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Saranac 4-H'er represents Clinton County at Capital Days

Clinton County 4-H teens can submit a written application each fall for the opportunity to be chosen to go on up to two award trips a year. There are six of them to choose from: Capital Days, Wonders of Washington, New York City, Agri-Business Careers Conference, The STARR Retreat in Syracuse, and Career Exploration at Cornell University. "A program committee reviews the applicants," explained Clinton County 4-H agent, Alexa King. "They choose the 4-Hers that best exhibit the values that represent our program, such as leadership skills, responsibility, and the ability to work well with others." In Albany, Horton joined with 4-Hers from almost every county. After an orientation meeting at their hotel, Assemblyman Peter Lopez gave the 4-Hers a presentation about the New York State Budget. Then it was off to the Empire State Plaza to learn from Assemblyman Paul Tonko about the process of law making. Next was Horton's favorite part, the tour of the Capitol Building. A visit to the New York State Museum followed, and then it was back to the hotel for dinner and an evening program. The evening program featured speakers who helped prepare the 4-Hers for the Legislative Breakfast in the morning. During the Legislative Breakfast Tuesday morning, Horton enjoyed meeting with Senator Little and Assemblywoman Duprey. Following the breakfast, the 4-Hers split up to attend Agency Presentations. Horton chose to learn more about the Department of Correctional Services. Then it was a trip to the New York State Court of Appeals. Finally, Senator Katherine Young addressed the 4-Hers in a closing session. Horton was back home in Saranac by 6pm. I would definitely encourage other 4-Hers to apply for this trip," Horton said. "You become so aware of what is going on in your state and what you can do to get things changed. Last year Horton was chosen to go to the Career Exploration Day at Cornell. Next year she is hoping to go on the Wonders of Washington trip and return to the Career Exploration Day.

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