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N.C. 4-H commemorates centennial with Lifetime Achievement Awards Celebration


N.C. State basketball legend David Thompson (left) was on hand as his friend and teammate Tommy Burleson received the 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award from Dr. Marshall Stewart, state 4-H leader, and Caleb Black (right) state 4-H president.
All Photos by Becky Kirkland

The North Carolina Centennial 4-H Lifetime Achievement Awards Celebration took place April 23 in Concord, where the annual fundraising event honored the lifetime achievements of former 4-H members, families and supporters. N. C. State University basketball legend Tommy Burleson received the 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award, and Family Legacy Awards were presented to the Teeter and Vanderbilt/Cecil families for their support of North Carolina 4-H.

Tommy Burleson of Avery County was recognized for his life-long dedication and service to 4-H.
“This event provides an outstanding venue to highlight today’s 4-H youth development program and the excellent job it does helping young people become competent, caring and contributing members of society,” said Dr. Marshall Stewart, state 4-H program leader. “We’re especially glad to honor Tommy Burleson, the Teeter family and the Vanderbilt/Cecil family. Their generosity and dedication have helped propel 4-H through its first 100 years and, without a doubt, will continue to strengthen our organization in the next century.”

The event included a Showcase of Excellence, with 4-H’ers from across the state demonstrating 4-H science and technology, community service and leadership projects. Their interactive exhibits featured topics such as healthy lifestyles, technology, 4-H history and animal agriculture. Also during the celebration, current and former 4-H'ers took the stage for the Dee-Dee and Cam Harris Talent Showcase.

The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at N.C. State and N.C. A&T State universities. It took root as corn and tomato clubs in Ahoskie in 1909 and evolved from a rural youth program into a statewide organization with more than 239,000 active members and 23,000 volunteers and youth development professionals.

-- Suzanne Stanard