4-H Celebrates Clubs, Members at Achievement Night
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What do bell-bottom pants, disco balls and the Bee Gees have to do with 4-H? On February 3, 2023 Caldwell County 4-H celebrated club and member accomplishments at its retro Achievement Night.
In 2022, local 4-H club membership rose from 103 to 158. In that time, two new 4-H Clubs were also added. Since then, there has been a third new club formed, bringing the county total up to seven. Enrollment is open for 2023 at v2.4honline.com for new youth who would like to join 4-H as a member at large or as a member of a club.
Individually, 4-H recognized four Caldwell County youth for their public speaking achievements.
Addie Dillon received a blue award at the county presentations contest, gold at the district contest and gold at the state presentation contest in the egg cookery category. For her success in this category, she was invited to compete at the 2022 National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky in November. She placed 2nd overall in the national contest.
Jordan Mitchem talked about animal science and hormones, receiving a red at the county, gold at districts and a gold at the state presentation contest.
Eli Dillon received a blue at the county, gold at the district and silver at state for his agriculture safety contest. He presented on tractor safety specifically.
Ellis Waitz received a blue award at the county contest for his presentation on advancements in space-related technology. He also was invited to present at a Summer Exploring session.
Nine youth were recognized for completing the Junior Leaders program in 2022. They were Emma Combs, Malachi Schwartz, Caleb Schwartz, Waitz, Addie Dillon, Eli Dillon, Erin Shows, Peyton Denning and Kaidence Buss.
Individual youth were also recognized for their project records. Project records are a written account of project work done in an area during the year. They serve as both a record and a tool for reflection. An excellent record is well-organized, containing details about what a young person learned and how that individual grew through their experiences.
Harrison Ford and Shelby Ford completed Cloverbud project records in animal science. Ansley Gee, Peyton Taylor, Addie Dillon, and Mitchem received blue awards for their animal science records in their respective age divisions. Allysa Snyder also participated in the animal science project record division and received a certificate.
In the healthy lifestyles division, Zoe Woods received a red award during 4-H Achievement Night. Keaton Benfield and Eli Dillon received blues.
In the science and technology division, Thang Pham and Eli Dillon received blue awards. Thang is also eligible to attend 4-H Electric Congress this summer, representing Caldwell County.
In the personal development and leadership project category, Addie Dillon, Malachi Schwartz and Caleb Schwartz received blue awards.
With many people completing project records for the first time in 2023, judges selected Gee as the “Rookie of the Year” award winner for project records. The judges also selected one overall project record winner, considering age appropriateness and the general judging criteria. Mitchem won the overall project record award.
When a 4-H member has completed three years in one project area, they may compile a project portfolio. In animal science at the county level, Mitchem and Addie Dillon both earned blues for their project portfolios. Dillon received a blue for her leadership and personal development portfolio as well.
4-H also recognized Moranna Deal during the annual senior spotlight portion of the event. Deal is the daughter of Wes and Lisa Deal, and a member of the 4-H Saddle Club. Moranna has had a rich 4-H career, participating in a wide variety of programs and serving in various leadership roles including the West District 4-H Vice President. She will graduate from the Caldwell Early College High School this spring, and has been accepted by several universities. She plans to study nursing.
To learn more about how youth can participate in 4-H, develop their leadership skills or have access to learning opportunities, contact Caldwell County 4-H Agent Sarah Kocher at firstname.lastname@example.org. Families can also view local 4-H information online at caldwell.ces.ncsu.edu.
Caldwell County 4-H is a proud member agency of United Way.
Sarah Kocher is the 4-H Youth Development Agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension, Caldwell County Center. The N.C. Cooperative Extension, Caldwell County Center, 120 Hospital Ave. NE #1 in Lenoir, provides access to resources of N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University through educational programs and publications.