CORVALLIS, Ore. - Seventeen high school students from Oregon will attend the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 23-27.

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

A committee from the Oregon State University Extension Service's 4-H youth development program selected the delegates based on their overall achievement in 4-H projects, leadership, communication, citizenship and community service.

OSU Extension oversees Oregon's 4-H program, which reached more than 114,000 youths via a network of 7,300 volunteers in 2011. Activities focus on areas like healthy living, civic engagement and science.

The following students traveling to Atlanta are:

Albany: Garrett Hurley

Aumsville: Raquel Albee

Beaverton: David DeFrain

Buxton: Emily Cackler

Damascus: Ely Crawford

Grants Pass: Caleb Lennon

Happy Valley: Emily Brant

Hillsboro: Matthew Ferguson

Monmouth: Shayne White

Newberg: Tia Piscitelli

Philomath: Tessa Gourley and Courtney Kutzler

Sandy: Akaela Wafford, Jacob L. Johnson and Chris Janik

Sherwood: Nathaniel Tilp

Veneta: Larissa Seyber

More information on the conference is at

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Helen Pease, 541-737-1314