200 4-H’ers attend Legislative Day at State House


South Carolina 4-H Legislative Day brought a throng of 4-H’ers clad in the familiar green blazers to the State House March 10.
More than 200 4-H’ers, family members and Clemson Cooperative Extension agents made the trip for the event, which gave the youth and adults the chance to meet with their local legislators and share the ways 4-H has impacted their lives.
During the ceremony Tiger Wells, Duke Energy governmental affairs director, encouraged the youth to be true leaders.
True leaders are respectful, confident young people who know how to work well with others, endure challenges and stick with a job until it gets done.
“In 4-H, we believe true leaders aren’t born, but rather, they are grown,” said Pamela Ardern, 4-H program team director.
The accompanying photo shows Wells with Alma Harris, executive director of Clemson University Extension SEAC; Jennifer Pinckney, the late Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney’s widow; and Mae Helen Burch, Darlington County tax collector.
Graduates from the 4-H Pinckney Leadership Program were also in attendance.
This program was founded in 2016.
The 4-H Pinckney Leadership Program is a tribute to the late Clementa C. Pinckney, pastor of Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and a state senator representing the 45th District.
He was among the victims when a gunman opened fire at the Charleston church.
Reflecting the standards and principles valued by Pinckney, the 4-H Pinckney Leadership Program strives to empower students to serve with compassion, lead with humility and inspire all youth to be young men and women of integrity.

Author: Rachel Howell

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