Local 4-H’ers selected for Academic Conference
Posted: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 8:01 pm
Three Obion County 4-H’ers recently received intensive training in their project area at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Jr. High 4-H’ers Luke Davis, Jaylee Hobbs and Jonathan Ryder were delegates to the State Junior High 4-H Academic Conference earlier this summer.
They were among about 150 youth selected on the basis of their 4-H project work. The three 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 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 8.9.11