Macon County 4-H students meet with State Sen. Mark Pody on a legislative visit during the 72nd annual State 4-H Congress held March 17-20 in Murfreesboro. Pictured (from left): Allye Morgan, Aidan Flynn, Cryslyn Rittenberry (holding Pody's dog Barney), Pody and Paige Davenport

Macon County 4-H students meet with State Sen. Mark Pody on a legislative visit during the 72nd annual State 4-H Congress held March 17-20 in Murfreesboro.

Pictured (from left): Allye Morgan, Aidan Flynn, Cryslyn Rittenberry (holding Pody's dog Barney), Pody and Paige Davenport

The Macon County 4-H program sent four members to the 72nd annual Tennessee State 4-H Congress. which was held from March 17-20 in Murfreesboro.

Paige Davenport and Aidan Flynn were state finalists for senior level I (ninth and 10th grade) citizenship, while Allye Morgan and Cryslyn Rittenberry represented Macon County in a Tennessee Senate session.

Davenport won her competition for a personally-designed web portfolio showcasing her 4-H career, along with an interview conducted during the event.

Students also attended sessions to learn more about responsible citizenship, state government functions, community leadership and Tennessee's history, and they took a trip across the Cumberland River on the General Jackson Showboat.

In addition, they were able to observe and participate in a senate session at the Tennessee State Capitol. Morgan served as a senator in support of a proposed bill, and Rittenberry served as the county reporter.

After exploring the Tennessee State Capitol, the 4-H members visited with State Rep. Kelly Keisling and State Sen. Mark Pody to learn about their roles in state government.

The 4-H members were also able to experience the voting process by filling out voter registration cards and casting their ballots in voting booths for the 2020 Tennessee 4-H Congress officers.

Gov. Bill Lee then spoke to students at their general assembly about his past 4-H career and his plans to increase support for the program.

To conclude 4-H Congress, the group attended the citizenship banquet, where state awards were presented prior to the installation of the 2020 Tennessee 4-H Congress Officers.