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.
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.
Winners from Thursday 5/31/2018 Competitions
Mikayla Shelton – Calhoun County
Andrew Rodgers, Tucker Shannon, Coledon Montgomery, Alaina Weeks, and Bailey Daniels – Pontotoc County
Ashlynne Vaughn – Lauderdale County
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
Ken Hall, Skylar Noblin-Laminak, John Soignier, and August Thornton – Hinds County. High Scoring Individual – Skylar Noblin Laminak – Hinds County
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
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
Claire Breakfield – Marion County
Dairy Animals VP
Maggie Boswell – Rankin County
Dairy Foods VP
John Mark Huff – Rankin County
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
Cherlandra Chandler – Noxubee County
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
Drake Merritt, Jeremiah Mahan, Nicole Long, Macy Ruth, Morgan Huey, Maegan Curtis, Tristan Gazaway and Jordan Prewett – Pontotoc County
It's ATV Safety Week! (Photo by Kevin Hudson)
Take a look at the official State 4-H Congress highlight video! Want to learn more about what goes on at this annual event for senior 4-H’ers? (Photo by Jonathan Parrish)
It was inevitable that Lauren Bryant would at least try 4-H.
Her father’s family has been active in the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program for two generations. And she has attended 4-H events since she was a toddler.
Now, the 11-year-old is showing her own livestock and participating in various 4-H activities through the Extension Service in Tippah County.
“Lauren is a third-generation 4-H’er,” explained her mother, Leigh Bryant. “Her granddad and her daddy were both 4-H’ers.”
June 2-10 is ATV Safety Week
WEST POINT, Miss. -- Many Mississippians enjoy the usefulness and thrill of riding all-terrain vehicles, but the dangerous nature of these machines is highlighted in the June 2-10 4-H ATV Safety Week.
Mississippi ranks 15th in the nation in ATV-related deaths. In 2017, nine youngsters died after suffering traumatic injuries in ATV accidents.
RAYMOND, Miss. -- The 4-H Livestock Club in Hinds County has deep roots. And now that history is on display for all to see at the Multi-Purpose Livestock Building on the Hinds Community College campus.
Agents of the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Hinds County found hundreds of documents, photos and other memorabilia related to the club when they were moving their office from Jackson to Raymond a few years ago.
“We found two filing cabinets full of things dating back to the club’s beginning in the 1930s,” said Extension agent Theresa Hand. “We didn’t even know one of those cabinets was there.”
A tale as old as time: A boy’s older relative advises him to join 4-H. He refuses.
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.*
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.
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.
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.