2018 4-H Congress


Local 4-Her’s Excel At 4-H Congress

  South Carolina State 4-H Congress was held July 11-14 on the beautiful Clemson University campus. 
  The theme for this year is “Under the Big Top” that included workshops presented by Clemson University Professors, County Extension Agents, 4-H Teen Leaders, and farmers from around the state. We also had the opportunity to hear two motivational speakers, Hoan Do and Kirby Player. Hoan Do is a motivational speaker that has earned the Verizon Wireless Motivator Award and competed on the American Ninja Warrior. Kirby Player, from the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences, spoke to us about the capstones of success.
   Highlights of Congress included the service projects creating dog toys for foster animals and educational workshops. The educational sessions included Shooting Sports, Livestock, Horse, Food and Nutrition, STEM Hike, Leadership, and Performing Project workshops, and Mini Sessions on Resume Building, Interview Preparation, and Civility.
  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. Three Saluda 4-H members will join others from across the state to participate in National 4-H Congress in Atlanta. They will join over 1,300 4-H members from across the nation.
  Laken Fulmer, Cordell Rush, and Allie Trotter were named a State 4-H Winner. Laken Fulmer started 4-H at the age of six years old with her mother wanting her to learn how to cook, so she enrolled Laken in Saluda’s Kids in the Kitchen cooking class. Since then, she has done many other 4-H programs, such as sewing, shooting sports, and robotics. Her main focus in 4-H is with food and nutrition projects, such as competing in the Healthy Lifestyles Competition and winning the National Seafood Cookoff competition in 2018! Laken is very active in leadership roles within 4-H helping children gain cooking and nutrition skills. Laken’s scholarship is sponsored by the South Carolina Family and Community Leaders Organization and her National 4-H Congress trip is sponsored by ArborOne Farm Credit.
Cordell Rush joined 4-H cloverleaf club at the age of five and has embraced new opportunities in 4-H ever since. He participated in many programs and events through the years such as etiquette, Kids in the Kitchen, robotics, woodworking, shooting sports, dog club, horse club, and Legislative Day at the Capitol. Cordell has even had the honor of being a part of the 4-H Dairy Judging Team that will compete at nationals. He has volunteered at many Saluda county 4-H events helping with teaching robotics in elementary schools and Kids in the Kitchen programs. Cordell’s scholarship is sponsored by South Carolina Association of County Agricultural Agents and his National 4-H Congress trip is sponsored by South Carolina State Fair.
  Allie Trotter joined the Lucky Charms 4-H Club in 2007 and has been involved with 4-H ever since. In her second 4-H year, Allie enrolled in the poultry project and has continued to enroll in the project since then. She believes that the responsibility she took on at a young age in this project shaped the person she is now. Allie actively participates in the Healthy Lifestyles competitions with her team advancing to the 2018 Great American Seafood Cook-off 4-H edition in New Orleans. She has also expanded her interest to Dairy Judging and earning the chance to attend the National Dairy Judging competition. Allie’s scholarship is sponsored by Vern and John Wesley Ulmer and her National 4-H Congress trip is sponsored by South Carolina 4-H Fund. 
  In the spring, four 4-H members will represent South Carolina at National 4-H Conference in Washington, DC.  Saluda County 4-H member, Allie Trotter also received this honor. Upon their return, each will receive a $500 scholarship. Additionally, Allie Trotter was elected to the South Carolina 4-H Midlands Representative.
  South Carolina’s highest award is the 4-H Presidential Tray winner. This honor comes with a $1,500 scholarship. This year we had three Saluda County 4-Hers received this prestigious honor of the four given. The first, Lindsay Scott, started 4-H at an early age as the president of the Lexington County 4-H Club and is currently a part of Saluda 4-H. She has represented South Carolina as the 2016-17 4-H State Teen Council President, in the National Livestock Judging, National Dairy Judging, Citizenship Washington Focus Presidential Inauguration, Southern Regional Teen Leadership Conference, National Healthy Living Summit, National 4-H Congress, and National 4-H Conference. Lindsay and her Healthy Lifestyles team will be competing in the 2018 Great American Seafood Cook-off 4-H edition. Lindsey graduated from Gilbert High School in the top 10% of her class. She will be attending Clemson University in the fall to pursue her career goal of becoming a nurse anesthetist.
  The second Presidential Tray winner is Sarah Shore that has a member in 4-H for nine years. She has participated in the beef project raising a herd of Angus cattle and participating in shows at local and state fairs. She has also been involved with the Livestock Judging Club, Dairy Judging Club, Poultry Project, and Healthy Lifestyles. Sarah has represented South Carolina at the National 4-H Congress and National 4-H Conference. Sarah has graduated from Saluda High School and plans to attend Clemson majoring in Animal Science and continue her education at the University of Georgia.
  The third Presidential Tray winner is Carrie Trotter. Carrie Trotter joined Saluda County 4-H at the age of five. Her 4-H projects included the Poultry Project and Healthy Lifestyles Project. Along with her project experience Carrie has been involved volunteering in the local 4-H clubs and special programs as a teen leader as well as in the community with nutrition programs for local senior centers. During her 4-H career Carrie has represented South Carolina on the State and National Level. She has competed at the Great American Seafood Cook-off 4-H Edition in New Orleans, where her team placed 3rd; she was selected as a delegate to attend the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living in Washington, DC; she represented South Carolina at the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, GA; and most recently was selected as one of four college students selected from across the nation to facilitate the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living in Washington, DC.  Carrie credits her 4-H experiences with teaching her many valuable skills and helping to prepare her for her future.  She looks forward to continuing her involvement with 4-H as a volunteer and sharing all that she has learned with others.
  Additionally, Tabitha Swygert received an award for Small Garden Project for Midlands Region and Helen Johnson gained High Overall Intermediate Ladies in the Shooting Sports Program. Laken Fulmer, Allie Trotter, and Lindsey Scott received awards for being a South Carolina delegate at the Healthy Living Summit. Carrie Trotter received an award for being a workshop facilitator for the Healthy Living Summit. Ethan Altman and Ashton Hallman received honors for being the 2017 South Carolina Forestry Team member, and Samuel Barstow received honors for being a Forestry Program 2018 South Carolina Team Qualifier. Carrie Trotter, Allie Trotter, Lindsey Scott, Cordell Rush, and Sarah Shore received blue ribbons for their portfolio entries. Makayla Porter received a red ribbon award for her portfolio. Blake Scott also attended State 4-H Congress representing Saluda County.