Moody attends National 4-H Congress

Barnwell 4-H State Winner Attends National Congress
Barnwell County 4-H Member Valerie Moody represented South Carolina at 2010 National 4-H Congress held in Atlanta November 26-30. Fourteen youth delegates and two adults represented South Carolina. Margie Sippel, 4-H Agent York County and Jenny Gammon, Advisor to State 4-H Teen Council chaperoned the delegation.
At National Congress, Valerie attended workshops, assemblies with inspirational speakers, participated in a community service project, toured Atlanta and meet 4-H members from all over the United States. Valerie qualified to attend National Congress as a state winner with her 4-H Portfolio and leadership in the 4-H program. Valerie was announced a state winner at the 4-H Banquet held during State 4-H Congress July 16 in Clemson.
Valerie, a senior at Barnwell High School, has been involved in 4-H for five years. She credits her younger sister for getting her involved in 4-H. Her first 4-H experience was the 4-H Sewing Fun class, where even with a cast on her wrist, she learned how to sew. She has participated in archery and the barrow project. One of her favorite memories of 4-H is attending the Clemson University football game on 4-H Day. She also enjoys photography and scrapbooking. She and her sister both completed the 4-H Ambassadors program. She says, “I am confident that the skills I have learned with my activities in 4-H will help me throughout my life. Learning to be prepared and work with others are the essential keys that I have gained from my experiences.” Her future plans are to attend college and pursue a degree in mathematics.
Valerie will receive a $500 scholarship sponsored by the Family and Community Leaders Association and her National Congress trip is sponsored by the South Carolina Association of Fairs.
Valerie and Julie Moody represented Barnwell County at State 4-H Congress held in Clemson July 13-17. The 4-H Game Plan, a Clover State of Mind was the theme for this year’s Congress.
Attendees participated in workshops, learned valuable lessons from speakers, and elected 2010-2011 State 4-H Teen Council Officers.
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