For more information on the 4-H Program in Cheshire County contact Andrea Sawyer, Extension Field Specialist, 4-H Youth and Family at 352-4550 or email@example.com.
Cheshire County Youth Leadership Team
The Cheshire County 4-H Youth Leadership Team have been very busy. They recently attended the NH Farm and Forest Expo where they had a YLT informational display and answered questions from the public. They also scooped ice cream with the NH 4-H Foundation, where all profits go to sending children to 4-H Camp. Members who attended the Expo also had a chance to talk to Governor Sununu about 4-H and YLT. These youth are also responsible for representing the county to help develop a network of leadership opportunities. They are currently planning a Parliamentary Procedure workshop which will be for all Cheshire County youth to attend.
Some of these youth also represent their county on statewide committees, with the goal of planning and implementing two state conferences open to all teens from New Hampshire and surrounding states. One committee is busy planning the 39th New Hampshire 4-H Teen Conference. Approximately 200 youth attend Teen Conference annually. The teens come to the UNH Durham campus to get a taste of campus life.
The second conference currently being planned, New Hampshire Citizenship Focus, will be held for the first time on April 26, 2017 at the State House in Concord. After a tour of the facility, the young people will attend committee meetings, have lunch with the legislators, and participate in a mock legislative session. All 4-H members ages 12 and up are invited to participate in this outstanding civic engagement opportunity. Interested youth should contact the Cheshire County 4-H Office. The goal of this one-day event is to engage teens in state government and help them to understand the importance of civic engagement.
All of the youth involved in the New Hampshire 4-H Youth Leadership Teams have exhibited a deep commitment to the 4-H Program and to improving the lives of people in their “club, community, country and world.” There is little doubt that a bright future lies ahead for these capable and committed 4-H true leaders. 2017
NH State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest
The New Hampshire 4-H Foundation recently sponsored the New Hampshire State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest which took place in Walpole, NH. 4-H members from Grafton, Coos, Rockingham, Sullivan, and Cheshire County participated in the event.
Twenty-one senior members participated in the contest in an effort to earn a position on the State team which will participate in the Quiz Bowls at Eastern States Exposition and at the National Dairy Quiz Bowl in Louisville, Kentucky in the fall.
The top team honors in the senior division went to the team from the Pinnacleview 4-H Club in Cheshire County. This team included Maddie Beaudry, George Gowdy, and Emily Britton, all from Walpole. The second place team, a combined team with members from Cheshire County and Coos County, included members: Danielle DeBlois from Colebrook, Grace Marsh from Winchester, and Tabitha Phillips from Walpole. The top individual of the senior contest was Maddie Beaudry, second was Chelsey Patch, and third was Tabitha Phillips, all of Walpole. Haley Christie of Langdon finished in fourth place, Bethany Wheeler of Canaan finished in fifth, Gretchen Hall of Acworth placed sixth, Emily Britton of Walpole placed seventh, and Danielle DeBlois of Colebrook placed eighth. 2016 (Read More)
4-H Annual Awards Dinner
The 2016 Cheshire County 4-H Awards Supper was recently held at the Walpole Town Hall, and was hosted by the Bits and Bridles and Great River 4-H clubs of Walpole. This event was to celebrate the achievements of 4-H leaders and members in Cheshire County.
4-H members were recognized for attending, State, Regional and National events, as well as being recognized for outstanding records and achievements. Leaders were recognized for years of service. County Medals were awarded to: Dairy - Chelsey Patch, Walpole, Achievement- Elizabeth Morris, Swanzey, and Madeline Beaudry, Walpole, Rabbits-Serena Rathke, Alstead, Beef-Andrea Majewski, Westmoreland, Agriculture - Tabitha Phillips, Walpole, Horse - Chryssabella Craig, Alstead, Madeline Powers, Keene, and Margaret Thomas, Chesterfield, Leadership - Hannah Majewski, Westmoreland, and Haley Christie, Langdon. Certificate of Continued Achievement in Rabbit went to: Mei Genest, Keene, and in Dairy to: Conor Hill, of Winchester.
Leaders being recognized for ten years of service included: Melanie Greenwood of Keene, and Holly Gowdy of Walpole. Gail Wood of Swanzey was recognized for 25 years of service. (Read More)
The first session of the 4-H B.e G.I.F.T.S. Program held a Community Science Fair at Symonds Elementary School. Twenty children ages 7-11 shared four climate change experiments with parents and community members.
B.e G.I.F.T.S., Boys/Girls Initiating Future Thinking in Science is a STEM program developed by Colleen Ross, a student in the STEM program at River Valley Community College working toward a dual degree in Math and Physical/Biological Sciences. Through B.e G.I.F.T.S., Ms. Ross hopes to initiate enthusiasm for math and science by learning more about climate change and ecosystems. After developing the program for a school project, Ms. Ross partnered with UNH Cooperative Extension Cheshire County 4-H to implement the program. “4-H was a natural partner for B.e G.I.F.T.S., I was looking for a high degree of autonomy in implementing my ideas as well as curriculum and material support, which 4-H could provide. The 4-H learn by doing method for developing life skills was a perfect match.” With eachB.e G.I.F.T.S. club, she intends to inspire learning through observation, questioning, testing, analyzing data and drawing conclusions. (Read More)
4-H Horse Field Days
Members from five Cheshire County 4-H horse clubs recently participated in the 2016 Cheshire County 4-H Horse Field Days held at Cheshire Fairgrounds. Members had a chance to showcase the skills they have learned over the past year by participating in a general knowledge quiz, evaluating horses in a judging contest, and participating in a showmanship as well as three performance classes, with their horses.
4-H Day in Cheshire County
Cheshire County 4-H members recently participated in Cheshire County 4-H Day, a communications event held at the Walpole Elementary School on Saturday, March 5th.The day consisted of various stations set up throughout the school for 4-H members to present demonstrations, action exhibits, speeches and displays of posters, photography and table top trifolds.
4-H Animal Science Bonanza
State and National 4-H Awards
Hannah Majewski was awarded trips to both National 4-H Conference and National 4-H Congress. National 4-H Conference is an exciting educational and leadership opportunity, convening 4-H youth, Extension professionals and adult volunteers to learn and share information on current trends and/or issues relevant to 4-H and youth, building effective partnerships, creating innovative 4-H programs, expanding the use of technology, working with diverse groups, and impacting community needs. To receive this award the 4-H member must demonstrate good communication skills, leadership experience, a broad knowledge of the total 4-H youth development program, be able to identify strengths and challenges of the New Hampshire program, be aware of current issues they would like to discuss with their national congressional delegation, convey skills needed to be a good team member and provide ideas of how they could implement a plan of action when they return home. (Full Article) (2016)
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