Members of the 4-H Club of Macon County attended North Carolina 4-H Congress from July 18-21 in Raleigh, N.C. Congress is the high point of the 4- H year, bringing young people from across the state to the North Carolina State University campus for four days of activity. More than 500 4-H’ers, volunteer leaders and North Carolina Cooperative Extension agents and program assistants attended 4-H Congress.
Gabrianne Ivey, daughter of James and Shereen Ivey, won the Gold Medal in the 9-10 year division in Expressive Arts and Communications for “Viva la Violin.” Nathanael Klages, son of Laurie and Edward Klages, represented Macon County in the 14-18 year division in Expressive Arts and Communications with his presentation, “Catch the ‘Spirit’ of Horsemanship Through Art.” Macon County’s Homegrown Buds, under the leadership of Claire Suminski, won a Gold Certificate for their 2010 Community Service Gardening Project. Jakin Ivey received a Gold Medal for his Cumulative Record Project in Electric Energy.
While at 4-H Congress, delegates participated in activities such as presentations, workshops, 4-H Honor Club tapping and State Officer elections. Delegates also had the opportunity to tour the 4-H historical exhibit at the NC State Library and participate in activities related to science, technology, engineering and math.
Macon County 4-H is the youth component of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension System, supported by a staff of specialists at North Carolina State University and NC A&T State University. The 4-H program is a community of young people, ages 5-18, learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. More than 218,000 young people participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 21,400 adult and youth volunteers. To learn more about how you can become involved in 4-H, as a member or as a volunteer, contact Kathy Kuhlman, 4-H Agent, or Carol Pitts, Nutrition Program Assistant, EFNEP/4-H & Youth at (828)349-2046.