Local recognized with forestry award

Written by: Juli Hughes, County Coordinator/Family and Consumer Science Agent/4-H
MSU Extension – Choctaw County 662-285-6337

Each year, the Mississippi Forestry Association (MFA) recognizes outstanding achievements by youth and adults in the area of forestry. Choctaw County 4-H Forestry member Lilli Fulgham received the Outstanding Youth Forestry Achievement Award – 2nd Place. She received a certificate and $250.

Lilli has received local, district and state 4-H forestry awards. These include:
1st place junior team/1st place high scoring individual in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 (district awards)

Juli Hughes and Lilli Fulgham

Juli Hughes and Lilli Fulgham

2014 3rd place senior team/4th place High Scoring Individual (state award)
2014 Carl Johnson Memorial 4-H Forestry Award (awarded by Choctaw County 4-H)
2015 3rd place senior team/3rd place High Scoring Individual (state award)
Lilli is very involved activities outside 4-H. At church, she is an acolyte, serves as a mentor for children’s choir and helps with Bible school. She uses her musical talent by playing violin periodically at local nursing homes, plays chimes and violin at church services and is a member of Starkville Strings School, MSU Philharmonic and Starkville Symphony Orchestra. Since moving to Starkville, Lilli participates in a local feral cat outreach program where she traps cats in town for MSU veterinary students to spay/neuter and relocate. She is a Friend of MSU’s African Student Association (ASA) and hosts children of ASA members. Excelling academically, she was accepted into the Mississippi School of Math and Science at MUW for her junior year of high school (2015-2016). Lilli is the daughter of Fritz and Bonnie Renfroe Fulgham.

The Outstanding Youth Forestry Leader Award was presented to Juli Hughes. Mrs. Hughes is the County Coordinator/Family and Consumer Science Agent/4-H at MSU Extension – Choctaw County. She has coached the senior 4-H forestry team since 2009 and the junior team since 2010. Youth are taught tree identification, forest knowledge, insect identification, forest disease identification and tree measurement where they learn to measure the diameter, how to pace, determine the number of 16’ logs in a tree and calculating board volume for a one acre plot. Mrs. Hughes also received the MFA Teacher Conservation Workshop Alumnus of the Year award in 2010.

“To have a teenager send me a text and say “Look what I found!” and be excited that she found cedar-apple rust on a tree near her home, excited because she knew what it was and none of the adults knew, or another sending me a picture text of witches broom, shows that they really are paying attention and learning. Making a difference in the lives of youth is very important to me and teaching them about forestry is one way to make a difference” stated Mrs. Hughes.

Youth ages 10-18 interested in 4-H forestry may contact the Extension office at 285-6337 or email j.hughes@msstate.edu.