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4-H recognizes leaders at annual ceremony
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4-H County Agent Sara Marcengill (far left) and Teen Leader Isabella Birkett (left, in green jacket) present awards to 4-H members (from left) Robert Perusse, Johnathan Perusse, Roman Lawing, Mitchell Birket, Cadence Perusse, Temperence Perusse, Simon Perusse, Samuel Lawing, Cayden Branham and Eric Roberts.
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Isabella Birket (left) receives the Youth Leadership Award from 4-H Extension Agent Sara Marcengill at the Kershaw County 4-H awards ceremony.

In front of family, friends and peers, Kershaw County 4-H honored 43 members and 13 volunteers on April 5 at The Hut in Camden on April 5 for their achievements for 2018-19.

In addition to the awards, outstanding 4-H accomplishments were on display honoring members who completed record books in community service, gardening, honey bee, horse, leadership, poultry, and wildlife, as well as those who attended state 4-H events.

4-H recognized volunteers Rebecca Hudson and Doris McGougan for their more than 20 and 30 years, respectively, of dedication and service to 4-H. The organization also recognized member Isabella Birket for “her exceptional teen leadership efforts in Making the Best Better.

Also, Sameul Lawing and Cadence Clackner-Perusse won first place and first runner-up, respectively, in the senior resume writing contest.

4-H also recognized teachers Christina Sever of the Applied Technology Education Center and Ashley Middleton of Lugoff-Elgin High School and Kershaw County Boys & Girls Club Jackson Teen Center Director Brian Mays on behalf of their students’ participation in the 4-H Healthy Habits Program. The organization also recognized teacher Nathan Anderson of Midway Elementary School for his participation in the School Gardening for S.C. Educators Garden Program.

County 4-H Extension Agent Sara Marcengill thanked Mr. and Mrs. Larry Slade for their donation of the lovely venue space for this ceremony as well as volunteer leaders Mr. and Mrs. Jeromy Birket for their commitment of time and energy to help pull the event together. She also thanked State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk, Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford and Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns in attendance as well as the other local state, county, and city officials that were unable to attend for their continued support of Kershaw County 4-H.

Club members recently conducted a bake sale fundraiser and greatly appreciated all the support and donations received from local citizens.

“This was truly a great night of recognition for 4-H and we hope to continue to build this program for many years to come,” Marcengill said.

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. To learn more about 4-H, call Marcengill at (803) 432-9071 or email,