4-H’ers Win Honors at State 4-H Congress

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Washington County 4-H’ers received honors at the recent State 4-H Congress. This year’s 4-H Congress, held in Raleigh June 21-24, attracted 541 youth and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more. Washington County Congress Delegates included: Brian Cuthrell, Dylan Spruill, Audrey Glass, Reagan Glass, Keymiya Norman, Keyaria Norman, and Emily Chandler, as well as 4-H Volunteer, Bonita Cuthrell and Washington County 4-H Agent, Laura Oliver.

This year’s 4-H Congress also included 4-H Citizenship Focus, where 4-H’ers engage with their elected leaders in the N.C. General Assembly.

Emily Chandler, 12, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Scott Chandler of Roper, and Reagan Glass, 12, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Glass of Grassy Ridge, won medals in contests designed to test 4-H’ers’ public speaking skills and knowledge of a variety of subjects.

Emily won the silver medal in the 11-12 year old division of Small and Companion Animals competition with her presentation on pet obesity. Reagan won the silver medal in the 11-12 year old division of Arts and Communications with her presentation on Duct Tape.

Keymiya Norman, 12, of Plymouth and Brian Cuthrell, 17, of Creswell also participated in the state 4-H Presentation Contests.

Keymiya discussed how to become a singer in the Careers and Entrepreneurship category, and Brian presented on Yoyos in the Arts and Communication category.

Dylan Spruill, 16, son of Buck and Marlo Spruill of Roper also represented the county in the state AIRE Competition (Application, Interview, Resume, Essay). This contest qualifies youth to attend National 4-H Congress and Conference. We look forward to the results of Dylan’s competition later next month.

Brian Cuthrell, son of James and Bonita Cuthrell, also represented Washington County as the Northeast District Vice President as well as in the race for State Vice President. His campaign was well received and he hopes to run again next year.

During Congress delegates were able to participate in a variety of projects and events. This year’s service project was the 4K for 4-H run. Washington County 4-H sponsored the United Fund of Washington County with their efforts and all participants successfully completed the run!

In addition to service, our Washington County youth on the Citizenship Track at Congress were able to meet briefly with Representative Paul Tine and Senator Clark Jenkins to learn more about state government and to discuss our 4-H programs. Citizenship Track delegates included: Brian Cuthrell, Dylan Spruill, Audrey Glass, and Emily Chandler.

The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 227,782 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 20,333 adult and youth volunteers.