Students county extension staff go to state 4-H Congress in Raleigh

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More than 560 4-H’ers, volunteer leaders and North Carolina Cooperative Extension staff attended the 4-H Congress in Raleigh July 16-19.
Attending full-time were Brunswick County 4-H youth Angelique and Alexis Apple, Sammi Lawrence, Bryan and Justin Simmons, Andrew Walton, Garrett Williams and Amber Yurgel. Many of the youth attended with assistance from a BEMC grant, used to assist 4-H Teens in Leadership Training, a committee from Brunswick County 4-H’s Teen Council.
At the beginning of the week, the Brunswick County 4-H senior poultry judging team took second place and Alexis Apple had one of the highest individual scores in the entire competition. The senior judging team consisted of full-time congress attendees Angelique and Alexis Apple and Amber Yurgel. The junior team consisted of Amelia Apple, Breanna Long and Rose Marie Yurgel.
Other activities that took place during the week included leadership, healthy living and science workshops, in addition to various presentations.
Amber Yurgel and Sammi Lawrence both received scholarship money to attend the 4-H Congress based on their performance at the district level. Lawrence competed in application, interview, resume and essay (ARIE) and also ran for a district office. Youth also completed a community service project that will help many people in North Carolina. They bagged thousands of bags of dry soup to be given to the hungry.
4-Hers also heard from a variety of speakers, including 4-H alumni, state 4-H officers and more. The week concluded with a farewell from outgoing state officers, including our own Brunswick County youth, Justin Simmons, state 4-H vice president. After 14 years as a 4-H youth, he concluded his years with a farewell speech to his office and to being a youth in 4-H. He encouraged 4-H youth to continue following their dreams and most of all, to continue to “make the best better.” He concluded his speech with a rap performance that he composed summing up his experience and encouraging North Carolina 4-H youth to continue the “Revolution of Responsibility.” He had all 560 attendees on their feet dancing and participating.
4-H is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T state universities. More than 235,000 young people between the ages of 5-19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 21,500 adult and youth volunteers.
To learn more about Brunswick County 4-H and how to participate in activities like these, contact Blair Green, 4-H extension agent, at blair_wooten@ncsu.edu or Angie Lawrence, 4-H program assistant, at angie_lawrence@ncsu.edu. Call the Cooperative Extension office at 253-2610 or visit its website at brunswickco4h.shutterfly.com or blog at brunswick4h.wordpress.com.