Megan Souza off to national 4-H convention in Atlanta, Congratulations!

Souza off to national 4-H convention

The Garden Island, Thursday, October 21, 2010 11:45 pm

 LIHU‘E — Megan Souza from Kalaheo has been selected to participate in the 89th National 4-H Congress to be held in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 26-Dec. 1.

This is the highest state honor attainable by a 4-H member in recognition of significant accomplishments in the Hawai‘i 4-H Youth Development Program, a press release states.

“Accept the Challenge,” this year’s conference theme, will bring together more than 1,000 outstanding 4-H members, adult 4-H volunteer leaders and 4-H Youth Development Educators from throughout the country and territories. These teens will be challenged by motivational speakers from across the nation, including Miss America 2009, Katie Stam of Indiana. Through workshops, hands-on seminars, cultural programs, team building and field trips, 4-H members will have an opportunity to expand their horizons and further develop their leadership skills.

Souza will join other 4-H members who have been selected from Hawai‘i for this national recognition and leadership program. Volunteer 4-H club leader Rita Souza from Kaua‘i and 4-H Youth Development Educator Carol Ikeda from Kona, will accompany the group.

A junior at Kaua‘i High School, Megan Souza has been in 4-H for seven years and is a member of the Kaua‘i 4-H Livestock Club. She said 4-H has helped “to build up her self-confidence through public-speaking experiences and by working with others.” She has “learned to be responsible by attending 4-H activities, prepared, on time and ready to learn.”

A partial scholarship has been provided to Megan Souza by the State 4-H Alumni Association. 4-H is conducted through the University of Hawai‘i, 4-H Youth Development Program, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.