Local members attend state 4-H Congress | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | August 18, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: August 16, 2017 at 12:22 pm
Colleton County teens Geneffer Sweatman and Garrett Ulmer were among the nearly 90 4-H members agents and volunteers attending the 55th annual State 4-H Congress at Clemson University July 12 through15.
Two area delegates received the coveted 4-H Presidential Tray, the highest honor a South Carolina 4-H member can receive. Carey Herndon from Bamberg County and Sweatman were announced the winners at the annual 4-H Awards Banquet held at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Sweatman and Herndon served on the State 4-H Council this past year. Herndon served as president and Sweatman served as the state organization’s public relations head.
South Carolina presents four top awards annually including a $1,500 scholarship and a silver tray.
During the event, Ulmer was elected to the State 4-H Council as a Savannah Valley Regional Representative.
The State 4-H Teen Council plans and organizes statewide events such as Junior and Senior Teen Weekend, State 4-H Congress, and assist with statewide events throughout the year.
“Shooting for the Stars,” was the theme for the 2017 State 4-H Congress. Playing off the Hollywood theme, participants engaged in Hollywood Sessions, Service Projects, Movie-themed workshops, and skyped with over 400 Montana 4-H’ers during their State 4-H Congress.
The four-day event closed with the annual Donor Reception and Awards Banquet where, in addition to the presidential tray recipients, outstanding 4-H’ers were selected to represent South Carolina at the National 4-H Congress and National 4-H Conference. The banquet was followed by the Clover Ball, the grand finale of the event.
The 4-H’ers who qualify for State 4-H Congress are senior 4-H members between the ages of 14 and 19 who have demonstrated leadership and participated in county events.
County staff and volunteers accompanied them on campus. The Congress agenda provides participants an opportunity to meet other youth through workshops and activities.
For information about local 4-H opportunities, contact the Colleton Clemson Extension office at 843-543-2595 ext. 128 or firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ColletonHampton.