The Western Region 4-H All-Star Fall Retreat was held at the Montgomery Bell State Park Nov. 8-10. More than 80 students from across the region attended the event, named after the competition show, “Nailed It.”

At the conference, Christian Hawbaker was elected to the Western Region All-Star Council, where he serves as the Northwest Area Representative. Hawbaker will help to lead the Western Region All-Stars during conferences and special activities. He will also speak to 4-H Honor Clubs in the counties within his area to promote the All-Star program.

Three 4-H Honor Club members —  David Hall, Amanda Graef, and Hansford Scott — attended the conference and were initiated into the 4-H All-Stars. The All-Star program is the second step of recognition for a Tennessee 4-H member. They must be at least in the ninth grade and an Honor Club member to qualify. Additionally, they must be dedicated to service as an All-Star member.

 The conference featured the council election and initiation. Attendees worked on service projects by donating toys to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis and repairing cabins at the state park. Hilarity ensued when the teens attempted to recreate carved pumpkins, cakes, and paintings similar to the “Nailed It” TV show. Overall, the retreats are an excellent way to foster friendships between teens that share their interest in 4-H.

 The 4-H Honor Club is the first step in recognition for a 4-H member. A member is eligible to apply in the sixth grade. Each member must qualify with a minimum number of points for 4-H participation, leadership, and citizenship.

For more information on Henry County 4-H, call the UT Extension Service at 642-2941, or email sfoy@utk.edu.

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