Amber Lackey, 10, of Clinton and Mary Kate Hall, 10, of Godwin were among award-winners at the recent 2011 State 4-H Congress, held July 18-21 in Raleigh. 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.
Amber, daughter of Kim and Lantz Lackey, took first place in a state contest designed to test 4-H’ers’ knowledge of small and companion animals. She won the 9- and 10-year-old division with a demonstration that focused on rabbit breeds and rabbit care, as well as showing the animals in competitions. Amber received a cash award sponsored by the N.C. 4-H Development Fund.
Mary Kate, daughter of Rita and Ira Hall, was gold medal winner in the 9- and 10-year-old division of the Hospitality and Social Graces competition. Her presentation, “Table Manners for a Formal Dinner,” covered the courses of a formal dinner and the appropriate silverware. She received a cash award sponsored by the Dinah Gore 4-H Foods Nutrition, Fitness and Etiquette Endowment.
Other 4-H’ers that represented Sampson County proudly were: Wyatt Kendall and Denisse Sada placing Bronze in the category of Livestock Production, Chloe Hobbs placing Silver in Public Speaking, Owen Flock placing Bronze in the category of Fisheries and Aquatic resources, and Caitlyn Miller competing in the Public Speaking category. Congratulations to each one of you!
More than 500 4-H’ers, volunteer leaders and North Carolina Cooperative Extension agents attended 4-H Congress.
The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 218,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year, with the help of 21,400 adult and youth volunteers.