Local Students Participate in Tennessee 4-H Congress

By Sarah Farrell, UT Extension Service

Since its beginning in 1948, Tennessee 4-H Congress has given more than 35,000      4-H’ers and volunteer leaders firsthand experience in state government. Tennessee 4-H Congress was truly a rewarding citizenship experience for All-Star 4-H Member, Jesse Tucker Vaughn. In addition to experiencing life in the state capital, Jesse Tucker Vaughn learned about civic engagement, including things such as state government, service to others and the election process.

Jesse Tucker Vaughn

While in the state capitol, she had the opportunity to sit in the seat of elected officials while serving as a Congress Senator in the state legislature while debating and voting on bills. Abigail Buchanan and Abbye Moore acted as Senators while McKenna Powell and Hunter Owen acted as Representatives. Jesse took the opportunity to voice her opinion on various bills during the “Know Your Government” session of Congress. Jesse Tucker Vaughn also took the unique opportunity to run for Tennessee 4-H Speaker of the Senate.

After speaking and campaigning within the Central Region, she was chosen to represent middle Tennessee. Jesse then campaigned statewide as 1 of 3 candidates chosen. Although she did not win the election, she enjoyed campaigning, meeting people, and giving speeches. One of the many highlights was visiting with 4-H members across the state while discussing 4-H programs across the state and the importance of the 4-H youth development program. Jesse developed a greater understanding of how government functions and appreciate Tennessee history. As a Cannon County 4-H honor club and All-Star member, Jesse has already started sharing experiences with other 4-H members to encourage others to become more active in the 4-H youth development program.

We truly appreciate Chandra Vaughn volunteering her time to help make the week a success as the adult volunteer leader. Programs in agriculture and natural resources, 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, and resources development. University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture and county governments cooperating. UT Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

If you have any questions about the Cannon County 4-H Program, contact the UT Extension Office at 615-563-2554.