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27th Junior High
4-H Academic Conference

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
June 9-12, 2015

Junior High Academic Conference is celebrating its 27th anniversary this year. The event will be June 9-12, 2014, on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Participants receive intensive training in their 4-H project areas under the supervision of university scientists and specialists and explore related career opportunities. The conference provides a variety of rewarding and fun-filled experiences in classroom, outdoor and laboratory settings.

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Any junior high 4-H member (6th-8th grade on January 1, 2015) enrolled in projects relating to one of the following 16 interest areas is eligible to attend the conference.

     * Beef
     * Citizenship
     * Companion Animals
     * Consumer Ed/Economics
     * Dairy
     * Dairy Foods/Food-Nutrition
     * Forestry
     * Garden/Home Horticulture

     * Horse
     * Line and Design
     * Meat Goat
     * Poultry
     * Sheep
     * Swine
     * Veterinary Science
     * Wildlife and Fisheries

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Delegates will be selected on the basis of an application form available from the county Extension office or the Tennessee 4-H forms and materials page. Delegates may attend the conference only once in a given project area.

Selected state 4-H council members, volunteer leaders and Extension personnel will attend to assist with the program.


The registration fee to attend Junior High 4-H Academic Conference is $50.00. Once you have been notified of your selection as a delegate, return your check to your county UT Extension office.


To recognize outstanding 4-H members and leaders.
To provide academic training related to the participants' 4-H project areas.
To offer special opportunities for career exploration in agriculture and family and consumer science.
To meet other 4-H member with similar interests.
To experience campus life and facilities first hand.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Registration and Orientation
Swimming - Cost $5.00
Campus Tour/Scavenger Hunt
Opening Assembly and Recreation

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Project Training
Trip and Dinner at Dollywood

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Project Training
Service Learning Field Trip
Graduation and Awards Banquet
Movie and Pool Party

Friday, June 12, 2015
Depart for Home


The scientists and specialists who will be conducting the program are experienced UT faculty members with national reputations in their areas of specialization. They have been chosen for the conference on the basis of their experience and ability to work with young people.


You will live in the air-conditioned comfort of the UT-Knoxville dormitories. Most of your meals will be on campus at a university cafeteria. Your address at Academic Conference will be:

"Your Name"
Junior High 4-H Academic Conference, "Your Region" Delegation
State 4-H Office
2621 Morgan Circle, Room 205
Knoxville, TN 37996-4510


Sheet and blanket or sleeping bag
Towels and washcloth
Soap, toothpaste, etc.
Comfortable shoes
Raincoat and umbrella
Sweater or light jacket
Appropriate clothing (sports clothes in good taste will be appropriate for most of the conference. No cut offs, tank tops or short shorts, please!)
Girls - A "dressy" dress or suit will be appropriate for the Graduation and Awards Banquet on Thursday night.
Boys - Bring a suit or sport coat and tie for the Graduation and Awards Banquet on Thursday night.
Bring swim wear if you wish to swim.
Consider bringing some work-type clothing for your project training sessions, as many of these will involve "hands-on" experiences with plants and animals.


Before coming to Junior High 4-H Academic Conference, you and your parents or guardians must sign the 4-H Activity and Event Acceptance Form (available from your county Extension office or the Tennessee 4-H forms and materials page). When you sign this form, you are agreeing to follow all rules set up for the event.


As an official delegate of your region, you should be the best representative possible. Be an example of a model 4-H'er!

1. Make it a point to be on time or ahead of time for each session and event.
2. Be a good listener. You will be receiving instructions from some of the top scientists and researchers in the United States. You can impress them by your attentiveness.
3. Smoking and chewing gum are out of place during the conference.
4. Thoughtfulness in writing notes of appreciation to sponsors, leaders, agents and parents will mean much to them.
5. Share your experiences with others when you return home. Take notes and be prepared to give an interesting and worthwhile account of your UT experience.


The event is sponsored by gifts from a variety of donors with an interest in giving youth an in-depth project experience on the University of Tennessee campus.

* Ezell/Purity Endowment
* Greever Memorial Fund
* Tennessee Farmers Cooperative
* Stanfill Memorial Fund
* Tennessee Pork Producers Association
* University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

The program is conducted through a cooperative effort by the University of Tennessee Extension, the University of Tennessee College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, and the University of Tennessee AgResearch.


Got a problem??? Have questions??? Any suggestions???
You can send E-mail to jcrowe3@utk.edu


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| Housing/Meals | What to Bring | Activity & Event Acceptance Form |
| Be a Good Delegate | Sponsors | Guestbook | Email | Tennessee 4-H Home Page |

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