Rhonda Jewell, 4-H Agent at the UK Extension Office, was in studio Wednesday morning for WPKY’s weekly Extension Program.

Rhonda first wanted to give thanks to all those who supported Caldwell County’s 4-H Program by buying poinsettias, 550 were sold this year and Matt Hallum was the top seller. Rhonda also wanted to thank all of the volunteers who helped this year with getting the poinsettias ready to be picked up, including Mindy Morgan, Candy Adams, Stephanie Hallum, Matt Hallum, Vickie Hatler, Madison Crider, and Emma Cosco.

Rhonda also mentioned that the 4-H program had a successful Stuck in the Middle trip in November. The event is an overnight camping mini teen retreat for middle school students and Rhonda was able to take four of Caldwell’s 4-H’ers to the 4-H Campgrounds. There were 102 campers in total from various surrounding counties, double the amount that attended last year.

Rhonda then told listeners about the 4-H banquet that was on November 20th, 115 were in attendance, which was the large banquet for the program so far. Several 4-H students and volunteers were recognized for their achievements at the banquet (you can find the article with all the awards here) and the program was able to raise $1500 during the dessert auction.

Rhonda also mentioned that she and Gage Hendon were able to go with 28 other students and 4 other adults to the 4-H National Congress in Atlanta in November. Gage was able to go because he received the prestigious 4-H Gold Award. The award, which is highly sought after and competitive, is the national 4-H program’s highest award with Kentucky narrowing it’s applicants down to just 30 each year. Madison Crider, Matt Hallum, and Maddox Cummins have applied this year and will know soon if they will advance to the next interview process.

Rhonda then told listeners of some new opportunities that will be coming in the new year. Karen Hester, the art teacher at the primary school, has completed her training to be a certified leader and will now lead a Horse Club here in Caldwell County after the beginning of the year. There will also be a new Poultry Club starting in the new year. Rhonda will have more information about both programs soon and if your child is interested in either you can call her at the UK Extension Office at 270-365-2787.

You can catch the full interview with Rhonda Jewell below.

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