A longtime member of the Edgecombe County 4-H program is being rewarded for being an “agvocate” for the agricultural industry and Edgecombe County.
Hallee Whitehurst, the daughter of Ross and Kim Whitehurst, is a freshman at N.C. State University and grew up in the 4-H program starting at age 5 with both parents supporting her both in and out of the show ring. She is majoring in agriculture.
Whitehurst has been awarded multiple scholarships in recognition of her efforts, including a $1,000 Edgecombe County 4-H Livestock Scholarship, a $500 Eastern Carolina Showmanship Circuit scholarship, a $2,000 Gen. Henry Hugh Shelton 4-H Leadership Scholarship and a $2,000 Joe L. Perry 4-H Scholarship.
In a news release announcing the scholarships, it was noted that Whitehurst has an extraordinary background in showing livestock on the local, regional, state and nationals levels.
She was described as a great competitor in the show ring in addition to being a 4-H’er who will assist anyone to fine-tune their showmanship skills if needed.
In her livestock scholarship application, Whitehurst said, “Showing livestock is hard work (requiring) dedication and responsibility (and) developing a sense of character, being productive, managing money and time and most importantly having fun and living the best days of our lives.”
Whitehurst also said that even though high school has been difficult the past two years, especially after COVID hit.
“When I step into the barn in the afternoons all my stress and problems go away, livestock showing has challenged me daily and made me into the person I am today,” she said.
Whitehurst is an accomplished exhibitor showing all species of livestock from cattle, sheep, swine & goats. She is known statewide for being a great showman and many breeders want her to show their stock. She has also participated in a variety of programs offered through the 4-H program from leadership to public speaking.
Whitehurst has been an Edgecombe County 4-H Youth Council President, Howlin’ Wolfpack 4-H Club Officer multiple times, has attended programs that teach quality assurance, leadership, citizenship and service throughout her tenure with the 4-H program.
“As the 4-H agent, I am delighted to watch these young people grow and develop their skills,” county Extension Director and Extension Agent 4-H Youth Development Tanya Heath said. “Hailee is one of those 4-H’ers that you will continue to watch her excel no matter what she decides to do later in life. She has a strong work ethic and always strives to do her best. She will be missed in her 4-H club and county program, but I just hope her years as a 4-H volunteer are just getting started.”