- By April Bowman
- Posted Wednesday, August 17, 2016
A delegation from Forsyth County attended the 69th annual 4-H Electric Congress July 12-14 at the University of North Carolina Asheville. One hundred, ninety-five 4-H’ers, adult leaders and N.C. Cooperative Extension agents from 55 counties attended the three-day event. Since 1947, Duke Energy and Dominion North Carolina Power have sponsored the annual congress to emphasize energy conservation and safe electricity use.
Youth must be the county champion or reserve champion with their 4-H Electric Project Record or Portfolio competition held in January in order to attend the free event.
The 4-H electric energy program is one of the most popular activities among Tar Heel 4-H’ers. The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 232,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 20,563 adult and youth volunteers. Pictured from left are Karen Wise, 4-H Volunteer, Austin Wise, Grant Wise, Zechariah Crawford, Noah Crawford, and Kathleen Crawford, 4-H Volunteer.
Grant (pictured left) received First Place in the state for his Senior 4-H Electric Portfolio and second in the territorial award for Duke Energy Carolinas, while Zechariah (right) received second in the territorial award for Progress Energy.