Staying involved in 4-h throughout high school lifestyles rheaheraldnews.com national gas average 2012

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Is 4-H still available during high school? The answer is Yes! There are many opportunities for our junior high and high school youth to be a part of. 4-H youth in middle school and high school can participate in judging teams, show livestock and serve in a leadership role during events and activities that occur throughout the year. Middle school and high school youth can help at county contests, during Celebrate the Earth for fourth and fifth-grade and Career Day for seventh-grade. High school youth can serve as teen leaders during our Junior 4-H Camp. They can also serve in a service learning capacity and help out during Relay for Life and or the Rhea County Fair.

We are currently preparing for our spring contests of wildlife judging and horse judging. In the fall, we will have livestock judging, outdoor meat cookery and life skills judging. What is the benefit of judging teams? Learn a new skill and build leadership, decision-making and team work skills. On the senior high level, 4-Hers have an opportunity to excel on the region and state level in the hopes of participating on the national level. The other benefit is it looks great on college scholarship applications! Being involved in 4-H allows you to build friendships that last a lifetime, gives you opportunities to travel and builds life skills.

4-H members in sixth through ninth-grade can complete their Honor Club application which is based on their participation in 4-H and must receive 200 points. In high school, 4-H members can attend All-Star Conference and become an All-Star member which focuses on service. Juniors and seniors who are active can attend State 4-H Round-up and be recognized by their 4-H agent and receive top honors of Vol State.

Randy Reed and Condra Lea Carter attended the conference. Throughout the conference they wrote letters to military families and cleaned up a local park as part of their service project. Abi, Josh, Jason, John and Brittany were also initiated as 4-H All-Star members.

On Feb. 1, Condra Lea Carter represented Rhea County as the tenth-grade public speaker at the Eastern Region Public Speaking Contest. She competed against 12 other individuals in prepared and extemporaneous speech. Carter received second-place in her grade level.

During the Spring Conference in March, Condra Lea Carter and Randy Reed represented Rhea County at the Clyde York 4-H Center. Reed and Carter were a part of 60 other 4-H members who attended conference. Throughout the conference they made awards for judging teams, cleaned up around the 4-H camp, stuffed Easter eggs for the Operation Military Kids Easter Egg Hunt and much more. During the Spring Conference, 4-H members have an opportunity to run for All Star Council. Carter was selected to be the Eastern Region At Large Scout.

So, now, you might ask, “How can I become more involved?” You can become more involved by contacting the UT Extension Office at 775-7807 or stop by the office which is located in Dayton behind the courthouse. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.