Edgecombe County 4-H’ers Rack Up Honors at State 4-H Congress

— Written By Lesa Walton

Edgecombe County 4-H’ers rack up honors at State 4-H Congress

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Fifteen Edgecombe County 4-H’ers received top honors during the recent State 4-H Congress. This year’s 4-H Congress, held in Raleigh June 21-24, attracted 541 youth and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more.

Allison Lancaster, 16, daughter of J.E. and Melissa Lancaster of Elm City; Michael Parisher, 17, son of Tracy Parisher and Pam Lancaster of Macclesfield; and William Lynn Wollett III, 18, son of William and Susan Wollett of Red Oak 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, June 21.

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 are selected for membership each year. Members must be at least 16 years old and have a minimum of three years 4-H experience.

Lancaster is a junior at Southwest Edgecombe High School and a member of the John Deer Kids 4-H Club. She has been active in the 4-H program for eight years. Parisher is a junior at Southwest High School and a member of the St. Lewis 4-H Club. He has been active in the 4-H program for eight years. Wollett is a junior at Northern Nash High School and a member of the Now Ya Workin 4-H Club. He has been active in the 4-H program for 12 years.

Lancaster also won gold in a contest designed to test 4-H’ers’ knowledge of a variety of subjects. She won the 14- to 18-year-olds division of the egg cookery competition, sponsored by the N.C. Egg Association and the Dinah Gore 4-H Foods and Nutrition Endowment. She will be competing again in the fall at the National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference in Louisville, Kentucky where she will be seeking a National title.

Eight other Edgecombe County 4-H’ers won gold in contests during State Congress.

Corbin Griffin, 16, son of Pat and Melinda Griffin of Red Oak, won the 14- to 18-year-olds division of the horticultural production/marketing competition, sponsored by Southern States Cooperative and Wyatt-Quarles Seed Company. Corbin will represent N.C. at the National Jr. Horticulture Association in Lexington, Kentucky in October where he will compete for a National title.

Evan Hill, 16, and Zach Hill, 15 son of Chris and Jeanie Hill of Tarboro, won the 14- to 18-year-olds division of the safety competition, sponsored by the N.C. 4-H Development Fund.

Trey Lewis, 12, son of Jimmy and Teresa Lewis of Tarboro, won the 11- to 13-year-olds division of the beef char grill competition, sponsored by the N.C. Cattlemen’s Beef Council Inc.

Mary Catherine Mayo, 14, daughter of Danny and Wendy Mayo of Red Oak won the 14-18 division of the livestock and dairy production competition, sponsored by the N.C. Livestock Auction Markets Association, Gary Stott Memorial Fund, N.C. Cattlemen’s Association and N.C. Dairy Youth Foundation.

David Parisher, 15, son of Pam Lancaster and Tracy Parisher of Macclesfield, won the 14- to 18-year-olds division of the turkey char grill competition, sponsored by the N.C. Poultry Federation and N.C. Breeder Hatcher Association. He will be competing again in the fall at the National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference in Louisville, Kentucky where he will be seeking a National title.

Hannah Pilgreen, 16, daughter of Jay and Gina Pilgreen of Whitakers, won the 14- to 18-year-olds division of the landscaping sponsored by Pi Alpha Xi. Hannah will represent N.C. at the National Jr. Horticulture Association in Lexington, Kentucky in October where she will compete for a National title.

Trey West, 15, son of Shannon and Kevin West of Tarboro, won the 14- to 18-year-olds division of the pork char grill competition, sponsored by the N.C. Pork Council.

Ashley Wollett, 15, daughter of William and Susan Wollett, won the 14- to 18-year-olds division of the fruits and vegetables competition, sponsored by Southern States Cooperatives and the Dinah Gore
4-H Foods and Nutrition Endowment. Ashley will represent N.C. at the National Jr. Horticulture Association in Lexington, Kentucky in October where she will compete for a National title.

Four additional 4-H’ers received silver recognition for their performance in the 4-H Presentation Program during Congress, they were: Caroline Mayo, foods & nutrition 9-10; Mackenzie Thompson, peanut foods, 14-18; Tommy Moseley, wheels & engines, 14-18; and Joey Moseley, turkey char grill,
11-13.

Three 4-H’ers received bronze presentation recognition: Kelly Lewis, horse, 9-10; Mary Moseley, dairy foods, 9-10 and Will Wollett, agriculture science, 14-18.

Additional honors bestowed on Edgecombe County during the week included: Tommy Moseley, son of Paul and Regina Moseley received Gold acolytes for his Animal Science Portfolio. John Ronald Walton, son of Johnie and Lesa Walton received the General Hugh Shelton Leadership Scholarship.

And last but not least the Edgecombe Co. 4-H Program was recognized for their endless community service endeavors completed by 4-H’ers and their 4-H clubs this past year. Edgecombe received the state 4-H Community Service Award.

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. More than 227,782 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 20,333 adult and youth volunteers.