The 2013-2014 Pennsylvania 4-H State Council has been “Catching Fire” as their year of service began at 4-H State days at Penn State University during August 6, 7, and 8. This year’s 4-H State Council is comprised of twelve 4-H “sparks” whose energy was kindled at 4-H State Days. They are: Alexandra Adams from Delaware County, Amber Pound from Franklin County; Brendin Freeman from Schuylkill County; Divya Reitz from Lycoming County; Dylan Levan from Columbia County; Jesse Isenberg from Indiana County; Kaitlin Rogers from Centre County; Lydia Lion from Chester County; Megan Anderson from Bedford County; Nathan Repetz from Cumberland County; Sophie Hutchinson from Venango County; and Wyett Johnson from Perry County.
Pennsylvania placed first among 13 state teams that competed in the 34th annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational from Sunday, July 21, through Thursday, July 25. Teams from Alabama and New York placed second and third, respectively.
So, summer fun, the weekend, and plans with friends on a beautiful day after a long hard week are finally here! You’re traveling down the back country road on your way to your friend’s house for a relaxing cook-out. What a great way to spend the cool, summer night. Your windows are down, your favorite song is playing, and you couldn’t be happier; but, all of the sudden, you find yourself stuck in a parade of cars slowly creeping along at 12 m.p.h.
So back in January, I wrote about how crazy of a month it seemed to be. Well, I had no idea that April would be even crazier! In April, I came down with a bad case of “Green Fever”!
March 1st to March 5th the State Council was at State 4-H Capital Days. Here, we led workshops, facilitated dinner programs, presided over mock meetings, and talked to State Legislators about the importance of supporting 4-H.
Hello again from your state council. We had several events we attended as a group and we also attended events separately.
The 2013 4-H Wildlife and Forestry Field Day was a wild success! The event featured both competitive and non-competitive tracks, and over 70 youth and adults participated in the event. In the Wildlife Habitat Evaluation competitive track, teens from across Pennsylvania competed in their knowledge of wildlife and wildlife habitat.
A Pennsylvania 4-H Forestry Judging Contest was staged at the 2013 4-H Wildlife and Forestry Field Day at Rock Springs, PA on April 20, 2013.
Spring is in the air and it’s that time of the year when I travel with our county 4-H extension educator to talk about embryology. First of all, what is it? Did the chicken come first or did the egg? Well, if you’re sitting through my demonstration, sometimes I talk about the chicken first and sometimes I talk about the egg first.
January was an intense month for your state officers as we had the honor of attending several special events. The first was the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Each of us went to several different activities and did several unique things at Farm Show.
On Thursday, March 14th through Saturday, March 16th, nine 4-H Teams took part in the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) at the Petersen Event Center in Pittsburgh. The 4-H Force Team 4031 of Jefferson County received the FIRST Imagery Award and the 4-H Gears Team 3955 of Westmoreland County received the FIRST Judge's Award. Six 4-H teams were selected to the championships rounds --- Armstrong, Butler, Centre, Franklin, Jefferson and Westmoreland counties.
The last few months have been extremely hectic and full of surprises. With a new year starting, I’ve been looking forward to what is in store for me.
Well, another successful PA Farm Show can go down in the books! Hope you all had a chance to go there and experience it at least once this year. The weather was fantastic and records were set once again for attendance!
Adults throughout Pennsylvania have a new opportunity to become volunteers for the 4-H Stream Teams Program.
Pennsylvania 4-H, the youth-development program administered by Penn State Extension, has been cultivating versatile children for a century. During the last 100 years, it has evolved from its agricultural roots into a globally competitive program offering educational opportunities on everything from government to robotics.
I had the privilege of going to Atlanta, Georgia over Thanksgiving break, November 23-27. I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect; I was thinking Congress and dealing with government. Not even close. This experience is one to remember and a once in a lifetime experience.
Last summer, I discovered a unique opportunity to be able to combine two of my greatest joys in life: 4-H and traveling. I had the privilege to travel to National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia last November as one of forty Pennsylvania delegates.
October came quickly and we began preparing for several events including National 4-H Week. We also continued representing 4-Hers. Tyler Shaw, Vice President of Events, had a unique opportunity when he traveled to Wisconsin to attend the National Jr. Horticulture Association Annual Conference. He was the only delegate from Pennsylvania and won Grand National Champion with his demonstration on Plant Sciences. Tyler claimed, “It was certainly a one of a kind experience. To see all those youth and adults working together in Horticulture was cool.”
Centennial corn maze celebrates 4-H in Pennsylvania
After qualifying for the National Junior Horticulture event through PA 2012 4-H State Days, I had the honor and privilege to travel to Dells, Wisconsin for the demonstration category with my Small Scale Production demonstration. I was to represent PA 4-H for at this event held October 4- 8! My trip began with a 14 hour drive to Dells, Wisconsin the waterpark capital of the United States. My parents accompanied me on this adventure. I didn’t have any idea about what to expect, but I went excited and open-minded to enjoy every minute of this opportunity. For four weeks, I grew plants that I would need for my demonstration. These plants would have to safely survive the track with us half-way across the country. Believe me, I was a bit worried that they wouldn’t survive the long trip.