Bladen 4-H’ers Attend State Congress

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A Bladen County 4-H’er recently gave his farewell speech ending a successful term as the NC State 4-H Reporter. Luke Hill, son of Randy and Kelly Hill of Elizabethtown, delivered an amazing speech to the more than 500 4H’ers, volunteer leaders, and North Carolina Cooperative Extension agents that recently attended 4-H Congress.

 Congress is the high point of the 4-H year, bringing young people from across the state to the North Carolina State University campus for four days of activity. Three Bladen County youth were among 4-H’ers in attendance at the recent 2013 State 4-H Congress, held June 22-25 in Raleigh.

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Bladen County 4-H’ers who attended 4-H Congress are pictured left to right Luke Hill; Alexandra Evans, daughter of Brad and Kelly Evans; and Jacob Sprouse, son of Dustin and Kimberlee Sprouse. Bladen County 4-H agent, Stacie Kinlaw is shown to the right.

Bladen’s delegates attended Citizenship workshops and learned about how to have a voice even when they are too young to vote and on the last day of Congress, our youth visited the NC General Assembly. Representatives William Brisson and Ken Waddell along with Senator Bill Rabon took time out of their busy schedules at the state legislature to visit with our youth delegates. Our group is shown below visiting with Representative William Brisson and then with Representative Ken Waddell.

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Youth delegates also participated in several service projects through a Hands to Service session at Congress. Some bears were stuffed for future campers at Victory Junction and then other Congress members helped draw and cut material to send to an organization called Sole Hope. The materials will be sewed together to provide shoes for needy children and families in Africa. You can check out this need service organization at .

The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 235,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 18 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year, with the help of 21,500 adult and youth volunteers.

To learn more about becoming involved in the program contact Stacie Kinlaw, Extension 4-H Agent, at stacie_kinlaw You can also call the Cooperative Extension office at 910-862-4591.