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4-H members attend national congress

on February 08, 2014 10:44 AM

Three people from the Indiana County 4-H program were recently participants at the National 4-H Congress held in Atlanta. Jesse Isenberg and Abby Zyhowski attended as 4-H delegates, and leader Lori Richardson attended as a state chaperone.

Outstanding 4-H members from across the United States came together for the event that has been held for more than 90 years. Thirty-four teens attended from Pennsylvania, with 735 from across the nation. This year’s theme was “Passport to Excellence — Ride to Opportunity.”

Isenberg is the son of Bret and Alisa Isenberg, of Indiana. He is a member of the Gordon 4-H Club. He has served as a regional camp counselor, attended the Pennsylvania Farm Show and State Achievement Days, and is active in the livestock program. He is also a member of the State 4-H Teen Council, a major honor for a state member.

Isenberg attended the 2013 National 4-H Forestry Judging Event in West Virginia, where he was a member of the first-place team.

Zyhoswki is the daughter of Gerry Koller, Indiana. She is a member of Marion Center Handy Helpers 4-H Club and has participated in State Achievement Days, county fair, Teen Leader Retreat, State Teen Conference and regional camp. She has twice been named a Best of Show winner at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Both members have developed outstanding 4-H records that include involvement in county, regional and state activities.

Richardson is a leader with the Marion Center Handy Helpers and Great Egg-spectations 4-H clubs. She has been an active leader, serving as a chaperone for regional and state 4-H events and attending regional and state leader forums.

The National 4-H Congress is the flagship event of the 4-H program. The program featured a variety of sessions, seminars, discussion groups and a service-learning experience for the delegates. Delegates participated in informational and skill building workshops, an international dinner and inspirational assemblies. Conference speakers included Dr. Eugene Schoenfeld, a Holocaust survivor; Jenna Martin, Miss America 2014; and author Dan Clark.

The delegates also visited many venues in the city including Centennial Olympic Park, The World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, the Carter Presidential Library and the Martin Luther King Center.

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