CORVALLIS, Ore. - Fourteen 4-H high school students from throughout the state have been selected as the Oregon delegation to attend the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga., during Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 25-29. The theme for the congress has changed to "Become a Catalyst of Change."

During the event, delegates will dedicate the second National 4-H Congress Habitat For Humanity house they helped build in Atlanta. Congress delegates donate funding for the houses, and employees of the Hyatt Atlanta, the yearly meeting place, provide the labor.

More than 1,300 4-H members from all 50 states and Puerto Rico attend the congress, which is often the highlight of a 4-H member's career. Delegates hear inspirational speakers, participate in cultural workshops, take part in a large-scale community service projects and visit historical sites near Atlanta.

A committee of the Oregon State University Extension 4-H Youth Development Program selects delegates based on overall achievement in 4-H projects, leadership, communication, citizenship and community service. Finalists were chosen for National 4-H Congress in June at the State 4-H Summer Conference at OSU.

Delegates chosen for the 2011 National 4-H Congress are:


Astoria: Danielle Sampson

Bend: Kallee Salber

Corvallis: Katie Waldo

Eagle Creek: Kayla Cochran

Fairview: Sam Meisenhelder

Fossil: Marina Anglin

Grants Pass Jessica DeHaan

Jefferson: Donielle Miller

McMinnville: Connor Daggett

Molalla: Lauren Riback

Powell Butte: Kaitlin Brouhard

Roseburg: Sarah Gordon

Sherwood: Janika Jordan

Talent: Shae Rogers

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Helen Pease, 541-737-1314