Rockingham County 4-Hers Attend 2017 NC 4-H Congress

(Wentworth, NC) –  Six Rockingham County 4-H youth attended NC 4-H Congress in Raleigh at NCSU on July 29 – August 1, 2017.  More than 500 young people from across NC and their adult leaders attended the four day conference.  Congress is a four-day conference focused on leadership and community service for our youth.  4-Hers heard from a variety of speakers and were engaged in many leadership workshops.  During the week, youth also elect their new state 4-H officers.  The youth also had a lot of social, fun time with their new friends from other counties across NC.

Pictured left to right: Morgan Maness, 4-H Agent, Kiersten Dery, Keynon Settle, Emily Holmes, Franco Neal, Erika Padron and Lauren Bivins attended NC 4-H Congress.

On the first day of Congress, we had four 4-Hers present at the state 4-H presentations contests.  Emily Holmes, Alice Holmes, Lane Blankenship and Eve Agee.  For some 4-Hers it was their first time presenting at the state level and they did a great job.  Emily Holmes ended up being awarded 1st place for her presentation in the family and consumer science category.  Lane Blankenship was awarded with 3rd place in the electric category.  We are so proud of our 4-Hers for making it all the way to the state level and presenting!

During NC 4-H Congress our youth attended workshops on leadership and public speaking.  They learned about the election process by voting in their new state 4-H officers.  Rockingham County 4-Her, Emily Holmes was recognized as the 2016-2017 North Central District 4-H Council Reporter.  She completed a scrapbook for the district of all the events this past year and was awarded 3rd for her project!

The last day our youth participated in a huge Hands to Service community service project, youth prepared packaged meals to feed hungry kids all across the world.  Within just a few short hours, 4-Hers had prepared 80,640 meals!

The 4-Hers attending Congress were Erika Padron, Franco Neal, Emily Holmes, Keynon Settle, Lauren Bivins and Kiersten Dery.  Our Rockingham County 4-H youth represented the county proudly and had a wonderful time.  Thank you to United Way for helping provide 4-H scholarship dollars to these youth for this special trip!

For more information on Rockingham County 4-H contact the 4-H Agent, Morgan Maness at 336-342-8230 or

Rockingham County 4-H News Release  •  August 2, 2017  •  M. Maness




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