Local 4-H Youth Win Big for Project Work, Records

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LENOIR – Six Caldwell County 4-H members competed at the state level with their 4-H project record books and brought home silver and gold awards.

4-H projects cover a wide variety of topics from agriculture to the arts. Members participating in these projects develop life skills and gain new experiences. The many different project types allow youth to grow in their knowledge and skill sets while having fun doing it.

Members and leaders of the Livestock 4-H Club pose at the 2022 4-H Achievement Night in February. Several of their members earned state awards for their project work. From left to right, Olivia Ford, Jordan Mitchem, Shelby Ford, Ellie Shuping, Addison Duncan, Elijah Dillon, Peyton Taylor, Emily Shuping, Addie Dillon and Crystal Ward-Taylor are pictured.

Members and leaders of the Livestock 4-H Club pose at the 2022 4-H Achievement Night in February. Several of their members earned state awards for their project work. From left to right, Olivia Ford, Jordan Mitchem, Shelby Ford, Ellie Shuping, Addison Duncan, Elijah Dillon, Peyton Taylor, Emily Shuping, Addie Dillon and Crystal Ward-Taylor are pictured.

Youth create record books for their projects so they can keep track of their progress and growth. Record books help youth develop life skills that will help them in their future workplaces and while filling out college applications.

 

The following youth have earned state 4-H awards for their project work:

  • Jordan Mitchem earned the gold award in Animal Science in the 13-15 age group. 
  • Addie Dillion earned the silver award in Animal Science as well as a silver award in the Personal Development and Leadership category in the 13-15 age group. 
  • Elijah Dillion of the 11-12 age group earned the gold award in Animal Science as well as the silver award in Science and Technology. 
  • Keaton Benfield in the 8-10 age group earned the gold award in Personal Leadership and Development. 
  • Emily Shuping earned the gold award for her Sheep/Goat Portfolio in the 16-18 age group.
  • Peyton Taylor also competed in the Animal Science category in the 8-10 age group. 
Keaton Benfield poses with fellow 4-H members Zoe Woods and Malachi Schwartz at the Anita Alta Family Day held in October 2021. In the 2022 state project record contest, Benfield earned the gold award in Personal Leadership and Development for his age group.

Keaton Benfield poses with fellow 4-H members Zoe Woods and Malachi Schwartz at the Anita Alta Family Day held in October 2021. In the 2022 state project record contest, Benfield earned the gold award in Personal Leadership and Development for his age group.

“We’re so proud of all our members for the hard work they invest into their projects, and it’s fun to celebrate this group of youth who are being recognized for outstanding project record books in North Carolina,” says Caldwell County 4-H agent Sarah Kocher. “We are excited to see what everyone will accomplish in the upcoming year.”

To learn more about 4-H and its opportunities, call the N.C. Cooperative Extension Caldwell County Center at 828-757-1290, or email Sarah Kocher at sarah_kocher@ncsu.edu. Caldwell County 4-H is a member agency of United Way, and it enthusiastically supports its partnerships.

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