Local students attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta
By Lorie Palmer
Idaho County Free Press
The end of 2007 brought the trip of a lifetime for two local young ladies.Samantha Spencer, left, and Jessica Munson
Jessica Munson of Riggins and Samantha Spencer of Cottonwood were chosen to attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga., Thanksgiving weekend.
The duo joined a handful of students from across Idaho to attend the national meeting which focuses on leadership skills and training, and allows kids from all over the U.S. to get to know each other and celebrate their similarities as well as their differences.
Spencer and Munson had to apply for the chance to attend the congress and were then interviewed.
Spencer, a sophomore at Prairie High School, said she learned that "meeting new people is not that bad, even though I was not really shy to begin with." 
"When you get the chance to do something - go for it," Spencer added. "going new places, seeing new things, and meeting new people is out of this world and a great experience." 
Munson agreed.
"The experience allowed me to experience 4-H on a whole new level," Munson said. "I was able to see a whole new part of the country. The best part of the trip was making new friends across the state and country." 
Munson is a junior at Salmon River High School. She is involved in volleyball, basketball, cheer leading and track and is a member of the National Honor Society. Associated Student Body and Business Professionals of America.
"The highlight of the 4-H Congress trip for me was when a small from of us from Iowa and Idaho went to the Martin Luther King, Jr., Church," Munson explained. "We were warmly invited in and were able to view his grave as well as the museum."
Spencer is a 4-H Ambassador and is involved in volleyball and softball at PHS as well as Business Professionals of America. Spencer also said one of her favorite parts of the trip was meeting people from all over the U.S.
"For me, one of the highlights of the trip was the plane ride - it was my first time flying!" Spencer said. She also enjoyed seeing the Atlanta Braves Stadium, Stone Mountain, and "seeing how huge the hotel was."
Spencer, the daughter of Butch and Jean Spencer of Cottonwood, has two brothers, Frank, 12, and Philip, 10. She is a member of the Keuterville Livestock 4-H Club. She enjoys spending time with friends, shooting at the local gun club, and attending sport games at school.
"The trip was a lot of fun, and I would love to go again. I recommend that anyone who can go to this, try to. You get to meet loads of new people, and make great friendships," Spencer stated.
Munson is the daughter of Kim and Margaret Munson of Riggins and is a member of the Salmon River 4-H Club. She has one sister, Hannah, 12.

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