AUSTIN - Members of the Nueces County 4-H program were among the 283 young delegates to the Texas 4-H Congress that convened July 13-16 at the state Capitol in Austin.

Attending from Nueces County was Julie Kircher of Robstown.

"This is our premiere leadership experience for 4-H members, " said Dr. Toby Lepley, who coordinates the Congress. "It allows participants to experience in real life the lessons they have learned in history and government classes.

"Through this process they see very quickly the challenges our elected officials face in determining how legislation can and will affect our citizens and state. The experience builds the youth s self-confidence and skills in negotiation and public speaking, making it a great leadership development experience."

Texas 4-H, which is the youth development program of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, has held the Congress since 1980 on alternating years for 4-H members ages 15 to18.