4-H State Congress
The 67th Annual Tennessee 4-H State Congress was held March 30-April 2 at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown. The Congress is open to delegates in the 9th and 10th grade who participate in mock government procedures. In addition, regional winners from the state of Tennessee in grades 9-12 for public speaking and 4-H portfolios in leadership and citizenship attended the event as state finalists. Alyssa Reed, a senior at Grainger High School, was the overall state winner in the 12th grade public speaking contest and in the extemporaneous category. For the overall competition, a student was required to give a prepared 5-7 minute speech and an extemporaneous speech. For the extemporaneous speech, the contestant had one minute to prepare a 1-2 minute speech on an assigned topic. As the 12th grade winner, Alyssa presented her speech at the closing banquet to all the delegates, sponsors, and volunteers. She also won $100 from the Henry County Extension Staff, an engraved silver bowl from the Lute Truett Memorial Fund, and a $1,000 scholarship from the family of Leon Foster.