S.C. 4-H’er wins national essay contest

By Margie Sippel

Helen CoatsTen-year-old Helen Coats of Rock Hill won first place in the national 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest. Her essay was chosen from among 27 state-winning entries from across the United States. 

The assigned topic was "The Dance Language of Honey Bees." The contest was sponsored by the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees to teach participants how the bees' dance language enables them to find food while they pollinate agricultural crops.

In South Carolina, bees pollinate apple, cantaloupe, cucumber, squash and watermelon crops worth an estimated $24 million. Malcolm Rainey, Clemson extension 4-H agriculture specialist, coordinated the essays for the state.


For information: Margie Sippel, 803-684-9919 ext. 113, msippel@clemson.edu