Currituck 4-H’ers Win Honors at State 4-H Congress

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Media contact: Ellen Owens, 252-232-2262, ellen_owens@ncsu.edu

Currituck County 4-H’ers were among honorees during the recent State 4-H Congress, held in Raleigh July 18-21. This year’s 4-H Congress attracted 518 youth and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more.

Jamie Gillespie, 16, daughter of Gloria Gillespie of South Mills, won a gold medal in contests designed to test 4-H’ers’ knowledge of a variety of subjects. Jamie won the 14- to-18-year-old division of the Horse Public Speaking competition for her presentation, “Thoroughbred Racing: A Pleasant Sport or Perilous Activity?”

Winning a silver medal in the presentation competition was Cayden Lowe for her presentation in the Horse category. Ashton Lowe won a bronze medal for her presentation in the Expressive Arts & Communication category. Both girls are the daughters of Eric and Cameron Lowe. Ayden Berry, son of Lauren Berry won a bronze medal in the Fisheries & Aquatic Resources category; Zechariah Crawford, son of Shannon and Kathleen Crawford won the bronze medial in the Electric Energy category.

Jamie Gillespie was also selected as a winner in the 2015 4-H ARIE (Application, Resume, Interview, Essay) Contest. Based on her score, Jamie is eligible to attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta Georgia in November.

Jamie Hauser, daughter of Clay and Daphne Hauser was inducted into the North Carolina 4-H Honor Club, one of the highest honors that can be achieved in 4-H. Jamie was selected based on her accomplishments in the NC 4-H Program over the past 8 years.

Mitch Kreisel, son of Chris and Lisa Kreisel, was recognized as a Gold medalist in the 2015 Portfolio Record competition for his Foods and Nutrition project. Mitch was also awarded the following scholarships:  William E. Sawyer Memorial Scholarship, $600; Dr. Thomas Hobgood, Jr. & Miriam Hobgood 4-H Scholarship, $1000; and Vernon James 4-H Scholarship, $1000.

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 232,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 20,563 adult and youth volunteers.

– Written by Terri Leith, 919-513-3119 terri_leith@ncsu.edu –

The 2015 NC 4-H Congress delegation from Currituck County included Front Row:  Jamie Gillespie, Aaron Berg, Mitch Kreisel, Zechariah Crawford Back Row:  Shyanne McLeod, Abigail Rippin, Tucker Melton, Gavin Phillips. Not pictured:  Ashton Lowe, Cayden Lowe and Ayden Berry

The 2015 NC 4-H Congress delegation from Currituck County included
Front Row: Jamie Gillespie, Aaron Berg, Mitch Kreisel, Zechariah Crawford
Back Row: Shyanne McLeod, Abigail Rippin, Tucker Melton, Gavin Phillips.
Not pictured: Ashton Lowe, Cayden Lowe and Ayden Berry