Mifflin County youth serves as Pennsylvania 4-H delegate

Mifflin County 4-H was excited and proud to send a member as a Pennsylvania 4-H delegate to the 2018 National 4-H Congress in November. Our very own 4-Her, Naomi Diehl, had the once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to Atlanta, Ga., with other 4-H members from Pennsylvania to spend a long weekend gaining professional development skills and networking with other 4-H members from across the nation and influential industry partners.

Diehl recalls her experience while she attended this congress: “On Nov. 23 to 27, 2018, I had the opportunity to attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga. I was nervous and excited about going at the same time. I knew no one that I was going with and traveling with a group from York County. I decided that I was going to have a great time and make lots of friends. Once we made it to Atlanta, we basically all became best friends. In Atlanta, we had many workshops, dances and got to explore the city. We even got to sort of get a taste of the city life. Some of the workshops that we did were on making friends, how to work together as a group, how to become a better leader and making blankets for kids in hospitals with JoAnn Fabrics. At the friend making workshop, we went around and talked to kids from different parts of the country. It is amazing how different each state was from Pennsylvania. For instance, I never thought that some people didn’t know what gobs were or had never experienced snow. We learned how to become a better leader by learning how to stand out in a crowd and make a difference. We also learned that we should make the most of our time and set goals for ourselves that were achievable so that we did not feel discouraged when we didn’t achieve them.”

“We then made blankets for kids in hospitals with a little bit of help from workers from JoAnn Fabrics so that we knew what we were doing. Additionally, we learned about drones in agriculture and how they are playing an important role. We learned that with drones, farmers can check on their crops and see which parts of the field may need fertilized so that the whole field isn’t wasted and the fertilizer isn’t wasted. Some places we got to visit in Atlanta were the Hall of College Football Fame and the Atlanta History Center. The dances were the Congress Gala and the International Dinner. At the international dinner, we got to taste food from all around the world. We heard from speakers such as Miss America 2019 and John Beede who climbed the tallest peak on every continent including Mount Everest. Although it was a jam-packed five days, it was a great experience. I learned a lot and gained a ton of new friendships. I would like to thank everyone that helped me to get there at the Mifflin County Extension Office and my teen council leaders as well as the other members.”

Congratulations Naomi, we are proud of you for stepping out of your comfort zone and taking on new challenges and opportunities!

Administered in Pennsylvania by Mifflin County 4-H-Penn State Extension, 4-H is a non-formal educational youth-development program of the United States Department of Agriculture that helps young people develop knowledge and skills to become capable, caring and contributing citizens. To find your local program, visit the Penn State Extension website at https://extension.psu.edu/programs/4-h.