4-H Congress 2023!
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NC 4-H Congress – 2023
Following State presentation finals on Saturday, July 22, youth who are 13-18 years who have completed leadership and/or public speaking projects can stay on NC State University Campus for the remainder of 4-H Congress! Henderson County had 11 4-H’ers represented at Congress, all excited for the opportunities to come!
State 4-H Congress is the largest annual conference for 4-H youth to attend! Some highlights of the week are:
- 4-H Presentation State Finals!
- Electing new State 4-H Officers!
- Induction of the new district officers!
- Honor Club Tapping!
- Participating in awesome workshops!
- Meeting new friends!
- Hearing from engaging speakers!
- 4-H Entertains!
- Participating in the Candle-lighting Ceremony!
- Giving to others through Hands to Service Project!
The week begins on Saturday with our 4-H Presentations finals on campus and ends with an opening ceremony, the official kick-off to 4-H Congress, and Honor Club Tapping! Emma Barber is Henderson County’s newest inductee to 4-H Honor Club and we could not be more proud! Emma also ran a great campaign to become a State 4-H Officer!
Following Honor Club tapping and State officer campaign speeches it is back to the dorms where our 4-H Congress delegates stay and get a taste of college life.
Sunday is packed full of workshops! These workshops vary in topic to appeal to various interests and introduce youth to opportunities outside of their comfort zones. For example, public speaking – “Share Your Story” at first was seen as nerve-wracking with rumbles of “I don’t want to public speak..” but by the end of the day it was deemed the favorite workshop by our Henderson County 4-H’ers on Sunday!
Monday and Tuesday of Congress were full days as well with more workshops, a keynote motivational speaker, a tour of the College of Textiles, and our Hands to Service project! This year our Hands to Service was a partnership between 4-H and Hooked on Books!
Henderson County is so proud and thankful for our 4-H’ers, volunteers, parents, and supporters who help make 4-H Congress a reality for our 4-H’ers! We are already looking forward to next year’s annual Congress!