Participants from 4-H groups in 20 counties gathered in Yadkinville on Saturday for the North Central District Activity Day. Children, teens and young adults from Alamance, Alleghany, Ashe, Caswell, Chatham, Davison, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Vance, Wilkes and Yadkin counties presented in a variety of categories.
“The event here today entails a whole bunch of 4-H’ers from many different age categories coming in and presenting different kinds of presentations,” explained district President Kayla Colglazier. “They can have PowerPoint, they can have boards, they can even do activities like singing or dancing on stage.”
Presentation categories included everything from agriculture science to arts, foods, forestry, fashion and more.
There were a total of 396 attendees at Yadkinville Elementary School for the event, said Yadkin County 4-H Coordinator Melissa Staebner.
County Manager Lisa Hughes and Yadkin County Commissioner David Moxley addressed the 4-H students and encouraged them to continue to be involved in 4-H activities and presentations as it will help them develop life skills that will aid them in the future.
Colglazier, who has been involved with 4-H practically since birth, said 4-H is all about teaching youth to never give up and to be well prepared for any project they take on.
Moriah Boggess, district reporter, said public speaking and leadership were two of the things he has learned from participating in 4-H.
Both Boggess and Colglazier are now in college, but have continued to participate in 4-H. Colglazier said a number of children drop out of the program after elementary school, but she encouraged them to continue to participate as it gives students a great many learning opportunities which will benefit them in the future.
Ten Yadkin County 4-H’ers gave presentations at the event, two participated in 4-H entertains and one in the district fashion revue. Yadkin students brought home two gold, three bronze in presentations, one blue in the 4-H entertains and the winner in the senior division of the fashion revue.
Layken Doub took home gold in horticulture production. Leslie Hernandez claimed gold in agriculture science. Leah Thomas was the first place senior in the fashion revue. Gabby Sixtos won a blue ribbon in 4-H entertains. Claiming bronze medals were Jasmine Alvarez in foods and nutrition, Annayelli Gomez in science and technology, and Yair Castellanos in open category.
Winners from Saturday’s event will go on to compete at the state level in July which then kicks off the week long 4-H state congress.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.