Burke County Youth Wins Top Honors at State 4-H Congress

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension

A Burke County teen earned top honors at State 4-H Congress, held July 18-21. Congress is the high point of the 4-H year, bringing young people from across the state to the North Carolina State University campus and Raleigh for four days of activity. 

La’Meshia Whittington, 20, daughter of Sanja Whittington of Morganton, was inducted into the 4-H Honor Club, one of the highest honors a 4-H’er can achieve. New Honor Club members were tapped during a candlelight ceremony Monday night, July 18.

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 3 years 4-H experience.

La’Meshia, a rising junior at Western Piedmont Community College, has been active in the 4-H program for 9 years. 

More than 500 4-H’ers, volunteer leaders and North Carolina Cooperative Extension agents attended 4-H Congress.

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 218,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 21,400 adult and youth volunteers.

La'Meshia Whittington

Natalie Hampton
Department Extension Coordinator
CALS Communications