Escambia County 4-H Shines At 4-H University

August 15, 2017

Head, Heart, Hands and Health. These are the four “H’s” that comprise 4-H.

This summer there were many 4-H activities promoting and utilizing all of the four “H’s” together and individually. One of these activities was 4-H University, which is a week-long convention for senior 4-H members (ages 14-18) hosted on the campus of the University of Florida. Over 340 youth attended this event and had the opportunity to utilize the different facilities such as dorms, Gator Dining and the Reitz Union. This year Escambia County had seven youth attend: Dillon Conti, Rashidi Joseph, Von Littlejohn, Taylor Nelson, Danielle Tinker, Michelle Tinker, and Bobby Vose.

On July 31 Escambia County 4-H members kicked off 4-H University with state competitive events, along with a spirit rally and guest speaker. Tuesday was a day of scholarship interviews and workshops. That evening, 4-H members attended the annual Share-the- Fun talent show. Wednesday was a morning of workshops and an afternoon of community service. That evening, 4-H members, participants and guests attended the formal 4-H University Awards Banquet where scholarships were awarded to seniors, 4-H trips were distributed and the 2017-2018 Florida 4-H State Council Officers were inducted. Escambia County’s own Michelle Tinker was inducted as the 2017-2018 Florida 4-H State Council Parliamentarian and she also received a trip to attend National 4-H Conference in Washington D.C. in 2017. Danielle Tinker received a 4-H scholarship and the prestigious Leader of the Legacy award, Florida 4-H’s version of a Hall of Fame.

Thursday morning was the competitive events award ceremony and Escambia County 4-H members received awards for their state competitions. Results of the different state contests were:

  • Dillon Conti, first place, photography contest, architecture division
  • Taylor Nelson, first place, photography contest, hat tricks and magic division
  • Von Littlejohn, red ribbon, safety demonstration category
  • Taylor Nelson, blue ribbon third place, personal well-being demonstration category
  • Danielle and Michelle Tinker, blue ribbon first place, plants and gardening team demonstration category

submitted by Escambia County 4-H


5 Responses to “Escambia County 4-H Shines At 4-H University”

  1. DONNA PUGH on August 16th, 2017 4:54 pm

    Taylor, congratulations on your awards and all your hard work for 4-H

  2. Shirley Bond on August 16th, 2017 4:07 pm

    Thank you for doing this great story about the 4-H members who participated in a variety of events at FL4-H University. The 4-H members work very hard to plan for the competive events at a State level. As a retired County 4-H Agent and now a volunteer, I am so proud of the accomplishments of our members. Thank you again for letting the public see the positive things thatour 4-H members do.

  3. Jessica Davila on August 16th, 2017 3:15 pm

    Great job, Go 4-H!!!

  4. Dawn Vose on August 16th, 2017 7:57 am

    Thank you for supporting our local youth!

  5. Nancy Smith on August 15th, 2017 7:51 am

    Wonderful job, know you enjoyed it and your hard work paid off.

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