Jan. 14, 2017 – Slinger, WI – Hi, our names are Mariah and Ashley Mihm. We are two of 11 delegates from Washington County 4-H going to the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. This is a highly sought after opportunity and we are excited to be part of it.
We found out about this trip in November 2015, a year before the actual election.
Washington County 4-H did a great job promoting the opportunity, sending information packets and e-mails, explaining the activities involved as well as reminders on the sign-up date.
In March 2016, applications became available online. At 6 p.m. when the application opened, members would fill out simple questions about themselves and submit it within a couple minutes.
Delegates were chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis; there were 31 spots available for all Wisconsin 4-H members.
My sister Ashley and I decided to double up on the application system. I sat at the kitchen table on the laptop as Ashley was on the desktop. We logged in at 5:30 p.m. and anxiously waited for the process to open at 6 p.m. Once the application was available, we quickly filled out the questions.
After waiting a couple of months for an answer from the state, we both got letters congratulating us for securing a spot on the trip.
Our 5-day adventure to Washington D.C. begins Tuesday, Jan. 17. All delegates are departing from the Milwaukee airport around 1 p.m. The inauguration of the President of the United States is Friday, Jan. 20.
Watch for updates from the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. as members of Washington County 4 – H file stories at http://www.washingtoncountyinsider.com