Northeast District Activity Day

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At N.C. Cooperative Extension, 4-H Youth Development strives to equip young people with the knowledge and skills they need to become successful adults. Effective communication and public speaking skills are vital as youth develop into tomorrow’s leaders. Currituck County 4-H staff and volunteers worked with 4-H members to write, rehearse and deliver presentations at the recently held Northeast District 4-H Activity Day. Currituck 4-H’ers brought home 16 medals, six of them gold, from the competition held at NC State University in Wake County. Currituck County 4-H’ers were among 190 youth, from 21 counties, who competed in outdoor cooking contests and public speaking presentations, for which they prepared and presented a 5-12 minute speech on the topic of their choice. Two Cloverbud youth, ages 5-7 also prepared presentations between 2 and 5 minutes long.

Currituck County winners are:

  • Kiyana Green, Bronze Medalist, Fruit & Vegetable Use, 8 – 10-year-olds
  • Caleb Minton, Silver Medalist, Entomology, 8 – 10-year-olds
  • Carsyn Sawyer, Gold Medalist, Hospitality, Etiquette & Social Graces, 8 – 10-year-olds
  • Elijah Campbell, Bronze Medalist, Arts & Communication, 11 – 13-year-olds
  • Joey Shawgo, Silver Medalist, Citizenship, 11 -13-year-olds
  • Bela Williams, Silver Medalist, Citizenship, 11 – 13-year-olds
  • Sammy Shawgo, Silver Medalist, Small & Companion Animals, 11 – 13-year-olds
  • Billy Grant Beasley, Gold Medalist, Beef Char-Grill, 11 – 13-year-olds
  • Megan Armstrong, Gold Medalist, Horse, 11-13-year-olds
  • Cayden Lowe, Gold Medalist, Horse Public Speaking, 11 – 13-year-olds
  • Riley Newsham, Gold Medalist, Safety, 11 – 13-year-olds
  • Gabe Campbell, Bronze Medalist, Arts & Communication, 14 – 18-year-olds
  • Kevin Green, Silver Medalist, Environmental Science, 14 – 18-year-olds
  • Ashton Lowe, Silver Medalist, Family & Consumer Science, 14 – 18-year-olds
  • Gregory Dozier, Silver Medalist, Hospitality, Etiquette & Social Graces, 14 – 18-year-olds
  • Armani Rascoe, Gold Medalist, Entomology, 14 – 18-year-olds
  • Kari Shawgo, Non-Competitive, Horse, 5 – 7-year-olds (Cloverbud)
  • Karleigh Meads, Non-Competitive, Horse, 5 – 7-year-olds (Cloverbud)

Currituck County 4-H thanks all the parents and volunteers who helped these young people do their best and achieve success. This annual public speaking contest is open to all Currituck County youth. For information on this or any other 4-H program, contact the 4-H & Youth Development Agent, Sherry Fischlschweiger at 252-232-2262.

4-H group

Pictured from left – Back row: Sherry Fischlschweiger, Kevin Green, Megan Armstrong, Armani Rascoe, Gregory Dozier, Kiyana Green, Ashton Lowe, Cayden Lowe, Gabe Campbell, Sammy Shawgo. Middle Row: Billy Grant Beasley, Elijah Campbell, Bela Williams, Carsyn Sawyer, Joey Shawgo, Riley Newsham. Front Row: Caleb Minton, Karleigh Meads, Kari Shawgo.

The goal of the N.C. 4-H program, conducted by N.C. Cooperative Extension Service at NC State University and N.C. A&T State University, is to assist youth and adults in becoming competent, coping, and contributing members of a global society, and the development of life skills through planned learn-by-doing experiences.