Currituck County 4-Her’s Honored at NC 4-H Congress and Electric Congress

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A talented group of Currituck County 4-Her’s were among the honorees during the recent State 4-H Congress held in Raleigh July 28-Aug 1. This year’s 4-H Congress had over 500 youth and their adult leaders in attendance, participating in many activities including oral presentations, leadership and citizenship workshops, State and District officer elections, and a community service project.

Sammy Shawgo, son of Steve and Loretta Shawgo, won a gold medal for his Food and Nutrition presentation “Spicy Crab Sushi”. Ashton Lowe, daughter of Eric and Cameron Lowe, won a silver medal for her presentation in the Poultry Production and Preparation category, as did Abbigail Owens, daughter of Buddy and Ellen Owens, for her presentation in the Turkey Char Grill category. Also winning silver medals were Billy Grant-Beasley, son of Robyn Beasley, for his presentation in the Forestry and Wildlife category and Riley Newsham, daughter of Lauren Berry, for her presentation in the Egg Cookery category.

The 4-H Presentation/Public Speaking Contest was not the only area at the State 4-H Congress where Currituck County 4-Her’s excelled. Elijah Campbell, son of Mike and Heather Campbell, won first place in the 4-H Junior Division Photography Contest in the Nature’s Beauty category with his photograph entitled “Tucker”. Gregory Dozier IV, son of Henry and Theresa Dozier, was selected as a winner of the 2017 4-H AIRE (Application Interview, Resume, Essay) Contest, and will represent NC 4-H at the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta Georgia in November. Tucker Melton, son of Carl and Kathy Melton, was elected and installed as the Northeast District (NED) 4-H Vice President for the 2017-2018 program year. As a district officer Tucker will help to plan and execute all NED 4-H events as well as represent the district at all 4-H State level events.

Currituck County 4-Her’s were also honored at the 70th Annual 4-H Electric Congress held earlier this summer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. NC 4-H Electric Congress is sponsored by Duke Energy, Dominion NC Power, and the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. Each year the event recognizes youth who have spent the past year learning about electricity, alternative energy sources and practices, and new and emerging electric and energy technologies. At this event, Electric Project Record Awards were earned by Gabriel Campbell, son of Mike and 4-H Volunteer Heather Campbell, and Armani Rascoe, daughter of Pamela Reading. Congratulations to all our honored 4-Her’s and thank you to the many parents and 4-H volunteers helping our children succeed.

State 4-H Congress attendees

From left to right: Ashton Lowe, Abbigail Owens, Armani Rascoe, Gregory Dozier, Ayden Berry, Tucker Melton, Gabriel Campbell, Genesis Drake.
Not Pictured: Sammy Shawgo, Billy Grant-Beasley and Riley Newsham.

4-H is North Carolina’s largest youth development organization, equipping more than 247,000 young people each year with the skills to succeed and improve the world around them. 4-H programs and camps encourage young people to “learn by doing,” helping them to develop into active, contributing citizens. NC State Extension and the Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University coordinate 4-H programs statewide.

For more information on these and other 4-H activities and events please contact the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, Currituck County Center at 252-232-2262.

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