GREENSBORO, N.C. — Guilford 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.
Three Guilford County 4-H’ers were inducted into the NC 4-H Honor Club, one of the highest honors a 4-H’er can achieve. Kate Hice, 19, daughter of Sharon Hice and Eric Hice of Pleasant Garden, Erin Dillon, 18, daughter of Mark and Lisa Dillon of Julian, and Elizabeth Dean, 17, daughter of Dean and Karen Wallace of Browns Summit. New Honor Club members were tapped during a candlelight ceremony Saturday night, July 29.
Membership in the Honor Club is based on service to the 4-H program, leadership, moral standards, 4-H activities and project achievement. Less than one-half of 1 percent of North Carolina 4-H’ers are selected for membership each year. Members must be at least 16 years old and have a minimum of three years 4-H experience.
Hice is a sophomore at North Carolina State University and a member of Go-Getters 4-H Club, Dillon is a homeschooled senior and a member of the Go-Getters 4-H Club, and Dean is a senior at Northern High School and a member of the Northeast McLeansville 4-H Club, the Guilford County 4-H Livestock Club, and the Northern 4-H Club.
Erin Dillon won a silver medal in the presentation contest designed to test 4-H’ers’ knowledge of a variety of subjects. She won second place in the 14-18-year-old division of the Horse competition and advanced on to the Southern Regional competition in Georgia. Rachel Clapp, daughter of Raymond and Sheree Clapp of McLeansville, won a second place prize in the Family and Consumer Sciences Presentation division.
State Officer and Trophy Winners
Erin Dillon was elected NC 4-H State Reporter for the coming year. Youth campaigned for state offices and new officers were elected Monday, July 31.
Elizabeth Dean, was a state winner in the 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. Dean will attend National 4-H Congress in Georgia.
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.
For more information about the 4-H program, please contact Peggie Lewis Joyce, Sadie Payne, or Lauren Taubert in the Guilford County 4-H office at 336.641.2401
— Peggie Lewis Joyce, NC Cooperative Extension
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