Published On: Wed, Feb 12th, 2020

EBCI 4-H volunteers win awards at Annual State Conference

 

Three volunteers with the EBCI (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) 4-H program attended the 41st annual North Carolina 4-H Volunteer Leader’s Conference recently in Durham.  This conference serves as a statewide hub for volunteer training and networking for 4-H in North Carolina.  

Jessica Metz, center, a science and social studies teacher at New Kituwah Academy, won the 4-H Statewide In-School Enrichment Recognition for the West District recently. She is shown with Dr. Mike Yoder, state 4-H leader, left, and Dr. Rich Bonnano, Dean of N.C. State Extension. (Photos courtesy of EBCI 4-H Program)

In attendance were Sally Dixon, 4-H Agent; Diane Floyd; Jessica Metz; and Chi Shipman.

At the annual awards banquet, EBCI 4-H volunteers won three awards based on their service to different aspects of the 4-H program.

Floyd, a Service Connection Center Supervisor at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, has been a 4-H volunteer in Haywood County and with the EBCI for 20 years.  She teaches sewing classes in the summer and runs our bi-monthly 4-H Sewing Club.  She won a $100 scholarship to attend the National 4-H Volunteer Conference at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Ga. later this year.

Shipman, an EBCI tribal member and daughter of Marvel Welch of the Wolftown Community, has been a 4-H volunteer for two years and currently leads the 4-H Cultural Presentation Team and is an asset to our public speaking programming.

Chi Shipman, center, an EBCI tribal member who currently leads the 4-H Cultural Presentation Team, won a $100 scholarship to attend the National 4-H Volunteer Conference at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center. She is shown with Dr. Mike Yoder, state 4-H leader, left, and Dr. Rich Bonnano, Dean of N.C. State Extension.

She also won a $100 scholarship to attend the National 4-H Volunteer Conference at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center.

Metz, a 3rd-6th grade science and social studies teacher at New Kituwah Academy, has been a 4-H volunteer for two years.  She works heavily with her students to complete 4-H projects inside their classroom ranging from embryology, gardening, community service, and sustainability.  She also leads the weekly 4-H STEM Club afterschool for 5th and 6th grade students.  Metz also won the Statewide In-School Enrichment Recognition for the West District.  This award is based on the past year of service to 4-H with programming that takes place in the school classroom.

Diane Floyd, center, a Service Connection Center Supervisor at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, won a $100 scholarship to attend the National 4-H Volunteer Conference at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Ga. later this year. She is shown with Dr. Mike Yoder, state 4-H leader, left, and Dr. Rich Bonnano, Dean of N.C. State Extension.

EBCI 4-H is a youth development program provided by N.C. Cooperative Extension.  There are over 6 million youth in the United States involved with 4-H to learn citizenship, leadership, and life skills.  Youth aged 5-18 are eligible to join the EBCI 4-H program to learn about healthy living, STEM, civic responsibility, and career development.

– EBCI 4-H Program release

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