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4-H Youth Participate in First-Ever Beef Leadership Institute

April 09, 2007

Media Contact: Dr. Brian Faris, NC State Extension 4-H Livestock Specialist, 919-515-7722 or brian_faris@ncsu.edu

Note to media: Youth participants are listed by county at the end of the release. To request an event photo, please contact Suzanne Stanard at 919-513-3126 or suzanne_stanard@ncsu.edu.

Twenty 4-H'ers from across the state were selected from a pool of candidates to participate in the inaugural Perry and Doris Teeter North Carolina 4-H Beef Leadership Institute, held Feb. 23-25 in Hickory. The institute is designed to strengthen the leadership skills of North Carolina youth who have a specific interest in the beef industry.

The institute is made possible by an endowment established by Mr. and Mrs. Teeter "to develop and provide broad-based financial support to enhance and expand North Carolina 4-H youth beef leadership programs," according to the endowment agreement.

The Teeters, of Glade Valley, N.C., have been leaders in the North Carolina livestock industry and have served in leadership roles with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the North Carolina Cattlemen's Association.

Most of the institute's sessions were led by Gayle Hall, associate professor and Extension 4-H and youth development specialist from Texas A&M University, and Aaron Jennings, former president of the Texas 4-H Council who now attends Texas A&M University. They conducted seminars throughout the weekend on a range of topics including team building, leading through action, goal setting and etiquette.

Other activities included a session on parliamentary procedure led by April Bowman, Extension agent for North Carolina 4-H youth development in Forsyth County, and the North Carolina Cattlemen's youth awards breakfast and trade show.

In his closing remarks, Mr. Teeter challenged the youth to use the information they learned at the institute to become stronger leaders.

Dr. Brian Faris, N.C. State Extension 4-H Livestock Specialist, outlined the tasks required for the 4-H'ers to officially complete the institute, from public speaking to participation in the North Carolina Beef Ambassador contest. Upon completion of these events, the youth will be eligible to attend an Advanced Leadership Institute currently in development, Faris said.

"This program was a huge success, and we are especially grateful to the Teeters, whose generosity made it possible," Faris said. "This endowment and the continued support of our volunteers will enable us to provide valuable leadership development opportunities for North Carolina youth."

Participants in the 2007 Perry and Doris Teeter North Carolina 4-H Beef Leadership Institute were:

Carteret County
Abbi Davis, 16, daughter of Jeffrey and Chris Davis of Beaufort

Catawba County
Lisa Baxter, 16, daughter of Jerry and Tammy Thomas of Sherrills Ford
Tom Devine, 17, son of Joe and Susie Devine of Newton
Julia Elmore, 15, daughter of Jeff and Beth Elmore of Claremont
Jeremy Lee, 17, son of Ricky and Beth Lee of Catawba
Madison Malson, 14, daughter of Matt and Tonya Malson of Hickory

Edgecombe County
Matthew Drake, 17, son of Paul and Melissa Drake of Pinetops

Harnett County
Rossie Blinson, 15, daughter of Bryan and Beth Blinson of Buies Creek

Haywood County
John David Baltzell, 16, son of Brian and Lynda Baltzell of Waynesville
Jessica Muse, 17, daughter of Vance and Teresa Muse of Clyde

Johnston County
John Michael Langdon, 17, son of John Michael and Eileen Langdon of Benson

Lenoir County
Garrett Jones, 16, son of Randy and Beth Jones of Kinston

Nash County
Daniel Boykin, 16, son of Thomas Boykin and Amanda Andrews of Elm City

Pitt County
Milo Lewis, 17, daughter of John Redden and Miriam Lewis of Walstonburg

Rowan County
Garrett Teeter, 15, son of Walter and Lee Teeter of Mt. Ulla

Stanly County
Jacob Furr, 17, son of Bruce and Beckie Furr of Albemarle

Union County
Hannah Harris, 16, daughter of Rick and Annette Harris of Monroe

Vance County
Jeremy Wyche, 18, son of David and Karen Wyche of Henderson

Wilson County
John Barnes, 17, son of Greg and Lynn Barnes of Lucama

Yadkin County
Erin Rucker, 16, daughter of Phil and Jennie Rucker of Hamptonville


--Suzanne Stanard, 919-513-3126 or suzanne_stanard@ncsu.edu--

Posted by Dave at April 9, 2007 10:14 AM