Chrissy Haynes, 4-H Youth Development Agent
In July, 4-H'ers stayed on the move using their Head, Heart, Hands and Health to "make the best better" in Montgomery County!
We started off with a week of Day Camp at Millstone 4-H Camp (the week of July 4th), followed by a week of Traditional Camp (for ages 8 - 14) and Cloverbud Camp (for 5 - 8 year olds). We had 26 Day Campers and 15 Traditional and Cloverbud Campers. Thank you to Montgomery County Commissioners for choosing to help support our youth to have the opportunity to attend camp this summer.
Montgomery County 4-H and Safe Kids Coalition of Montgomery County provided bike safety education to 30 youth from the Wescare Afterschool/Summer Program at Wescare Academy. A Bike Rodeo was held where youth were able to maneuver their bicycles through an obstacle course to put to work what they had learned. Students who did not own a bike helmet were provided the opportunity to purchase one at a reduced cost.
During our last couple of weeks of 4-H Summer Programming, youth participated in nutrition classes, and attended field trips to Town Creek Indian Mound, Discovery Place Kids and teens took a tour of the Art Museum in Raleigh as well as an NC State Campus Tour.
Montgomery County 4-H Summer Fun Celebration - Our Summer Fun Wrap-Up Event was held on Friday, August 4th from 6 - 9 PM. We enjoyed dinner and a pool party as we celebrated another successful 4-H Summer Program.
4-H'ers from Montgomery County attended North Carolina 4-H Congress held in Raleigh July 29-August 1st. NC 4-H Congress attracted more than 500 young people for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more. Congress is the high point of the 4-H year for teens, bringing young people from across the state to the North Carolina State University campus and to Raleigh for four days of activity.
Montgomery County 4-H'ers must participate in 4-H presentations on the county and district level in order to attend NC 4-H Congress. Winners from district competition advance to state-level presentations. Many of the youth who represented Montgomery County received honors during the recent State 4-H Congress.
Sarah Alexi, 16, daughter of Daniel & Molly Alexi of Troy, was inducted into the 4-H Honor Club, one of the highest honors a 4-H'er can achieve. 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.
Sarah Alexi is a Junior at Uwharrie Charter Academy and currently serves as The Creative Hands 4-H Club President as well as the Montgomery County 4-H Council President. She was also the 2016 - 2017 South Central District 4-H Vice-President. She has been active in the 4-H program for 11 years. Sarah also participated in the Application, Resume, Interview & Essay (ARIE) competition while at NC 4-H Congress.
Brewster Loflin, 10, son of Allen and Stephanie Loflin of Star, and Jessie Fisher, 17, daughter of Bruce and Karla Fisher of New London, won gold medals in contests designed to test 4-H'ers' knowledge of a variety of subjects. Brewster won the 9 - 10-year-old division of the arts and communication competition. Jessie won the 14 - 18-year-old division of the safety competition. Brewster is a member of the Shooting Stars 4-H Club. Jessie is a member of the Clover Lifestyles 4-H Club, the Creative Hands 4-H Club and the Rockin' Clovers 4-H Club. Jessie is also the Montgomery County 4-H Council Secretary/Treasurer.
Rebecca Walter, 17, daughter of Dale and Kim Walter of Troy and Brett Fisher, 16, son of Bruce and Karla Fisher of New London, won bronze medals. Rebecca competed in the arts and communication competition in the 14 - 18 year-old division. Brett competed in the wheels and engines competition in the 14 - 18 year old division. Rebecca is a member of the Clover Lifestyles 4-H Club. Brett is a member of the Clover Lifestyles 4-H Club, the Creative Hands 4-H Club and the Rockin' Clovers 4-H Club. Brett is also the Montgomery County 4-H Council Reporter.
Hope Davis, 15, also competed in the state presentation finals in the 14 - 18 year-old division of the small and companion animals' presentation category. Hope's parents are Brad and Angela Davis of Mt. Gilead. Hope is a member of the Clover Lifestyles 4-H Club and is the Montgomery County 4-H Council Vice-President.
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 coordinates 4-H programs statewide.
For more information on Montgomery County 4-H Programs, please contact 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent Chrissy Haynes at
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