During the 4-H Achievement Night for local Sampson County, a lot of members enjoyed dressing up as superheroes.
Many of them can’t climb up walls like Spider-Man or shoot laser beams through their eyes like Superman, but many of them can still do super things through their community club. 4-H’er Luke LaHay enjoyed conveying that message Monday night at the Agri-Exposition Center.
“While superheroes traditionally get summoned by cries of distress or Bat Signals, 4-H’ers get summoned by emails and parents who drive them to their meetings,” Hay said in a humorous way.
LaHay asked the audience what the heroes and the children have in common.
“They each have a journey,” he said. “They each start from somewhere.”
He currently serves 4-H as the 2015-2016 Youth Council President for North Carolina. He discussed a little history about 4-H, a nonprofit organization which was started in the early 1900s by A.B. Graham.
While talking about his journey through the organization, LaHay admitted that he was not always involved as much as he should be. He began at the age of 10 and through his years he discussed community tasks such as picking up trash off the streets or making dog treats for animal shelters.
“That was fine and dandy, but my first true passion was exhibiting livestock,” LaHay said about showing off his cows in state and national shows.
It was hard work, but something was missing when it came to becoming the best 4-H’er he could be. LaHay later discovered there was more to it than just showing off cows. Some of the other opportunities and lessons included learning how to speak with confidence and attending leadership conferences. He was encouraged to do these things after meeting a state leader during a show. He said it was the best decision of his life.
“4-H will not grant you superpowers. You’re not going to get super speed or fly by attending a club meeting,” he said. “However, if you’re willing to challenge yourself and go out and try something different, you’ll be surprised to find out what you get out of it. Unlike superheroes, whose powers will fade away when their stories are complete, the benefits of 4-H will continue on for the rest of your life.”
During the event, many organizations received awards and recognition for their work during the year. Amber Lackey was named 4-H’er of the Year in the junior category and Evanna Hall received the same honor in the senior division.
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