NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Seven 4-H youth braved the stage on Tuesday, May 7 as New Hanover County 4-H hosted County Activity Day. These youth competed with power point, posters and props on a variety of subjects including the Constitution, poultry care, and computer coding.
The top 4-H presenter from each age division and category will advance to the district competition at Craven Community College on Sunday, June 21. Representing New Hanover County will be: Michael Erickson, computer coding (Careers & Entrepreneurship); Liz Sharpe, the Constitution (Citizenship & Civic Education); Cate Shepard, chemistry/hydrogen peroxide (Science & Technology); Bailey Smith, leadership (Public Speaking); Jerod Smith, rabbit care (Small & Companion Animal); Jordyn Smith, geology (Science & Technology); and Madilyn Smith, poultry care (Animal Science).
“Public speaking trumps even the fear of death for many of us, but learning to speak effectively in front of groups large and small is still important even in this era of texts and instant messaging,” said 4-H Extension Agent J. Scott Enroughty. “4-H helps children overcome the sweaty palms and cold feet with its demonstration and presentation competition. As a product of growing up in 4-H, I know firsthand the many benefits gained from giving presentations on refinishing furniture and Animal Science.”
As part of the awards presentation on May 7, the panel of judges assisted with recognizing the outstanding 4-H club members and their achievements by giving ribbons and certificates as the participants’ names were announced.
About 4-H: 4-H, the largest youth development organization in the world, is a community of seven million young people across the globe learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. In the U.S., 4-H programs are implemented by the 109 land grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the country. Overseas, 4-H programs operate throughout more than 50 countries. To learn more about 4-H in New Hanover County, visit the New Hanover 4-H website or contact J. Scott Enroughty at 910-798-7669 or via email
4-H members share their knowledge and skills by presenting their 4-H projects during the recent 4-H County Activity Day.