Two New Hanover County 4-H’ers Are Delegates to National 4-H Congress

— Written By J. Scott Enroughty
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Go Beyond: 2019 National 4-H Congress banner

A delegation of 17 North Carolina 4-H youth and 3 adults representing 11 counties including New Hanover County, attended the ninety-eighth annual National 4-H Congress, which was held in Atlanta, Georgia. The North Carolina delegation returned home from five days in which more than nine hundred youth and adults representing    4-H programs across the country gathered to participate in educational, service and recreational opportunities.

Liz Sharpe

Liz Sharpe

Bailey Smith

Bailey Smith

Elizabeth Sharpe and Bailey Smith represented New Hanover County at the November 29-December 3, 2019 conference. This year’s theme “Go Beyond” focused on ways for 4-H’ers to excel in leadership, citizenship, global awareness, and inclusion. Workshops, speakers and group activities encouraged National 4-H Congress delegates to think broadly and to make their club, community, country, and the world a better place.

During workshops participants had a chance to participate in sessions ranging from service learning to virtual reality. National 4-H Congress speakers challenged participants to reach out and to make a difference in the world. One way participants reached out to help others was by traveling to different parts of Atlanta and surrounding areas to participate in community service activities.

The history of the National 4-H Congress goes back ninety-eight years. An educational tour to Chicago was the forerunner to what would eventually become known as National 4-H Congress. Today National 4-H Congress provides a great opportunity for 4-H members from across the country to come together and learn about community involvement, culture diversity, and service to others while meeting new friends.

Sharpe and Smith earned their trip to National 4-H Congress by competing in the North Carolina 4-H Application, Interview, Resume, and E-Video (AIRE) competition held during the 2019 4-H State Congress at NC State University. North Carolina 4-H’s AIRE competition is a workforce development and college prep program for youth ages 11 – 18.

For more information on the 4-H program in New Hanover County, please contact J. Scott Enroughty, 4-H Agent at