4-H Congress

The Saluda 4-H delegation that attended State 4-H Congress was (L to R) Connie Lake, County Extension Agent, Carrie Trotter, Andrew Owens, MacKenzie Riley, Leason Horse, Samantha Nichols, Sarah Shore, T. J. Price, Lindsey Scott, Grey Riley, Anna Joyce Rodgers and Lisa Scott.  Also attending was Ashley Owens (not pictured)

Saluda County Represented
at State 4-H Congress

  South Carolina State 4-H Congress was held July 12-15 on the beautiful Clemson University campus.  The theme for this year is “Shooting for the Stars” that included workshops presented by Clemson University Professors and County Extension Agent from around the state.  We also had the opportunity to hear motivational speaker, Kirby Player from the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences. 
  Highlights of Congress included the four service projects – Care Bears for foster children, Free Rice for World Hunger, Hygiene Packets for Homeless and inspirational pictures for Clemson Downs Nursing Center. Workshops included 4-H Jeopardy, Breeding Sea Urchins, Swing Dancing, Swine Antimony, Crime Scene Investigation.
  During the State 4-H Banquet, outstanding 4-H’ers were honored.  State winners in 4-H were announced and each will receive a trip to National 4-H Congress this fall.  Upon their return, each winner will receive a $500 scholarship.   Two Saluda 4-H members will join others from across the state to participate in congress in Atlanta.  They will be among over 1300 4-H member from across the nation.
  Sarah Shore and Lindsey Scott were named a State 4-H Winner.  Sarah participated in the 4-H beef project where she raises a herd of Angus cattle and shows at local and state fairs. She also judges in the Dairy and Livestock Competitions.  She plans to attend Clemson and major in Animal Science and continue her education at the University of Georgia.  Sarah says 4-H has made a huge impact in her life.  Additionally 4-H has helped her to become a better leader and to realize that it is important to be active in her community and to serve others.  Sarah’s scholarship is sponsored by the South Carolina Association of County Agricultural Agents and her trip is sponsored by the South Carolina State Fair. 
  Lindsey participates in 4-H Healthy Lifestyles, beef and leadership.  She will serve as the 2016-2017 State 4—H Council President.  Her career goal is to become a cattle geneticist.  4-H opened her eyes to this career.  According to Lindsey, 4-H has affected her a lot as a person and has helped her learn more social skills, more comprehensive skills and taught her how to speak in front of a judge. Her scholarship is sponsored by the South Carolina Family and Community Leaders Organization and her trip is sponsored by ArborOne Farm Credit. 
  In the spring, four 4-H members will represent South Carolina at National 4-H Conference in Washington, DC.  Saluda County 4-H member, Sarah Shore and Lindsey Scott also received this honor.  Upon their return, each will receive a $500 scholarship.
  South Carolina’s highest award is the 4-H Presidential Tray winner.  Also with this honor comes a $1500 scholarship. MacKenzie Riley was named one of four youth to receive this honor.  Mackenzie is the daughter of Buck and Beverley Riley.  She is a life-long 4-H member who participated in the 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Project.  She has represented South Carolina at three national conferences and competitions including the Youth Choice- Youth Voice Conference, National 4-H Congress and the Great American Seafood Cook-off – 4-H Edition.  The top 10 youth after resume and portfolio judging compete in the interview competition.  Carrie Trotter received the opportunity to interview for this high honor. 
  Additionally, Laken Fulmer and Allie Trotter received blue ribbons for their portfolio entries. Also, a red ribbon was presented to Makayla Porter. Others attending State 4-H Congress representing Saluda County were Leason Horne, Samantha Nichols, Andrew Owens, T. J. Price, Grey Riley and Anna Joyce Rodgers.

Teachers Participate
In Literacy Institute

  Twenty-five teachers and administrators participated in the Summer Literacy Institute at Saluda County Schools, facilitated by Dr. Abbey Duggins, Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
  The Literacy Institute focused on the components of balanced literacy, a teaching framework which includes: small-group guided reading, whole-class shared reading, word work, read alouds, literacy centers, and shared writing.  “The components of balanced literacy work together to create a strong foundation of literacy skills for our students,” stated Dr. Duggins. 
  Just as the name implies, balanced literacy instruction strikes a balance between both whole language and phonics.  The strongest elements of each are incorporated into a literacy program that aims to guide students toward proficient and lifelong reading. In a balanced literacy program, students see reading and writing modeled, share in the reading and writing with the teacher, are coached, practice independently, and are actively engaged in word study.
  Balanced literacy is not a new instructional approach. One of the primary goals of the Summer Literacy Institute was to support teachers who are new to Saluda County Schools in developing their understanding of what literacy instruction looks like in our schools. Kristan Mitchell and Lori Koon, new second grade teachers at Saluda Primary School, along with Kim O’Dell, who will be teaching first grade, shared that while they were familiar with this teaching approach, the Literacy Institute provided them a chance to dig deeper into the district’s pacing guides and work with colleagues to determine ways to engage students and use literacy assessments to meet their students’ individual reading needs. The teachers were excited about the coming school year and said, “We just want our students to feel passionate about reading.”