Ellig Named State 4H Winner
Katherine Ellig and State 4H Program Team Leader, Dr. Pamela Ardern
Growing For The Future…Rooted In The Past was the theme for the 2015 State 4H Congress recently held on the campus of Clemson University. The SC 4H program recognizes youth each year for their outstanding leadership, citizenship, and community services. Katherine Ellig of Kershaw County was honored with this award and named a State 4H Winner. Her award includes a college scholarship and a trip to National 4H Congress in Atlanta, GA. Her scholarship is sponsored by the Clemson University Field Operations Office, and her trip is sponsored by the SC State Fair.
When Katherine was in the 4th grade, she began her 4H experience by joining 4H Horse clubs in Virginia. A couple of years later, she joined a rabbit club. By participating in rabbit shows, she was not discouraged by the unexpected challenges it presented. In her horse club, she began to participate in Hippology contests. Her most significant involvement with 4H was with the Fairfax County, VA 4H Fair. She helped to plan the show, served on the barn decorating committee as the Superintendent for check-in and check-out.
The next year, in the 7th grade, she continued to serve on the fair board. At 14 years old, she was elected a Fair Queen. She moved to SC, her first project was the Small Garden Project. She won first place at the county level. Though her main 4H focus has been in the horse project, Katherine branched out into the Pullet Chain, Healthy Lifestyles, and Personal Development projects. She was elected as a 4H Ambassador and became involved in the 4H Health Rocks! Program. She used her leadership skills to form the county’s 4H Rabbit Club. She represented Kershaw County at the 4H Legislative Day and attended State 4H Congress and Senior Teen Weekend.
Her most significant achievement is winning second place at the State 4H Hippology competition. Since then, Katherine has been studying intensely for the Southern Regional competition and hopes to earn a place on the National Horse Bowl Team.
Katherine is the daughter of Jerry and Sandy Ellig of Kershaw County, and she is a member of the West Wateree Ropes and Reins Horse club.
Goff Wins National Trip
Sidney Goff and State 4H Program Team Leader, Dr. Pamela Ardern
National 4-H Conference is the pinnacle experience in 4-H Citizenship, providing the opportunity for young people to connect, learn, engage, lead and impact their communities, their nation and their world. Sidney Goff received this award during the State 4H Congress banquet at Clemson University.
The delegates choose an important societal topic and in round table groups prepare a briefing. During the conference, the groups present their briefing to federal officials around the Washington, D.C. area.
Goff was selected for this national trip based on her 4H portfolio, resume, and an interview. She and three other 4Hers will represent SC at this national conference.
She is the daughter of Dale and Stacy Goff of Elgin and is a member of the West Wateree Ropes and Reins Horse club. Sidney will be a student at the Savannah School of Art and Design in the fall.
Morgan Smerdell and Sara Beth Napper place wreaths at the Fort Jackson Cemetery.
2014 4H winners pose with Camden Mayor Tony Scully, 4H Agent Deon Legette, State Representative Laurie Funderburke, State Senator Vincent Sheheen and Mr. Wayne Belger during the 4H awards program.
Students in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades recently participated in a 4H Gardening Project at Midway Elementary School. They learned about seeds, how they grow, insects, composting, and planting various flowers. Jackie Jordan, Horticulture Agent, Master Gardeners and other volunteers were instrumental in assisting the students in beautifying the school yard on Earth Day.
4H Healthy Lifestyles Emphasized At Midway Elementary
Six 4H clubs were organized at Midway Elementary School. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders completed the 4H Healthy Lifestyles program. This exciting national 4H program, sponsored by Walmart, encourages young people to develop and maintain healthy and active lifestyles. The project emphasized healthy eating and active living for youth ages 8 and above. The six hands-on, interactive lessons with food samples and games were taught by County Extension Agent Deon Legette, 4H volunteer, Mrs. Doris McGougan, and 4H teen ambassador, Sidney Goff. Topics included Limit Sugary Drinks, Eat More Fruits/Vegetables, Reading Food Labels, Eat More Whole Grains, Eat Healthier Fast Food, and Power Up Your Breakfast. Students received weekly newsletters with a summary of the day’s lesson and recipes. The youth were also able to sample healthy snacks after each session.