District 4-H competition held in Elkin

By Kitsey E. Burns kburns@civitasmedia.com

April 14, 2014

ELKIN — The North Central District 4-H Activity Day was held Saturday at Elkin High School. There were 180 youth participating in the day, some competing in a talent show and others presenting in categories ranging from food and nutrition to family and consumer sciences, livestock and dairy production, public speaking and more.

The talent show portion of the day kicked off to a rousing start with a solo drum performance. DaEun Kim, an exchange student in Wilkes County, who hails from Daegu, South Korea, performed “Danny Boy” on the flute. Kim said she has greatly enjoyed her time here in the area, she has been here for going on nine months and will be returning to Korea at the end of the school year.

Other performances during the talent show included a step team called Something Different, comprised of four young women from Randolf County, musicians, singers, cloggers and more. Zoe Steenwyck, 12, of Alamance County, performed the song “Sky Fall” from the most recent James Bond film, complete with a spy-themed costume, props and movement.

Grayce Dorn, 14, of the Yadkin County 4-H Club played the guitar and sang “To make you feel my love.” She has been a part of 4-H for about a year now. This was her first time performing at a 4-H event, but she has been playing the guitar for six years and has performed previously at school talent shows. Dorn said she was excited to perform in Saturday’s competition.

In the presentation portion of the 4-H Activity Day, the topics ranged from teen eating habits to breeding and caring for calves, repurposing old garments into new ones and integrated pest management.

Twelve-year-old Rebecca Cahall said she has been involved in 4-H “since forever.” She presented in the category of family and consumer science on recycling fashion.

“The top was a dress, but I separated the top from the skirt and cut a triangle part out to put on the jeans and for the jeans, I just took the seam out to make it look like a skirt,” she explained about her stylish pink plaid and denim ensemble that she created herself.

The final results from the day’s events will be released later in the week. Winners will move on to the state competition in Raleigh, scheduled for June.

Kitsey E. Burns can be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.