Local earns first place in state 4-H contest

Staff report

October 30, 2013

LAURINBURG — A young Laurinburg resident has won first-place in a state 4-H competition.

Chancellor Byrd, a Scotland County 4-H Junior I, has been involved in the organization since the age of 5, participating year-round and as a member of the Local Care Crew 4-H club. He has volunteered at various community events and worked to develop his public speaking and presentation skills.

In April 2013, Byrd competed at the county level in the Egg Cookery category, earning first place and 4-H bucks to apply to 4-H events or merchandise.

A month later, he improved his presentation to compete against youth representing 19 counties within the South Central District. There, Byrd won gold to advance to the state competition in Raleigh. Emerging as a two-time victor, he won first place at the State level, earning a gold medallion and $50 cash.

“I’m psyched because last year I didn’t win and I came back and won,” Byrd said, adding that during this year’s presentation, he included “extra poster boards and information and was more excited.”

On March 25, Byrd will have an opportunity to compete at the county level during County Activity Day, which hosts several categories in the areas of presentations, public speaking, and entertains — performing talents including but not limited to singing or dancing.

Those interested in sharing a talent or skill, or for information on how to develop skills in the 4-H program, should contact Angela D. Galloway, 4-H Extension Agent at 910-277-2422.