Cannon delegates attend Tennessee 4-H Congress

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Back row from left are Representative Clark Boyd, UT Extension Agent Sarah Ferrell, Volunteer Mary Jean Cook and Senator Mark Pody. Front from left are Hunter Owen, Abbye Moore, Abigail Buchanan and McKenna Powell.

Since its beginning in 1948, Tennessee 4-H Congress has given more than 35,000 4-H'ers and volunteer leaders firsthand experience in state government.

Tennessee 4-H Congress held March 18-21 was truly a citizenship experience. In addition to experiencing life in the state capital, delegates learned about civic engagement, including things such as state government, service to others and the election process.

While in the state capitol, delegates have the opportunity to sit in the seat of their elected officials to the state legislature and actually vote on a bill.

Abigail Buchanan and Abbye Moore acted as Senators while McKenna Powell and Hunter Owen acted as Representatives.

Although all four Cannon County delegates took the opportunity to voice their opinion on various bills during the "Know Your Government" session of Congress, Abigail and Hunter were chosen by the state office to stand in support and opposition of different bills.

McKenna Powell also took the unique opportunity to run for Tennessee 4-H Governor. Although she did not win the election, she enjoyed campaigning, meeting people and giving speeches.

One of the many highlights was visiting with Senator Mark Pody and Representative Clark Boyd to discuss their job responsibilities, current bills, and the importance of the 4-H youth development program. All four delegates developed a greater understanding of how government functions and appreciate Tennessee history.

Cannon County 4-H members look forward to sharing their experiences with other 4-H members and encourage others to become more active in the 4-H youth development program. We truly appreciate Mary Jean Cook volunteering her time to help make the week a success.

Programs in agriculture and natural resources, 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, and resources development. University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture and county governments cooperating. UT Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you have any questions about the Cannon County 4-H Program, contact the UT Extension Office at 615-563-2554.

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