Congratulations 4-H Application, Resume, Interview Essay Contest Winners!

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Jordan Jakubielski

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Reagan Gage

In 2018, Regan Gage and Jordan Jakubielski submitted applications, resumes, and essays, and practiced interviewing with several local Human Resource Officers, and a 4-H volunteer. At 4-H Congress, they interviewed with judges. Their overall scores for all parts of the competition won them both a trip to National 4-H Congress in Atlanta in November.

ARIE is a state level competition, as well as a wonderful way to practice and prepare for college and job interviews, applications, resumes, and essays. Active 4-H’ers who are 11 and older (age determined as of January 1 of the current program year) are invited to participate in the ARIE program. For ages, 11-13, the process is just practice. Youth in this age group submit a simple application and take part in the interview. Youth ages 14 and up take part in the competition.

This program prepares youth for real-world experiences in completing applications and submitting resumes for jobs, intern positions or college, and participating in scholarship, college and job interviews. The program is used to select the delegates to attend national level 4-H program including:

To participate, youth submit an application, resume and essay to N.C. Cooperative Extension, Henderson County Center, early in May. The overall score is determined by:  interview (50%), resume (30%), and essay (20%). Selected youth are then invited to participate in interviews during North Carolina 4-H Congress held in July. Youth who earn the top scores overall are selected to represent North Carolina 4-H at the events mentioned above. Young people may only attend each national event once in their 4-H career.

Jordan Jakubielski says, “National Congress was a blast! The North Carolina Delegation was 19 strong and we all developed strong friendships with each other. We had the opportunity to attend three workshops, four inspirational speakers, one fantastic service project, and two wonderful dances. The event was pleasantly similar and familiar to NC State 4-H Congress, and I cannot recommend this trip more highly.”

From Reagan Gage:  “2018 National 4-H Congress was really exciting and enjoyable! My favorite part might have been International Night, which involved eating all different kinds of food in a room extravagantly decorated like different countries, and later on, dancing. Another part I liked was getting to meet so many people and learning about different states. Getting to ride in a plane for the first time and taste my first Coke were also trip highlights. I learned to overcome my fears (for example a fear of going high in glass elevators) and I enjoyed all the opportunities available to try new things. Overall, it was a really fun trip and I’m glad I was chosen to attend.”