Two New Hanover 4-H Participants Selected to Attend National 4-H Congress

Posted January 6, 2020 at 4:04 pm     Category: Arboretum & NCSU Extension Service

New Hanover County 4-H participants Elizabeth Sharpe and Bailey Smith represented New Hanover County at the 98th Annual National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia November 29 through December 3, during which more than 900 youth and adults participated in educational, service and recreational opportunities.

This year’s theme “Go Beyond” focused on ways for 4-H participants can 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 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 the 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 place 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 to 18.

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


About 4-H: 4-H is North Carolina’s largest youth development organization, equipping more than 229,500 young people each year with the skills to succeed and improve the world around them. 4-H programs and camps encourage young people to “learn by doing,” helping them to develop into active, contributing citizens. NC State Extension and the Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University coordinate 4-H programs statewide.

NC State Extension is the local and statewide outreach provider of North Carolina’s preeminent research enterprise – NC State University. NC State Extension translates research-based knowledge in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, food and nutrition, and 4-H youth development into everyday solutions that create economic, intellectual and societal prosperity for North Carolina.

NC State University is committed to positive action to secure equal opportunity and prohibit discrimination and harassment regardless of age, color, disability, family and marital status, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation and veteran status.

« Back to news overview

Communications and Outreach: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 195 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7461 • Fax 910-798-7277
Skip to content