Athens Review, Athens, Texas

July 30, 2013

Henderson County 4-H youth have a busy summer

Special to the Review
The Athens Review

HENDERSON COUNTY — Members of Henderson County 4-H have spent June and July representing our county in many local, state, and national events. These youth have worked diligently on their projects and skills to qualify for these events. We adult members and leaders of 4-H are very proud of these kids and their hard work.

4-H State Roundup was held in June at Texas A&M University. Youth from all over the state of Texas represented their respective districts to compete in many project areas. Henderson County was well represented by area youth. We had a small delegation, but they competed with vigor, intelligence, and first-rate character in their respective project contests.

Local archer Noah Newman qualified to represent Texas along with other state team members at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational in Grand Island, Nebraska. Noah and the other team members took first place over all with their combined scores and brought the National 4-H Shooting Sports trophy home to Texas.

Senior 4-H member Brandon Adair attended District 5 Leadership Lab during the month of June, as well. This is one of the many camps and leadership training opportunities offered by 4-H Youth and Development to enable youth to learn and hone leadership skills that will help them succeed in future college and career aspirations while learning to lead their peers in the present.

The District 5 4-H Horseshow was held in Henderson County this summer. Riders and horses from all over our East Texas district came to Athens to compete in rodeo-style riding events. Henderson County has a great team, which includes members of the East Texas Young Riders Association.

July brought the State 4-H Shooting Sports Games in San Antonio, Texas. Our local Henderson County Outdoor Shooting Sports Club and Shotgun team attended in force with their dedicated volunteer coaches. These youth practice very hard all year long and did very well at the state games bringing home numerous individual and team medals, plaques, and awards.

Finally, our local youth produced 4-H Record Books for competition. These books are a formal record and report of each individuals work and learning experiences for the year and a cumulative record of their 4-H membership. Our local youth did an outstanding job and earned 15 first place awards during the district judging over a broad range of project categories.

   Henderson County 4-H youth have had a great year and a winning summer! Just last week we received the District 5 Sweepstakes Award trophy for the most participation in district events of any county in our East Texas area.

   If you would like to join us in 4-H or learn more about this great United Way sponsored youth-centered organization please contact the AgriLife Extension Office at 903-675-6130 or check us out on facebook at Henderson County 4-H.