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.

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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.

CandleLightingCongressMichael 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.

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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.

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