County 4-Her’s Participate in NC 4-H Congress & State Presentations

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Trinity Weitz presenting at State 4-H Presentation Finals at NC State University.

4-H Presentations are a huge part of the North Carolina 4-H program. It is one of the most successful ways to help a young person learn how to do a public speech. It focuses on members teaching others what they know about a particular project/subject matter. They are sometimes called demonstrations or illustrated talk or formal speech.

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Jayson Weitz presenting at State 4-H Presentation Finals at NC State University.

First youth must compete or present in their home 4-H county to move onto the district competition. The district competition (District Activity Day, DAD) brings youth ages 5-18 from across the district to compete against each other through a prepared topic presentation or demonstration. Gold(1st) and Silver(2nd) place  winners at DAD in the age groups 8-18, Junior and Senior, in all categories move onto the state 4-H presentation competition held each year at State 4-H Presentation Finals/4-H Congress. Cherokee County 4-H had two gold winners at DAD, Trinity Weitz, in the Junior 11-13 Foods and Nutrition category, and Jayson Weitz, in the Senior 14-18, Science and Technology category.

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Jayson & Trinity Weitz at State 4-H Presentation Finals.

State 4-H Presentation Finals this year were held on July 16 on the campus of NC State University. Trinity Weitz and Jayson Weitz represented Cherokee County 4-H at the state competition. Trinity placed 2nd (silver) at the State 4-H Presentation Finals in the Foods and Nutrition category and did an outstanding job presenting her presentation on “The Basics of Cooking.”  Jayson finished 4th behind some stiff competition and did a great job in the Science and Technology category with his presentation on “Computer Networking Systems.”
State 4-H Presentation finals had 287 4-H’ers present but well over 900 attendees throughout the day.
Trinity and Jayson would continue in the evening of July 16 by heading over to the Jane S. McKimmon Center at NC State University for their very first NC 4-H Congress. We had two youth from Graham County 4-H traveling with us and enjoyed their first time at NC 4-H Congress.
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L to R: Mylee Jenkins and Shelby Jenkins from Graham County 4-H. Trinity and Jayson Weitz from Cherokee County 4-H. They are working on paracord bracelets for Hero Bags for the Hands to Service project.

NC 4-H Congress is an annual educational event sponsored by North Carolina 4-H and planned by the State 4-H Council and Congress Advisory Committee. North Carolina 4-H’ers ages 13-18 are invited to participate in this annual event.
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Trinity Weitz participating in one of several workshops offered to the NC 4-H Congress participants.

The major purposes of NC 4-H Congress are:

  • To perpetuate the reputation of 4-H as a major state-wide educational program.
  • To improve delegates knowledge of current issues through educational experiences such as speakers, discussion groups, workshops, etc.
  • To provide an opportunity to develop and exercise leadership skills through serving on committees and participating in certain programs.
  • To provide an opportunity for delegates to participate in the democratic process through campaigning for and electing state 4-H officers.
  • To provide recreational and social experiences for delegates.
  • To select winners in presentations and certain activities through state contests.
  • To provide recognition for project, activity, and scholarship winners.
Highlights of 4-H Congress include:
  • Four days in Raleigh
  • Meeting new friends

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    During our Cultural Experience time we went bowling with our friends from Graham County 4-H and added new 4-H friends from Caldwell County 4-H. L to R: Sarah Kocher (4-H Agent, Caldwell County), Addie Dillon (Caldwell County 4-H’er), Mylee Jenkins (Graham County 4-H’er, Shelby Jenkins (Graham County 4-H’er), Trinity and Jayson Weitz (Cherokee County 4-H’ers).

  • Electing new State 4-H Officers
  • Participating in awesome workshops
  • Hearing from engaging speakers like motivational speaker Chad Porter.
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Dorton Arena in Raleigh getting ready for the Candle-lighting Ceremony.

  • Participating in the Candle-lighting Ceremony:    The Candle-lighting Ceremony is coordinated by the NC 4-H Honor Club and it is one of the highlights of North Carolina 4-H Congress. Each male delegate forms the H’s while the female delegates form the clover leaves around them. NC 4-H Honor Club members form the stem of the clover. The ceremony inducts new officers for the state and districts.

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    Candle-lighting ceremony at Dorton Arena.

  • Giving to others through Hands to Service:     This year the youth participated in two service projects. On Monday afternoon of 4-H Congress we were treated with a presentation about the People’s Tree and the 4-H Congress participants made ornaments that will be hung on the tree at the White House.

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    4-H’ers from the West District, Mitchell and Burke Counties, working on ornaments for the People’s Tree.

    The other and main Hands to Service project was to pack Hero Bags for US deployed military personal. 4-H Congress participants packed over 500 bags that will be sent with to deployed military service members all over the world with all kinds of great items for them to use and enjoy while far from home.

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Hero Bags that will be sent to deployed US service members.

If you would like to learn more about 4-H presentations or 4-H Congress or how to become involved in 4-H in Cherokee County, please contact Shannon Coleman, at or 828-837-2210 ext 4.