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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.

2018 State 4-H Congress officially begins on Wednesday morning, May 30, 2018, and ends Friday morning, June 1, 2018. 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 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: P1565
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Publication Number: M2184
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Three young people drive ATVs on a marked course in a field during a safety training.
Filed Under: ATV Safety September 18, 2018

Abbye Buchanan, of Florence, is the 2018 winner of the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H ATV Safety PSA Contest. Buchanan is 11 years old and has been a member of 4-H for 3 years. (File photo/MSU Extension Service)

Filed Under: Youth Projects, Community, Family, Insects September 13, 2018

Insects and their habitats take center stage during Bugfest at the Mississippi State University Crosby Arboretum in Picayune on Sept. 21 and 22.

This forest has hundreds of tall, thin pine trees with light-gray bark and green clumps of needles.
Filed Under: 4-H Forestry, Forest Management, Timber Harvest August 31, 2018

Housing start fluctuations and an abundance of timber are limiting the ceiling on stumpage prices in Mississippi now, but expect the market to improve when sawmills begin stocking up for winter.

Young woman places a prescription bottle in secure slot in a large, green metal box
Filed Under: Health and Wellness August 6, 2018

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Agents and specialists with the Mississippi State University Extension Service are “promising” to confront the opioid problem in Mississippi communities.

“PReventing Opioid Misuse in the South East,” or PROMISE, is an Extension initiative to address this national crisis in communities across the Southeast. PROMISE is funded by a $310,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

MSU Extension health specialist David Buys said one of the main issues with the misuse of opioids is that they are more accessible than they need to be.

Children stand around a large garbage can while they shuck the husks and silks from ears of corn.
Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Gardening August 6, 2018

Gardens are great outdoor classrooms, and schools are increasingly embracing gardens to enhance their students’ learning. Home gardens are also perfect for hands-on outdoor experiences that are both fun and educational.  

Success Stories

A young man wearing a cap and checked shirt.
Volume 4 Number 1

A tale as old as time: A boy’s older relative advises him to join 4-H. He refuses.

A smiling woman in a blue shirt poses for the camera.
Volume 4 Number 1

Paige Nicholson-Bergeron shares how the 4-H youth development program helped her prepare for both her title of Miss Rodeo America 2014 and her career.*

A man and two girls stand in a barn with three horses.
Youth Livestock, Equine
Volume 4 Number 1

Mississippi 4-H youth horse instructor Tom McBeath takes great pride in having taught two generations of students, and he is now recognized as one of the best in the country at what he does.

Two elderly women display their healthy food choices.
Health and Wellness
Volume 4 Number 1

McLeod is one of about 25 members of the group that formed 4 years ago. They meet at the Columbia center that is managed by the New Zion United Methodist Church.

Man in green dress shirt sits at a table with a woman in a white dress
Volume 3 Number 4

Tiara and Jeremy Brown, former 4-H’ers from Clay and Oktibbeha Counties, respectively, discuss how the 4-H youth development program has something for everyone.

Tiara and Jeremy are both from families that were very involved in 4-H. They met while attending Mississippi State University, graduated, and married. Jeremy went on to work as a mechanical engineer at Yokohama Tire Manufacturing in West Point, and Tiara works as a special education teacher at Central School, also in West Point.



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