Stanly County Hosts County Activity Day

— Written By Boy playing violin

On Thursday, May 3, Stanly County 4-H hosted a County Activity Day. This event is intended to showcase 4-H’ers oratorical skills and various talents through a presentation competition and talent show.

The evening started out with 3 rooms of presentations. Over 20 youth had the opportunity to speak for 5-12 minutes on topics which interest them. We had a wide variety of presentation topics from horses

to horticulture to Supreme Court cases. All 1st and 2nd place winners between the ages of 9-18 (as of January 1, 2018) are invited to present at District Activity Day on June 19th. Thank you to our presentation judges: Dustin Adcock, Jera Lance, Donna Miller, and Leah Joyner.

Presentations were followed by a meal and a short awards ceremony for the presentation winners.

The meal was followed with a talent show featuring 10 of our talented 4-H’ers. Mandolinists, a fiddle player, pianists, and dancers showcased their outstanding talents. Judges Donna Miller and Miss Stanly County Outstanding Teen, Mackenzie Page, deliberated and awarded Jonah Chaney (fiddle) with 1st place and Ethan Tarlton (mandolin) with 2nd place. Both of these young men will represent Stanly County in the District Activity Day talent showcase.

Presentation participants/winners are listed below:

14-18 Age Division

Kyle vanHorn (1st Place Health and Fitness); Weston Houck (1st Place Livestock and Dairy Production); Kate VanHorn (1st Place Citizenship and Community Service); Alainna Houck (2nd Place Citizenship and Community Service); Grace Huneycutt (1st Place Horse; Morgan Lum (2nd Place Horse)

11-13 Age Division

Caroline Vanhoy (1st Place Horse); Anna Grace Aikman (2nd Place Horse); Reese Dombrowski (3rd Place Horse); Hannah Elberson (Horse Participant); Madison Paugh (Horse Participant); Sarah VanHorn (1st Place Citizenship and Community Service)

9-10 Age Division

Lois Chaney (1st Place Science and Technology); Nicholas Allman (1st Place Arts and Communication); Shleby Lehn (1st Place Horse); Emory Almond (1st Place Small and Companion Animals)

5-8 Age Division (non-competitive)

Rose Brookshire (Horticulture Production and Marketing); Lizzie Furr (Horse); Hugh Carpenter (Arts and Communication); Matthew Chaney (Open Class)

Congratulations and thank you to all of our participants!