Two local Hermann High School students are currently attending the National 4H Citizenship Washington Focus conference in Washington, DC. The conference is a citizenship program conducted by the National 4H Council for high school youth, ages 15 to 19 years-old. Ava Engemann and Kaylyn Powers, representing Montgomery County and Gasconade County 4H, respectively, were chosen to join 30 other Mo. delegates, who will learn to practice skills relating to the theme, “Better Citizens Today, Better Leaders Tomorrow.”

Engemann and Powers are attending seminars, working with political leaders on the national level, and learning about the political process, as well as visiting historical sites.

Thus far, the girls have toured Mount Vernon and the Washington National Cathedral. The ladies will also visit the Arlington National Cemetery and will be led on a night-view tour of Washington, DC.

While in Washington DC, the ladies will meet with Congressional leaders and learn about bill writing, committee workshops and will work on their own strategy workshops. The groups will have team meetings to better understand issues that our country is facing today and work towards resolutions for those issues. The delegates will work on Capitol Hill two days where they will attend a congressional whip meeting. While working in Washington, DC, the group will stay at the National 4-H Conference Center.

After they fulfill their duties in Washington, DC, the group will travel to New York City, where they will visit Central Park, take a Harbor Cruise and visit the 911 Memorial. Ava and Kaylyn will return home just in time for the 4th of July celebration.

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