New Hanover County 4-H’ers Receive Honors at State 4-H Congress
New Hanover County 4-H’ers received honors at the recent State 4-H Congress. This year’s 4-H Congress, held in Raleigh June 21-24, attracted 541 youth and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more.
This year’s 4-H Congress also included 4-H Citizenship Focus, where 4-H’ers engage with their elected leaders in the N.C. General Assembly.
Samantha Sharpe, 10, daughter of Phil and Tina Sharpe of Hampstead, and Rachel Mumey, 16, daughter of Roy and Terri Mumey of Wilmington, received honors in contests designed to test 4-H’ers’ knowledge of a variety of subjects.
Samantha won the bronze medal in the 9-10 year-old division of the food and nutrition competition for her demonstration on making delicious Red Velvet Cookies.
Rachel Mumey was a state winner in the ARIE competition. ARIE — Application, Resume, Interview and Essay competition — is a four-step process by which youth are chosen to attend national 4-H events including National Congress, National Conference and International Leadership Conference. Rachel will attend National Congress this fall.
Also participating in state presentations were Ashley Oyler, 17, and Emily Oyler, 14, daughters of David and Kim Oyler of Burgaw, and D’Anna Dininny, 15, daughter of Larry and Julie Dininny of Hampstead.
Robert Shivers, 18, son of Fran Perry of Wilmington, and Elanna Dininny, 15, daughter of Larry and Julie Dininny of Hampstead participated in leadership and citizenship training as well as a 4K to raise money for the Cape Fear Literacy Council. Together, New Hanover County 4-H raised $168 through donations. Robert also served as the Southeast District 4-H Vice President during 2013-2014.
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 227,782 young people between the ages of 5 and 18 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 20,333 adult and youth volunteers.