Scotland County 4-H’er wins gold at State 4-H Congress

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Langston, Taylor and Angela Galloway, 4-H Extension Agent take a selfie before the Congress Awards banquet

Langston, Taylor and Angela Galloway, 4-H Extension Agent take a selfie before the Congress Awards banquet

Langston Byrd wins Gold at State Presentations (4-H Congress), Raleigh, NC

Langston Byrd wins Gold at State Presentations (4-H Congress), Raleigh, NC

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A Scotland County 4-H’er earned top honors at the recent State 4-H Congress. This year’s 4-H Congress, held in Raleigh July 18-21, attracted 518 young people and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more.

Langston Byrd, 18, son of William and Precious Byrd of Laurinburg, won the 14- to 18-year-old division of the citizenship and community service competition with his presentation about youth involvement in the community, entitled “One by One: We Stand.” This is Langston’s final year to participate in 4-H Presentations at the state level and he won big. “I did not know how I would do but I knew I had a chance to place…I never won gold at state level; I am so excited to have won this year, my last year,” said Langston. His mother, Precious shared Langston was thinking of not participating this year, although he won silver at the district level. Scotland County 4-H is glad he decided to compete. “Langston has been involved in 4-H since the age of 5 and has developed into a contributing citizen of his community,” said Angela D. Galloway.

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.

During 4-H Congress, Taylor Davis, daughter of Anya Davis of Laurinburg, was sworn in as the 2015-2016 Vice-President of the South Central District. As Vice-President, Taylor will serve as a liaison between counties and State Council while attending and participating in State Council meetings to communicate State Council’s plans to District Councils. She will use her leadership skills to provide leadership for planning and implementing district business. As a liaison, she will keep county 4-H agents informed of any District Council projects and so much more responsibility throughout her term.

4-H encourages leadership and citizenship through hands-on experiences such as 4-H presentations, 4-H Teen Retreat, State 4-H Council Conference, Youth Summit and so much more. For more information about Scotland County 4-H, contact Angela D. Galloway. 4-H Extension Agent, (910) 277-2422 adgallow@ncsu.edu

– Written by Suzanne Stanard, 919-513-3126 or suzanne_stanard@ncsu.edu, edited by Angela D. Galloway, 910-277-2422 –