4-H kids head to national conference

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Two Elbert County 4-H participants will join members from across the nation at the 2013 National 4-H Youth Conference.

Tyler Pollick, from Kiowa, and Tyler Grant, from Elizabeth, were selected by Elbert County 4-H Youth Development to represent the county’s 4-H clubs at the event.

The two will participate in 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus, a firsthand look at the civic process. The four-week conference teaches participants about the nation’s history, its leaders and the students’ role in national and local civic affairs.

The program is for high school youth at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md., said Sheila G. Kelley, Elbert County 4-H extension agent.

Grant has been a member of the Sun Country 4-H Club for 13 years. He is the son of Mike and Colleen Grant of Elizabeth.

Pollick has been a member of Kiowa Community 4-H for eight years. He is the son of Robert and Linda Pollick of Kiowa.

They will be among nearly 2,000 youths to attend the Citizenship Washington Focus trip, which includes civic workshops, committees, and field trips.

The goal is to teach participants skills intended to make them better citizens and successful individuals, Kelley said.

“CWF is a premier 4-H opportunity that allows some of the brightest 4-H youth from across the country to visit their national 4-H home and explore the nation’s capital,” said Donald T. Floyd Jr., president and CEO, National 4-H Council. “These youth are exceptional leaders today, learning through 4-H how they can impact their communities, country and world now and in the future.”

Learn more about 4-H at www.4husa.org.

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