In a display of talent, confidence, and commitment, the SC 4-H Showcase, previously known as the Miss SC 4-H Pageant, took center stage on Saturday, January 13, at Thornwell Charter School in Clinton. Emceed by Matthew Brownlee, the event marked its 15th year, bringing together 16 young ladies from across the state to share their passion for 4-H.
The primary objective of the SC 4-H Showcase is to foster confidence, enhance public speaking skills, and showcase the contestants’ knowledge and dedication to their 4-H project work. This event serves as a platform to highlight leadership, citizenship, and community engagement among South Carolina’s 4-H participants.
The event featured a range of activities, including brief interviews for Junior and Senior contestants, exhibitions in business attire, 4-H project attire, formal attire, and public speaking. The age divisions, determined by the contestants’ age as of January 1, 2024, included Cloverbud (5-8), Cloverleaf (9-11), Junior (12-13), and Senior (14-18).
Participation in the SC 4-H Showcase goes beyond individual growth; it contributes to supporting quality programming for Laurens County 4-H. All funds raised during the event are directed towards this initiative, reinforcing the impact of the participants’ efforts on their local community.
The winners of Saturday’s showcase will have the honor of representing 4-H at various local and statewide events throughout 2024. The distinguished list of winners includes:
- Miss Cloverbud: Hannah Dye of Chester County
- Miss Cloverleaf: Dixon Freeman of York County
- Miss Junior 4-H: Brooklyn New of Laurens County
- Miss 4-H: Hennelly Gavin of Lexington County
The event’s success was not only attributed to the talented participants but also to the panel of judges—Haleigh Tomlin, Courtney Stonell, and Erica Eadicicco. Their expertise contributed to the fair and thorough evaluation of the contestants, ensuring that each participant had a chance to shine.
A special thanks was also extended to the emcee of the evening, Mr. Matthew Brownlee, whose energy and charm added an extra layer of excitement to the proceedings. Brownlee’s involvement as the emcee underlined the significance of the event and its role in fostering the next generation of confident, capable leaders within the 4-H community.
Congratulations to the winners and participants of the SC 4-H Showcase.
Click on the images in the photo gallery below to see the winners.