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

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Currituck County 4-H Congress participants

From Left:Nanako Takahashi, Gregory Dozier, Cayden Lowe, Sydney Newbern, Sydney Miller,
Ayden Berry, Kevein Green Marshall, Abbigail Owens, Armani Rascoe, Tucker Melton and Gabriel Campbell

A talented group of Currituck County 4-Her’s were among the honorees during the recent State 4-H Congress held in Raleigh July 20-24, 2018. 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.

The State 4-H Public Speaking Finals had 319 youth giving presentations in 32 categories and Currituck County 4-H’ers brought home ten medals. Winning gold medals were; Cayden Lowe in Foods and Nutrition (11-13 yr old) , Ayden Berry in Fisheries & Aquatic Resources (14-18 yr old), Bela Williams  in Environmental Science (9-10 yr old), Carsyn Sawyer in Horse (9-10 yr old) and Abbigail Owens in Turkey Char-Grill (14-18 yr old). Silver medalists for Currituck County were Ashton Lowe in Family and Consumer Sciences (14-18 yr old), Armani Rascoe in Horticulture Science (14-18 yr old) and Kiyana Green in Small and Companion Animals (9-10 yr old). Winning bronze medals were Gregory Dozier IV in Arts & Communications (14-18 yr old) and Riley Newsham in Science and Technology (9-10 yr old). As a result of her Gold Medal in the senior division of Turkey Char Grill, Abbigail Owens has earned the opportunity to compete at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Competition, held in Louisville Kentucky in November 2018.

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. The NC 4-H AIRE (Application Interview, Resume, Essay) Contest, is a workforce development and college prep program requiring participants to submit for judging, an AIRE portfolio consisting of an application, comprehensive resume, and a 650-word essay and participate in an interview conducted by a panel of judges. As a result of his outstanding scores in this program, Gregory Dozier IV will represent NC 4-H at the National 4-H Conference in Washington D.C. The NC 4-H Project Portfolio Competition recognizes outstanding achievement in a specific project curriculum area over a three year period of time. Participants submit a detailed written record of the project activities they participated in and knowledge they gained from those activities. Gabriel Campbell earned a Bronze medal for his 2015-2017 Science & Technology Portfolio.

The NC 4-H Scholarship Program awards college scholarships to  4-H members who have an outstanding record of 4-H participation and achievement (application & resume), possess an excellent record of high school achievement (GPA), and demonstrate an aptitude for college-level work (ACT/SAT entrance examinations). Tucker D. Melton (Appalachian State University) was awarded the Belinda H. Hester “Go Green, Think Green” scholarship and the William E. Sawyer scholarship,  and Sydney L. Newbern (NC State University Agriculture Institute) was awarded the AgCarolina 4-H scholarship and the Vernon D. James 4-H Family scholarship.

Congratulations to all Currituck County 4-H’ers and thank you to the many parents and volunteers who helped these young people “achieve and succeed”.

4-H is North Carolina’s largest youth development organization, equipping more than 263,000 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, Currituck County Center at 252-232-2262.