Currituck County 4-H’ers Receive Top Honors

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Currituck County 4-H’ers received top honors during the recent State 4-H Congress. This year’s 4-H Congress, held in Raleigh July 19-23, 2019, attracted nearly 600 youth and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more.

Tucker D. Melton, son of Dave and Kathy Melton of Moyock, and Gregory Dozier IV, son of Hank and Theresa Dozier of Currituck, were inducted into the 4-H Honor Club, one of the highest honors a 4-H’er can achieve. New Honor Club members were tapped during a candlelight ceremony Saturday night, July 20.

Tucker Melton and Gregory Dozier IV

pictured; Tucker Melton and Gregory Dozier IV

Membership in the Honor Club is based on service to the 4-H program, leadership, moral standards, 4-H activities, and project achievement. Less than one-half of one percent of North Carolina 4-H’ers are selected for membership each year. Members must be at least 16 years old and have a minimum of three years of 4-H experience.

One of the premier events of N.C. 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 Gold Medal was Cayden Lowe, daughter of Cameron and Eric Lowe, for her presentation in the Horse Public Speaking category. Joey Shawgo, son of Steve and Loretta Shawgo won a Silver medal for his presentation in the Citizenship/Community Service category, as did Riley Newsham daughter of Lauren Berry, for her presentation in the Safety category. Bronze medals were won by Carsyn Sawyer, daughter of Chandler and Jennifer Sawyer, (Hospitality and Etiquette), Billy Grant Beasley, son of Robyn Beasley, (Beef Char Grill) and Sammy Shawgo, son of Steve and Loretta Shawgo (Small & Companion Animals).

A group of 4-H'ers who received awards

pictured from left: Gabe Campbell, Cayden Lowe, Ashton Lowe, Riley Newsham, Greogory Dozier, Armani Rascoe, Bela Williams and Sammy Shawgo.
not pictured Tucker Melton

The 4-H Presentation/Public Speaking Contest was not the only area at N.C. 4-H Congress where Currituck County 4-H’ers excelled. Tucker Melton, son of Dave and Kathy Melton, was honored with the George M. Smith Memorial Award for his service this past year as State President of N.C. 4-H.

Currituck County 4-H’ers were also honored at the 72nd Annual 4-H Electric Congress held earlier this summer at Western Carolina University. N.C. 4-H Electric Congress is sponsored by Duke Carolinas Energy, Dominion NC Power, Duke Progress Energy, 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. Gabriel Campbell, son of Mike and Heather Campbell, won the Silver Medal for his Electric Portfolio (three years cumulative work) in the Dominion Territory. 

Congratulations to all our honored 4-H’ers and thank you to the many parents and 4-H volunteers helping our children 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.