Cherokee County 4-H’ers Attend NC 4-H Congress

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A delegation of three Cherokee County 4-H members attended NC 4-H Congress, which was held virtually this year. Chloé Harrelson, Brittany Harrelson, and Grace Henderson represented Cherokee County at NC 4-H Congress. This year’s 4-H Congress, held July 20-23, attracted more than 300 youth and adults representing 4-H programs across the state. Conference delegates participated in general sessions, learned together in workshops, recognized award winners and elected State 4-H Officers for the upcoming year.

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L to R: At last years 4-H Congress Brittany Harrelson, Grace Henderson, and Chloé Harrelson.

Chloé Harrelson, daughter of Becca Harrelson from the Hiwassee Dam Community, 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 Monday night, July 20.

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.

Chloé is currently a student at UNC Chapel Hill and was a member of the Hiwassee Dam Soaring Eagles 4-H Club. She has been active in the 4-H program for 12years.

During 4-H Congress the delegates were able to hear campaign speeches from youth campaigning for the state officers for the upcoming year. Youth campaigned for state offices and new officers were elected Wednesday, July 22.

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Candle lighting ceremony usually held at 4-H Congress.

4-H is North Carolina’s largest youth development organization, equipping more than 262,200 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.

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This is from last years community service project with our same delegates from this year.