2017 State 4-H Congress: “Shooting for the Stars”

Close to ninety 4-H’ers, agents and volunteers from across the state attended the 55th annual State 4-H Congress held at Clemson University July 12-15.

Two local delegates received the coveted 4-H Presidential Tray, the highest honor a South Carolina 4-H member can receive. Carey Herndon from Bamberg County and Geneffer Sweatman from Colleton County were announced winners at the annual 4-H Awards Banquet held at Little John Coliseum. Both young ladies served on State 4-H Council this past year holding positions of President and Public Relations respectively. South Carolina presents four top awards annually including a $1500 scholarship and a silver tray.

During the event, Garrett Ulmer from Colleton County was elected to State 4-H Council as a Savannah Valley Regional Representative. State 4-H Teen Council plans and organizes statewide events such as Junior and Senior Teen Weekend, State 4-H Congress, and assist with statewide events throughout the year.

“Shooting for the Stars,” was the theme for 2017 State 4-H Congress. Playing off the Hollywood theme, participants engaged in Hollywood Sessions, Service Projects, Movie themed workshops, and Skyped with over 400 Montana 4-H’ers during their State 4-H Congress.

The four-day event closed with the Annual Donor Reception and Awards Banquet where in addition to the 4 Presidential Tray recipients, outstanding 4-H'ers were selected to represent South Carolina at National 4-H Congress and National 4-H Conference. The banquet was followed by the Clover Ball, the grand finale of the event.

The 4-H'ers who qualify for State 4-H Congress are Senior 4-H Members between the ages of 14 and 19 who have demonstrated leadership and participated in county events. County staff and volunteers accompanied them on campus. The Congress agenda provides participants an opportunity meet other youth through workshops and activities.

For information about local 4-H opportunities, contact the Colleton Clemson Extension office at 843-543-2595 ext. 128 or dstuckey@clemson.edu. You can also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ColletonHampton.


The Clemson University Extension Service offers its programs to any youth between the ages of 5-19 regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.