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Page 6 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 20 5 WASHINGTON, N.D.- For Rebecca Liffrig, attending the 2015 National 4-H Congress was the pinnacle of a 10-year 4-H career. The Mandan-area high school senior was one oftbur North Dako- ta delegates to the National 4-H Con- gress. That's a five-day conference that lbcuses on helping 4-H'ers de- velop leadership and other skills they can practice in their community and use in their adult life. "'The speakers, activities and other delegates left me with a greater appreciation and desire lbr what the Ibur H's stand for, and inspired me greatly to try to live them in my life," Liffiig said. "Being a part of the Na- tional 4-H Congress inspired me to encourage all yotmger 4-H'ers to continue with 4-H for as long as they Call, if only to attend the Congress." The other three North Dakota del- egates were Traci Lagein, a Rock- lake-area high school junior; Marisa Smith, a Havana-area high school junior: and Emily Ziklntmd, a Pisek- area high school senior. "'Excite, Spa , l aite" was theme of this year's National 4-H Congress, which was held in Atlanta, Ga. During the conference, the dele- gates toured a number of places, in- cluding the Carter Presidential Li- brary, Martin Luther King Center tbr Non-Violent Change, Atlanta Zoo, CNN Center and Gcx)rgia Aquafitnn. They also heard from keynote speakers such as Barbara Chain- berlin, Extension Service instruc- tional design and educational media specialist at New Mexico State University; Eugen Schoenfeld, so- ciology professor emeritus at Geor- gia State University; and Stedlnan Graham, chairman and chief exec- utive officer of S. Graham and As- sociates, a management and mar- Photo: Submitted Above: The four North Dakota 4-H'ers who attended the Nalional 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga., say it was in- spiring. Picutred are (from left): Roger Johnson, former North Dakota agriculture commissioner; Congress del- egates Traci Lagein of Towner County and Emily Zikmund of Walsh County; Miss America Betty Cantrell; Con- gress delegates Rebecca Liffrig of Oliver County and Marisa Smith of Sargent County; Barb Thomson, 4-H vol- unteer and chaperone, Barnes County; and Chris Boerboom, NDSU Extension director. keting consulting firm that special- The North Dakota 4-H Founda-talents of the participating youth," izes in the corporate and educational tion sponsored the trip lbr the four said NDSU Extension Service Di- markets, delegates. Barb Thoreson, a long- rector Cl is Boerboom, who serves The North Dakota delegates all time 4-H volunteer fiom Barnes on the National 4-H Congress board. thought that meeting 4-H'ers from County, chaperoned the delegates. "'l wasn't surprised because 4-H ex- other parts of the U.S. was a high- "Overall, National 4-11 Congress cels at developing youth leadership light of their trip. was a fantastic experience, and I abilities. I'm proud of our North "It was so cool seeing how their wish that every 4-H'er had the op- Dakota delegation and thankfifl that 4-t-l does things differently than we portunity to attend," Ziklnund the North Dakota 4-H Foundation do back home and what they had to said. was able to support them. Without do to come to 4-H National Con- "I was amazed, but not sur- a doubt, Congress is a premier gress,'" Lagein said. prised, by the leadership abilities and event tbr 4-tt." FARGO, N.D. -- Nine youth have been selected to join the North Dakota 4-H Ambassadors program. The new team members, the county where they are enrolled in 4- H and where they attend school are: Ana Braaten - Richland Coun- ty, Wyndmere High School Monica Fitterer - Kidder Coun- ty, Kidder County-Steele High School Manna Ivers - Grand Forks County, Thompson High School Kaitlyn Nelson - Walsh Coun- ty, Park River High School Wesley Kemp - Pembina Coun- ty, Valley-Edinburg High School Seth Kjellberg- Stutsman County, Montpelier High School Benjamin Lagein - Towner County, Munich High School Jill Lagein - Towner County, Munich High School Aspen Lenning - Mountrail County, Makoti High School "The nine new 4-H'ers were se- lected into the Ambassadors pro- gram because they met and/or ex- ceeded the score required to become a North Dakota state 4-H ambassa- dor," says Levi Elliot, North Dako- ta 4-H ambassador selections co- chair. "Some of the traits they were evaluated in included enthusiasm, leadership and dedication to the program, and they also had their re- sumes judged. We were fortunate to have nine new ambassadors be- come a part of our family." The North Dakota 4-H ambas- sadors arc young adults who are ac- tively involved in 4-tt. Ambassadors help plan and coordinate many ac- tivities that teach youth and adults topics such as leadership, team Photo: Submitted Above: Kaitlyn Nelson from Walsh County was selected to become a North Dakota 4-H Ambassador. work and citizenship. The 4-H am- bassadors specialize in planning and facilitating 4-H events, such as the Extension Youth Conference, which is held in Fargo. They also help plan workshops, training ses- sions, and regional and state events. The ambassadors try to create events that are tim, educational and skill-building. They take an active role in vohmteering in 4-H programs in every county. "We strive for excellence and quality in the Ambassadors program, and we found it in these ambassa- dor candidates," says Jessi Lagein, North Dakota 4-H ambassador se- lections co-chair. 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