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Currituck County 4-Her’s medal at 4-H Congress

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Robert Nelson, continuing education instructor at College of the Albemarle's Dare County campus, teaches Introduction to Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drone) at the campus.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Several Currituck County 4-Her’s were among the award winners recognized during the recent State 4-H Congress held in Raleigh, July 20-24.

More than 500 youths and their adult leaders attended this year’s 4-H Congress, participating in many activities including oral presentations, leadership and citizenship workshops, state and district officer elections, and a community service project.

The State 4-H Public Speaking Finals hosted 319 youth presentations in 32 categories.

Currituck County 4-H’ers brought home ten medals. Winning gold medals were: Cayden Lowe in Foods and Nutrition (11-13 yr old); Ayden Berry in Fisheries & Aquatic Resources (14-18 yr old); Bela Williams in Environmental Science (9-10 yr old), Carsyn Sawyer in Horse (9-10 yr old) and Abbigail Owens in Turkey Char-Grill (14-18 yr old).

Silver medalists for Currituck County were: Ashton Lowe in Family and Consumer Sciences (14-18 yr old); Armani Rascoe in Horticulture Science (14-18 yr old); and Kiyana Green in Small and Companion Animals (9-10 yr old).

Winning bronze medals were: Gregory Dozier IV in Arts & Communications (14-18 yr old) and Riley Newsham in Science and Technology (9-10 yr old).

As a result of her Gold Medal in the senior division of Turkey Char Grill, Abbigail Owens has earned the opportunity to compete at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Competition, held in Louisville Kentucky in November 2018.

The 4-H Presentation/Public Speaking Contest was not the only area at the State 4-H Congress where Currituck County 4-Her’s excelled. The NC 4-H AIRE (Application Interview, Resume, Essay) Contest, is a workforce development and college prep program requiring participants to submit for judging. As a result of his outstanding scores in this program, Gregory Dozier IV will represent NC 4-H at the National 4-H Conference in Washington D.C.

The NC 4-H Project Portfolio Competition recognizes outstanding achievement in a specific project curriculum area over a three-year period. Participants submit a detailed written record of the project activities they participated in and knowledge they gained from those activities. Gabriel Campbell earned a Bronze medal for his 2015-2017 Science & Technology Portfolio.

The NC 4-H Scholarship Program awards college scholarships to 4-H members who have an outstanding record of 4-H participation and achievement, possess an excellent record of high school achievement, and demonstrate an aptitude for college-level work. Tucker D. Melton (Appalachian State University) was awarded the Belinda H. Hester “Go Green, Think Green” scholarship and the William E. Sawyer scholarship, and Sydney L. Newbern (N.C. State University Agriculture Institute) was awarded the AgCarolina 4-H scholarship and the Vernon D. James 4-H Family scholarship.

Camden youth strikes gold at 4-H presentations

Khadijah Osbourne, representing Camden County 4-H, won gold in arts and communication for 14-18-year-olds at District Activity Day in Warren County.

The top award allows her to compete in the state 4-H presentations.

Osbourne competed against youth from throughout the state who presented on a variety of topics in arts and communication. Khadijah’s presentation focused on music’s psychological effects on the body and how this has led to music’s prevalence throughout the world. All of her hard work paid off and she was able to take home gold and a cash prize.

Through N.C. Cooperative Extension, Camden County youths each year can create their own oral presentations about a topic they are passionate about. Members then compete at District Activity Day, which is a competition within Northeastern North Carolina where 4-Hers throughout the region present to a panel of judges. The gold medalists from each category are then provided the opportunity to compete at state presentations.

Recruitment and practice for presentations begins in April and May so that everyone is ready for District Activity Day in June. Gold and silver winners 9 years old and above can then compete at the state level in July. Those interested in presenting next year should email ali_huber@ncsu.edu, call 252-331-7630, or check the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Camden County Center website and Facebook page for updates on when to sign-up in the spring.

COA drone flight school serves business

College of The Albemarle’s Dare County Campus has served a vast number of industries with its Introduction to Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drone) continuing education class.

Public safety officials, real estate agencies, photographers, construction inspectors, film makers and individuals in the field of agriculture are among some of the individuals who have completed the class.

Robert Nelson, COA’s Continuing Education Instructor, teaches the fundamentals in obtaining a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) remote pilot license. Students gain an understanding of current and upcoming drone technologies, safe practices and good aeronautical decision making.

The training also provides an understanding of FAA flight restrictions and local laws regarding flying a drone.

Students also learn the FAA requirements for obtaining an airworthiness certificate for business purpose; explore photographic and videography techniques; an understanding of file management techniques and how to backup archives; and learn good post production practices to produce promotional content.

The 16-hour class meets twice weekly for two hours and uses Phantom 4 and Mavic Pro drones and First Person View glasses to train students. Nelson takes training a step further by supplying students with links for use after they have completed the course.Anyone interested in drones, aerial photography and videography or more information, call Sherri May at 252-473-2264 ext. 7511 or sherri_may@albemarle.edu.

COA alumni connected at Roanoke park

College of The Albemarle staff and Board of Trustees member Tommy Fulcher was at Roanoke Island Festival Park on Aug. 9 to honor Arturo Lara, 2017 COA graduate.

Originally from Illinois, Arturo moved to Dare County, graduated from Manteo High School and enrolled in COA shortly thereafter. While taking a government class, he was introduced to COA’s Hospitality and Tourism Program after hearing a presentation from Tim Sweeney, dean at COA’s Dare Campus.

Arturo completed the program and began working at the Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo as a volunteer in ticket sales.

Anna Davis, the park’s manager of Education and Interpretation asked Arturo if he would be interested in serving in an educational role. Arturo now works in a variety of roles — as an education interpreter, a sailor onboard the Elizabeth II vessel and  as one of the first English settlers at the park’s settlement site.

He credits COA instructor Tina Bradley for using maps and regional history in her lessons to provide students with knowledge on the area. Arturo found Bradley’s discussions on talking points with tourists to be most beneficial and expressed his confidence behind his work because he completed the Hospitality and Tourism Certification.

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