Submitted Macon County 4-H members visiting with District 17 Senator Mark Pody include (seated, L to R) Samantha Bussell, Sydney Gammon, Paige Davenport, (back row) Pody and Macon County 4-H agent Kayla Jenkins.

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Macon County 4-H members visiting with District 17 Senator Mark Pody include (seated, L to R) Samantha Bussell, Sydney Gammon, Paige Davenport, (back row) Pody and Macon County 4-H agent Kayla Jenkins.

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Sydney Gammon and Paige Davenport recently served as the Macon County representatives at the 71st annual Tennessee 4-H Congress, which was held at Murfreesboro's Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville Southeast from March 18-21.

The event was an opportunity for the 4-H students to learn about the daily operation of the state government by assuming roles as state representatives and senators. Approximately 400 4-H members in a high-school age range met to become acting legislators and to form a junior state congress.

The participants had an opportunity to debate and vote on youth-oriented bills in the Tennessee House of Representatives and Tennessee Senate chambers.

Since the program began in 1948, the 4-H Congress has given approximately 37,000 4-H members and volunteer leaders a first-hand experience in state government.

Samantha Bussell was in the citizenship project competition, vying for an opportunity to win a college scholar and a trip to attend the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta.

The theme for the Tennessee 4-H Congress and for all of the 4-H programs this year is Tennessee 4-H: Branching from Our Roots.

The 4-H members visited with District 17 Senator Mark Pody and State Representative Kelly Keisling.

The members also had a luncheon on the General Jackson Showboat and participated in a service project for the Ronald McDonald House in Nashville.

The 4-H Congress concluded with an inaugural ball.

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Macon County 4-H members visiting with District 17 Senator Mark Pody include (seated, L to R) Samantha Bussell, Sydney Gammon, Paige Davenport, (back row) Pody and Macon County 4-H agent Kayla Jenkins.

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Macon County 4-H members visiting with State Representative Kelly Keisling include (L to R) Macon County 4-H agent Kayla Jenkins, Sydney Gammon, Keisling, Samantha Bussell and Paige Davenport.

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Macon County delegates attending the 71st annual Tennessee 4-H Congress include (L to R) Samantha Bussell, Sydney Gammon and Paige Davenport.