Wilmington volunteer recognized with 4-H state award

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WILMINGTON — 4-H volunteers from across North Carolina gathered Feb. 4 to celebrate their accomplishments through the North Carolina 4-H State Awards Recognition program. The awards ceremony was held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham, N.C., and was attended by 4-H awards delegates, their families, 4-H staff members and volunteers, industry partners and sponsors.

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Melissa Hight of Wilmington, was recognized for outstanding service and commitment to the 4-H school enrichment program, Embryology in the Classroom. Melissa has made tremendous improvements to the program that brings fertilized chicken eggs to 2nd graders across New Hanover County. She also obtained funding from New Hanover County Farm Bureau to sponsor this program.

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Mrs. Hight brings a “naked egg” so the students can see and feel the inner membrane beneath the shell. The hard outer shell has been removed by soaking the egg in vinegar. (Courtesy of Leslie Dill)

Melissa has brought embryology to several new schools, extending our reach to over 100 additional students this year. She also shares a lesson from the 4-H Embryology curriculum with students, going above and beyond by bringing props and energy with her. She leaves each classroom with a book about chickens and “I’m an EGG-cellent Kid!” stickers.

These changes have taken a good program and made it great. Not only are students learning important facts about the life cycle of a chicken, they are also learning what 4-H is about and that it can be fun.

Leslie Dill serves as New Hanover County’s 4-H Agent. She received a B.A. in animal science from The Ohio State University and an M.A. in agriculture and extension education from N.C. State University. She can be reached at 910-798-7660 or leslie_dill@ncsu.edu.

4-H, the largest youth development organization in the world, is a community of seven million young people across the globe learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. To learn more about New Hanover County 4-H, visit newhanover.ces.ncsu.edu.

-Content provided by Leslie Dill, 4-H Youth Development

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