April B. Dillon
Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
4-Hers, volunteers and Cooperative Extension Staff from all over the state gathered at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to honor 4-H students who have spent the past year learning about electricity, completing electric projects, and teaching others about electricity.
The celebration – called the 4-H Electric Congress – has been held every year for the past 66 years. It is sponsored by Duke Energy of the Carolinas, Duke Progress Energy, Dominion North Carolina Power, and North Carolina Cooperative Extension, NCSU.
The Electric Congress recognizes the accomplishments of students who have dedicated a substantial amount of time to learning about electricity, renewable energy technologies and teaching other youth in their community.
Winners attending from Lincoln County were Cody Johnsen, 18, Wyatt Johnsen, 17, Trey Johnsen, 14, and Sheyanne Johnsen, 13, children of Jeff and Kristi Johnsen of Denver and Emma Isom, 17, daughter of Gary and Jo Ann Isom of Gastonia and Joseph Perkins, 17 and Ruth Perkins 14, children of Gordon and Cheree Perkins of Iron Station. Kristi Johnsen and Cheree Perkins attended as adult volunteer leaders.
Cody Johnsen, Wyatt Johnsen, Trey Johnsen and Emma Isom received Electric Cumulative Record awards. Sheyanne Johnsen was recognized with a Recruiting Award. Joseph and Ruth Perkins received Electric Project Record awards. Emma Isom was named the State 4-H Electric Cumulative Gold Winner, the Duke Energy 1st Place Territorial Electric Cumulative Record Winner and a Recruiting Award.
The Electric Congress is held on North Carolina university campuses so students can learn more about the terrific undergraduate programs offered around the state. Youth participated in a Career Fair at the opening of Congress. Congress delegates spent time soldering electric circuit kits and learning about renewable energy. For fun, they spent an afternoon at Carowinds and enjoyed a pig pickin’ and dance.
The 4-H Electric Program is one of many science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) focused programs offered through 4-H. For more information about how you can become involved in the 4-H Electric Program, contact the 4-H office, NC Cooperative Extension, Lincoln County Center at 704-736-8458.