds a brown, black, and white baby goat.
4-H, 4-H Livestock Program, 4-H Safety Programs, SAFETY – Safe Archery and Firearms Education and Training for Youth, Join 4-H, Volunteers
Volume 4 Number 3

After working all day, Deidra Rollins knew the last thing she wanted to do was spend every evening and weekend at the ball field. But she wanted something she and her daughter, Tory, could do together. So she stopped by the local Mississippi State University Extension Service office.



Monday, March 18, 2019 - 7:00am
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 7:00am
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 7:00am
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 7:00am

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