picture of Healthy Lifestyles Senior Team !st place winner 2013

Pictured (left to right): Sidney Goff, Sara Beth Napper, and Morgan Smerdell

Regional 4H Competition Winners

The Kershaw County 4H Healthy Lifestyles Senior team won the 1st place award  at the Regional  4-H Healthy Lifestyles competition held on August 6 in Chester, SC.  The competition  is modeled after such challenges  as the Food Network’s “Iron Chef”, where youth must create an unannounced  healthy dish from a prepared recipe.  Team members had to prepare their dish, make an oral presentation, interpret a food label, plan a menu that included  the prepared dish, and create a fitness plan.  The challenge also allowed the 4Hers to demonstrate their culinary and food safety skills to the judges.

 The team will advance to the State 4H Healthy Lifestyles competition in October at the SC State Fair.  The contest is sponsored by SC 4H, Zest Quest, and United Health Care. 



Volunteer Award Wayne Belger

Pictured (left to right) Dr. Steve Meadows and Wayne BelgerDr. Steven Meadows (left) of Clemson Extension Field Operations presents Wayne Belger (right) with the Outstanding 4H Volunteer Award.

Belger Receives State Outstanding 4H Volunteer Award

Each year, Clemson  Extension Service recognizes three outstanding individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the 4H youth program in SC with  the Glen Krohn Outstanding  4H Volunteer Award.  Mr. Wayne Belger of Boykin recently received one of the awards at Clemson University.

 Belger began his volunteer service with the Kershaw County 4-H program in 2006  with the 4H Wildlife FACE project.  Before then, he always had an interest in youth programs, specifically related to agriculture.

 Many of the youth that Belger has worked with have a record of many outstanding accomplishments and  credit some of their successes to their involvement with him and activities on his farm.   Two county 4Hers recently have won state awards with the  4H Wildlife FACE  (food and cover establishment project)—2011-1st place Senior, 2nd place Junior and 2012—3rd place Senior.  As a result of  Belger’s hard work, dedication, and love for youth, the interest in the project increased by 75%.  The project encourages youth to plant seed to attract wildlife in various parts of the county.  Tours of Belger Farms for hundreds of youth have also been a part of the volunteer work provided over  the years.

In addition to being a 4H volunteer, Mr. Belger has been an active member of the Kershaw County Extension Advisory Committee.   He constantly seeks ways to increase funding for the Extension fund, specifically for 4H and agriculture programs. 



Kayleigh Gates at RegionalsHannah Gates


Kayleigh Gates places at RegionalsHannah Gates at Regionals

Kayleigh Gates and Hannah Gates  competed in Louisiana against 4-H members from all over the Southeast which included competitors from 11 States. 

      In order to make it to the Regional Horse Show, the girls had to first qualify at the State 4-H Horse Show which was held in Clemson, South Carolina .  Kayleigh qualified on owner Karen Hatfield’s Fuerst Strike by winning the Dressage Champion for winning first in Training Level Test One and winning second in Training Level Test Three.  The pair also won second in the Senior Hunt Seat Equitation and fourth in Senior Equitation over fences . Hannah qualified on her own Butterscotch by placing in the Top Ten in Junior Hunt Seat Showmanship, Fourth place in the Hunter Type Mares, First place in the Pony Working Hunter Under Saddle and she received an honorable mention in the Junior Hunt Seat Equitation.  

      The Regional Championships were held 29 July – 3 August 2013 at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, Louisiana.  The top 50 competitors from each state are invited to compete in a variety of events including Dressage, Western, Hunters, Saddle Seat and Speed Events.  This event also hosts the educational events of Hippology, Horse Judging, and Communications.