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County 4-H students go to conference


February 28, 2018


HOW BILLS BECOME LAW: Klickitat County 4-Hers were at the Government State Conference last week. Left to right: Quinn Perry, Anna Enyeart, Adelaide Enyeart, Mariah Morris, and Xander Perry.

Five 4-Hers from Klickitat County participated in the 2018 Know Your Government State Conference in Olympia last week. The 4-Hers attending include: Addie Enyeart, Anna Enyeart, Mariah Morris, Quinn Perry, Xander Perry, and club leader Martin Taylor. They intermingled with approximately 275 KYG 4-Hers from across Washington State at the four-day event. This is the eighth year 4-Hers from Klickitat County have attended this conference at the State Capital.

Know Your Government is a civic education program with a four-year rotating topic: the Legislative System, Elections and Party Platforms, the Judicial System, and Politics and the Media. This year's program focused on the legislative process and how a bill becomes a law. Our students took on the role of lobbyist and presented a bill to the mock legislative assembly. During the process, they quickly developed an understanding that it takes compromise and serious negotiation in-order for a bill to pass through both houses to becomes a law. Congratulations is in order for our county team as their bill was one of the few to pass both houses in the mock legislative session.

The KYG group earned their own money to attend the four-day event. Thinking outside of the box for ideas, they came up with a plan to pick up and recycle white plastic seedling tree protectors left discarded in the environment after a new stand of trees has been established. This was a financial success story for the kids and a useful idea for next year, as there are thousands of tree protectors discarded in newly established tree stands. In addition, Addie Enyeart assisted the group's money making efforts by preparing and marketing homemade cheese cakes.


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