4-H’ers Win Honors at Congress

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Washington County 4-H’ers were among those receiving top honors during the recent State 4-H Congress, held in Raleigh July 18-21. This year’s 4-H Congress attracted 518 youth and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more. This years 4-H Congress Delegates from Washington County included: Madison Boyd, Reagan Glass, Audrey Glass, Marisa Horton, Keymiya Norman, Brian Cuthrell, and 4-H Volunteer, Bonita Cuthrell.

Brian Cuthrell, 18, son of James and Bonita Cuthrell of Creswell, was 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 18.

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 1 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 4-H experience.

Brian has been active in the 4-H program for 13 years and also ran for state office at this year’s Congress.

Sarah Glass, 11, daughter of Rodney and Karen Glass of Belhaven, and Madeline Chandler, 9, daughter of Scott and Carolina Chandler of Roper, won gold medals in contests designed to test 4-H’ers’ knowledge of a variety of subjects. Sarah Glass won the age 9-10 division of the Health and Fitness competition with the presentation, “The Gymnastics World.” And Madeline was winner in the age 9-10 division of the Arts and Communication contest for her entry, “Let the Battle Begin,” an elementary battle of the books. 4-H’er Reagan Glass also participated in the state contest in the Citizenship and Community Service Category.

Brian Cuthrell, son of James and Bonita Cuthrell of Creswell was also a state winner in the AIRE competition. AIRE — Application, Interview, Resume and Essay competition — is a four-step process by which youth are chosen to attend national 4-H events including National Congress, National Conference and International Leadership Conference. Brian will attend National Congress in November as one of 12 delegates representing North Carolina. Washington County 4-H’er Audrey Glass also participated in this year’s state AIRE contest.

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 232,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 20,563 adult and youth volunteers.