4-H & YOUTH — Anna Sump participated in National 4-H Congress

Anna Sump and three other delegates baking bread as part of a workshop. The bread was then donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Anna Sump and three other delegates baking bread as part of a workshop. The bread was then donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Lancaster County 4-H member Anna Sump was part of a 23-member Nebraska delegation attending National 4-H Congress last Nov. 23–27. National 4-H Congress is a five-day educational experience held in Atlanta, Ga. and is the premiere nation-wide event for 4-H’ers to network with others from around the country and Puerto Rico. During Congress, 4-H youth are exposed to leadership topics in the areas of communications and technology, the environment, agriculture, families, community development, youth and children. Educational experiences include seminars, guest speakers, volunteering opportunities and tours of Atlanta. Additionally, all of the students were assigned a community service project in the Atlanta metro area.

In Nebraska, youth were selected to attend National 4-H Congress based upon the achievements outlined in their 4-H Career Portfolio. The Career Portfolio is the annual record-keeping system used by Nebraska 4-H youth. Anna’s 4-H Career Portfolio was selected in the area of Healthy Lifestyles.

Anna says, “4-H Congress was truly the pinnacle of my 4-H career! Having the opportunity to meet 4-H members from around the United States was an amazing experience. The best part was meeting new people and learning about how 4-H works in their communities. I would highly recommend applying for this experience to all 4-H members. One of my favorite classes was with Hyatt Regency Atlanta’s chef. He cooked a meal of salmon, quinoa and green beans, and he discussed sustainability in the food industry. This included what the hotel does to promote sustainability: keeping bee hives, growing fresh herbs and composting. My volunteer experience was at a local elementary school. I was assigned to a second grade classroom helping students in the class with their research project on honey bees.”