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November 08, 2005

Youth take honors at NJHA

photo of NJHA winners
NJHA youth from North Carolina took honors in national competition last month.

Eight teenagers from North Carolina participated in the 71st National Junior Horticultural Association Convention in Aurora, Ohio, Oct. 7 - 10. The theme of the convention "Horticulture Rocks" resonated throughout the four-day event.

All competitions were conducted on Saturday, leaving the remainder of the time for educational workshops and tours. Participants were able to choose from a broad list of workshops. The tours included a stop at Klyn Nursery, a wholesale nursery on the shores of Lake Erie with over 1,700 species and cultivars and Holden Arboretum. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Science Center were of great interest to the youth.

As the convention came to a close on the final evening and the awards were announced, the North Carolina delegation fared extremely well. Winners were as follows:

Beth Tevepaugh, Cabarrus County, Grand National Award, Illustrated Talk "The Food Pyramid Guide Fit For a Pharoah."
Lory McCraw, Henderson County, Grand National Award, Fruit and Vegetable Use, "Cooking With Color."
Kayla Mason, Cabarrus County, National Winner, Peanut Food Use, "Peanut Hotline."
Katie McCraw, Henderson County, National Winner, Artistic Arrangement, "Flowers: The Fruity Way."

Matt Gromlich, Anna Sauls, Sara Turner and Vanessa Weidrick of Pasquotank County, members of the N.C. Horticulture Team, competed in the 4-H Horticulture Contest. Only five teams place, and this team was only .6 from placing.

Young America Projects (youth 5 to 14 years of age may compete in two projects in a calendar year from Gardening, Plant Propagation, Experimental Horticulture, and Environmental Awareness. Their projects are sent in and they only attend if the convention is in their area.) Wake County youth received a total of 18 Young America Awards (four Grand National and 14 National Awards).

"This was a super group of young people," said leader Carol Norden of Wake County Cooperative Extension. "They excelled in their competitions, had a wonderful time, and they represented North Carolina extremely well! It was a great opportunity for me to coordinate the trip and to work with all of you to make this a very successful trip for our youth."

Questions about the program can be directed to Carol Norden, 919.847.5462 or cnorden@bellsouth.net .

Posted by Natalie at November 8, 2005 01:26 PM