Moore County 4-H Members Compete in State Presentation & Attend 4-H Congress

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4-H Presentation Winners

Clockwise from top; Macy Baker, Sarah Baker, Isla Riggsbee

Moore County 4-H’ers competed in the 4-H State Presentation Finals on July 22nd. This event was hosted on the campus of NC State University. 4-H Presentations are a significant part of North Carolina 4-H. It is one of the most successful ways to help a young person gain public speaking skills. Speeches entail members teaching others what they know about a particular project/subject matter.

Three Moore County 4-H’ers excelled in their presentations at the finals. Macy Baker, 9, won 3rd place Bronze in the Fruits and Vegetable Use Category for the 8–10-year-old age division with her presentation entitled “Macy’s Charcuterie Board.” Sarah Baker, 16, won 1st place Gold in the Fruits and Vegetable Use Category for the 14-18 age division with her presentation making a lavender peach smoothie using ingredients from Moore County farms, the Lazy Fox Lavender Farm in Cameron, and Highlander Farm in Carthage. Isla Riggsbee, 13, won 3rd place Bronze in the Poultry category for the 11-13 age division with her presentation entitled “How Covid, the Avian Flu, and the Price of Eggs Made People Go Crazy about Chickens.” Both Macy and Isla were 1st time presentation participants this year. All three Moore County 4-H participants had qualified for state presentations by previously presenting at 4-H District Activity Day and winning first place in their respective categories. District Activity Day was held this year in Rowan County on June 17th, 2023.

Following the 4-H State Presentation Finals, 4-H members, Sarah Baker and Emily Carson, represented Moore County at NC 4-H Congress, which was held in Raleigh on NC State University’s Campus. This year’s 4-H Congress, held July 22-25, attracted more than 400 youth and adults representing 4-H programs across the state. During the 4-day event county delegates participated in general sessions, educational workshops, community service projects, attended an award ceremony for the 4-H State Presentation winners, and elected State 4-H Officers for the upcoming year. Sarah Baker represented Moore County as the outgoing 2022-2023 South Central District 4-H Member Engagement Officer, and Emily Carson represented Moore County as the outgoing 2022-2023 South Central District 4-H Vice President. During the event Sarah and Emily taught a workshop for 4-H delegates statewide educating youth about NC native plants and their importance to the NC ecosystem. On the final day of NC 4-H Congress delegates participated in the “Hooked on Books” community service project. Here youth selected donated books they wanted to share with youth in their home counties. Participants put in book plates in selected books with encouraging messages, decorated bookmarks to place in each book, and then distributed them to Moore County youth.