4-Hers attend Academic Conference
Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 8:02 pm
Four Obion County 4-Hers received intensive training in their project area at the University of Tennessee.
Junior High 4-Hers Blake Berner, Lynsey Berner, Shelly Pate and Logan Stephens were delegates to the Tennessee Junior High 4-H Academic Conference in Knoxville.
They were among 150 youth selected on the basis of their 4-H project work. They studied under the supervision of university scientists and specialists during the four-day program.
The conference was conducted in classroom, outdoor and laboratory settings.
“Participants get an in-depth look at college course work required in the areas of animal science, plant and soil science and family and consumer science,” said Steve Sutton, interim director of 4-H Youth Development with University of Tennessee Extension.
“The program also explores career opportunities in the fields related to the members’ project interests,” he said.
In addition to subject matter training, the conference featured a performance by the Tennessee 4-H Performing Arts Troupe, recreational activities on campus, service-learning activities in the Knoxville community and an afternoon at Dollywood.
The event was sponsored by the gifts from donors with an interest in Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences and other related areas.
The 4-H program is the youth development component of UT Extension and is also the state’s largest youth organization.
With more than 301,000 participants statewide, 4-H is available to young people in every county in Tennessee.
Published in The Messenger 10.6.10