Washington County 4-H’ers Win Honors at Congress

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4-H’ers across the county are a buzz this week after the close of an eventful State 4-H Congress!

Washington County 4-H’ers received honors during the recent State 4-H Congress. This year’s 4-H Congress, held in Raleigh July 29-Aug. 1, attracted more than 500 young people 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 delegates included: Keymiya and Keyaria Norman, Taylor Tucker, Marisa Horton, Germari Tuggles, and Brian Cuthrell, along with 4-H volunteer Bonita Cuthrell.

Aaron Spruill stops for a picture after receiving his bronze medal in the outdoor cookery competition.

Aaron Spruill, 15, son of John and Terri Spruill of Roper, and Madeline Chandler, 12, daughter of Scott and Caroline Chandler of Roper, participated in the state public speaking presentation contests designed to test 4-H’ers’ knowledge of a variety of subjects. Aaron won the bronze medal in the 14-18-year-old division of the pork cookery competition, Madeline participated in the 11-13-year-old division of the Forestry and Wildlife category with her presentation on orienteering.

Brian Cuthrell poses with his fellow state officers after receiving recognition for his year of service to North Carolina 4-H at the Clover Gala. Pictured here from left to right, Alea Hunsucker, Ruth Perkins, Brian Cuthrell, and Daniel Silver.

Brian Cuthrell, 20, son of James and Bonita Cuthrell of Creswell, served as NC State 4-H Secretary-Treasurer this past year. Brian had the honor of leading many of the sessions and events, which were attended by over 1,200 4-H’ers, parents, volunteers, and leaders during 4-H Congress. Brian also gave his farewell speech at the opening session of Congress. Video of this speech and many other 4-H Congress events can be found on the Washington County NC 4-H Facebook page. After a century long history of 4-H in Washington County, Brian certainly made us proud as our first state officer!

Keyaria Norman and Taylor Tucker pose for a picture in their interview attire after the AIRE competition.

Taylor Tucker, daughter of Christy Tucker, and Keyaria Norman, granddaughter of Linda Norman, both of Plymouth, participated in the state 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.

Washington County 4-H’ers join a team to help fight hunger packing meals at the 4-H Congress service project. 4-H packed over 80,000 meals at this event!

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. 4-H programs and camps encourage young people to “learn by doing,” helping them to develop into active, contributing citizens. NC State Extension and the Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University coordinate 4-H programs statewide. If you are interested in 4-H please contact Laura Oliver, 4-H & Youth Development Agent – Washington County, at 793-2163.