4-H Delegation Attends Electric Congress

— Written By and last updated by Anelle Ammons

A delegation from Catawba County attended the 69th annual 4-H Electric Congress at the University of North  Carolina at Asheville. Almost 200 4‑H’ers, adult leaders and N.C. Cooperative Extension agents from 54 counties attended the three‑day event.

Catawba County youth attending 4-H Electric Congress were Jarrett Mull, Joanna Kanupp, Angela Mason, Josh Wilson, and Kat Stulpin. All these youth qualified to attend 4-H Electric Congress as a result of their electric project work during the past year. They were accompanied by Der Xiong from Catawba County Cooperative Extension staff and Sue Stulpin, 4-H Leader.

Kat Stulpin, the 15 year old daughter of Sue and Bob Stulpin, was recognized for her award winning electric project work during the conference. Stulpin was selected as the Territorial Project Winner for Duke Energy and was award an i-pad and trophy. She was also selected as the state’s 13-15 year old Electric Portfolio winner. These awards are based on the 4-H portfolio submitted by Stulpin that shows what she has learned and activities completed in the electric project area and her total 4-H involvement over the past 3 years. Some of her electric project activities included participating in the Catawba County Library Robotics training, completing a 48-hour engineering/electric course, teaching electric kit workshops, and assisting with household electrical repairs. Kat is a member of several 4-H clubs, including the Amazing Circuits 4-H Science Club.

Electric Congress is one of the longest running science programs offered through 4-H, with the first Electric Congress held in 1947. Still today the program is sponsored by NC Power companies including Progress Energy, Duke Energy and Dominion North Carolina Power. This STEM conference recognizes youth for their involvement in this project area, while introducing youth to careers and college opportunities in science and engineering.

The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 227,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of more than 20,000 adult and youth volunteers.

For more information about science-related 4-H clubs and opportunities, contact the Catawba County office of N.C. Cooperative Extension, at 828-465-8240 or e-mail donna_mull@ncsu.edu.

2016 4-H Electric Congress delegates pose with adult leaders

Picture 1: Catawba County 4-H Delegation Attends NC 4-H  Electric Congress. Pictured ( left to right) Wayne Huddleston, Account Executive with Duke Energy, Kat Stulpin, Josh Wilson, Angela Mason, Joanna Kanupp, Der Xiong, Sue Stulpin, and Jarrett Mull. The youth earned a trip to Electric Congress based on their award winning project work in electricity and energy.

2016 State Electric Portfolio winner Kat Stulpin

Picture 2: Kat Stulpin, Catawba County 4-H’er, was recognized for her 4-H Electric Project work at NC 4-H Electric Congress. She was selected as the state Electric Portfolio winner in 13-15 year division and the Duke Energy Territorial Electric winner. Stulpin is 15 years old and a member of the Amazing Circuits 4-H Science Club.