The Yancey Clover: A 2022 Year in Review

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As 2022 draws to a close, we take a look back on some of the highlights for Yancey County 4-H. The purpose of 4-H is to provide youth with exciting learning opportunities to help develop them into positive members of our community. Following a few years of uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, 2022 presented challenges as we began to reinstate clubs and programs for youth in the county. Yancey County 4-H reached over 800 youth through our hands-on school enrichment programs, clubs, and events. Some of our largest programs this past year included school enrichment programs such as Embryology with all Second Graders in the County, Fire Safety with all Third Graders and a Career and Life Skills Program with Seventh Graders at East Yancey Middle School. Yancey County 4-H also added three new clubs and groups in 2022: LEGO Club, Horse Club and Homeschool Group. During our 2022 Summer Fun Program, eight local camps were offered for youth in Yancey County, with learning opportunities including local agriculture, farm to fork, robotics, STEM, horsemanship and livestock showmanship. This year we also took 7 youth to 4-H Overnight Camp at Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H Camp in Reidsville, NC!

Yancey County 4-H had several youth achieve great accomplishments and awards in 2022. Yancey Longshots Club had fifteen youth qualify to attend the 2022 North Carolina 4-H Shooting Sports State Tournament in Ellerbe, NC. This was the most youth in club history who qualified to compete in the tournament! Two Yancey County 4-H’ers submitted project record books and portfolios for State Competition: Benjamin Varney won Gold for his project record book and portfolio on Science & Technology, and Derek Heidenfelder won Silver for his portfolio on Science & Technology. Three youth competed at the West District Activity Day for the 2022 4-H Presentation Competition: Sam Gantt, Cooper Ledford and Jacob Ledford. Jacob advanced to the State competition, where he won Gold for his Beef Outdoor Cookery Presentation. Sam also advanced to the State competition, where he won Bronze for his Presentation on Rabbit Showmanship. Congratulations to each of these youth who worked so hard on their projects in 2022! 

The success of 4-H would not be possible without our dedicated volunteers. We would like to give a special thanks to the following volunteers for helping improve the lives of our youth in Yancey County: Lynn Austin & April McCurry- Beef Club, Connie McMahan & Reba Mathis- Sewing Club, Amber Hammond- Livestock Club, Shane Hilliard, Mark Geouge, Levi Johnson, Jeff Fox, Clay Carroll, Joe Pate & Gerald Barnett- Yancey Longshots Club, Kimberly Montgomery- Arts & Crafts Group, Abigail Varney- Electric Group, Kevin Gantt- Outdoor Adventures Club, Michelle Burke, Kayti Ledford and Christina Johnson- LEGO Club, Chastity Sprinkle- Horse Club and Linda Kay- Volunteer at Large. Yancey County 4-H is always searching for volunteers! If you are interested in donating your time to support the growth and development of local youth, contact Jordan English for more information. Volunteer opportunities are available for a variety of different time commitments.

Thank you to all of our youth participants, families, teachers, volunteers, donors, and community members for making 2022 a successful year for Yancey County 4-H! As we reflect back on 2022, we look forward to more amazing opportunities in 2023. In 2023, Yancey County 4-H will have the following club opportunities available for youth: Beef Club, Yancey Longshots Club, Outdoor Adventures Club, Sewing Club, LEGO Club, Horse Club, Arts & Crafts Group, Electric Group, Homeschool Group. In addition to these clubs, Yancey County 4-H offers many other opportunities, including Summer Fun Programs, Special Interest Workshops and Activities and more! For more information about opportunities available through Yancey County 4-H, contact Jordan English, 4-H Agent at or 828-682-1872.