4-H Congress…Join The Revolution of Responsibility!

Want to know how to make 4 days go by really fast?  Attend 4-H Congress. It started as quick as it ended, what a wonderful week it has been!  Pender County 4-H had two full time delegates and two part-time delegates attend 4-H Congress this year during July 16-19 in Raleigh, NC at NC State University!  In addition to Congress delegates, we had one youth participating in the AIRE (Application, Interview, Resume, Essay) Competition to win a national 4-H trip and three youth participating in the state presentations competition.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Here’s how we started our trip to 4-H Congress:

We arrived at the McKimmon Center on Monday where the kick-off meetings began in preparation for a BUSY week!  We sat in on the Southeast district meeting where candidates for district officers gave a brief speech to introduce themselves to the 4-H’ers.  Here is everyone (minus myself) at the district meeting:

After dinner at the dining hall, we returned back to the McKimmon Center for the opening assembly and flag ceremony!  Our very own, Brooke Buchanan (Spirit Riders 4-H Club Member) carried in the Pender County 4-H flag during the ceremony.  The next photo is of the 2011-2012 Southeast District Officers.

The assembly contained greetings, challenges given to 4-H’ers for the week, NC 4-H Honor Club Tapping ceremony, guest speakers, and hungry to help spotlights on Union and Washington counties.  Following the ceremony were the district officer campaign booths.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The morning always started with a delicious breakfast at Fountain Dining Hall located on NC State’s campus right near the Bragaw dorm that we stayed in during the week.  Tuesday is the state presentation competition and workshop day!  While 4-H’ers give presentations, the other 4-H’ers who are not giving presentations are sitting in on various workshops throughout the morning and afternoon.  Some of this year’s workshops include: No Farms, No Food, Teambuilding 101, College Preparation, Zumba! and more!

This year, we had three youth giving presentations at the state level: Tanner Gurganious, Reagan Taylor, and Liz Sharpe.  Tanner Gurganious won bronze at the state level with his presentation on coastal hay in the Crop Production and Utilization category for 14-18 year olds.

Reagan Taylor represented Pender County 4-H with her White House presentation in one of the most difficult categories: Citizenship and Civic Responsibility for 11-13 year olds.  This was everyone’s first year competing in presentations and they are competing against youth who have been doing this for years.  We are very proud of Reagan and her presentation was fantastic but she did not place at state this year.

Liz Sharpe competed in the Hospitality, Etiquette, and Social Graces for 9-10 year olds with her proper table setting presentation.  She won gold at the state competition this year!

Again, we are so very proud of all of the 4-H’ers that competed at the state level this year!! Everyone did an excellent job with their presentations!!  After dinner, we attended the Power of YOUth Assembly where we heard from Top Chef Finalist and NC 4-H Alumni Chef Lindsay Autry spoke about her experience in 4-H and how it got her where she is today as a executive chef!  The 2012-2013 state officer candidates concluded the assembly with their campaign skits!  After the assembly was over, we attended the state officer candidate campaign booths and danced!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wednesday is known as our hands to service day!  After a yummy breakfast, everyone came together for the Hands to Service Assembly before breaking off to do separate service projects throughout Wake County.  About 350 youth packaged food in the Dorton Arena, another 50 made teddy bears for Victory Junction, and the remaining youth did outdoor work at UNC-TV.  Pender County 4-H helped make teddy bears for Victory Junction.

After the hands to service projects, several counties came together and we decided to take the youth on a tour of NCSU and eat lunch on Hillsborough Street and then stop by the campus bookstore and the creamery for ice cream!

That afternoon the state officer elections took place!  Following the state officer elections, youth went back to the dorms and got ready for the Red & Green Gala to celebrate the 125th birthday of NC State University and recognize the outgoing and incoming district and state officers.

2011-2012 State 4-H Officers

2012-2013 State 4-H Officers

Here are our county delegation formal photos prior to the Red & Green Gala:

Following the farewell dance, was the candlelighting ceremony that is a long standing tradition with NC 4-H held in the Dorton Arena.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

That brings us to the very last day of 4-H Congress…see I told you that it goes by FAST!  The last day consisted of the Hungry to Help Assembly, lunch, guest speakers, and a photo/video slideshow of the week!

The End 🙂

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