4-H’ers attend statewide Congress
This year’s 4-H Congress July 20-23 in Raleigh attracted more than 500 young people and their adult leaders for activities, including presentations about a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more.
4-H Congress attendees from Mitchell County Jessy-Kate Glenn, Emily Jordan, Reece Ramsey, Jesse Silver, Josh Silver and Luke Silver participated in leadership and learning workshops, 4-H dances, a county cultural experience, the Clover Gala, 4-H officer elections and the Hands to Service Project.
Glenn and Luke Silver were inducted into the North Carolina 4-H Honor Club at the Congress. They were chosen to receive one of the more prestigious awards given in 4-H by becoming part of this wonderful organization. The number of 4-H members across the state selected for induction each year is .5 percent.
Glenn, the daughter of Darrin and Susan Glenn, of Spruce Pine, was honored Monday, July 22, at the 4-H Donor Luncheon for her hard work in academics with two scholarships. She received the Robert and Helen Runion 4-H Scholarship for $1,000 and the Mitchell County 4-H Discovery Scholarship for $500.
During this year’s Clover Gala, the 2018-2019 4-H district officers were recognized. Luke Silver was recognized as the retiring 4-H West District President. He also received his Bronze and Silver level 4-H Ambassador Program certificates. Both of these levels have workshop and activity requirements youth must complete to progress through the program.
4-H Congress is also a time when 4-H’ers across the state cast their delegation’s votes and elect new state officers. This year Mitchell County 4-H’ers were able to support Glenn as she ran for State 4-H Vice President. Her campaign was centered on the theme from the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh the Places You’ll Go.” Her platform for the campaign was a structured county exchange program where 4-H youth may travel to other counties and learn about what makes North Carolina diverse. Glenn was elected as the 2019-2020 State 4-H Vice President. She will be attending Mount Olive University in the fall to study agriculture education while working closely with the 4-H State Office and 4-H State Officer Team to promote programs and plan exciting events for the North Carolina 4-H delegation.
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. If you would like to join Mitchell County 4-H or learn more about its youth programs and clubs, call 4-H Extension Agent Kaley Brown at 828-688-4811 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.