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4H recognizes L-EHS student for leadership

Posted: September 22, 2014 12:53 p.m.
Updated: September 22, 2014 12:50 p.m.

Dr. Tom Dobbins, State Extension Director and Goff

Clemson University’s 4H program recently named Lugoff-Elgin High School senior Sidney Goff as one of 10 state winners at its 4H Congress Awards Banquet. Sidney’s award includes a college scholarship and trip to the National 4H Congress in Atlanta.

Sidney received the award for maintaining a record of her detailed 4H activities, leadership experiences and community service. Her scholarship is sponsored by Arbor One Farm Credit; her trip is sponsored by the S.C. State 4H Fund.

Several years ago, Sidney set goals that she could achieve in 4H. She used her knowledge of horses to gain confidence in public speaking and leadership skills. She also aspired to be someone her club members would see as a role model. She has held the office of president and treasurer of the West Wateree Ropes and Reins Horse Club in Elgin, and she has been active in several local, state and regional events.

Though Sidney sometimes found it hard to motivate some of her club members to keep working on their 4H goals, she remained focused and continued on her path. She sought various 4H activities that would broaden her 4H experience. Horses were her main focus but she saw the importance of "thinking out of the box."

Sidney participated in the Miss 4H Pageant for several years, and in January, won first runner-up in the senior division. She also participated in the Healthy Lifestyles Project where her team was named the state winner, and where she joined the 4H Health Rocks! team. She was also named state winner in the Wildlife FACE (food and cover establishment) Project. Choosing to participate in the pullet project taught Sidney responsibility as she cared for chickens to get them prepared for market.

Sidney won election to the State 4H Teen Council as the Midlands representative due to the many leadership and public speaking skills she learned through 4H. In that role, she was responsible for assisting with planning such events as State 4H Senior and Junior Teen Weekends, State Legislative Day, and State 4H Congress.

"4H has allowed me to become well-rounded, more understanding of people, and be more confident," Sidney said, adding that she sees 4H as a "village to help shape youth into good leaders."


(Submitted by Deon S. Legette.)


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