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Local 4-H'er visits Washington D.C. for Presidential Inauguration

Beltrami County 4-H member, Taylor Kummet-Hiltz attended the 2017 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. She and forty-five youth from across the state to represent Minnesota 4-H toured D.C., and attended the Inauguration and an Inaugural Ball.

Taylor is in 11th grade at Bemidji High School.  She is in the Grant Valley 4-H Club and President Elect of the Beltrami County 4-H Council.  Taylor has been in 4-H for 10 years. “You could say 4-H is a family thing for me. I am a 4th generation 4-H’er and I’m so proud of where the program has brought me.”

4-H’ers learn through experiential “hands on” learning in what are called “projects”. Taylor has been involved extensively in the rabbit project, as well as the [clothing project] Fashion Revue.  She has engaged in many of the diverse project areas in 4-H including, Child and Family Development, Public Presentation and the shooting sports project. Taylor takes advantage of the youth leadership learning events and says 4-H has helped her go from, “a shy quiet follower to a confident leader.”

Because of her positive experiences in 4-H, she thought it was be a good experience to apply for the Presidential Inauguration trip. The application process was kind of “rigorous” and once she was accepted she has been participating in monthly learning sessions and completing homework in preparation for the trip.

Taylor and over 500 4-H members from other states stayed at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md.

Each summer, for generations, youth have participated from Minnesota 4-H in the Washington Focus citizenship trip, but this is the first time National 4-H has offered youth an inauguration trip.

While in D.C., the group attended workshops and lectures about the history of the Presidency, the democratic process, citizenship, as well as explore how the media is a part of the election process and government. They visited historical sites, the Smithsonian museums, and the Inaugural Day events.

Taylor is the daughter of Rebecca Kummet and the late, Brian Kummet, of Beltrami County. Please contact the Beltrami Extension Office to learn more about this experience and other opportunities through 4-H, 218-444-5722 or wardt001@umn.edu


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Source: Ann Marie Ward, Beltrami County 4-H Program Coordinator, wardt001@umn.edu

Contacts

Ann Marie Ward
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(218) 444-5722
wardt001@umn.edu
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