Rowan County 4-H Success

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4-H offers youth many opportunities to explore their interests and compete in various events. Recently, Rowan County 4-H’ers have competed in 4-H project record books and 4-H presentations.

District Activity Day participants

Rowan County 4-H’ers competed in District Activity Day on June 19, 2018 in Harnett County. Top row: Chrisitan Stebe, Jaysa Causby, Holly Wallace. Bottom row: Kailey Newsome, Sara Blandino.

Project Record Books

Project record books is an area of 4-H competition where youth pick a project topic and keep records of their work associated with that topic. There are 9 categories that youth may choose from for project record book competition, many of which are agriculturally related. The records submitted as part of the record book include 4-H involvement, activities associated with the project topic, leadership, citizenship and community service involvement, awards and recognition received, and photos and supporting materials. The following Rowan County 4-H’ers received district level awards for their project record books:

Gold medal

Sara Blandino, Age 9-10, Category: Plant Science
Madisyn White, Age 9-10, Category: Citizenship & Civic Education

Silver medal

Christian Stebe, Age 11-12, Topic: Personal Development & Leadership

Bronze medal

Christian Stebe, Age 11-12, Topic: Environmental Science
Madisyn White, Age 9-10, Topic: Animal Science

4-H Presentations

4-H presentations allow 4-H’ers to explore a topic of interest and create a presentation on the topic, which will be presented to judges. These presentations allow youth to practice their public speaking skills. Youth can use props, displays, posters, or PowerPoint to aid in their presentation. There are over 30 presentation categories that a 4-H’er can choose from. These categories range from horticulture, agricultural science and livestock to cooking, health/fitness, and arts and communication. Youth are divided into age brackets for competition and only compete against those in the same category.

County Activity Day was held in April at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Rowan County Center. The winners from that event qualified for the South Central 4-H District Activity Day, held on June 19, 2018, in Harnett County. The following Rowan County 4-H’ers competed at District Activity Day:

Gold medal

Jaysa Causby, Age 11-13, Category: Agriculture Science (crops), Topic: Evolving Agriculture
Holly Wallace, Age 14-18, Category: Open, Topic: Walt Disney Goes East

Silver medal

Sara Blandino, Age 9-10, Category: Arts & Communication, Topic: The History of Barbie
Christian Stebe, Age 11-13, Category: Bugs and Bees; Topic: Products of the Beehive


Kailey Wallace, Age 11-13, Category: Horse, Topic: Grooming the Horse

Causby, Wallace, and Stebe qualified for a state-level competition held in conjunction with 4-H Congress in July.

For more information about Rowan County 4-H, please contact Laura Allen at 704-216-8970 or come by the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Rowan County office at 2727-A Old Concord Road Salisbury, NC 28146.