Are The Judges Ready?…District Activity Day 2012!

That is the question that every 4-H’er asked prior to beginning their presentation!  Today, June 22, 2012 was the Southeast’s District Activity Day held at Lenoir Community College in Kinston, NC.  Upon arrival, 4-H’ers along with their parents, volunteers, and 4-H Agents made their way to their designated category room to give their presentation!

Pender County 4-H had 9 participants this year!  We brought back home 3 Gold, 1 Silver, and 1 Bronze, not bad for everyone’s first time competing!  Every Pender County 4-H’er brought something back home with them whether it was a medal or a participation ribbon (for Cloverbud youth ages 5-8).  Everyone had a really great time and learned a thing or two!  The gold medal youth qualified to enter the state competition in July if they choose to compete!  District Activity Day had a record breaking number of youth giving presentation this year with 224 (give or take one) presentations!  We also had a record breaking number of people in attendance with over 600 people!  Way to go Southeast District!

Photos from District Activity Day

Liz Sharpe competing in the Hospitality, Etiquette, & Social Graces Category ages 9-10

Morgan Wilson presenting in the Cloverbud Category!

Samantha Sharpe presenting in the Cloverbud Category!

Pender County 4-H’ers, Tanner and Laurin after their presentations!

Pender County 4-H Cloverbuds Morgan and Samantha!

Reagan Taylor receiving Gold in Citizenship and Civic Responsibility category ages 11-13.

Sara Lucas receiving Silver in Community Service and Volunteerism category ages 14-18.

Tanner Gurganious receiving Gold in Crop Production& Utilization category ages 14-18.

Liz Sharpe receiving Gold in Hospitality, Etiquette, & Social Graces category ages 9-10.

Laurin Rivenbark receiving Bronze in Small and Companion Animals category ages 9-10.

Pender County 4-H at District Activity Day (absent from photo are 4-H Cloverbuds Lillie & Morgan Hansen)


Surf’s Up!

The Sr. Surf Camp (ages 14-18) was this past Wednesday, June 20, 2012 and what a great day it was for surfing!!  The weather was perfect and the waves were EXCELLENT!  We had 5 participants for this surf camp and all but one surfed with us last year so it was great to see them improve even more this year!  GREAT BIG THANKS to Odysea Surf and Kiteboard School from Carolina Beach for making the surf camps possible and being a great partner to 4-H!  Their instructors are the best and all of our participants are surfing within minutes of getting in the water!

Enjoy the photos!  We had so much fun!  Cannot wait for the Jr. Surf Camp in August!

County Activity Day 2012

4-H Cloverbud, Morgan Wilson presenting on tornadoes!

4-H teaches essential life skills such as public speaking and presentation skills!  County Activity Day was held on Monday, June 18, 2012 to allow 4-H members to showcase their presentation and demonstration skills!  There were 10 participants ranging from ages 6 to 15!  Out of the 10 participants, 7 were presenting for the first time!

They were judged based on topic, subject knowledge, presentation, voice, manner and appearance, visual clarity, and on how they answered audience/judge questions.  Our three judges were Leslie Wilson, 4-H Agent in New Hanover County, Kitty Bass, Master Gardener Volunteer, and Priscilla Pierce with Pender County Soil and Water Conservation District.  Every participant received a participation award and positive feedback to help them improve their presentations!

Out of the 10 participants, 9 of them will go on to compete at our District Activity Day this Friday, June 22, 2012 at Lenoir Community College!  If they win first place in their age division and category they will have the opportunity to go on to the state competition held at 4-H Congress in July!

4-H Cloverbud, Morgan Hansen showing what needs to be in a disaster supply kit.

Coastal Explorers 4-H Club member, Skylar Bickel demonstrating how to build a lego house.

Coastal Explorers 4-H Club member, Liz Sharpe demonstrating how to properly set a table.

4-H member, Reagan Taylor giving a PowerPoint presentation about The White House.

4-H member, Tanner Gurganious giving a presentation about coastal hay.

4-H Cloverbud, Ages 5-8 Awards

Left to Right: Lillie Hansen, Morgan Wilson, Morgan Hansen, Samantha Sharpe, Lauren Langley, 4-H Agent

Ages 9-10 Awards

Left to Right: Skylar Bickel, Laurin Rivenbark, Liz Sharpe, Lauren Langley, 4-H Agent

Ages 11-13 Awards

Reagan Taylor and Lauren Langley, 4-H Agent

Ages 14-18 Awards

Left to Right: Sara Lucas, Tanner Gurganious, Lauren Langley, 4-H Agent


Another Blueberry Festival Behind Us!

The Blueberry Festival was this past Saturday, June 16, 2012!  Pender County 4-H participates in the festival every year with a fundraiser to help raise funds for the county 4-H program so that scholarships can be provided to youth wanting to do 4-H events and activities throughout the year!  This year we did face painting and we made $540!!!!  That means we face painted 270 people!  It was an awesome turnout and the weather was just so amazing compared to the 90+ degrees normally at the festival!

Here are some photos taken from the festival:

Pender County 4-H’er, Wyatt Potter won first place and Best in Show for his blueberry recipe!  Pictured below is 4-H’er, Wyatt Potter and 4-H Agent, Lauren Langley!

THANK YOU so much to all the 4-H members, parents, and volunteers that came out and helped this year with the fundraiser!  It is because of your hard work that it was such a BIG success!

4-H Dog Club Interest Meeting *Next Week*

Dog Club Interest Meeting NEXT Tuesday 6/19!!!

Do you LOVE dogs?  Do you want to learn more about dogs?  If yes, then you may want to consider being part of the new 4-H dog club in Pender County!  The club leaders will be holding an interest meeting on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 from 6:00-7:00pm at the agriculture building auditorium (801 S. Walker St. Burgaw, NC).

During the interest meeting you will be introduced to 4-H, the club leaders, other youth interested in joining, and what the dog club is going to be all about!  Come check it out and learn more about 4-H and why the 4-H dog club might be the perfect fit for you!  You do not have to own a dog to be interested- just a passion/interest for dogs and learning more about them!  Please help spread the word and we will see you there!

Pender County 4-H is the youth development program of the Pender County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, serving all Pender County youth, ages 5-18 (as of January 1).

Through 4-H, more than 235,000 young people in North Carolina learn new skills and serve their communities each year. 4-H offers clubs, special interest programs, summer camps, school enrichment and after-school child care. Guided by North Carolina Cooperative Extension educators and adult and teen volunteers, 4-H’ers gain knowledge, skills and experience that help them become responsible citizens and leaders.

For further questions please contact Lauren Langley, 4-H Extension Agent at 910-259-1235 or

2011-2012 Scrapbook Page

Every year, each county is asked to create a scrapbook page that documents their county 4-H program.  The scrapbooks are assembled by district and Pender County is in the Southeast district along with 14 other counties.  This scrapbook page represents 4-H activities/events from Congress 2011 to Congress 2012.  The scrapbook page will be turned in on June 22 at District Activity Day!