​More than 300 will attend the 91st annual event 

 

Roundup 2014 theme
​"Geared for Greatness" was the theme for Tennessee 4-H programs in 2014.



MARTIN, Tenn. - For the 91st year, 4-H members from across Tennessee are gathering at the University of Tennessee, Martin, for the State 4-H Roundup and All Star Conference. The annual event, which takes place July 21-25, recognizes the outstanding project work and leadership accomplishments of senior high 4-H members.
 
Approximately 300 high school age 4-H’ers from across Tennessee will meet for several days on the UT Martin campus. The 4-H’ers have completed local projects in areas such as communication and public speaking, livestock, computers and technology and photography and now they are competing for statewide awards that include college scholarships and trips to the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta. The theme for this meeting and for all 4-H programs in 2014 was “Tennessee 4-H: Geared for Greatness.”
 
“Teens from all over Tennessee will come together, compete in their project areas, learn life skills such as leadership and citizenship, make lifelong friends and have a great time,” said Lori Gallimore, UT Extension Specialist in 4-H Youth Development. “Roundup is one of the highlights for our 4-H program. Delegates who attend have spent years of work in their respective project areas.”
 
In addition to project competitions, delegates will participate in a number of activities including the 4-H All Star Conference, Vol State Ceremony, the election of the 2015 State Council officers and a service-learning project.
Delegates to the 2014 Tennessee 4-H Roundup and All Star Conference will work with Nashville-based Operation Troop Aid (OTA) as their service project. The mission of Operation Troop Aid is to provide care packages for deployed U.S. service members with the revenue generated through professional concert promotions and public financial generosity. Roundup participants already organized fundraising events in their counties and will assemble the care packages for shipping at while they are staying at UT Martin.
“Service-learning opportunities are a very important component of the 4-H program,” said Steve Sutton, Director, 4-H Youth Development. “Each year, 4-H’ers statewide perform tens of thousands of hours of service at an estimated value of over $1 million. Through the service-learning projects, our 4-H’ers learn that they can really make a difference in their communities.”
           
4-H is the youth development program for University of Tennessee Extension. 4-H teaches leadership, citizenship and service learning to more than 180,000 youth in the fourth through twelfth grades. 4-H also has more than 5,000 adult volunteers. UT Extension is one of four units in the UT Institute of Agriculture.
 
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