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COLUMBIA, Mo. — 4-H members from across the state met at the University of Missouri for the 72nd annual State 4-H Congress.

Saline County members in attendance include Jacob Hall, Simeon Buie, Vivian Buie and Blake Summers.

240 teens learned interview skills, electricity, leadership studies, dance, nutrition, laughter and dance through workshops and seminars.  “Youth in 4-H get to explore a wide variety of skills and interests,” said Taylor Bryant, Regional 4-H Youth Development Specialist. “State 4-H Congress is a place where teens can belong, become better leaders, and explore careers as they enjoy life on a university campus.”

Also during the event, members chose 36 of their peers to represent their regions throughout the next 3-5 years. Jacob Hall of Marshall was selected as a Regional Representative. Hall, and the other Regional Representatives, will become ambassadors for Missouri 4-H and MU Extension and serve as the voice of youth in policy and programming.

In a news release, Hall stated, “I’m looking forward to serving on the State 4-H Council, said Jacob. I want to develop my leadership skills, and put my experience to work to help others.”

More than 22,000 youth participate in the Missouri 4-H program.