By Katie Martin -UT, Extension Agent – Three Smith County 4-H’ers, Abby Malone, Gabe Harville, and Kynlee Davis, attended the 2022 Tennessee 4-H Roundup and All-Star Conference at the University of Tennessee Martin on July 18-21. Roundup allows Tennessee 4-H members the opportunity to learn new things, have fun, and make new friends, giving them an opportunity to live the “college experience” in preparation for their future.
Since 1924, Tennessee 4-H’ers have gathered annually on a campus of the University of Tennessee for Roundup. The event serves to recognize 4-H members for their outstanding project work and leadership accomplishments. State All-Star Conference is a part of the Roundup program, enabling All-Stars state-wide to conduct service-learning projects and recognize outstanding service projects that have been conducted throughout the year. The week is rounded off with special assemblies, award and scholarship presentations, and State 4-H Council Elections. Roundup winds down the week with the induction ceremony for newly initiated Vol State members and a closing dance.
Smith County 4-H was recognized for their commitment to service, and two of our 4-H members were recognized for their outstanding project work. Abby Malone was named the Level II Poultry Project winner and Gabe Harville was named the Level I Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Project winner. These 4-H’ers always do an excellent job of representing Smith County, and we are so proud of their hard work and dedication.
Abby Malone was recognized at Tennessee 4-H Roundup with the Vol State award, the highest level of recognition a Tennessee 4-H member may achieve. Vol State is presented to high school juniors and seniors in recognition of excellence in all phases of 4-H work, as well as service and leadership rendered in their communities.
Gabe Harville, who was elected the Tennessee 4-H Congress Speaker of the House in March, was installed as a member of the 2022-2023 Tennessee 4-H State Council in a ceremony held during Roundup.
We also want to thank Grace Harville for going with the group as an adult volunteer.
The 4-H Youth Development Program delivers programs through cooperative efforts of the University of Tennessee, Tennessee State University, and public and private sector volunteers. 4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades 4-12, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. For further information concerning the many opportunities that 4-H has to offer the youth in Smith County, call 615-735-2900.