Six Crow Wing County 4-H'ers were selected to attend the 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus: Presidential Inauguration taking place Jan. 16-21, 2017.

Those selected are Aaron and Elise Sopelle, Madeline and Emelia Hinrichs, Jack Kimbler and Kirsten Schroer. The six are part of 45 youth delegates representing Minnesota 4-H. Crow Wing County has the most delegates from any one county attending from the state of Minnesota.

The delegates will travel to the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Washington, D.C., to participate in the citizenship program. The Minnesota 4-H'ers will join young people from across the country in learning about the democratic process, exploring the history of the presidency, examining the role of press in politics and enhancing their role in citizenship through service and hands-on learning. The selection process to be a Minnesota delegate in the 2017 Presidential Inauguration Focus was a competitive application process.

Delegates will be engaged in activities before, during, and after the 2017 presidential inauguration. While in D.C., youth will participate in workshops and interactive sessions, hear speakers, and visit national memorials and historical sites, in addition to experiencing Inauguration Day events including the inaugural ball dinner and dance cruise. The 4-H'ers will journal about their experience and share their learning through presentations, county fair projects, and by designing and implementing service and educational activities.

"Through this experience, we hope to demystify the presidential selection process, think critically about the role of the media, while also building relationships with peers in Minnesota and beyond," said Jacquie Lonning, Extension 4-H citizenship and leadership state program director, in a news release. "This opportunity will encourage them to think about how they can engage in democratic processes effectively at the local and national levels."

"No matter who our next president is, I am excited to be a part of the presidential inauguration," said Crow Wing County 4-H delegate Emelia Hinrichs. "Not many Americans get to attend that, so this is very special."

For more information on the 4-H Citizenship Washington Inaugural Focus, contact Lonning at 612-624-9117 or by email at jlonning@umn.edu.

To learn more about 4-H in Crow Wing County, contact 4-H Program Coordinator Courtney Johnson at 218-824-1065 or by email at joh06997@umn.edu.