County 4-Her’s Participate in NC 4-H Congress & State Presentations
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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.
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.
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.
- Four days in Raleigh
- Meeting new friends
- Electing new State 4-H Officers
- Participating in awesome workshops
- Hearing from engaging speakers like motivational speaker Chad Porter.
- 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-837-2210 ext 4.