For the 91st year, 4-H members from across Tennessee gathered at the University of Tennessee at Martin for State 4-H Roundup and All Star Conference.
The annual event, which took place July 21 through 25, recognized the outstanding project work and leadership accomplishments of senior high 4-H members.
Representing Bradley County at State 4-H Roundup this year was Ben Bunch, as well as Middleton. Bunch competed in the Project Achievement Competition for Computers/Technology.
Ben submitted portfolio in May and found out in June he had been selected to compete in the State Contest at Roundup. He prepared an exhibit and speech about his career in computers and technology. He won second place missing first by only one point.
Jennings Kelley, 2014 graduating senior who will begin attending Blount College later this month, was also a recipient of the Hamilton-Brown Scholarship of $500.
Approximately 300 high school age 4-H’ers from across Tennessee met for several days on the UT Martin campus. 4-H’ers competed in projects such as communication and public speaking, livestock, computers and technology and photography for college scholarship money and trips to National 4-H Congress in Atlanta.
The theme for this meeting and for all 4-H programs in 2013 was “Tennessee 4-H: Geared for Greatness.”
Teens from all over Tennessee came together, competed in their project areas, learned life skills such as leadership and citizenship, made lifelong friends and had a great time,” said Lynne Middleton, Bradley County 4-H Agent.
“Roundup is one of the highlights of our 4-H program. Delegates who attend have spent years of work in their respective project areas.”
In addition to project competition, delegates participated in a number of other activities including the 4-H All Star Conference, Vol State Ceremony, the election of the 2015 State Council officers and a service-learning project.
Delegates to the 2014 Tennessee 4-H Roundup and All Star Conference worked with Nashville-based Operation Troop Aid (OTA) as their service project. The mission of Operation Troop Aid is to provide care packages for deployed U.S. service members with the revenue generated through professional concert promotions and public financial generosity. Roundup participants organized fundraising events in their counties and then worked to assemble the care packages for shipping at Martin.
“Service-learning opportunities are a very important component of the 4-H program,” said Steve Sutton, director, 4-H Youth Development.
“Each year, 4-H’ers statewide perform tens of thousands of hours of service at an estimated value of over $1 million. Through the service-learning projects, our 4-H’ers learn that they can really make a difference in their communities.”
4-H is the youth development program for University of Tennessee Extension. 4-H teaches leadership, citizenship and service learning to more than 180,000 youth in the fourth through twelfth grades. 4-H also has more than 5,000 adult volunteers.
UT Extension is one of four units in the UT Institute of Agriculture.