Hoke County 4-H’ers honored at State 4-H Congress

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Two Hoke County 4-H’ers were inducted into the 4-H Honor Club at the recent State 4-H Congress. This year’s 4-H Congress, held in Raleigh July 18-21, attracted 518 young people and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more.

Abigail Clark, age 16, daughter of Aric and Angie Clark of Raeford, and Drayton Hancock, age 18, son of Jim and Krista Hancock of Stedman, were inducted into the 4-H Honor Club, one of the highest honors a 4-H’er can achieve. New Honor Club members were tapped during a candlelight ceremony Saturday night, July 18th.

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Membership in the Honor Club is based on service to the 4-H program, leadership, moral standards, 4-H activities and project achievement. Less than one-half of 1 percent of North Carolina 4-H’ers is selected for membership each year. Members must be at least 16 years old and have a minimum of three years 4-H experience.

Clark has been active in the 4-H program for 10 years, and Hancock has been active in 4-H for 12 years.

Another highlight for Hoke County on Saturday, July 18th, Alora and Lianna Edwards, daughters of Phillip and Linda Edwards, competed at State Presentations. Lianna won silver in Poultry Production and Alora participated in Fisheries & Aquatic Resources.

The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State Universities. Mor
e than 232,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 20,563 adult and youth volunteers.