New Hanover County 4-H’ers attend NC 4-H Congress

Posted August 11, 2020 at 10:27 am     Category: Arboretum & NCSU Extension Service
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A delegation of three New Hanover County 4-H members participated in North Carolina 4-H Congress, which was held virtually this year. Olivia Burns, Jordyn Smith, and Madilyn Smith represented New Hanover County at NC 4-H Congress. This year’s 4-H Congress, held July 20-23, attracted more than 300 youth and adults representing 4-H programs across the state. Conference delegates participated in general sessions, learned together in workshops, recognized award winners, and elected State 4-H Officers for the upcoming year.

Olivia Burns represented New Hanover County the entire week and served as New Hanover County 4-H’s voting delegate during the State 4-H Officer elections. Olivia participated in the NC 4-H State Presentation finals in the Science and Technology (11-13-year-old) category. Her presentation entitled “My Intelligence, Your Intelligence…Artificial Intelligence (AI)” shared where AI is now, in the future, and potential hazards of AI. This is Olivia’s first year competing in 4-H Presentations.

Jordyn Smith represented New Hanover County during presentation day of 4-H Congress. Jordyn competed in the Environmental Science (14-18-year old) category. Her presentation entitled “NC Geology” explored the periods of geologic time, minerals and rocks, and the different regions of North Carolina’s geological structures. This is Jordyn’s third year competing in 4-H Presentations.

Madilyn Smith represented New Hanover County during presentation day of 4-H Congress. Madilyn competed in the Peanut Foods (14-18-year-old) category. Her presentation entitled “How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars” demonstrated the nutritious way peanuts can be used to make delicious snacks. This is Madilyn’s third year competing in 4-H Presentations.

“In 4-H, youth learn how to overcome that fear with a demonstration and presentation competition on the county, district, and state levels. As a product of growing up in 4-H, I know firsthand the many benefits gained from giving presentations, and I want to share a huge ‘Congratulations’ to these talented young ladies who represented New Hanover County so well!” stated 4-H Agent, J. Scott Enroughty.

To learn more about 4-H and/or the 4-H presentations in New Hanover County, contact New Hanover County Cooperative Extension office, visit OR contact J. Scott Enroughty, 4-H Agent, at 910-798-7660 or via email at

About 4-H in New Hanover County

4-H is North Carolina’s largest youth development organization, equipping more than 263,000 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. The New Hanover Cooperative Extension and Arboretum support and coordinate 4-H activities in New Hanover County.

NC State Extension is the local and statewide outreach provider of 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.

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Olivia Burns, member of 4-H Teen Leaders Club participated in the NC 4-H State Presentation Finals and conference delegate. This was the first time the event and contest was held virtually due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Jordyn Smith photo

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Jordyn Smith, a 4-H Teen Leaders Club member participated in the NC 4-H State Presentation Finals.

Madilyn Smith photo

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Madilyn Smith, member of 4-H Teen Leaders Club participated in the NC 4-H State Presentation Finals.

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