Bee Essay contest to award scholarships

By: By Chase Jordan -

Local youths interested in bees are being encouraged to express their knowledge of the little honey producers.

The 4-H Club is now taking entries for the North Carolina 4-H Beekeeping Contest. It’s open to youths, ages 9- to 18-years-old, enrolled in the 4-H program. Scholarships are awarded to participants in each age division.

Elizabeth Merrill, Sampson County 4-H program assistant, believes the North Carolina Beekeeping Essay contest is a great way for youths who have an interest in beekeeping and honey bees to learn about the industry.

“This essay contest allows youth to develop and creatively express their knowledge on the art of beekeeping,” Merrill said.

For 2017, the topic is “How can MP3 (Managed Pollinator Protection Plan) more effectively protect honey bees from pesticide exposure?” Many people are concerned and are asking “What will happen if the bees are gone?” The essay should reflect on the questions. Participants are being asked to research what’s being done in their community related to honey bees.

Essays will be judged on the scope of research, accuracy, creativity, conciseness and logical development of the topic. The winner of the North Carolina contest will participate in a national contest through the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees. Prizes ranging from $250 to $750 will be awarded to the top three participants.

The deadline to submit essays is 5 p.m. Feb. 24. Entries must be emailed to

For more information about 4-H or entering the contest, contact Merrill or other extension officials at 910-592-7161; or by email at

Additional contest rules and detailed information are available online at

By Chase Jordan

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Reach Chase Jordan at 910-249-4617. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.