Yadkin County 4’H’ers honored at State 4-H Congress

— Written By Melissa Staebner and last updated by Cathy Sprinkle

Two Yadkin County 4-H’ers were inducted into the 4-H Honor Club, one of the highest honors a North Carolina 4-H’er can receive, during the annual state 4-H Congress in Raleigh.
This year’s 4-H Congress, held June 22-25, attracted 521 youth and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more. This year’s congress was moved from its traditional late July time slot and combined with another 4-H event, Citizenship Focus, which allows 4-H’ers to engage with their elected leaders in the N.C. General Assembly.
Madaline Jones, 18, and Kaitlin Mann, 18, were inducted into the 4-H Honor Club. New Honor Club members were tapped during a candlelight ceremony Saturday night, June 22. Jones is the daughter of Mary Allison Jones of East Bend, while Mann is the daughter of Beth and Fred Mann, also of East Bend.
Membership in the Honor Club is based on service to the 4-H program, leadership, moral standards, 4-H activities and project achievement. Less than one-half of 1 percent of North Carolina 4-H’ers are selected for membership each year. Members must be at least 16 years old and have a minimum of three years 4-H experience.
Jones is home-schooled and is a member of the Deep Creek 4-H Club. She has been active in the 4-H program for 12 years. Mann, who attends Surry Community College, is a member of the Wildlife 4-H Club. She has been active in 4-H for 13 years.
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 237,500 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 20,780 adult and youth volunteers.