Finding Their Spark

A sign that reads “Welcome 4-H’ers” and has the Mississippi State Extension logo.

State 4-H Congress, held at Mississippi State University in June, hosted more than 300 Mississippi 4-H’ers from every county. Young people were inspired through networking and competing at Congress. They engaged in positive leadership and educational opportunities to develop to their fullest potential.

Photos by Michaela Parker

A group photo of three young men and one young woman.
Mississippi 4-H Idol, a new contest, allowed young performers to share their singing talents. 4-H Idol winner Juan Ramirez of Pontotoc County (second from left) with performers TaeAngelo Carter (left) and Tupelo Honey.

 

A teenage girl singing into a microphone.
Avery Fulford of Pontotoc County

 

A teenage girl singing into a microphone.
McKaylah DeLoach of Lowndes County

 

A teenage boy singing into a microphone and playing guitar.
Cody McFetridge of Wayne County

 

A teenage boy singing into a microphone and playing guitar.
Dalton Burney of Yalobusha County

 

Three young men and one young woman smile for a group photo. Two of the boys wear welding helmets.
The welding contest included (from left) Amy Grace Estes of Amite County, Wyatt Meriwether of Leflore County, Luke Hay of Newton County, and first-place winner J. J. Hill of Jasper County.

 

Three young men squatting on grass smile for a group photo.
The Amite County 4-H team for forestry judging, featuring (from left) Kody Hewitt, Haygen Hutson, and Bryan Walsh, earned third-place honors.

 

Four young women smile for a group photo.
The Modeling Squad first-place large troupe winners included (from left) Mariah Montgomery, Laura Lee Brown, Jasmier Coleman, and Arabella Castleman, all from Pontotoc County 4-H.

 

Four teenagers wearing black aprons and white chef hats smile for a group photo.
Mississippi 4-H Cookoff contestants from Lowndes County included (from left) LaKenzia Ham, Zion Johnson, Rakiya Cunning, and McKenzie DeLoach.
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