Chandler Heffington of Fayetteville was a delegate to the State Junior High 4-H Academic Conference in Knoxville last week.
He was among 160 youth selected on the basis of their 4-H project work. Students studied under the supervision of university scientists and specialists during the four-day program.
The conference was conducted in classroom, outdoor and laboratory settings.
“Participants get an in-depth look at college course work required in the areas of animal science, plant and soil science and family and consumer science,” said Steve Sutton, director of 4-H Youth Development with the University of Tennessee Extension.
“The program also explores career opportunities in the fields related to the members’ project interests,” he said.
In addition to subject matter training, the conference featured an opening program by the Tennessee 4-H Performing Arts Troupe, recreational activities on campus, service-learning activities in the Knoxville community, a graduation banquet and an afternoon at Dollywood.
The event is sponsored by the gifts from donors with an interest in agriculture, family and consumer sciences and other related areas. The 4-H program is the youth development component of UT Extension and is also the state’s largest youth organization. With more than 194,000 members statewide, 4-H is available to young people in every Tennessee county.