Cherokee County 4-H Represented Well at 4-H Congress
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Six youth from Cherokee County attended State 4-H Congress. Aisha Booze-Hall, Alyssa Marescalco, Hannah Smith, Grace Henderson, Chloe Harrelson, and Michael Hopkins were the 4-H’ers in attendance from Cherokee County. They are all members of the Teen Leadership 4-H Club of Cherokee County. This year’s 4-H Congress, held in Raleigh July 16-19, attracted more than 540 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.
Grace Henderson, 13, daughter of Buck and Lore Henderson, won the silver medal in contests designed to test 4-H’ers’ knowledge of a variety of subjects. Grace won silver in the 11-13 year old division of the Small and Companion Animals.
Michael Hopkins, son of Angie and Kelly Hopkins, was elected as the Secretary/Treasurer of the West District for the coming year. Youth campaigned in the spring of this year and were officially inducted during a candle lighting ceremony on Monday night of the event.
Youth also participated in a service project where they bagged meals for food banks across the state. Youth prepared 80,640 meals in less then 2 hours. The kids had the best time racing to see whose group could bag the most meals.
The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 239,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 21,700 adult and youth volunteers.