Kelsey Wolff of Morrow County, Robert Hoadley and Thomas J. Stratton of Union County and Tessa Kuppinger and Kyle Neal of Wallowa County will be five of the twenty-six finalists from 13 Oregon counties, representing the Oregon State University Extension Service's 4-H Youth Development program, have been selected to participate in formal interviews to determine who will attend the 2007 4-H National Congress in Atlanta, Ga. Selection was based on overall achievement in 4-H projects, leadership, communication, citizenship, commu- nity service and readiness to benefit from the Congress experience.

The selection interviews will be held this June, and the selected members will travel to Atlanta during Thanksgiving weekend to attend this year's congress, themed, " Accept the Challenge." The Oregon 4-H Foundation, in partnership with Oregon donors, sponsors the trip, which is considered the National 4-H program's premier annual event.

"This is an important opportunity for Oregon 4-H members," said Roger Rennekamp, the OSU Extension 4-H program leader. "For many members, Congress is the culmination of a long-term commitment to 4-H and we are proud to have so many successful members attending from across Oregon."

The 26 Oregon 4-H finalists and their counties are:

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