Polk County 4-H members attend 4-H congress

Posted 5/23/19

The Polk County delegation posed for a photo with state Sen. Mike Bell in his Nashville office.

State History Bowl contest is shown. The Polk County 4-H team placed second in state competition.


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Polk County 4-H members attend 4-H congress


The 72th Annual Tennessee 4-H Congress was held recently in Nashville. 

Representing Polk County were Cade Bigham and Maliea Bigham, both students at Copper Basin High School. 
Accompanying the 4-H members was 4-H volunteer David Bryson.
The Congress Theme for 2019 was “Tennessee 4-H: A Roadmap to Success.” 
Each delegate was required to write an essay using the Congress theme. 
Bigham, who was chosen for the county winning essay, concluded his essay as follows:
“I have many 4-H experiences that have influenced me which is minimal compared to the amount of lives 4-H has supported through service and experience. I know 4-H has helped put me on the road to success.”

At congress, 4-H members learn about our state government and actually play the part of a senator or representative.  4-Hers debate and vote on mock pieces of legislation on current events at the State Capitol Building. 
4-H members also enjoyed a tour of Nashville and a trip on the general Jackson River Boat, state 4-H events such as history bowl, along with visits with state legislators. 

This year Bigham won his spot to represent the Eastern Region 4-H during State 4-H History Bowl, which is a quiz bowl activity with questions on 4-H and Tennessee History.  Cade’s team was behind 10 points as time ran out placing second in state competition.  

4-H Congress is provided to ninth and 10th grade 4-H members who are active in 4-H project work.  The trip is fully funded by members of the Polk County 4-H Support Club. 
While in Nashville, the Polk County delegation visited with State Rep. Dan Howell and the office of State Sen. Mike Bell. 


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