Currituck County 4-H’ers win top honors at State 4-H Congress

— Written By and last updated by Donna Keene

Two Currituck County 4-H’ers received top honors during the recent State 4-H Congress. This year’s 4-H Congress, held in Raleigh June 21-24, attracted 541 youth and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more.

Mitch Kreisel, 17, son of Chris and Lisa Kreisel of Grandy, was inducted into the 4-H Honor Club, one of the highest honors a 4-H’er can achieve. New Honor Club members were tapped during a candlelight ceremony Saturday night, June 21.

Membership in the Honor Club is based on service to the 4-H program, leadership, moral standards, 4-H activities and project achievement. Less than one-half of 1 percent of North Carolina 4-H’ers are selected for membership each year. Members must be at least 16 years old and have a minimum of three years 4-H experience.

Kreisel is a junior at Currituck County High School and a member of the Trailblazers 4-H Club. He has been active in the 4-H program for 10 years.

Dalton Hauser, 13, daughter of Clay and Daphne Hauser of Kitty Hawk, won the 11- to 13-year-olds division of the horse public speaking competition, sponsored by the Wake

County 4-H Horse Council and the North Central District 4-H Horse Advisory Board.

The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 227,782 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 20,333 adult and youth volunteers.

– Written by Suzanne Stanard, 919.513.3123,

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Photo info:  (l-r) Chris Kreisel, Mitch Kreisel, Lisa Kreisel, Mitch Kriesel and Dalton Hauser, Currituck 4-H’ers were recently awarded top honors at NC State 4-H Congress.