BLACKSBURG, Va., June 17, 2013 – Five hundred teens, volunteer leaders, and Virginia Cooperative Extension agents will gather at Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus June 17-20, for the 93rd annual 4-H State Congress. This year’s theme, “The Path to Success, Luck Has Nothing to Do with It,” draws on the six pillars of character that are the foundation of the 4-H philosophy and demonstrates how young people can live as exemplary citizens through the life skills they learn as 4-H members.
Miss Virginia 2012, Rosemary Willis, will open the congress on June 17. She will share her experience as a high school student who overcame great adversity after sustaining a brain injury that left her sedentary and unable to engage in regular exercise. Her experience caused her to discover the significance of exercise in her life and was a catalyst for her desire to educate the public about the importance of physical activity through her “get moving today for a healthier tomorrow” initiative.