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Lauren Prior stands in front of the Coca-Cola building in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lauren Prior stands in front of the Coca-Cola building in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lauren Prior stands in front of the Coca-Cola building in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jade Allen, Staff

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While most were stuffing themselves with leftovers during Thanksgiving break, Lauren Prior, a senior at Chase County Schools, was on her way to National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia.

This was primarily a leadership conference, but Lauren also got to see many other aspects of Atlanta. She visited the World of Coca-Cola, ate an international dinner with meals from six different countries, toured the CNN News building and visited the Hard Rock Cafe, along with other events.

Of all these experiences, Lauren said that a 15-minute presentation by Holocaust survivor Dr. Eugen Schoenfeld would always stick with her.

“At the end we all stood up and clapped, and then he surprised us and walked up on stage,” Lauren explained. “One of the things he said was, ‘Our task is to not merely be human, but to add that little letter “e” and be humane.’ ”

With over 12,000 people in attendance and only five days, it was impossible to meet everyone; however, Lauren said she made many relationships that could be life-long.

“I walked away from Denver Airport knowing 28 different people who are involved in the 4-H program, just like I am—and that was just the ones from Nebraska,” Lauren said.

Lauren said she would definitely recommend this trip to any 4-H member who is interested.

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