Sevier County 4-H members Nor Alkhasali and Hannah Carr recently took part in the State Junior High 4-H Academic Conference at the University of Tennessee. They were selected to attend based on their 4-H Project Work. Nor attended in the Line & Design Project and Hannah in the Companion Animal Project. Both will be freshmen this Fall at Sevier County High School.
They studied under the supervision of university scientists and specialists during the four-day program. The conference is conducted in classroom, outdoor and laboratory settings.
“Participants get an in-depth look at college course work required in the areas of animal science, plant and soil science, and family and consumer sciences,” said Dr. Richard Clark, assistant dean and state 4-H program leader with the University of Tennessee Extension. “The program also explores career opportunities in the fields related to the members’ project interests,” he said.
In addition to subject matter training, the conference features an opening program featuring science fun and facts, recreational activities on campus, service-learning activities in the Knoxville community, a graduation banquet and an afternoon at Dollywood.
The event is sponsored by the gifts from donors with an interest in agriculture, family and consumer sciences and other related areas.
The 4-H program is the youth development component of UT Extension and is also the state’s largest youth organization. With more than 168,000 members statewide, 4-H is available to young people in every Tennessee county.
If you need more information about 4-H opportunities in Sevier County contact Glenn Turner at 453-3695.
The University of Tennessee Extension offers educational opportunities like these to anyone in Sevier County regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion or veteran status and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Photo: Nor Alkhasali (left) and Hannah Carr (right)