County Commissioners honor 4-H’ers
BAKERSVILLE – The Mitchell County 4-H Club was honored for its recent achievements Tuesday, Sept. 3, during the regular meeting of the Mitchell County Board of Commissioners.
The group had many top finishers in the recent 4-H state speaking competitions in Raleigh including eight gold, two silver, one bronze winner and five participants who earned high honors.
Participants in the competition were tasked with independently choosing and researching a topic and developing a presentation he or she performed in front of peers and judges. Before the state finals, participants also worked their way through county and district competitions.
Mark Smith, Emma Cook, Marena Presnell, Waverly Revels, Alli McClellan, Owen Young, Luke Smith and Jesse Silver all earned gold. Jace Blanton and David Harrison took home silver honors for their respective presentations on pork cookery and fisheries/aquatics.
Reece Ramsey garnered bronze honors for his presentation about beef char grill and Shauna English, Alli Pittman, Emily Jordan, Luke Silver and Jessy-Kate Glenn earned high honors.
Luke Silver and Young addressed the commissioners at the regular meeting.
Luke Silver, a silver-level ambassador for 4-H, said being in 4-H has taught him a lot since he joined as a 5-year-old.
“We have so many clubs to offer,” he said. “I know if it weren’t for 4-H, I wouldn’t be up here talking to you today. I’ve learned about citizenship and presentation and public speaking skills.”
Young, who earned gold for his science and technology presentation, showed the commissioners a portion of his project that explored the inner workings of Rube Goldberg machines.
“I won county, district and state for work on Rube Goldberg machines,” Young said. “Pretty good for an 8-year-old from Mitchell County. Mitchell County 4-H rocks.”
Board Chair Danny Burleson presented certificates to each 4-H member for their performances in Raleigh.