South Carolina delegates to the 2015 National 4-H Congress included, from left, assistant 4-H director Ashley Burns, Joseph Sheets of Charleston County, Allison Harman of Saluda County, Rae’L Jackson of Chester County, Marti Leake of Anderson County, Micah Metts of Saluda County, Carey Herndon of Bamberg County, Katherine Ellig of Kershaw County and MacKenzie Riley of Saluda County. (Clemson University photo)
S.C. teens impress at National
4-H Congress in Atlanta
Public Service Activities
CLEMSON — Bamberg County teenager Carey Herndon introduced her South Carolina colleagues to the other 1,000 4-H members from across the country convened at the 93rd National 4-H Congress in Atlanta.
It was a brief moment on stage, but a big one for the junior at Andrew Jackson Academy in Ehrhardt.
“I’ve gained so much confidence. Without the experiences I’ve gained through 4-H, I would have never been able to do that,” Herndon said. “The best decision I ever made in my life was to join 4-H. Some of my best friends I’ve met through 4-H.”
Herndon was among eight South Carolina teenagers chosen to represent South Carolina at the four-day National 4-H Congress that featured guest speakers, educational workshops, community service projects and tours of Atlanta attractions. Participants were chosen to attend based on their 4-H work during the year. Members of the South Carolina delegation have competed in numerous state and national contests, are active in community service and are involved in educating young people across the state about science and health.
The South Carolina 4-H program is the youth-development program of the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service. More than 84,000 young people in South Carolina participate in 4-H. Programs cover animal science, agriculture, science, engineering, natural resources, leadership and much more.
During the trip to Atlanta, Herndon toured CNN and spent a couple hours packaging 15,000 pounds of food at a local food bank. Other 4-H members read to students at a local elementary school.
Micah Metts of Saluda County played piano during dinner at the Congress Gala on closing night.
Another South Carolina attendee, Marti Leake of Anderson County, spent two hours cleaning a city park while there.
“We learned new takes on community service and leadership,” said Leake, a senior at Belton-Honea Path High School. “I’ve been in 4-H for 11 years. I’ve become a better leader. I’m better at planning and organization. I know this will be useful to me in college. It already has been useful to me.”
Other attendees from South Carolina were Katherine Ellig of Kershaw County, Allison Harman of Saluda County, Rae’L Jackson of Chester County, MacKenzie Riley of Saluda County and Joseph Sheets of Charleston County.
About South Carolina’s representatives at the 4-H National Congress from Saluda County:
Allison Harman of Saluda County has been involved in 4-H animal livestock programs for eight years and recently was named the S.C. Junior Beef Ambassador and represented the state at the National Beef Ambassador contest in Denver, Colorado. Harman plans to study agribusiness and animal science at Clemson.
Micah Metts of Saluda County joined 4-H after moving to meet new friends. Since then, she has participated in numerous 4-H events and is now a 4-H Ambassador, Healthy Lifestyles Ambassador and Teen Leader who mentors children across the state and advocates for 4-H and healthy living. Metts secured a grant from Kraft Foods to teach an after-school food nutrition program in elementary schools. Metts plans to study nursing at Charleston Southern University.
MacKenzie Riley of Saluda County joined 4-H at the age of 5 and has been involved in numerous programs. With a love for healthy cooking, Riley competed in a national 4-H cooking contest in New Orleans and now teaches younger students how to eat and live healthier. She also involved in numerous community service projects and regularly entertains residents of a local nursing home.
Dr. Cromer Recognized
Dr. Pamela Cromer, of Saluda, associate professor of biobehavioral nursing in the College of Nursing at Augusta University, has been awarded the 2015 AANP Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence.
According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the NP State Award for Excellence is given annually to an individual NP in each state who has demonstrated excellence in NP clinical practice.
Cromer will be recognized for her achievement during the 2016 AANP National Conference at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, from June 21-26.
In addition to her role as professor, Cromer also serves as director of Costa Layman community health projects.
Dr. Cromer is married to Gerald Cromer and they are the parents of two sons, Jeremy and Joey.