Local 4-H’ers selected for Academic Conference
Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 8:00 pm
Two Obion County 4-H’ers recently received intensive training in their project area at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Junior high 4-H’ers Luke Davis and Samantha Davis were delegates to the State Junior High 4-H Academic Conference in Knoxville.
They were among approximately 150 youth selected on the basis of their 4-H project work. Luke Davis, who participated in the forestry project area, and Samantha Davis, who participated in the beef project area, 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, director of 4-H Youth Development with the 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 recreational activities on campus, service-learning activities in the Knoxville community and an afternoon at Dollywood.
The event was sponsored by 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 10.09.12