County 4-Her wins state gold

Staff report

RALEIGH — A Scotland County 4-H member earned top honors at last month’s statewide 4-H Congress.

Langston Byrd, 18, son of William and Precious Byrd of Laurinburg, won the 14-18-year-old division of the citizenship and community service competition with his presentation about youth involvement in the community, entitled “One by One: We Stand.”

“I did not know how I would do but I knew I had a chance to place,” said Byrd. “I’ve never won gold at state level; I am so excited to have won this year, my last year.”

This year’s 4-H Congress, held from 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.

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 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.

During 4-H Congress, Taylor Davis, daughter of Anya Davis of Laurinburg, was sworn in as the 2015-2016 vice-president of the South Central District. As vice-president, Davis will serve as a liaison between the South Central counties and State Council while attending and participating in State Council meetings to communicate State Council’s plans to District Councils.

She will use her leadership skills to provide leadership for planning and implementing district business. As a liaison, she will keep county 4-H agents informed of any District Council projects and so much more responsibility throughout her term.

4-H encourages leadership and citizenship through hands-on experiences such as presentations, Teen Retreat, State 4-H Council Conference, Youth Summit and much more. For more information about Scotland County 4-H, contact Angela D. Galloway, 4-H Extension Agent at 910-277-2422 or at [email protected]

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