Fourteen Maui girls and chaperon heading to National 4-H Congress

National 4-H Congress is a unique leadership opportunity for 4-H members from all 50 states. A 4-H tradition for 93 years, National 4-H Congressis the highest state honor attainable by a 4-H member in recognition of accomplishments in the Hawaii 4-H Youth Development program.

Maui 4-H club members Kiarra Burkitt, Kylie Davis, Kulia Fernandez, Emma Kaimiola, Dayna McGinnis, Tara Nobriga, Kami Shimabuku, Jena Suzuki, Kayla Takakura, Olivia Takakura, Keely Takayama, Kaitlyn Yamada, Layce Yamauchi and Katie Yoshioka, along with leader chaperon Joy Davis, will participate in this once-in-a-lifetime event in Atlanta Ga. from Thursday to Dec. 3.

The event, “Passport to Excellence,” will bring together more than 1,000 4-H club members, adult 4-H volunteer leaders and 4-H youth development extension educators from across the country and Puerto Rico. Many workshops along with keynote addresses from motivational speaker Eric Chester, Holocaust survivor Eugen Schoenfeld, Miss America Nina Davuluri, and Dan Clark, a New York Times best-selling author and primary contributing author to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, will round out the learning experience.

Through hands-on workshops, team-building experiences, cultural programs, field trips and community service activities, the 4-H club members will have an opportunity to expand their horizons and further develop their leadership skills.

For more information about the 4-H Youth Development Program, call the Kahului Extension Office at 244-3242. Partial scholarship support for this national recognition event was provided by the Hawaii State 4-H Alumni Association.