Jones County 4-Her’s Qualify for State Envirothon

— Written By Sarah Delap

In March 2016, Jones County 4-Her’s joined other youth from across eastern North Carolina for the Area 5 and 6 Coastal Envirothon. The competition took place at the Cool Springs Environmental Education Center sponsored by Weyerhaeuser in New Bern, NC. The Envirothon regional competition is made up of five components: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and current event issues. To prepare for the competition youth studied about wildlife habitats, types of trees, aquatic insects, made soil ribbons, and read lots of news articles. 4-Her’s also presented topics in each of the areas to their team mates. The day of the competition, youth spent their morning traveling from station to station reviewing, while they spent the afternoon taking a written test in each area as a team.

The Jones County 4-H program sponsored a middle and a high school team. Both teams improved upon their scores from last year’s competitions. The middle school team, the Fighting Rabbits, consisted of Anthony Almanza, Brianna Bell, Johan Cazares, and Karly Wynne. The middle school team placed second in the Area 6 competition. The high school team, the Mighty Beavers, consisted on Eddie Almanza, Justus Hargett, Savasia Harris, and Henry Johnson. The Mighty Beavers placed seventh in the Area 6 competition. By placing in the top seven each of the teams will be traveling at the end of April to the State Envirothon Competition that will be held in Burlington, NC.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Jones County 4-H teams or have interest in participating next year or volunteering please contact, Sarah Delap, Jones County 4-H Agent, at 252.448.9621.