4-H’ers Honored at State Congress
Washington County 4-H’ers were among those receiving top honors during the recent State 4-H Congress, held in Raleigh July 16-19. This year’s 4-H Congress attracted over 500 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 year’s 4-H Congress Delegates from Washington County included: Jeff Horton, Reagan Glass, Audrey Glass, Marisa Horton, Keymiya Norman, Keyaria Norman, Brian Cuthrell, and 4-H Volunteer, Bonita Cuthrell.
Tenured 4-H Volunteer, Bonita Cuthrell of Creswell, was inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame on Monday, the highest honor awarded in North Carolina 4-H. Bonita’s service to NC 4-H includes supervising, leading clubs and summer programs, holding office in the state volunteer leader’s association, and advising state programs. Bonita currently serves as club leader for both the Raising the Barn 4-H Club and the Lake Phelps 4-H Club, and serves as the volunteer member on the state 4-H Congress advisory council among other roles in Washington County.
Audrey Glass, daughter of Rodney and Karen Glass, 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 of Congress. 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.
NC State student, Brian Cuthrell, son of James and Bonita Cuthrell of Creswell, was recognized by his peers and was elected to serve NC 4-H as the 2016-2017 State Secretary-Treasurer. After 3 years of campaigning, Brian is poised to make a difference in North Carolina and to serve 4-H in the coming year!
Madeline Chandler, 10, daughter of Scott and Caroline Chandler of Roper, and Audrey Glass, won gold medals in contests designed to test 4-H’ers’ public speaking and knowledge of a variety of subjects. Madeline won the age 9-10 division of the Poultry Science competition with the presentation, “Prize Winning Poultry.” And Audrey was winner in the age 16-18 division of the Pork Cookery contest for her delicious “Down Home Chops.” 4-H’er Emily Chandler also participated in the state contest in the Arts and Communications category.
Keymiya Norman, Keyaria Norman, Marisa Horton, and Jeff Horton participated in this year’s AIRE competition on Monday of 4-H Congress. 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. The results for this contest will be released later this summer.
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.