EAST BEND — Leah Thomas, 17, of East Bend, recently received one of the highest honors a 4-H’er can achieve when she was inducted into the 4-H Honor Club.
Thomas was inducted during a candlelight ceremony July 18. The ceremony was part of State 4-H Congress, held in Raleigh July 18-21. The event attracted 518 young people and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more.
Thomas, the daughter of Leanne and Marc Thomas, has been active in 4-H for eight years.
Membership in the Honor Club is based on service to the 4-H program, leadership, moral standards, 4-H activities and project achievement. Less than one-half of 1 percent of North Carolina 4-H’ers are selected for membership each year. Members must be at least 16 years old and have a minimum of three years 4-H experience.
The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 232,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 20,563 adult and youth volunteers.