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

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Recently, several Currituck County 4-H’ers were honored during the 2016 State 4-H Congress held in Raleigh from July 16-19. The 2016 State 4-H Congress attracted more than 540 youth with their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections, and much more. One of the premier events of NC State 4-H Congress is the state level Public Speaking Competition. Youth, ages 10-16, are selected to compete in the state competition by winning first or second place in their county and then again at their district level competitions. When polled, eighty-four percent of adults list speaking in public as their number one fear, so these youth are to be doubly commended for their participation and honors received in this program.

Winning a silver medal for his Science & Technology presentation “Catapults in the Middle Ages”, was Ian Beaty, son of Danielle & Russ Beaty. Ashton Lowe, daughter of Eric & Cameron Lowe, won a silver medal for her Communications and Expressive Arts presentation “Making Your Short Story Sweet”. Also winning silver medals were Tucker Melton, son of Kathy and Carl Melton who won for his presentation “Creating the Constitution” in the Citizenship & Civic Education category, and Shyanne McLeod, daughter of Chris M. Mcleod, for her presentation on “What Horses Mean To Me” in the Horse Public Speaking category. Bronze medal winners were Armani Rascoe, daughter of Pamela Reading, for “Genetically Modified Organisms” in the Agriculture Science category; Alexis Berg, daughter of Teresa & Gary Mcpherson, for “Paella-Past and Present” in the Foods & Nutrition category; and Jayla King, daughter of Marie & Sam King, for “Huff & Puff- I’ve Researched My Stuff” in the Safety (Hurricane) category. Congratulations to these youth for their hard work and dedication to these presentations.
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. Each year with the help of over 21,000 adult and youth volunteers, more than 239,000 young people, between the ages of 5 and 19, participate in North Carolina 4-H activities. If you would like more information concerning the Currituck County 4-H program and how your child can become involved, please contact the Currituck County Cooperative Extension office at 252-232-2262.
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These 4-H’ers represented Currituck County at the recent State 4-H Congress in Raleigh. Pictured (from left) are Gregory Dozier IV, Shyanne Mcleod, Armani Rascoe, Alexis Berg, Ian Beaty, Gabriel Campbell, Mitch Kriesel and Tucker Melton. Also in the Currituck delegation but not pictured: Ashton Lowe and Jayla King.